I have several DX lenses that I use with my D300s and D2x. I'd like to pick up a D3200 body only. The problem is, everyone sells the D3200 as kits? My budget is $500. I would think the body only would sell for under $500.
#2. "RE: Does anyone sell the D3200 body only?" In response to Reply # 0
Nikon does not package the D3200 without a lens - it's designed as an entry level body, for people without any lenses. Once you've graduated from it, you're supposed to move into the D5x00 series of cameras, which do come body-only.
You can find it used or split out of a boxed kit from some dealers, but as it has the 18-55 mm VR as the only lens option, my guess is that it will be difficult to locate. Very rarely, you can also find a refurbished D3200, but they show up and disappear very quickly, and all of the Nikon refurbs come with lenses.
I'd take a long look at the D5100, I think you may like it better if you were thinking about a D3200, given your other bodies the D5100 is likely easier, and it's right in your budget, as well.
#3. "RE: Does anyone sell the D3200 body only?" In response to Reply # 2 Wed 20-Feb-13 10:08 AM by Tony1337
>I'd take a long look at the D5100, I think you may like it >better if you were thinking about a D3200, given your other >bodies the D5100 is likely easier, and it's right in your >budget, as well.
I would second this. Pretty much the only advantage of D3200 is more pixels. However, we're getting to the point where sensors are outresolving lenses, so 24 MP might not be such a huge advantage over 16 MP. With the D5100, you get more advanced features like bracketing, articulated screen, finer ISO settings, and slightly longer battery life. They're both pretty close, though. If I were you, I would get the refurbished D5100 with lens from Adorama, which at $439 is truly a steal.
As a general rule, a higher-end model that's one generation old is likely to be the same price as the model just below it that's current, but will almost always be better for the serious shooter, barring tremendous improvements in sensor technology, processing, etc. (For example, I would argue that the D7000 is better than the D300.)
#4. "RE: Does anyone sell the D3200 body only?" In response to Reply # 3
I don't know if you purchased your 3200 or not but I'd thought I'd share this deal. Cameta has a Refurb with 1 year warranty for $435. I ordered one to partner with my D7000 as a simple, light-weight travel carry around camera. It may be limited functionality but, according to Thom Hogan, it has (from Oct. 2012) the best sensor in any DX camera, and that's what I'm looking for. I have a few quality DX lenses that will work well with this camera.