"I am selling my Nikon gear"

Started Nov 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
skookum8 Regular Member • Posts: 345
Re: I am not selling my Nikon Gear ... yet.

Mr Gadget wrote:

I am one of those Nikon diehards who has been holding out for what seems like eons waiting for the mythical D400. I bought into Nikon DSLRs back in the DX heyday when Nikon was telling the world that they would be supporting DX. In addition to my D2x, D300, I bought a number of rather expensive DX lenses, 10mm, 12-24mm, 18-55mm along with the 70-200 and 200-400 and several teleconverters and a couple of T&S lenses which will all work with an FX camera.

For me to move to FX, I will have to pay a minimum FX lens tax of $3883.90 to buy the 14-24 and 24-70 to keep the same capability as I now have. At that price it matters little if I buy a 610, 800 or Df the body price is swamped by the lens tax.

Either the D800 or Df will run around $2750 to 2800 or so. For that money I can buy an X-E2, 18-55, 55-200 and either a 14mm or the new 10-24 and still be almost $4000 to the good by not paying the FX lens tax. So from where I sit, I might as well keep my Nikon lenses and bodies in the hope that one day Nikon might decided to support their long suffering DX pro base.

I am making a wild guess that after the 1st of the year Fujifilm might be offering some sort of lens discount packages to help me move into the Fujifilm system.

My little X100 has been a game changer for me. I haven't been using my Nikons for sometime now. Life moves on!

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Mr Gadget summarizes nicely why I haven't upgraded yet - Nikon's "FX lens tax", which has held me back: waiting for a D700 successor (w/o the heft of the D800) to compel me to switch to FF and the other, more preferable alternative of waiting for D300 successor.  Instead, Nikon has offered new bodies are not successors but incarnations of how their product planners segmented the market on a Powerpoint.  Certainly the big assumption Nikon has is that I and alot of D700/D300/D200/... owners would eagerly step up to their current offering - but their assumption did not factor in that we had an expected feature set and product continuity that were evolutionary, rather than the new step-wise leaps with the D610/D600 and Df offered instead.  If you had asked me in 2008 whether we would have discussion threads like these, I would have dismissed the question as silly.  But Nikon's product roadmap since then has certainly led us to where we are today.

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