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Used gear is just a bit too cheap...

Sat 15-Dec-07 02:59 PM

I can see the argument that DX lenses should fall in price a bit because of the D3 (and maybe the D400) HX format. I can see that the price of the D200 has fallen like a rock because there are so many to sell to finance D300 sales. I can even see that the price of lower-end film cameras has dropped a lot, as I tried to sell a near-perfect N80 for a while for $100 without a nibble and there is someone trying to get rid of a nice F/N65 for almost nothing right now. (Suggestion: give it to your local school that teaches photo and take the tax writeoff.) I'm keeping my F100 for infrared film until I get a digital body converted.

However, IMO, prices seem in general a bit too cheap for things like 70-300mm VR lenses that fit either format and there are some very good buys out there for some very nice glass.

Possibly this is because so many people out there are trying to finance a D3 and/or D300 and/or are waiting for VR versons. Maybe the economy is getting softer than the most recent statistics (like job creation) indicate and possibly many people are worried about losing their homes and selling a nice lens means making a mortgage payment. But it's Christmas shopping season and I'm curious about the bargains, especially priced in cheap US dollars. Any ideas, fellow Nikonians?

As the phrase goes, "I'm just a simple country economist." +


Adrian

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