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When to buy the D700?

happierjoy

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happierjoy Registered since 19th Mar 2012
Thu 05-Apr-12 11:16 PM | edited Thu 05-Apr-12 11:16 PM by happierjoy

I'm pretty much bit by the full frame bug, :| and so now I'm wondering if any of you fellow Nikonians can tell me when the best time to pick up a used D700 would be?

Thanks!

piniongear

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#1. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

piniongear Registered since 29th Jul 2006
Thu 05-Apr-12 10:03 PM

The best time is as soon as you see a low click D700 go up for sale at $1700 or less.
Snap it up.
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happierjoy

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#2. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 1

happierjoy Registered since 19th Mar 2012
Thu 05-Apr-12 10:19 PM

Really? What do you consider to be a low shutter count camera? 10k, 20k, 50k??

Thom Hogan is predicting the D700 to settle in at less than $2,000 new, which would drive the used price down a bit. However, that's only his speculation, right? If that were true, when would we see that happen?

jpFoto

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#3. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 2

jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010
Thu 05-Apr-12 10:55 PM | edited Thu 05-Apr-12 10:59 PM by jpFoto

Not everyone uses their cameras as machine guns. I'm sure that there will be used D700s with 3,000 to 7,000 clicks available from photographers that want "every shot to count." None of us are "swamees" so you will just have to check the ads. I had mine for 2 years and sold it with 5,000 clicks. I also had a Hasselblad MF camera for about 15 years, and if I was to guess, it probably had about 3,000 clicks on it, but in those days you had to pay for film and spend time to develop and print the negatives so we weren't so casual with our shots.

I put my D3s into machine gun mode last summer and took about 700 shots in one day. Never again! That's not photography, that's "I won't miss a shot because my camera keeps firing no matter what I'm dong. Even if I'm eating lunch, my camera will get the picture."

Just my 2 cent rant.

jP

piniongear

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#4. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 3

piniongear Registered since 29th Jul 2006
Thu 05-Apr-12 11:16 PM

And in my view you are much better off buying a D700 from a member here on the forum than on someplace like Ebay.
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happierjoy

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#5. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 4

happierjoy Registered since 19th Mar 2012
Thu 05-Apr-12 11:26 PM

Good stuff guys! Thanks a million for the tips... I'm keeping a heads up over at the FM marketplace, and I'll keep my eyes open here.

Clint S

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#6. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 5

Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Fri 06-Apr-12 04:01 AM

I just picked up a D700 with a little over 20,000 clicks for $1725. Then a battery grip, an extra battery for camera, two EN-EL41 batteries and a charger for $250. Both off of eBay. D700s are going from anywhere from 1575-2200 on eBay. Those with 7,000 or fewer clicks have been upwards $1900 with a few exceptions.

The lower priced ones here on Nikonians have gone very quickly. But if you are not a savvy bidder on eBay, paying a little bit more form a member here is worthwhile.

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ctadin

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#7. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 5

ctadin Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2008
Fri 06-Apr-12 01:50 PM

>Good stuff guys! Thanks a million for the tips... I'm keeping
>a heads up over at the FM marketplace, and I'll keep my eyes
>open here.
You can also post in, "Wanting to Buy" a used D700 w/a low click count.
I know people have had good and bad experiences on ebay, but, I prefer to make my purchases on Nikonians.
Best of luck.

Cheryl

nathantw

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#8. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 2

nathantw Registered since 16th Jan 2008
Fri 06-Apr-12 02:10 PM | edited Fri 06-Apr-12 02:15 PM by nathantw

>Really? What do you consider to be a low shutter count
>camera? 10k, 20k, 50k??
>

I've had my D700 for about 2 or 3 years now and I think I just got passed the 10k mark. I'm always really surprised when I see people with tens of thousands of shots. I guess the reason for my "low" shutter count is because I came from a film mentality where each frame was important since there was only 24 to 36 exposures. With medium format it was 12 frames.

