Before I actually ordered my D100 from a real dealer, I ordered one from Amphotoworld. It's grey market and doesn't come with anything but the body. They tried to sell me everything that comes with the USA model separately. I told them I didn't want anything but the body. They didn't like that, but took my order anyway. I told them to ship it 2-3 day service. They said okay. When I didn't receive it, I called and was told it was out of stock and they didn't know when it would be in stock. They said it could take a couple of months or longer. Needless to say, I canceled the order. I found out later this is the way they operate. They won't ship you just the body as advertised. They want you to buy everything the comes with the camera separately. When you add it all up, it's a big rip off!!!
I figured as much. I called them once last year inquiring about a lens price. When they realized I was "just" inquiring they got pretty rude with me and the guy just plain hung up the phone. Obviously I never gave them any of my business after that. I admit I never researched them much at all. Interesting to hear people's responses to them that are mirroring my personal opinion of AM after that experience.
Why the endless search for a 'cheaper' D-100? The crooks out there are not going to help you get a better price! They want your money and will say (or print in an advertisement) or do anything to get it away from you. Will you end up with a camera? Maybe. Will you be miserable after dealing with a deceptive (dishonest) dealer? Absolutely. While engaged in the search for that ever cheaper price will you be making photographs? No! Determine what a fair and reasonable price is, find a good vender, and let them make a living. I am not a wealthy person myself (I mow lawns for a living!) and I appreciate a good (say 'discounted') price, but I will not (knowingly) deal with crooks. There is a proverb that says: 'He that has dealings with stupid people will fair badly.'I think this is especially true with respect to shops such as the one (and others like it) referenced in this discussion. My shopping, buying, and shooting experience has been and continues to be a pleasureable experience. I won't B low a trumpet (&am for the dealer I boug H t from, nevertheless I think they are excellent. Have some paid less for their camera then I did? Probably! In the meantime ( 8 or 9 months) I have been enjoying an outstanding camera and am becoming a more skilled photographer by having and using my D-100. It's not about who paid less for their camera. It is about making photographs. How about we just ignore the crooks and have some fun with our gear! Herb Hoff
I got mine with no problems at Cameta. They bundle in useful things anyway and have several different combinations to fit your need, so I thought it was the best deal going and I was satisfied. Check out Cametaauctions.com
I too have bought from Cameta, frequently, and they are excellent. Adorama and B&H are also good, but Cameta's package prices can't be beat. I've already saved hundreds on film processing, so even if I paid a little more than I might pay in a month or two, I'm already way ahead of the game. While waiting to save a few more dollars, you're missing all the fun!
Bottom line...If you are squabbling over a couple of hundred dollars, don't buy the camera yet. You either can afford it or not. You either want it because it is a great camera or not.
I did the same thing, trying to find the lowest possible price and it wasn't worth it. I bought the camera and use it to take about 50 pictures a week. I have already saved hundreds in development costs and the camera is alot of fun. What more can you ask. It is well worth it.
BEWARE! I have a Nikon USA D100 that has gone DEAD after only fifty shots. It is totally locked up. Thank god I paid the extra bucks and have a warranty and reputable store to stand behind it. Grey market might work OK on a product that is fairly mature but be careful on new items that do not have much field history yet.