Hi all, I am a new member and not really a photographer. I joined to get some advice about buying a camera for my daughter. She has 3 cameras, including a superzoom and takes lots of pictures. She joined a camera club, but her cameras don't have the functionality needed to get the most out of the club discussions. She wants a DSLR with lots of manual control and I have decided to get her a D7000 for Christmas (I don't want her to grow out of an entry level model and want a better one). I don't know whether to go new or used.
If I decide to buy a new one, I can get it now with a $200 discount from Nikon, or I could wait and hope for better deal during the pre-Christmas sales. What do you think the chances are of Nikon or distributors having another special deal before the end of the year?
If I go used, I have to worry about whether it is an import that she would have trouble getting service on. Any advice about how to ensure that a used camera is a US model? Anything else I would need to consider when buying used?
As far as a pre-Christmas sale, I've personally given up on trying to figure out about Nikon sales, rebates, etc. My crystal ball is just not that good.
I can help you concerning your used questions. First, if the camera only has a Nikon warranty, the normal Nikon warranty is only 1 year, and more germane for you, Nikon warranties are not transferable.
This is a quote from the Nikon digital camera warranty, "This warranty extends to the original consumer purchaser only and is not assignable or transferable."
Therefore, I wouldn't worry about any used camera with regard to warranty. What you need to do is make sure you purchase it from a reputable place. The camera should be in great working order without a ton of use, so it still has life in it. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase used cameras from KEH (keh.com), B&H (bhphotovideo.com), or Adorama (adorama.com).
It's my pleasure. Once your daughter has her camera, have her join Nikonians. There's a wealth of information here and plenty of people ready to answer the questions of a new young photographer just spreading her wings.
I see that B&H has a refurbished kit (with 18-105 lens) including a 3yr Sagemax warranty. Since refurbished cameras are normally only covered for 90 days by B&H, would this 3rd party warranty be a good idea?
Sagemax warranties are excellent and B&H makes sure they stand behind them. B&H is my main supplier of photographic equipment. I hold them in the highest regard. If you post a link to the kit, I will take a look at it and the specific warranty with regard to coverage.
Hi again, I looked at the new kit, which was a good deal, but I decided to go with the refurbished kit because it has a 3 yr warranty (vs. 1 yr on a new one), and also comes with a case and a 16gb Transcend memory card.
I also got her Darrell Young's book 'Mastering the Nikon D7000', a SanDisk 32gb class 10, 45mb/s memory card, extra batteries, and the Blue Crane inBrief laminated reference card; everything she needs to learn how to use the camera and take all the pictures she wants.