Nikon D700 Discontinued?

There’s reports from numerous web sources that the Nikon D700 is discontinued.  Many stores reportedly are either unable to re-order the D700, or have marked down the price, or both.

Officially, Nikon seems to be keeping quiet on the issue, but it’s been widely expected that a Nikon D700 replacement would be announced very soon.  There were even rumors that one would be announced before the end of April, and while that date has passed, an announcement could still be forthcoming any day now.

D700x, D700s, D800, D900… who knows what Nikon will call it.  I’m leaning towards the D900.  Thom Hogan seems to think it’s the likeliest name, and he’s usually more tuned in than most people when it comes to all things Nikon.

So, now is a great time to pick up a Nikon D700 while the price is low.  The D700 is a SWEET camera.  I love mine.  For top image quality, and top of the line high ISO, the D700 is the camera to have.

Or, wait and see what the D900 brings.  You really can’t go wrong either way.

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  1. George says:

    All the constant body updating from these two major DSLR manufacturers (Canon and Nikon) may be fine and dandy for their bottom lines, but I’m getting pretty sick and tired of the old “Keeping Up With The Jones” syndrome when it comes to serious camera bodies. Play this little game if you must with the consumer grade bodies or their little cousins, the EV’s or pocket cameras, but not on the Pro-Level.

    Let’s face it, $7,900.00, for the rumored new Canon 1DMKIV, anywhere from the low price discounted D700′s price of around $2,400.00, to it’s full MSRP of nearly $3,0000.00, these are not several hundred dollar bodies that you can use for a year or so and then just replace then with the newest toy that has been released. I suspected for years that the manufacturers were holding back on the capabilities of manufacturing bodies that had a full array of superlative operating functions, high ISO’s, video, etc. . . I mean you had to be blind not to see the writing on the walls. They had pocket camera’s with features that are not on the highest priced DSLR’s, (HD Video, Face Recognition, Etc…) why? Then all of a sudden they break out a new DSLR breakthrough, like HD video on the D90, a world first for a DSLR, mind you 780, not 1080. Well people, we were seeing video on compact pocket camera’s for years, with much smaller sensors and bodies, you mean to tell me you could not integrate 1080p HD video on the D90? Who are we kidding. Certainly not Canon.

    The technology was there for the application, but why not wait and sell a few extra D40′s, or D40x’s or D60′s, or even D80′s before letting loose the D90, and then why let the D90 get out with full 1080, let’s set it back a notch to 780, so we can have room for the upgrade? Not to be forgotten for long Canon fired back (and proved my point) with it’s answer to both the D700 and D90 in one body, and at the price of the D700. The answer, a 5D MKII which was an FX format with greater MP’s and was a stable and venerable competitor to the D700 and D90 combo. So then came the D3S, Nikon’s answer to the newer Canons, with HD Video (albeit still at 720p, but we forgive them because they gave us out of this world ISO’s with low noise) now the D700 is discontinued and we’ll see a D700 replacement with HD Video at perhaps 1080, like it’s EV siblings have today. Or perhaps we might also see the new incarnation for the D700 have an 18 or 24 MP sensor, or the new sensors that are being developed in California which absorb more light per sensor needing less sensors to read the light and deliver higher ISO’s and produce great pics. Why not release a new camera with all these latest and greatest upgrades once every four or five years and let us catch our breath, not to mention letting us stop competing with rich the Uncle Bob’s that shows up to our Wedding gigs with the newest D3X, or D3S or perhaps 1DMKIV, while you are shooting it with a D3 or God forbid , combination of a D700 and D300 second body, or maybe a couple of 5D MKII’s. Let’s face it, it’s getting BORRING!