If you're just going into full frame, especially the D700, keep in mind that the weight of the camera is pretty high, especially when compared to some of the DX cameras. They're also larger so if weight and medium to large cameras are an issue, then stick with what you're using. If you go to a store and check it out, buy it from that store. It's unfair using them as an online showroom.

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whalo3

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#9. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 8

whalo3 Registered since 28th Mar 2012
Fri 06-Apr-12 05:08 PM

Way way way way too much emphasis is placed on shutter count. If you buy a used camera with 5K or 50K do you actually think there's a difference between the two? How do you know that the 5K wasn't in the fannypack of a mountain biker and the 50K one was used only on a tripod in a studio? You don't. People can make any claim they want as well with no way in hell you can prove them right or wrong. You can pick one up used at a considerable savings right now and then take the risk that it's in perfect condition when you receive it. Inspect it and make sure of the terms. It is safe to purchase on ebay through Paypal because they have an excellent return/money back policy set in place now as long as you abide by it. When the D3s cameras come down to about $3K used (maybe in a year) I'll probably pick one up no matter what the shutter count is! They are still a little too high priced used at the moment in my humble opinion. Right now my D700 is my workhorse and you won't regret owning one for a second. Good luck!

tomlawone

Hayden Lake, US
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#10. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 9

tomlawone Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Mar 2011
Fri 06-Apr-12 08:16 PM

Soon after the tsunami in March, 2011, I bought a D700 refurbished from the Nikon USA Store. It came with about 22.5K shutter actuations. I assume Nikon checked it out thoroughly. It now has 23.6K actuations. Seems to me this may be different than a camera bought new that now has 23.6 actuations. No matter what, though, if two cameras are virtually identical, the one with substantially fewer actuations is going to be more desirable.

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pqtrths

Roseville, CA, US
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#11. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 7

pqtrths Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 02nd May 2007
Sat 07-Apr-12 12:43 PM

> I know people have had good and bad experiences on ebay, but, I prefer to make my purchases on Nikonians. <

I'm having one of those bad experiences. How can you verify the number of shutter releases on the D700 or any Nikon camera?

Mp


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piniongear

Houston Texas, US
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#12. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 11

piniongear Registered since 29th Jul 2006
Sat 07-Apr-12 01:46 PM

Use a free program like 'Panda' to determine the number of clicks on a camera.
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nathantw

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#13. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 9

nathantw Registered since 16th Jan 2008
Sat 07-Apr-12 02:26 PM

One of the reasons why the emphasis is on shutter counts with cameras is because the mechanical shutter is rated for just a certain number of actuations. I've had shutters go out on me while on vacation. Not fun esp without a backup.

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CaptPegLeg

Kitty Hawk, US
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#14. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 13

CaptPegLeg Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Nov 2008
Sat 07-Apr-12 03:14 PM

I'm holding a D700 I don't use as a back-up. After I get my 800 I'll let go of it.
The battery count is misleading as hell. Nikon is saying that is the least you should expect. You can figure that they have quite a bit of cushion built in. At the very worst case, the shutter goes south, you get it replaced I don't know how much it is but that's only a fraction of the whole camera. If anyone believes the camera is shot after the magical number, call me, I would be glad to buy it for scrap.

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rubo

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#15. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 14

rubo Registered since 09th Mar 2011
Sat 07-Apr-12 06:50 PM

I bought one last week in Holland from marktplaats, which is a site in used items similar to and owned by ebay. It was brand new. The owner claimed he regretted his buy and wanted something else. I was lucky to buy it from him for € 1450. I checked the shuttercount before I bought it and it was brand new.
Om this site the used d700 sells for about this price. It doesn' t make a difference if the count is 2k or 35k.

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Clint S

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#16. "RE: When to buy the D700?" | In response to Reply # 13

Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Sun 08-Apr-12 04:06 AM

Consider this, you buy a D700 with 45,000 clicks. If you shoot 20,000 photos a year and the camera meets or exceeds it's mean time failure rate, you'll have the camera for five more years!

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