A of yesterday I am a new owner of a D700. Since 2006 I bought and then sold D80 -> D200 -> D300 (twice) and now I was finally able to get the Dream.
My story and question: I bought a refurbished D700 from a very reputable store for $1,979. I choose to go with a refurbished vs new ($2,200) based on the past experience I had with refurbished products (lenses only).
The camera has 29,000 shutter actuation, which I think is a little bit too much for a refurbished, and for the price? Other than that the camera looks like new, you won't see any difference.
Ok, it's supposed to be a short post, so here we go: do I keep the camera or return it?
________________ IOAN "... stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God" - Elihu eikonao.com
The warranty for a refurbished is 90 days. I think the new one has 1 year. But this is not a game changer for me. I know a 29k it's not a lot for a D700, but the price I paid I think is a little bit too much. If I knew the shutter actuation is 29k I would never buy it, period. The resale value will also be lower, in case I want to sale it later.
I'll wait until Tuesday when they re-open and try to speak with a manager, maybe I'll either get a good discount or just return it. ________________ IOAN "... stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God" - Elihu eikonao.com
Here in Portugal, photographic equipmentt is extremly expensive. When i was looking for an used D700, i wanted with less than 10k clicks, and i found one, used, with 8k, that cost me 1500€ (1877$ USD). The new ones cost 2400€ (3000$ USD). So i was lucky to find one LNIB for that price. I know that 29k clicks that's not to much for a D700 (rated for 150k), but it does look to much to that range of price you payed.
Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
if you decide to return and look for a used one, I have a d700 with less than 15000 clicks that I will be selling since i just got my d800. the camera will come with all original packing,extra battery and Markin L plate. I bought it new from local Nikon dealer. Let me know if you are interested. Sandeep
If you divide the price of a new D700 by the 150,000 cycle shutter life expectancy you get the cost per frame ($.01466) then multiply by 29,000 clicks the depreciation is $425.14 making the value of the camera $1773.86 which is a little more than $200.00 less than you paid not to mention the significantly reduced warranty period.
($2199.00 / 150,000 cycles = $0.01466 x 29000 = $425.14) 2199.00 - 425.14 = $1773.86 Given the numbers, I would return it and pay the $220.00 for a new one. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I did call the store and asked for a discount due to a high 'mileage'. This unit was directly from Nikon and unfortunately Nikon does not allow authorized dealers to reduce the price. I do believe them, Nikon outlet sells the refurbished D700 for the exact same price.
It will go back and I will look to get a new one. I am in contact with a different store and hopefully by noon I'll have my order placed. ________________ IOAN "... stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God" - Elihu eikonao.com