    Remember the days when the superlative Nikon F2′s and Nikkormats were the bomb. It wasn’t for a fleeting year of two, no, these babies were around for decades, and became the top pro choice for 35 mm. Do you think Nikon held back on it’s technology and know how at that time to get the edge on the pro and high end amateur 35 mm markets? No way. They went for the jugular and you invested in a real top of the line piece of equipment that would serve you well for years. Some are still in use with the film die-hard. That is what we need today, a DSLR manufacturer willing to give us a top of the line pro DSLR with a 40 MP sensor with 1080 HD video, with useable ISO’s as low as 20 and high as 112,000, or higher, with built-in vibration reduction, high speed dual cards slots, USB, Firewire, HDMI, built-in wireless Speedlight controls (common, we need to go to Pocket Wizard or Q for a better solution, like Canon and Nikon can’t figure this out on their own) and the add some extra hocus pocus; but lay it on me all at once and charge me $8,000., to $10,000., for the this pro body, I can take it as a pro and a grown up, but let me get some use out of it before you make it obsolete (or at least obsolete in the eyes of all the non-pros and the object of envy from even other pros). Let’s face it, I can still get great photos with my D50, and shoot a wedding with no problems with my D200, so let’s get real here. Yeah, let’s really get real, or maybe we should be looking at the more realistic medium formats that operate almost as easily as the DSLR’s, but unlike the quick switchers, these babies still use the older lenses without limitations, bodies and accessories that you invested in years ago, and simply adopted the high MP Digital backs you see on them, (some manufacturers did release new bodies, but did not isolate the prior body owners, and heck they had not released a new HB body in over a decade. And you can even place a Film Back on these medium formats (God forbid you should be able to do that with a DSLR body) to take advantage of negatives that convert into scanned digital 100+Mb files.

    Enough with the games. I would say to the big duo (originally siblings of the same father with a different mother), they think we forget that when Canon first started out in Japan, they used Nippon lenses on the cameras until Nippon not only developed it’s own body, but a better body, and also adopted the F mount. I guess this is a bitter Japanese sibling battle that has the consumers paying through the nose for the game and the manufacturers laughing all the way to the bank. Stop the insanity or else! (Medium Format else.)

    Had to vent, they have me coming and going, no sooner do I get a new body that they announce the discontinuation of that body for a newer body with more bells and whistles and leave me out in the cold with no firmware updates to make up for the fact that I just gave them several grand of my hard earned money. Enough said!

  2. aalevy says:

    It’s getting rediculous. I remember Nikon years back when the F2 DSL came out. You could use all their past lenses without any problem. Now, Digital and their are new expensive bodies coming out every two years. Let’s get real. I own the D300 and love it. It’s enough camera for me for many years to come. Video? If I want video, I’ll buy a Video Camera. A lot of noise about nothing except profit.

  3. AWESOME COMMENT – Now that the camera companies are making gobs of money by replacing bodies so often with new ones I don’t think we have a prayers chance in slowing them down.

  4. Brian says:

    Good rant George but these are no longer camera’s. They are computer / electronic devices that now run at the pace of the computer industry. That said, “keeping up with the Jones” is here, wether you like it or not.

  5. Alan Meyer says:

    You are absolutely spot-on. Couldn’t agree with u more. However, in order not to be outdone by Uncle Bob, I will wait and see what the Nikon ninjas conjure up this time for the D700 replacement. And, I suppose, it gives further credence to the view held by professionals that it’s worth spending your hard-earned cash on top quality lenses rather than be yanked around by the body-change experts of the big two. Quality glass never goes out of fashion.

  6. Lee says:

    George raises good points… but at the same time, we should try to remember that just because a new body is released, it does not suddenly make our existing cameras obsolete. Yes, there might be new features, and some of them might actually make a difference. I used my D2H bodies for years after others considered them junk (and at times, still do); yet I was still doing magazine quality work with those cameras, and not one editor has ever suggested I was giving them inferior quality images; nor did any judges in professional print competitions. This is not intended as bragging; just trying to show that we can create quality work with supposedly low resolution, old gear.

    That said, I did finally ‘upgrade’ to the D300S, and found these to be vastly superior in low light conditions. These cameras indeed extended my capabilities in ways that the D2H could not match; the mark of a good tool. Sure, I’d love a matched pair of D3S bodies for even greater low light capability, but in the end, how much do we really need? Much as I love the latest and greatest technology, I’m also willing to do the work to get the best out of what I have, make it work, offer creative and technically excellent images, and be happy.

    I agree, in the old days we’d just keep using those wonderful film cameras, and the newer technology was as much the film stock as improved AF and all the rest. Made it easier to keep using the old gear, and it was built to last.

    We can do the same with our digital gear, if we’re just willing to slow down a bit, and not wring our hands or race to jump on the marketing and techno bandwagons every time something new is introduced.

    To borrow from others’ wise words, “Do the best you can in the place you are” – to which I’ll add, with the gear that you have.