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| p.1 #3 · Adorama is sold out of D700s on their website, but has stock in their store? |
It is certainly possible they have stock that isn't for sale to the general public, but it would be odd for them to hold it and stranger still to discount it given how many people seem to be searching for one...
D700 is going to be discontinued any day now. Most likely no new stock will be shipped. Nikon is saying they will keep producing them but it's to clear old stock.
...and you know this how? Unless you can show a published source or some other factual source, please state those kinds of things as an opinion...
Lots of similar things have been said about the D90, and yet it is still sold everywhere except in Japan due to the new laws on battery connectors.
Here's what I said in another thread:
"Since I work in the technology industry, maybe I can shed a little light here.
More than likely, Nikon had very long lead-time commitments and minimum volumes on a variety of expensive components on the D700. In other words, they owned the parts even if their production at Sendai was severely limited by the tsunami and the effects on the area. On top of that, the costs of tooling and manufacturing equipment is amortized over the expected volumes of the product. Net: They need to keep the program whole to make their money, and they probably owned a lot of the critical parts.
The assembly lines for these kinds of things don't require as much space as you might think, and are actually somewhat portable - in other words, they could pretty easily make room for the D800 production lines in the buildings where they are making the D700. Their main concern is enough power and reliable power (the power production in the area was said to be erratic, which manufacturing lines don't tolerate well).
If they can solve for enough power, there isn't any reason at all they can't run full-scale on D700 and D800 production concurrently - they've had enough time to prepare and get the planning done, workers in place, etc. Barring some kind of component shortage, I could easily see them keeping the D700 around a while, just like the D90. Why not? It gets rid of the parts they likely are committed to, pays for the tooling and manufacturing lines, fills a price cell they don't currently address and makes Canon a little uncomfortable as they try to compete with the D700 @ $2199 and the D800 at $2999 with the 5dMKIII @ $3499. Maybe they'll even get an idea of whether an "entry" FX platform is truly viable without having to invest in a whole new product, not to mention something that is distanced enough feature-wise from the D800 that it isn't going to drag on that product (in my opinion).
Personally, I'd love a D3s sensor in a D700 body. I'd start selling blood and light up eBay with everything I could find lying around to get one. In the meantime, I think you'll see D700's in moderate volumes. Only time will tell, and even then it will validated only by perception/word of mouth - all these chippy guys who make all these bold statements about shipping numbers never seem to produce any source for their information. I wish Nikon did release more data - it would be fascinating."