Fair price? Hummm, what camera has the IQ of the D600 for less than $3000?
What was the fair price of the D3x just before the D600 came out since it is the only camera that directly compares in IQ and resolution. It had been $8000 but was selling for less towards the end. Value and "fair" is a relative figure, it balances with the value of added capabilities that would increase the value of the work with, as opposed without, the new camera. If you had a client that based their contract on resolution and file DR, one session could pay for it so a fair price could be some multiple of what is being charged. If on the other hand, it is a hobby and printing large is not in its future, its value is solely how much it is desired as opposed to how much it is needed, because it is not needed. If a year ago you asked how much a ligher weight D3x would be worth guess would be in the $3000-4000 range probably. Stan St Petersburg Russia
$2600 kit at Costco for Christmas. included camera, 28-70, 70-300, wireless transmitter and a bag. Too good to pass up. I sold the 70-300 for $450 and the bag went to a deserving relative. Purchased a 28-300 (awesome lens) already and thinking about dumping the 28-70 as well. Overall a VERY a good deal but even with all this I think I still net was $1900 +/- for the camera alone though and very happy with that. Ultimately like a lot of things the deal is in your head.
>Given Nikon just gave away a $500 lens with a D600 to boost >year end results, what is the new fair price for a new D600 >per this readership? me thinks quite less than list...
I personally think Nikon kitted the 24-85mm to lure potential APS Canon owners to Nikon FX instead of the Canon 6D though I am sure it boosted Xmas sales of the body as well.
At any rate, for some perspective, at one time the price on the D700 dropped to a low price that I never bought at, then went back up about the time I decided I wanted the lower price. It stayed at the higher price throughout the remainder of the sales life of that camera.
So to me, without a doubt, the D600 is worth it's current asking price.
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I got mine a couple months after it was announced at $2099.99 than they dropped it to $1999, but still for what you get it is still a great deal!! Got the 28-300mm and now a Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 so I have about everything covered in 2 lens!!
I got mine at B&H while they had them for $1,996 with a free 24-85mm lens. I thought that was worth taking a shot on, and it wasn't long after that the same kit went up to $2,496 - I thought that even though I have the dust issue, it was still a good deal, since the dust issue will eventually go away. So far, I'm happy.