Amazon/Cameta has refurbished D300's for $1,289.95 + $18.95 shipping and it sounds like a good deal. My F100 and AFS 24-85 are both refurbs and I've never had a problem with them. I'm trying to find out if others have purchased a refurbished D300 before and what they think of them? I'm currently shooting with a D700 and D2H but want the higher and cleaner iso's of the D300 for long lens work. Mark Stephan USN, retired
I bought a demo D300 from Cameta Camera earlier this year. The camera looks brand new and I've no concerns or problems with it at all. You might want to check to see if the camera is a demo or refurbished. Either way, I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Cameta again.
Mon 06-Apr-09 09:20 AM | edited Mon 06-Apr-09 09:22 AM by CharlieS
I've purchased a couple of Cameta's refurb lens (i think thay're sales samples in many cases) as well as a D80 and a D40 for my wife, and had absolutely no problems to date. In fact when i bought the lens, a nikon 18-55 & a 55-200 vr, i called them to place the order, and as they had shipping charges listed for each lens, asked if shipping could be combined which they gladly did.
saved me about $15 bucks that i figured i'd spend, but hey, its good in my wallet too.
i wouldnt hesitate to buy from cameta again, & i pretty regularly check they're listings to at least price shop and see whats available.
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Cameta is very reputable!! I bought a used F3HP from them and after about a week the shutter stuck open. They refunded my money with no questions asked. I would buy a re-furbed D300 from them with no hesitation.
My D300 is a factory refurb unit I got from Adorama. It literally looks brand new and "only" had about 1,000 shutter releases on it. They also threw in a 3 year extended warranty to sweeten the deal. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Many refurbs are simply display models or early returns by customers who decided they didn't want the product for whatever reason so they can't be resold as brand new.
I don't understand why you are upset. If I was buying a demo and got a refurbished unit instead of a demo, I would be tickled pink with joy because I now have a camera that has been set back to Nikon specs instead of a demo that people may or may not have abused in the store and out of adjustment.
For myself, I wouldn't buy a demo or a refurbished. I buy only new and get the Nikon extended warranty. Even at Adoramas or B&H price of $1699 and $160 for a 2 year extended warranty, for me it is a better value because just one out of warranty repair would cost me more. This way I get 3 years use of a camera with all repairs at no charge to me except shipping. I earn my living with my cameras (and have done so for the previous 10 years) and can't afford to have repair costs.
supposedly, the cameta demos have also been checked out:
What is a Nikon Factory Demo?
In most cases a Nikon Factory Demo is a unit that has been used as a Nikon display piece or as a "Salesman's Sample". They have never been owned by a consumer and have minimal to no use. Each unit is individually checked and tested before it is shipped to us from Nikon. Where some may have small marks or slight imperfections in the finish, it is important to note that the unit is in brand new operating condition and is covered by Cameta Camera's warranty for one full year on all parts and labor.
it also came with a 1 year warranty, with an option to extend via squaretrade.
cameta is not willing to offer me a partial credit, or company/store credit. i either have to return it for a full refund, or keep it. unfortunately, i need a body right now to keep shooting. therefore, i guess i'm keeping it and taking my business elsewhere.
I had been shopping for this camera (D300) for about 4 months. About a month ago, I walked into a Ritz Camera Store. They were selling the D300 for 1699.00. I did some bargaining, reminding them about there competition…etc. I left them my business card and asked if they can do better, then their competition, to give me call. The next day they called and gave the price of 1350.00 for new D300. I bought it that evening. My 2 cents, if you live near a Ritz, give it a shot. Rob
Ritz, matching prices??...Interesting, since Ritz seems unable to acquire inventory from Nikon. The Ritz near me doesn't really stock anything higher than a D90 and it took a while for them to get that..
I was surprised too. They said they would compare the price with the B&H site which was about 1500.00. Still not sure why they gave me such a great deal. They did try to sell me extended warranty for 325.00. However I told them I was going to put it under my home owners policy.
>Ritz, matching prices??...Interesting, since Ritz seems >unable to acquire inventory from Nikon. The Ritz near me >doesn't really stock anything higher than a D90 and it took a >while for them to get that..
I bought a refurb D300 from Cameta a little over a month ago... It looks and performs like brand new. I'm very pleased with it.
It comes with a 90 day NIKON warranty. You can purchase a "Mack" 3 year extended warranty from Cameta for an additional $99, or you can buy an actual NIKON 2 year extended warranty for $169 from Nikon.
I received my refurbished D300 yesterday from Adorama. I took several "demo" shots at work after powering on my new camera and before I installed a Sandisk ExtremeIV 4GB CF card. After arriving home, I looked at the shutter count of the first actual exposure written to the card with Opanda IExif 2.3 and was pleasantly surprised to see a count of 39!
The camera is in absolutely pristine condition visually, and when I put the serial number into Nikon's database it said that I could purchase the two year extended warranty. The best part of all of this...the camera from Adorama cost me only $1,199.95! If you are thinking about getting a refurbished D300 I would highly recommend Adorama. I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase decision!
I recently purchased a factory demo (D300) from Cameta for $1099 after Microsoft Cashback discount. Not only did I receive the camera, I received a very nice Nikon camera bag, card reader, cleaning towel, Photo magazine subscription, recovery disc, 2g flash card, some other incidentals and a 1 year warranty. The camera only had 18 actuations.
Not a mark on it and works perfectly........
I purchased the Buy It Now camera advertisement not the "up for bid" ones. They are separate advertisements. I reasoned that the Buy It Now ones may be the better ones because Cameta had more risk into the ones being bid for. I don't know if my reasoning was correct but it worked.........