Nikon D50 Price Drop

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by rw, Sep 5, 2005.

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    rw Guest

    I noticed Nikon D50 did a significant price drop on the D50. Was $899,
    now $799 and I'm starting to see it on sale it some stores.

    Anyone know the reason for the drop? Problems with the camera? New
    model coming out (seems unlikely since it is a fairly new one), etc?

    Thanks, rw
    rw, Sep 5, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    Up here in Canada on Thursday September 1, 2005 all dSLR prices dropped by
    $100, except the KM 7D which we dropped by $200.

    The D50 now sells in Ottawa for $999.99
    Darrell, Sep 6, 2005
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    bmoag Guest

    Market saturation.
    I suspect that Nikon and Canon will have a hard time inducing upgrades from
    what are very satisfactory dSLRs for most users; Non dSLR users are likely
    to be a tough sell also.
    bmoag, Sep 6, 2005
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    tlai909 Guest

    I would also expect that they all have a hard time getting P&S users to
    move to introductory SLRs...

    tlai909, Sep 6, 2005

  5. IMHO the P&S crowd and the DSLR crowd are distinctly different and I
    wouldn't think that most of the P&S crowd would consider moving to a DSLR.
    In other words I don't think there's much of a market to catch there.

    Where I'd guess there's a market is the hold out who wants the quality and
    ability of a good camera (DSLR) but won't pay $400 - $600 for a quality P&S
    or ZLR camera. These people would however lay down that kind of money for a
    DSLR. I suspect that both Canon and Nikon will get their entry lever
    consumer DSLR down to a $600 price point before too long.

    In any event it would be a fairly smart marketing move for Nikon to under
    cut Canon's entry level price to capture that market even if they wind up
    losing money on units sold. Make them a Nikon user first and then make
    money on upgrades, lenses, accessories, etc.

    If this is the case I foresee a price war on the horizon at least at the
    consumer level.
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Sep 6, 2005
  6. Loss leader? Trying to drum up market share? There is very little new
    in the D50 over the D100 or D70(s), and as such, most of the parts are
    probably purchased in significant bulk. Get a new D50 user on the cheap
    and lock them into a lens system and you have sales for years to come.
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Sep 6, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    That's assuming the entry-level D50 lasts for years.
    What's it's shutter rating?
    RichA, Sep 6, 2005
  8. FF version coming? :)
    Dave R knows who, Sep 6, 2005
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    tlai909 Guest

    Over here the D50 is less than a 350D and Nikon are throwing in a free
    lens... ok it's a rubbish 70-300mm f5.6 lump of Coke bottle glass but
    the punters don't know that.

    The Pentax and Olympus are well under these two and only K/M are brave
    enough to be well over Canon and Nikon (they must sells ones and twos
    every month nationally!).

    It's a crowded market.

    tlai909, Sep 7, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    Can't be any worse than Canon's 18-55mm and you have to pay for that.
    Rich, Sep 7, 2005
  11. IMHO the P&S crowd and the DSLR crowd are distinctly different and I
    Well, certainly the majority of the P&S shooters won't. But there are two
    significant groups who might: those who are becoming more and more
    interested in photography for its own sake because of their digital P&S
    cameras, and those who have P&S digitals but also come from film SLR's, and
    had just been putting getting a digital SLR until it seemed worth their

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    Marc Sabatella, Sep 7, 2005

  12. I don't disagree here at all, however, I'll bet there are a lot more coming
    from film SLR's over P&S's.

    In any event, Nikon would be smart at this point to price the D50 such that
    they can just dump tons of them on the market. All those people who bought
    the Canon Rebel Film SLR are chomping at the bit to get a "cheap" DSLR and
    IMO Nikon could have an opportunity here to push the D50 in that direction
    before the original DRebel gets there. I'd guess that the Camera with Lens
    would have to have MSRP of around $600.
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Sep 8, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    Ottawa, we now sell a D50 with the 18~70 (note: not the 18~55) for cdn
    Darrell, Sep 8, 2005
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