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Does anyone sell the D3200 body only?

NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Wed 06-Feb-13 01:47 PM

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.

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Leonard62

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#1. "RE: Does anyone sell the D3200 body only?" | In response to Reply # 0

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Wed 06-Feb-13 02:52 PM

Mark, my local dealer splits up kits, but normally when the lens is an expensive model. I don't know about the D3200 with say a AFS18-55mm VR. You might see if a local dealer will work with you.

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jec6613

Norwalk, US
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#2. "RE: Does anyone sell the D3200 body only?" | In response to Reply # 0

jec6613 Registered since 12th Feb 2013
Tue 12-Feb-13 09:37 PM

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.

Tony1337

US
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#3. "RE: Does anyone sell the D3200 body only?" | In response to Reply # 2

Tony1337 Registered since 20th Jan 2013
Wed 20-Feb-13 07:57 AM | edited Wed 20-Feb-13 08:08 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.)

jwstl

US
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#4. "RE: Does anyone sell the D3200 body only?" | In response to Reply # 3

jwstl Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Feb 2013
Mon 11-Mar-13 05:26 PM

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.

http://www.cameta.com/Nikon-D3200-Digital-SLR-Camera-Body-Black-Factory-Refurbished-69675.cfm

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