I really want to get a D7000 for my birthday if I can talk my hubby into it. If he goes for the idea do most of you buy the warranty with the camera? If so, for how long? I know so many times that warranties really don't cover enough for the price of the warranty.
Thu 10-Mar-11 04:56 AM | edited Thu 10-Mar-11 04:57 AM by avm247
Caroleen, I would buy from a reputable dealer, either online or a brick and mortar store if you have one.
If you buy online, PLEASE check www.resellerratings.com to see how reputable the retailer is. Of course, you can stick with Nikonians.org partners like Roberts or Berger Bros. and help support Nikonians. (Links can be found on the home page.)
I would stick with a factory warranty (Nikon USA) has a 1-year on bodies, and if I recall correctly, a 2-year extended warranty that you can purchase. Warranty is non-transferable and are for manufacturers defects. Nikon USA will only support official imports, no gray market products.
One last thing, if you purchase with a credit card, you might also have some sort of extended warranty or buyers protection with the card.
Thu 10-Mar-11 10:11 AM | edited Thu 10-Mar-11 10:12 AM by Gamecocks
Anthony has good advice. If you have a Wolf/Ritz camera or Best Buy in your area, both offer good service after the sell. Buy the camera, wrap it up and when the time comes up say, "why thank you sweetie for such a wonderful gift. I must mean a lot to you".
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Thu 10-Mar-11 10:54 AM | edited Thu 10-Mar-11 10:57 AM by PAStime
I never buy extended warranties on electronics. I don't believe they represent good value. Consumer Reports also advises the same on most if not all electronics.
Do consider calling your home insurance company to see if and how the camera is covered. My photography gear is covered (with a deductible) from usual perils and mishaps (3 year old drops my camera bag into the swimming pool).
If you or someone you know has a Costco membership they have the package D7000 + 18-200 VR for under $1800. That is a pretty good deal for a walk out the door with it / no waiting on rebate check. Yes you can save some money ordering online, but I don't know if it would arrive prior to the Bday next week.
As for the extended warranty that depends. I usually do not purchase the extended warranty as electronics are typically either going to fail very early if they are going to fail prematurely.
Having said that I did have the built in flash on my D7000 go out after 3 months and had to send it in to Nikon for warranty service. Got it back in 2 weeks. If I had had the Best Buy Black Tie protection it might have been slightly quicker, or it might not. I would not have had to deal with packing and shipping as they would have done that for me.
This is going to be a pretty big investment in a piece of delicate portable equipment. I would suggest looking at your track record with other electronics and check your homeowners/renters policy. If you find yourself destroying your cell phone regularly on a semi yearly basis look into extra insurance for the camera. If you are going to be doing lots of hiking, beach, boat or other inclement condition photography consider an extended warranty insurance policy. Just make sure they cover the type of damage you are likely to inflict.
If your going to take pictures of the kids/family a couple times a week you probably don't need the extra insurance.
Also consider taking the money you might spend on the extra insurance to purchase a higher quality case/bag. Putting $2000 worth of camera equipment in a $20 bag and then having it damaged just driving around in the car would be a shame. I am a fan of thinktank and tamrac, but there are plenty of posts on here about what type of bag/packs are available.
Well, my hubby informed me tonight that that was a very "PRICEY" birthday present. I told him I knew that but when is a good time to get something that expensive. Oh well, I guess I'll wait till they come down a little. Will keep my eyes peeled for a good deal though.
Thanks for the info about the warranties. I always wandered about that. Thanks
It sounds like time for negotiations. Does he have a hobby or interest that he values more than you do? A big truck or SUV, a home theater system, a boat, hunting or camping gear? None of those are cheap nor necessary and they were probably purchased as a concession to whim or desire trumping needs. The same as your wanting a $1400 camera, that you want but don't need. If the family purchased any higher priced concessionary with your consent, suggest that now it is his turn to humor your desires. Leave the subtle impression that if there is no compromise, future consent will be harder to come by if you have any say in household decisions.
Fri 18-Mar-11 04:13 AM | edited Fri 18-Mar-11 04:15 AM by avigar
>It sounds like time for negotiations. >Does he have a hobby or interest that he values more than you >do? A big truck or SUV, a home theater system, a boat, hunting >or camping gear? >None of those are cheap nor necessary and they were probably >purchased as a concession to whim or desire trumping needs. >The same as your wanting a $1400 camera, that you want but >don't need. >If the family purchased any higher priced concessionary with >your consent, suggest that now it is his turn to humor your >desires. Leave the subtle impression that if there is no >compromise, future consent will be harder to come by if you >have any say in household decisions. > > > Stan >St Petersburg Russia
Things work out the same way in this household. When it comes to high end purchases, there's always room for negotiations.
New Nikon model DSLR cameras are rarely on sale. You can try for a Nikon refurbished body to save some money. Warranty on those is usually 90 days, though. Good luck with the hubby in getting your D7000.
Wow. Negotiations? I guess it's a reasonable thing to suggest. But whatever happened to just getting her what she obviously really wants and obviously will make great use of just to make her happy? A happy person pursuing a passion (photography in this case) is truly a wonderful thing to behold. A D7000 is really important to someone and I think the wisdom lies in recognizing that, buying the thing and then getting the heck out of the way. What you get in return is worth far more than the cost of the camera.
If a family just can't afford something at a particular point in time, you can't just say "No." You have to sit down, assess the desire, and then figure out how to get the thing if possible. But if it's affordable, I say the guy has to stick a crowbar in his tightly glued-shut wallet and lever out enough cash to get it done.
First, get the D80 fixed and keep it for a month or so. Tell him that it's just not "the same" as it used to be. Then tell him you'll sell the D80 on ebay and apply the money to the D7000 purchase so it will only cost $ instead of $$$.
Hopefully he'll forget to add the cost of the D80 repair into the total cost of the D7000 and feel more comfortable spending less money.
Sneaky, I know, but ...hey... you're married! (lol)
"Red is gray and yellow white, but we decide which is right ....and which is an illusion"
I used a little reverse psychology ie when the D-7000 was announced I told MDW that I will purchase ASAP and sell the D-90 on the Nikonians site. She said OK. I got thr first D-7000 in my local store last November. Of course I also said that if I wait too long I will never get the price I wanted for the D-90. I sold the body and grip for a fare honest price and It worked out very well. I'm happy, My dear wife is happy and the buyers are happy. Eddie
"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank account". Woody Allen