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So I got it a bit wrong in the previous post. The Ricoh GR (28mm-e ƒ/2.8 lens, APS-C sensor) at $596.95 comes with the GV-1 external viewfinder, normally a $229 extra. The Nikon Coolpix A (28mm-e ƒ/2.8 lens, APS-C sensor) at $499.95 seemed cheaper, but when you added the matching Nikon DF-Cp1 external finder to your cart, the price of the viewfinder magically dropped from $396.95 to $96.95....making the total for the camera and the viewfinder...$596.90, or within one nickel of the Ricoh's price.
So the Coolpix A and the Ricoh GR were still neck-and-neck on Cyber Monday, the only difference being that you could order the Nikon without the viewfinder if you wanted to...and a SanDisk 32GB card thrown in with the Ricoh means it was still a slightly better deal.
Thanks to Manish Bansal, Schmuell, and Yonatan Katznelson for pointing that out.
Too late now though, as the Coolpix A is back to its regular $1,099.95 price as of midnight. I guess I already said that I think it costs too much at that price. Same as it ever was. If you wanted one, I hope you snagged it on Cyber Monday.
[UPDATE: As of this writing, Amazon still has 20 Coolpix A's at $500. They're not allowing me to link it directly—what, too good a deal?—so to see it, go to Amazon.com and search "NikonCoolpix A." They want $300 for the viewfinder, however.
Thanks to Paddy C for this. —MJ]
And one I forgot to mention...hard to believe that it was only three years ago that we proclaimed the Sony NEX-7 to be the "Most Desirable Camera on the Planet." Currently, you can buy the NEX-7's (and NEX-6's) successor, the A6000, for a mere $448. That's $200 off, and a really, really nice price for a whole lot of camera. And you can get it in both black and silver. No idea how long that price is going to last.
(As always with Sony, watch it with the lenses...make sure the lenses you want exist, and that you can afford them. I invested in a Zeiss 24mm for my NEX-6, but it's waaay overpriced. The lenses for this camera are an utter hodgepodge, as if Sony just completely gave up. You can build a good lens kit for it, but it can be far from a simple task. [My other lens for the NEX-6 is the quirky but optically beautiful (IMHO) Sigma 60mm DN.] I think one of the reasons people liked the NEX-7 so much is that we assumed Sony was going to do the reasonable thing and provide a lens line for the NEX series; now we know better. It had no such plans. There wasn't even a meeting.)
(Thanks to Manish, Schmuell, and Yonatan)
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John Robison: "A finder for a supposed price of $396.95! How can Nikon, or any camera maker keep a straight face? Please don't tell me that a few lenses fixed in a metal tube has to cost this much. What! Did they make only 10 of them?
"I'm sorry, is this Nikon bashing? No, not a bit of it. It seems like every camera maker, desperate with profits for cameras razor thin, have decided to make it up in accessories."
Mike replies: And what else is new? One of the big headaches for cameramakers in the 1980s was that people started buying point-and-shoots instead of SLRs, and thus stopped needing to buy all the SLR accessories. It was as if McDonald's had to stop selling fries and fountain drinks (everything else McDonald's sells is basically at cost, but the profit margin on fries and fountain drinks is huge). Previously, if you bought an SLR, you might buy not only extra lenses, but a flash, a case, a bag, even a strap—all high markup items.
A viewfinder is a lens, basically, without the moving parts. I checked the going prices for Zeiss ZI viewfinders at B&H—they really are beautiful to look through, by the way—$375, $419, $435, and $419 for the 21mm, 25mm, 15mm, and 18mm lenses respectively. The Leica 21mm finder goes for $759. Fortunately, if you just need an optical viewfinder, Voigtländer makes a lineup of them. There are a couple of outliers—a zoom viewfinder and one for a 12mm lens are pretty pricey—but mostly the prices range from $169 to $229. Check swap meets, too—hotshoe OVFs are the kind of thing that tend to collect in photo enthusiasts' closets.