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  • Joe Boston

    “Australia: a new paradise for camera buyers?”

    Not for US buyers. Current exchange is 1.36 AUD to 1.00 USD…so the “bargain” D90 kit works out to be 1,239.50…it’s 1,150 bucks on B&H. With free shipping, and no tax!

    • Joel

      Terry Lane is a well known idiot IMHO… Who comes up with all types of rubbish, just ignore him…

      Move along nothign to see here 😉

  • Human

    I haven’t seen any bargains here in Australia. The Australian dollar has rebounded a bit since Nikon adjusted their prices, so now our prices seem higher than the US, Japan, etc.
    I’m happy to be proven wrong. If someone can point me to a cheap D700 from an authorised Nikon dealer, I’ll take it.

  • Phil

    Nothing’s ever cheap here in Australia 🙁

    Also get everything last too.

  • jsa

    Al lthat article means is that Hong Kong has become more overpriced than Australia.

  • awi

    Nikon D300 no longer available @ Costco.

    I don’t know, D90, D700 and D3 are also not available at Costco. Does that mean that they are also discontinued?

  • Nikkorian

    The 10-24 has been available in Germany since last week. I’m looking forward for some review – and for a comparison with the upcoming Sigma 10-20 3.5 HSM. I wonder how Nikon will justify 800 Euros. I’ll expect the Sigma to have about the same quality and be close to 500 Euros. And those 4 mm at the long end – who cares.

  • You

    Cheapest Nikon D90 in my city is $1350 Australian dollars, cheapest SB900 is $640 AUD, I’m not too sure about others because I haven’t priced them yet since I already have the D700, D300 and other gold ring lenses…

  • PHB

    I would have considered D300 availability at CostCo more likely to herald a replacement than its absence. I bought mine through Costco last year. It was actually shipped from a camera dealer.

    D3 price drop will continue for some time. At this point the newspapers are so banged up that I don’t think many will be selling for news photography. For a successful pro it does not matter much whether it is $7500 or $5000, they will buy it anyway. 25MP is not overkill for a double page magazine spread.

    Don’t think we can read much into either. The D700x when it comes out will probably carry a hefty premium just like the D3x did.The D400 will come out when they have the 24MP sensor working in DX format. Any less than that will not be very interesting.

    Consumer video mode on the D400 would not interest me very much. You can buy a Canon Vixia H11 for $550 at Costco and it weighs less than some of my Nikon lenses. To be interesting a D400 video mode has to be at least as good. If they had an adapter that allowed it to take XLR mic inputs, that would make it interesting.

    I took a look at the Tamron 10-24 that some folk think the Nikon lens may be a copy thereof. I don’t think that is the case. The Nikon has three aspherical elements, the Tamron has four. Nor does it make much sense for Nikon to outsource design of such a critical lens. They must have done a design evaluation of a DX format 10-18 before they made the move to the FX format.

    I think it rather more likely that this particular lens is simply a derivative of the 14-24 design.

    • I very much hope that the D400 is NOT anywhere near the 24MP that you suggest. I am really hoping that the original rumors of a 14 MP D400 that uses the Sony “backlit” sensor design, moving most of the electronics to the rear of the sensor is what is used. The potential then is a few more MP, but with better High ISO than the current D300. I do not see any way that would be currently possible with 24 MP on a DX sensor. Maybe someday, but I don’t think sensor design is able to do that yet! Even though I have a D300, I would be interested in a D400 if it does improve on high ISO, whether it has video or not.

      • Nikkorian

        same here

      • PHB

        I think it is a mistake to consider the ISO rating at the maximum resolution rather than the ISO rating at a specific resolution with appropriate filtering.

        ISO performance decreases at high resolution because of noise. If you double the sensor area you average out the incidence of photons and the noise drops. You can do the exact same thing in software post-processing.

        High resolution in DX format would be useful for two specific applications that the FX format cannot match: macro photography and long range photography. Compare a 200mm f/s.8 on a DX body to a 300mm f/2.8 on an FX body and then decide if you really have to have high ISO.

