I've decided I would like a D800. I am just a hobby photographer so I have no need for two professional quality cameras and selling or trading-in my D700 would help to allow me to be able to afford the D800.
My D700 is in excellent condition, has been carefully cared for and has less than 5000 shutter actuations.
I’m in a rural area so local camera stores are not an option.
Can you please offer suggestions for places that do this trade-in, buy used, activity. I’ve never done this before and I’m not comfortable going the eBay route.
Has anyone had experience with B&H Trade-in program?
>Unless you have a line on a D800, I would not go selling your >camera yet.
Good advice. the waiting list is long unless you get lucky like my son. I've been insulted by what Adorama and B&H offer for trade-in but I suppose it's better than zilch. I just sold a 5D2 (I know I know, but it was for filming) on Ebay.
Gear envy is a terrible disease. I'm curious to know what you normally shoot. I don't consider the D800 an "upgrade" to the D700 at all. They are really two different cameras in a way. I see the D800 as a specialty use camera for the pros/semi-pros out there. For the casual hobbyist I do NOT see this camera as a walk around camera unless you've have plenty of disc space and a fairly new computer with all upgraded software. Your D700 is as fine a piece of engineering as you can get (almost). I cannot imagine what Ansel Adams would've done with one of these paired with Lightroom and Photoshop. Do not be fooled that you'll "take better photographs" with a D800 - that's up to the eye and creative imagination of the shooter. In fact, take a look at the fashion shots done by British photographer John Farrar with a D300. Yes, a D300. It should give you a fresh perspective on whether or not you need to "upgrade" your equipment rather than have "gear envy." I run into wealthy people all the time with the latest and greatest equipment and they couldn't shoot the side of a barn from 5 feet away.