Sold my V3 (but there's more to it)

Started May 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
Scottelly Forum Pro • Posts: 10,386
Re: Sold my V3 (but there's more to it)

I think I understand what you meant by, "At the moment I sold I was simply undecided and I felt like since it is a full system switch, it's $2800 USD the way I want it, and it starts looking like Leica or Sony FF money at that point." I read it as you judging the V3 as not being as good or worth the money, when you can buy a Leica for similar money. I see you mentioned a Sony FF camera too, which you seem to think would be a preferable choice to the V3 for similar money. I would tend to agree with you about both of these.

The Nikon V3 is really not so expensive as many people are saying though. It is about the same price as the V2, believe it or not, and that is amazing, for a next generation camera that is in its launch phase. Why do I say this? Because it costs $1200, but it comes with over $500 worth of extras - a $300 lens and a $240 adapter.

Yes, they force you to buy their adapter and lens to go with it . . . right now. It still is listed at B&H as "New item, Available for pre-order." When they start selling just the camera body it will probably be about $100 more than the V2 . . . but we will see. I guess it depends on how their sales go. It might be $150 more or even $250 more. It DOES have wi-fi and that fold-out screen afterall. Those things alone make it worth at least $100. Then there is the higher resolution sensor and faster shooting capability. That has got to be at least $50 worth of upgrade. That makes it worth at least $150 more than the V2. If you calculate the camera at $150 plus the price of the V2 it would be about $900 ($150 + $746.95). That means you get the lens and adapter for about $300. That's a bargain, considering that's almost 50% off their retail price.

And remember that we are talking about a camera that comes with a removable viewfinder, an advantage in some people's minds, and a removable grip, which is another advantage in some people's minds. Those two accessories are included with the camera for free (or as part of the whole package of a camera with 4 accessories - a removable viewfinder, a grip, a lens, and an adapter).

I think Nikon is very smart to include all this stuff in the launch package. This way they can remove some of the items and sell the camera for a little less or a lot less, and it will look like all they did was remove the items from the package. It gives them a lot of flexibility.

Imagine if they D7200 comes out with a new 16-70mm f2.8-4 VR lens for the same price as the D7100 with the 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 VR? It would be unbelievable! Now imagine that the D7200 not only shoots faster and has an upgraded focusing system, but has a fold-out screen, wi-fi, an upgraded viewfinder, and a higher resolution sensor too! NOW how amazing would it be?

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