Nikon D300s D700 Digital SLRs Still In Production

Nikon has discontinued the D700 and D300s in Japan due to a new law, but this does not affect sales outside Japan.

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Nikon D300S

Many reports on the internet have reported that the Nikon D300s and D700 have been discontinued due to a law in Japan, however Nikon UK has confirmed that the law does not affect the production and shipment of the products for sale outside of Japan. Here's Nikon's response to our question about the cameras:

"The D300S and D700 have been discontinued in Japan as they no longer comply with Japan’s revised Electrical Appliance and Material Safety law (enacted on November 20, 2008 and revised in November of 2011). This law does not affect the production and shipment of the products for sale outside of Japan."

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StuartAt 14 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2012 12:44PM
Does anyone know how they fail to comply?

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27 Jan 2012 5:08PM
Electrical regs change from time to time

You can now bet on their replacements not being far off
Andy_Cundell 8 1.1k 5 England
27 Jan 2012 5:41PM
Wonder if the prices will rise or drop?
User_Removed 15 17.9k 8 Norway
27 Jan 2012 7:32PM

Quote:Does anyone know how they fail to comply?


Graysta 14 1.1k England
27 Jan 2012 7:59PM
I will swop my D700 for a D4 if any Japanese togs are interested.
User_Removed 15 17.9k 8 Norway
27 Jan 2012 8:26PM
DouglasMorley 8 30 1 Canada
28 Jan 2012 5:57PM
I believe that although the D700 was made in Japan, the D300s was made in Thailand so I fail to see how its production can be affected by Japan's home production laws.
28 Jan 2012 7:15PM
It is to do with complience to electrical device laws. Even though the D300s is made in Thailand, any product sold in Japan has to comply with these laws, be it a toaster from Britain, a table lamp from the US or a camera from Thailand.

I would suggest that part of the internal wiring in the cameras is outside the acceptable Hz for Japan.
Perfectly safe though.
mikesavage 16 299 2 England
28 Jan 2012 11:47PM
Could it be due to the use of lead solder on the PCBs inside the camera? I seem to remember that production of the Hasselblad XPan was stopped for a similar reason.
StuartAt 14 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 6:44PM

Quote:Does anyone know how they fail to comply?



The reason I was interested was pure speculation as to whether this might hasten the arrival of any replacements - if it was purely a minor tweak that made it a failure, then presumably relatively easy to rectify. If it was more fundamental it would suggest a redesign of core components - presumably easier in a new camera. Of course, if the new camera was imminent and had the same failings, then it could have the opposite effect. All slightly academic anyway, as I'm not about to buy a new camera!

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