A business associate has offered me his used D200 (he upgraded to a better more expensive Nikon).Only problem is the camera is pretty beat up. Scratches and cracks in the body, some small parts broken off.Most of it repaired with black tape. I had the camera checked out by a local camera shop, was told everything works fine inside. It's just not very pretty on the outside. It comes with an 8 gig memory stick and a Nikon AF-S DX VR 18-200 lens. He said I can have it for $300. I know the lens is worth more than that, so I'm probably going to buy it. I'm just curious. How many of you wouldn't mind using an ugly camera, as long as it worked properly??
Appearances aside, what you're interested in is what might fail in the camera, which is what is usually most expensive. Given it's "beater" status, that's likely to happen. However, if the 18-200 is in good shape, you'll come out ahead, especially if you decide to resell the lens.
Thu 20-Mar-08 01:35 PM | edited Thu 20-Mar-08 01:39 PM by Mark V
YES! You bought the lens and got the camera for free.
Even without the lens, as long as the camera works it's a decent deal. There is always a market for beaters at the bottom price range. I would buy a bottom feeder beater to add more abuse to. (Things I currently use a point'n shoot for.)
The used cameras to avoid are the D200's with 16,000 clicks for $900 because you can always find one with much less use for the same price.
PS: A beat up camera sends a messages that a clean one can't. "Only my pictures count....this is just a tool. Also, you wouldn't beleive the things I have seen...attack ships on fire off the belt of Orion."
Take a photo and read the EXIF information using Opanda iEXIF. There are also EXIF viewers if you are a Macintosh platform user. The number of actuations is recorded. There are exception conditions, but the number is generally accepted as accurate.
I'd be slightly concerned about how this transaction might affect your future relationship with your associate. If the camera died before too long, would you feel comfortable talking about it? (Not necessarily asking for a refund, but even just mentioning it?) Would proceeding with this transaction suggest that you would be interested in future transactions? Is there any chance the low price could be perceived as an inducement for something else?
I'm slightly paranoid because I recently took a ethics-in-business class in the large corporation where I work. If the associate was a co-worker, I would probably go for it. If the associate was a partner or customer, I would be more hesitant.
Make your decision based on the lens not the body. The lens in fair condition should be easily worth the cost. I hope the lens was not on the body when it was so roughly treated. Do check out the lens and be sure there is no problem with it. I assume you mean a CF memory card, which will save some money. The body sounds like a throw in - and assuming it works fine would be a great way to learn about the D200.
Did your business associate buy the camera new - and is it a US model? Does he/she have any of the paperwork? Is it a US model (the lens serial number begins with US) If so, you would still have access to a warranty on the lens with the assistance of your business associate.
I went ahead and told him I'm buying it and will be paying him when I see him tomorrow. He let me borrow it since last Friday for a few days to see if I liked it. Took it back to the camera shop for an estimate on possibly repairing the outside damage. We removed all the tape and to my "happy" surprise there is not as much damage as expected. Repair guy says he can fix most of it for under $150 after getting the parts from Nikon. Now I'm wondering if an extra $150 is worth it just for appearances.
Quick question. I checked and the camera has just over 9000 shutter releases. Is that excessive???
Generally speaking, I would pay the $150 for repair. I consider 9000 shutter activations low - the shutter is supposed to be good for 100,000 or more. It is the other wear and tear that would concern me. You have to keep in mind that the camera is essentially free. $150 for a free D200 that lasts a year would be a good deal.
Did your friend ever tell you what happened to the camera?
9000 shutter clicks on whats essentially a free D200 is nothing. A pro who treats his cameras like a plumber his wrench would have a lot more then 9000. Nikon made their reputation on the amount of abuse their cameras could take, as long as it's working I wouldn't fix it. It may have been dropped, so take a few pictures to see if there sharp, if so just use it.
Send us a photo of both sides. $150 is low for a repair bill. I suspect that whats missing may be some rubber bits that you could put on yourself.
PS: The opposite of the guy who tosses his camera around and doesn't use it is the guy who mounts it on a tripod - once - only uses one lens - then wears out the shutter doing catalog work. A mint condition worn out camera.
Some of the rubber was bad and a piece in the front was broken off that Nikon had in stock for less than $20. The guy I got it from has LOTS of money and just used this D200 as a vacation camera. He likes to buy the "latest" and "greatest" and just gets rid of his used stuff for cheap. I guess because he has so much money he doesn't feel the need to take care of things. Two years ago I bought his 50 inch Panasonic Professional grade Plasma TV for $400 (which was in perfect shape since it was hanging on his wall since new) because he just got the latest ULTRA expensive 65 inch Plasma. I still have the 50 inch and it works great. One man's discards are another man's treasure
>A business associate has offered me his used D200 (he >upgraded to a better more expensive Nikon).Only problem is the >camera is pretty beat up. Scratches and cracks in the body, >some small parts broken off.Most of it repaired with black >tape. I had the camera checked out by a local camera shop, was >told everything works fine inside. It's just not very pretty >on the outside. >It comes with an 8 gig memory stick and a Nikon AF-S DX VR >18-200 lens. >He said I can have it for $300. >I know the lens is worth more than that, so I'm probably going >to buy it. >I'm just curious. How many of you wouldn't mind using an ugly >camera, as long as it worked properly?? > > You are paying less than half the new price for an 18-200 VR.
You would be insane NOT to buy it. Look at it this way, you're buying a lens and he's throwing in a free D200.
If it dies next week, it does next week and so what? Even without the camera you've come out ahead.