Yes, we are most definitely fucked. And as you can imagine, Galbraith being the Nikon whore that he is, was all over it. Yes, it’s official now, Nikon will be releasing their D3X body next week. More coverage is here. High res magazine pictures here and here.
The timing of their launch is bad for us, since our 5D Mark II just became available. I wonder how many people are going to cancel their pre-orders now. The 1Ds Mark III is pretty much fucked if the pricing of the D3x will be around $5000.
Even the 5D Mark II is probably going to have issues now with the D700 being cheaper and the D3x offering a lot more. I knew we should have at least equiped the 5D Mark II with the focusing system of the 1Ds Mark III. I just knew it, but nobody in Tokyo wanted to listen to me. Well, they’re now getting what they deserve. We have no chance to make a comeback for at least a year now. Yes the 1D4 is coming in 2009, but that won’t be going up against the D3x. It’ll compete more with the D700 and we can’t possibly beat that price. In addition, our informants are telling us a D700x is on schedule for 2009 at Nikon. It looks like we’re going to have to drastically lower the 5D Mark II prices as early as next month.
May God have mercy with us.