Nikon Z5 below $1000 in the US

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  1. ShunCheung

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  2. That's amazing, in my country the body only Z5 is 1549€.
     
  3. Current lowest UK price is £1299.
     
  4. ShunCheung

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    In the US, the current discount is available for 2 weeks, while supply lasts. I have no idea how much inventory Nikon USA has, but similar discounts should eventually be available in other parts of the world, I hope. Otherwise, the price difference is just too big.
     
  5. WOW, a fourhundred-dollar price drop! Nikon must have realized that trying to sell the remaining stock of Z6 (which comes at a $600 discount from its initial price) and the Z5 at the same price of $1400 didn't work well. Who would choose the Z5 over a Z6 (whose only drawback in that direct comparison is the lack of a 2nd card slot)? Now the discounted Z5 puts price pressure on the Z50 - which is only $150 cheaper ($860). Or $200 more ($1200) - if you choose to get both kit lenses with the Z50. Equipping the Z5 with the 24-200 results in a $500 price difference ($1700) with the Z50/16-50/50-250).
     
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  6. Or if you have a decent camera you purchased in the past five years and it is in good working order, you could really save $1,000 and keep using the camera you have. If you re honest with yourself, you will probably take pictures with your current camera that are as good as the pictures you would take with the Z-whatever. For most of us, the limiting factor is us, not the equipment.
     
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  7. That's a good question. I believe the answer is someone who has a lot of SD cards and wants to keep using them and not purchase XQD or CFexpress cards. In Europe any kind of very fast cards are traditionally very expensive although there are a few places with competitive prices. I think this is the reason why Nikon are pricing the Z5 high in Europe: they see that customers might see this as more valuable than the Z6 because of the cost of cards for the latter. I personally like XQD and CFexpress and avoid buying SD cards where I can, but others have the opposite view.

    If I just google some SD UHS memory cards with "hinta" (= "price" in Finnish) I find 128 GB Sandisk SD UHS-I for 37€. If I search prices for "CFexpress hinta" I get 128 GB Lexar for 229€. While the performances are very different, for a user who is otherwise satisfied with a Z5 it might not matter much. Of course they might not actually end up saving much money because the camera is priced so high.

    Another reason is that one might also want the more compact 24-50 kit lens for the kit price.
     
  8. Fire sale?
     
  9. Competitors have had full-frame cameras available in this price class for quite some time (in the European market also below 1000€) so no fire sale, simply market forces in play.
     
  10. ShunCheung

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    Actually the original Z6 and Z7 are also on sale in this around:
    • Z5: $999.95 (further lowered by another $3 at some stores such as B&H, to a final $996.95)
    • Z6: $1399.95
    • Z7: $2299.95
    In the US, while there is still some shortage for the Z6 ii and Z7 ii, it looks like Nikon USA needs to move the remaining Z6 and Z7 bodies. With the Z6 at $1400, the Z5 has to go further down accordingly. The Z5 was going for $1200 in the holiday season in 2019. Another $200 off now a year and half later seems reasonable. Both Sony and Canon have had sub-$1000 FX mirrorless for a while.

    The current discount is for two weeks. I assume that whether it will be extended depends on how many more Z6 and Z7 Nikon USA will still have on hand by then. Most likely very few new Z6 and Z7 will be available after the current sale.
     
  11. A nice, small, inexpensive, metal mount FFL lens would complete the package.
     
  12. ?
     
  13. Fixed Focal Length
     
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  14. Prime?
     
  15. Yes
     
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  16. Me too. I'm not at all sure that this is a positive sign, although there may be many reasons to drop prices, some of them are ill-omens
    MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN
     
  17. Uhm... No.
    It's that time of the year again. ;-)

    A prime, or primary lens in full, is a lens (fixed focal length or not!) to which a secondary lens (for instance a close up lens, or anamorphotic lens in front, or a teleconverter behind) is attached.

    In this case the original "fixed focal length" was correct.


    Re price drop: I'm not sure why this is a topic of discussion. A good heads-up, pointing out that these old versions are now discounted, yes. By why this speculation about what may be behind the decision to drop prices? Ill omens???
    It is common when new versions of things are put on the market that the old versions are discounted. Else noone would buy those oldies anymore.
    It is an opportunity for those who hadn't bought the old versions because of being too expensive. These buyers wouldn't buy the new versions for the same reason. So there is a market that is now being served. And Nikon and Nikon dealers can move their stock of old versions.
    For less money. Smaller margins. But more then when these old ones would remain unsold. Standard business practice, i'd say.
     
  18. Re price drop: I'm not sure why this is a topic of discussion. A good heads-up, pointing out that these old versions are now discounted, yes. By why this speculation about what may be behind the decision to drop prices? Ill omens???It is common when new versions of things are put on the market that the old versions are discounted.

    Some people always want to give the impression that Nikon are failing and they use every opportunity to present that view. I have no idea what their motivation might be, perhaps they have a grudge.

    Prime lens has for a very long time now (decades) been used to designate a fixed-focal-length lens in common photographic gear parlance. What it meant 100 years ago or what is meant by it in scientific optical literature can be different as language constantly evolves and common usage can be different from that of the scientific community. It doesn't mean it's wrong to use it in that way as long as the reader understands what is being talked about.
     
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  19. Do What?

    Are you saying a Prime lens is not of a fixed Focal Length?
     
  20. I am saying that a prime lens can be either a fixed or variable focus (zoom) lens, yes.
     

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