        In the film days we used to think 400ISO film was fast. I used 64ISO Velvia and thought it fast compared to the 32ISO Kodachrome my father used. 800 max ISO is not a show stopper.

        • I agree that ISO performance “tends” to decrease as the number of MP on the (same size) chip increases. However, I also see that my 12 MP D300 does better at higher ISO’s than my 10 MP D200. This is due to advances in chip design. So, if they have found a way to move more of the electronics on the sensor chip to its back side, then that allows the actual photo sites to be slightly larger. So, a 14 MP D400 may have similar size photo receptors to the D300, and almost 2 years of sensor development that may result in it being able to have more MP and still better ISO performance than the D300. I do not expect to shoot at 6400 or above with no noise, but if there is a one stop improvement over the D300, that would be great!

    • Brian

      “If they had an adapter that allowed it to take XLR mic inputs, that would make it interesting.”

      Such 1/8″ jacks to XLR adapters already exist:

  • “You can buy a Canon Vixia H11 for $550 at Costco and it weighs less than some of my Nikon lenses. To be interesting a D400 video mode has to be at least as good. If they had an adapter that allowed it to take XLR mic inputs, that would make it interesting.”

    I guess it comes down to whether or not you want to carry a camcorder and DSLR at the same time. Personally I think of the video functionality of the Nikon D90, Canon 5D Mark2 as a kind of added bonus/convenience for people who don’t want to carry a DSLR and camcorder. OTOH the high picture quality and availablity of a large range of lenses, especially wide-angles that camcorders rarely have, makes these cameras useful to serious video cameramen. It seems that the Canon 5d Mark II is becoming popular with pro video shooters and I see no reason why the Nikon D90 cannot be useful for some pro video shooting as well.

    I agree that it would be great if future DSLRs had high quality stereo sound capability with the possibility of adding external mics. A high quality stereo mic with a hot-shoe mount would be a great accessory. That being said the sound quality of the Nikon D90’s mono mic is not that bad although it does not seem to handle loud rock music all that well. . . A variety of videos I have shot with the Nikon D90 may be viewed on my YouTube account and plenty more will be added over the coming weeks and months. One thing I have noticed is that some D90 videos shot in low light conditions are darker than appears on the viewing screen when shooting, so you might want to compensate for that effect by increasing the exposure a bit.

    Interestingly enough I have a stereo equalizer that is able to synthesize stereo sound from a mono source so perhaps I will try to do that with some of my Nikon D90 videos. Of course one can always record the sound separately and sync it into the video later. Right?

    • PHB

      The D90 is certainly a very interesting camera. And the cine mode is certainly useful. But to be interesting rather than just a me-too feature, a top of the line cine mode needs to offer top of the line functionality. In other words, to be interesting a D400 needs to be more than just a D90 with the D300 focusing and more pixels.

      In the long term I think it highly likely that we will end up seeing dedicated video backs. Nikon certainly have the sensor technology and the lens technology to put Red out of business. What they do not have yet is the data handling capacity for video feeds. They also lack a sensor with an electronic shutter but that is not a major issue. I think we will see that come on photography bodies before long. It eliminates an expensive and unreliable component for one and enables really fast flash sync at the other.

  • Ok so when does BEST BUY start blowing these out like the D200’s which are $599

  • Josh

    I don’t know if you’ve mentioned this, but the D60 has gone missing from Costco’s site as well.

  • Alex

    Some street prices from Australia for comparison – these are for authorized Nikon Australia items. $USD calculated using an exchange rate of 0.72, which is about average recently. Note that Australian advertised prices always include 10% sales tax, so I’ve included that in these figures.

    D60: $729 ($USD 525)
    D5000: $1349 ($USD 971)
    D90: $1459 ($USD 1050)
    D300: $2340 ($USD 1685)
    D700: $3960 ($USD 2851)
    D3: $6750 ($USD 4860)
    D3x: $12599 ($USD 9071)

    Also bear in mind that discounts and cashbacks are rare here. You might shave $20 or so off those prices but that’s about the best you’ll do anywhere.

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