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#1 kickstan

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 05:47 AM

I went on a vacation to Samana and rented a 200-500 to use on my D300- liked the lens, easy to hand hold.  I am  thinking that it's time to move up for more resolution and am looking at a used D800 -what opinions would you have on this camera? The budget is my deciding factor as it is around $1000 and from what I have read the D810 would be a better camera, but most used ones are going for over $2000.


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 11:13 AM

Stan, you might want to PM Art and ask him about his thoughts on the D800.  Despite his new D850, I think he still has his D800, and could tell you more about positives and negatives.

 

I've had my D810 for 2.5 years and love it.  True, it's pricey, but I think it's good value for money.  Unfortunately for you, mine is not for sale.  :)


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 04:37 PM

I assume your looking at Full frame only then,  If you ever in the market for a crop sensor i have the d500 and love it.  for wildlife its perfect

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 11:13 PM

Stan,

 

I sent you a PM response, sorry for the delay.

 

The D810 is head and shoulders over the D800.

 

I would hold out for a D810, you won't be upgrading again for a very long time.

 

However, you won't be disappointed with a D800 either, its just the D810 fixed quite a few "nits" with the D800.

 

I should have asked, what are you going to do with the camera?  If it is sports, nature and action oriented, you might want to consider the D500 DX.  It is unbelievable as well!  Might better fit into your budget, I don't know.


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Posted 22 June 2018 - 08:12 AM

I've got a D850 but use the D800E as a backup.  I've used the D810 and the differences are relatively small.  With a price target of $1000, it's a good option.

 

The D750 is my recommendation.  It's a more recent camera with a lot of newer features.  I think you'll find it similar to the D300 and a nice upgrade to full frame.  To keep the cost down, look for a refurbished model.

 

I'd hang onto your D300 as a backup.  You won't get much for it and it remains a good camera.

 

Keep in mind that when you upgrade your camera, you'll probably need to update software if you are not running a current version.


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Posted 22 June 2018 - 12:00 PM

My 2 cents.  I am the proud owner of the D800e.  This is the best camera I have ever owned.  Once I upgrade to the D850, I will use it for backup. I can recommend the D800e without hesitation.



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Posted 23 June 2018 - 06:14 PM

Eric, a refurbished model is not worth it here in Canada.  Nikon.ca has refurbished products on their website.  For instance a refurbished D850 is for sale from Nikon for $4,399.  I can go down the street to Vistek and purchase a new D850 for $4,299.  $100 dollars less than the refurbished model....why would anyone want a refurbished one from Nikon ????


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 06:35 AM

Stan

 

You'll see a wide range of prices for refurbished cameras depending on timing and the dealer.  The D850 is a great new camera and in short supply, so a refurb is not really an option.  But for a D810 or a D750, if you keep an eye out you can get a substantial reduction.  I'd expect to see refurbs priced equivalent to used or $500 or more below new to make it a viable option.  For $1100-1200, a refurb D750 is a good option but current prices are $1599 or so which is high.  I'm seeing refurb D810 cameras ranging from $1899 (Cameta) to $2399 (Nikon).  In the $1500-1899 range, the D810 refurb option makes sense.  But $1899-2399 is a very wide range so you need to be selective. 

 

The last refurb I purchased was a D7200 when it was relatively late in the model life but before the D7500 was announced.  I found one for $695 - at the time almost $400 less than a new camera.  And if you bought new, the resale value used would have dropped too that range within a week.


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