Sun 24-Aug-14 08:57 PM | edited Sun 24-Aug-14 08:57 PM by ajdooley
42nd Street Camera has a new D4 for $4299. I assume first of all, that it's a grey market body. But since all Nikons are the same and the only issue is whether Nikon USA will fix one, I am not overly concerned. Nikon APS shops will fix grey market items and I am taking the same risk with a used body since warrantees don't transfer. Has anyone here bought one of these? Is this one of those "... you'll need a battery... and a charger... and a ..." scams. I have been searching for a nice used D3S or D4 for sports this winter and, while I normally avoid things that appear to be too good to be true -- I thought I'd ask.
I forget about them -- and yes, I thought they might be the kind of outfit to unpack the box and then sell you the contents separately. I have a friend who asked me about buying a DSLR online when they told him that the kit lens was "just plastic" and he needed to buy an upgrade at a ridiculous price.
>I've always wanted to visit B&H or Adorama. I'll be they >are impressive stores considering the on-line presence. > >Chris MASSIVE!!!! B/H is run like a well oiled machine!!! you have never seen anything like it... I have been shopping there since they were on..oh brother.... 18th st? I'm not sure - well there previous location.. They have a conveyer belt system that looks like a giant train set... runs all over the store.. Nothing is over looked... you bet your Bum nothing leaves that store un accounted for.. I have never purchased anything at Adorama but I did browse the place when I found it by accident. if you are local Both places deserve a look see.. and even if you are not. When I make a purchase there big or small... I normally make a big deal out of it... spend some loot... eat something go to the park(leave before it gets dark -otherwise you might find yourself as subject matter for an episode of Law and order)
It has been years since I have been in their store. When I asked to see a 70-300mm Nikkor, the clerk scowled and disappeared behind the counter area. I heard boxes falling and being thrown about. After 5 minutes, he returned with a lens. The front element had a defect in the coating and I asked for another. He repeated the disappearing act... boxes falling noises etc. He came back with another lens that was ok and I bought it. The sales clerk was rude and I never went back to the store.
>It has been years since I have been in their store. When I >asked to see a 70-300mm Nikkor, the clerk scowled and >disappeared behind the counter area. I heard boxes falling and >being thrown about. After 5 minutes, he returned with a lens. >The front element had a defect in the coating and I asked for >another. He repeated the disappearing act... boxes falling >noises etc. He came back with another lens that was ok and I >bought it. The sales clerk was rude and I never went back to >the store.
Hmmmm, Sorry about your experience there... I'll keep that in mind. If I am spending good money I don't need Attitude.. what little money I have is good anywhere. I don't beg anyone for anything- Anymore.
I will buy from B&H online but have had two experiences like this in their store, rude service, and won't actually go in there again. If I need to look at something and do it in store, I head to Adorama where I have had pretty good service in the past. I am sure folks have had great experiences at B&H, I just haven't been one of them.
Thu 04-Sep-14 01:35 AM | edited Thu 04-Sep-14 01:36 AM by PSAGuy
If your "gut" tells you to be careful, then you probably should move on. There are a ton of VERY lightly used D4 bodies available for sale now with US serial numbers, and at decent prices. Remember this is a camera with 400,000 actuation life projected....so 11,000 or a few more is no issue. I bought mine from a reputable dealer locally who tossed in an XQD card , extra battery etc, etc for $4200. Oh and she is definitely a sweet body !!! I'd assume similar deals are out there.
I'll have to see what is out there.. I have seen some D4's with low actuations creeping up to d4s prices... not a lot of them but some. I'll have a look round! Thanks for the suggestion... I 'll have to do some research. Off the bat the Video bit will be the main difference from my D3
Thanks for the encouragement, Rick. I missed what appeared to be a super deal a couple of weeks ago here -- a very low mileage D4 for $4k. But I'll keep my quiet search up. I have both sold and bought gear here on Nikonians, and I have been satisfied and heard from people that they have likewise been satisfied. So this is my target area. My problem with local dealers is that I hate to give the governor $300 to fritter away!
John, my office was at 3rd/42nd (Chrysler annex), so it was an easy place to drop in for me. But after my one experience there, I moved on.
In moving on, I frequently use a local Nikon dealer but they do not always have stock. Berger Bros. has been both professional and responsive in the past for me and I got a camera from them 2 years ago. Highly recommended.