Price of the Full Frame SLR

With the arrival of several Full Frame SLRs on the market, people start wondering what they should buy or what they should wait. Actually, we can expect to see very real price differences, so I thought it would be good to make a summary for us:

SLR Price
(body only)
Comment
Canon EOS 5D <$1900
<1600€
On sale, end of life
Sony Alpha 900 <$2000
<1700€
According to Photography Bay,
available in Sep-Oct 08
Canon EOS 5D MkII/6D/7D <$2500
<2000€
My guess-timate
Nikon D700 <$3000
<2600€
Launched,
available in July 08
Nikon D3 <$4000
<3000€
Available now
Nikon D3x ??? Expected for 2009
Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII $4000-$8000
6500€-7000€
Available now

As you can notice, it is expected that the Sony Alpha 900 will be targetting low prices despite it’s 24MP sensor (or it will have a little Alpha 800 brother, while the Alpha 900 would shoot for a higher price point). But the current Canon EOS 5D seems to be an astonishingly good bargain (while stocks last).

2 comments for “Price of the Full Frame SLR

  1. July 8, 2008 at 20:34

    Following comments published on the same post in French (the other version of the web site), I agreed to also add the Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII to the table despite its enormous price tag (nearly the cost of a car). But, right, it make the table a little more complete.

    Anyway, I would still concentrate onto the more affordable cameras, if you please.

  2. July 10, 2008 at 20:54

    Late addition: Photography Bay suggests that the price of the Canon EOS 5D MkII could be $2200 at launch time (in September).

    This is a definite possibility, even if I tend to believe that it would be a little higher than that.

    But the Canon EOS 5D is still selling around $1800 (even without the addition of Canon coupons). Either the still-available stocks are really huge, or the price of the Canon EOS 5D MkII will push down more than expected (in which case, the Nikon D700 is going to be severely hit).

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