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Has Nikon screwed up it's price points?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SF Lights, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. SF Lights

    SF Lights

    Mar 16, 2009
    Currently, the D90 costs as much as the D300, even though they are in an entirely different class of camera, where the D80 costs as much as the D200 currently. Both of these camera lines seem to intertwine so much that it seems pointless to buy one over the other when in the case of the D90 and D300 you're getting the same things and so much more, while only losing a small bit.
  2. BobW


    Mar 10, 2008
    Not sure what prices you are looking at. I see the D90 selling for $950 and the D300 for $1600 at B & H Photo.

  3. Preston


    May 2, 2005
    Reno, NV
    Are you comparing new to used maybe? All the prices I see are very different.
  4. SF Lights

    SF Lights

    Mar 16, 2009
    Really? I had seen the D300 as low as 1299 when the D90 was first introduced. But I guess the D80 and the D200 are better examples since their current prices are almost identical.
  5. The only legitimate way to buy a D300 for that price is via the used market. If you're seeing an advertisement from an internet site for that price, then you really need to check www.resellerratings.com and search for the store you're looking at. I guarantee you'll see horrid ratings.
  6. GH41


    Nov 18, 2008
    I would like to know where to buy a new 300 for 950. I'd give up waiting for the new one if I could move up now for that price. GH
  7. Julien


    Jul 28, 2006
    Paris, France
    That would still make a $400 difference, not really the same thing …

    The D80 is much newer than the D200 so it's not all that odd to see them go for the same price. It's like saying a D2H can be had for around $500 which is as much as the D40 and kit lens :tongue:
  8. SF Lights

    SF Lights

    Mar 16, 2009
    Well, that is kind of what I was saying, but in terms of the D200 and the D80 the only real difference is weather sealing.
  9. Jaytron


    Mar 22, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    Damn, I came in here thinking my dream cam true and that D300s were selling for $1000

  10. Lurker


    Jul 21, 2007
    They're both excellent cameras but there are more differences than just the body (weather sealing):

    • Metering AI(S) lenses
    • 5FPS vs 3FPS + bigger buffer
    • 1/8000" shutter vs 1/4000" shutter
    • 1005 pixel metering vs 420 pixel metering
    • 1/250" flash sync vs 1/200" flash sync

    Whether those differences are "real" depends on each individual. For some the frame rate or AI(S) metering might be a big deal, for others not. But I don't think weather sealing is the only real difference.
  11. exitnine


    Jun 5, 2008
    Boston, MA
    now if someone can tell me where i can get a cheap d300.

  12. Haha you and i both Jay
  13. New? Used?
  14. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
  15. Apparently Nikon has screwed it's price point. Looks like they think the new 70-200/2.8 is worth almost $2400. LMAO:rolleyes: 
  16. haha yeah and the D300 and the D300s are the same price!
  17. That may be the important difference to you, but there are other differences such as buid quality, 10-pin connector, AIS compatibility ...
  18. pforsell


    Jan 15, 2008
    That's dirt cheap. The old one is here EUR 2260 ($3051) :biggrin:
    Then again when I sold my first one of these 13 months ago I got EUR 1700 for it ($2295) so in the long run it makes no difference. Lenses are a long time investment, not a one-off cost.

    I can't find the pricing of the II version yet, but I already have my name on the waiting list. Still have to figure whether it's ethical to trade my old one in (the second copy), or should I just dump it into the bin. :tongue:
  19. Saw that as well, I remember purchasing my 70-200mm VR new from B&H for around $1500...I'll be keeping mine. :smile:
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