Scripps23: Nikon has crossed the line of greed and has blemished its brand by setting an absurd suggested retail price of $616.00 for its new MD-B12 battery grip for the new Nikon D800 DSLR. Nikon's suggested retail price for its MD-B10 battery grip for the Nikon D700 is $334.00. That's an increase of more than 84%, yet the two grips are very similar. I can easily afford the new grip, but I am not foolish enough to buy it at this price. Nikon's prices have always been somewhat on the high side, but the value of its products could always be defended. This MD-B12 battery grip situation, however, is beyond explanation and damaging to Nikon's reputation as far as I am concerned.
$600 would buy you a decent computer. I fail to see how a battery grip for the same amount compares either in complexity, manufacturing cost or user utility. The fact that it's designed to fit a camera the price of a second hand car doesn't change any of this.
Upadhya: The ISO capability of the D800 looks to be very much same as the D700. Will the new 36MP sensor have any negative/positive impact on the ISO handling? Any thoughts?
Oh, so Nikon made a mistake with the D3/D700 in not using a higher resolution sensor in them? Guess Canon was the better choice 4 years ago and all of us Nikon users where just fooled.
scottstensland: are UK and EU middlemen that greedy : US: $2999.95 UK: £2399.99 == 3,778.76 USD EU: €2829 == 3,731.60 USDpossibly its their higher import tax.When I lived in Tokyo it was cheaper to buy a walkman in NY than Akihabara,also when I worked in London I notices this retail price diff in favor to US buyers
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25% here in Sweden, that is on top of the net 50% taxes we already pay in open and hidden taxes on our paycheck. Guess that's the price of dysfunctional public healthcare for everyone, an education system that keeps slipping, non existent defense forces shrinking every year and a total failure if the police to keep people feeling safe in most areas. But hey, we all love the welfare state, don't we?