Although with rebates available for a few days yet, I really want to take a close look at the about to be new "DF" before I commit to a D800e. It seems as if the body onlyv price for the new camera will be ptetty close to that of the D300e, and I think I can, as a long-time Nikon F film shooter, comfortably live with 16Mp in what is said to be a body somewhat lighter than my current D700.
If I end up going for a D800e from KEH instead of a more expensive but Nikon-warranteed new model from B&H or from one of my two local retailers. (I'd prefer to buy locally but when the purchase is likely to be north of $3,000, then the 10% state sales tax is a big hit snd maybe half the price of a good prime lens).
My questions: Why would one sell a perfectly good D800e body to KEH? Would one be "upgrading" to a Nikon in the D3 or D4 range, or to a Canon, or would one be discouraged by either some extradordinary demands on one's photography skills, or discouraged by some "left focus issues" with the D800e one is selling? And, if the latter, does KEH sufficiently test the cameras it purchases to rule out the focus issue as any sort of problem before KEH rates the camera?
Dunno about KEH testing for left focus, I doubt they are that tech savvy. As to why people sell cameras, there are a lot of well off folks who buy and sell constantly. They show up at the camera store and ask why this or that happens, and lo and behold they are shooting a $3000 camera on "Program" setting at jpegs, and have no clue about WTH they are doing. I know a few of these folks, usually retired with a lot of internet time under their belts, which makes them want the latest and greatest. I am selling a D800, but keeping my D800E, find I don't need a backup.
Ditto on people with money and trading gear. I have seen that myself.
I sold a D800 after four months of use. I sold it in order to buy another D800e. I wanted two identical bodies so I would not favor one over the other on shoots, and I found the D800e gave me the results I wanted.
Jim, Perhaps the seller was some married guy who tried to slip the D800E past his wife and got busted. He was probably met with some "extraordinary demands" alright, but not on his photography skills!!
* Didn't use it as often as they thought they would, so now they want their money back * Discovered another new toy that they'd like to buy, so they *need* their money back * Got into some financial trouble and need cash * Tired of obsessing over whether they have a focus issue and want to switch cameras * Discovered that the new camera didn't turn them into Joe McNally after all * Decided that it was too heavy for them * Their camera can't handle the HUGE files
And yes, some might be dumping a camera with an issue. Good luck.