- Price new: $16,296.95 (was $17,896.95 few months ago)
- Price used (9+ condition): $11,999.95
- Price used eBay: $12,499 (just sold, pictured above)
→ Few updates on upcoming third part lenses for Nikon F mount:
→ New case relay camera power system for Nikon cameras will be officially announced next week:
→ Nikon published two Q&A related to their Q3 financial results (Imaging Products Business):
Q: Can you tell us about your future market forecast for digital cameras-interchangeable lens type?
A: While we are currently not at a stage where we can provide a concrete forecast for the digital camera-interchangeable lens type market for next fiscal year, our view is that the market will continue its downwards trend. In the markets for digital SLR camera and interchangeable lens, both of which constitute leading products of ours, the inventory adjustment finished during the second half of 2015, and we predict that the supply-demand gap will be resolved during next fiscal year. Our view is that the rate of negative growth in those markets year on year will halt at a single digit.
Q: Can you tell us about the delay in the release of your "D500" new digital SLR camera?
A: As we have received a level of orders that has surpassed our expectations since announcing the release of the "D500" at the beginning of the year, we have decided to delay the product's release to secure sufficient quantities of the product. We apologize sincerely for the great inconvenience that this delay is causing for customers and other related parties. We are doing our utmost to increase the production of the "D500" so that we may supply it in late April.
→ Interesting: Nikon Precision recently announced their latest super high-end semiconductor production scanner, which supports production down to 7nm process node and step/overlay accuracy of 2.3nm. There are only 2 companies in the world that produce devices with this level of precision: ASML from the Netherlands, and Nikon. Between them, they own over 90% of the market in semiconductor patterning lithography devices. ASML buys or outsources production of all their hardware components, whereas Nikon produces their product completely in-house. These devices have been referred-to as the most precise equipment ever made, with accuracy levels measured to a handful of atoms (typical atomic diameter is.0.3nm).
→ I was told that the new Nikon D500 can remain powered "off" and the user can still transfer photos to their smart devices.