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Price drop on refurbished Nikon DSLR cameras

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Refurbished Nikon D4 cameras used to sell for $5,199.00 few months ago. The price has now come down to $4,899.95 at B&H and $4,899.95 at Adorama. The Nikon US store still lists the refurbished D4 for $5,499.96.

I noticed also few other recent price drops on refurbished Nikon products - check the full list at Adorama and B&H:

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  • AM

    Is that a refurbished D600 and a refurbished 24-85mm, or a refurbished D600 and a new 24-85mm?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Both are refurbished I think.

    • Jon Knows

      D4 going down in price to make way for D4X.

      • yrsued

        I would bet against a D4X.

        If I was a betting Man, I would say a D4s and I would bet on the end of XQD.

        Most Pros that use the D4 for Stills ONLY (Like me), have told me what I already know, XQD does NOTHING for them.

        I hate taking two of everything on Location with me,

        • jon knows

          yea, XQD is fading, like sony…

          • yrsued

            I’m willing to take action on this!!

            Sony has done it before, do you remember Betamax!!

            If you don’t, there is a reason why..

            • Calibrator

              Sony always tried to establish new “standards” and many of them failed. But that’s pretty much irrelevant as history is history, isn’t it?

              I wonder how much they supported Nikon financially to get them use it in the D4, though…

            • yrsued

              Facts are facts.

              XQD is actually faster.

              But like it’s distant cousin, the Betamax, it’s didn’t get the acceptance it needed.

              All the buzz out there now is about CFAST, I think Canon’s new High End Body will have it.

              I would much rather have two CF Cards on the D4 than the current configuration.

              When I shoot a National Event, I pack over 20 16GB CF Cards and that is definitely NOT enough with the D4 now

            • Calibrator

              True, XQD is faster, but a) only minimally so (“greatly” would be 2x or 3x) and b) you could compensate this in most cases with a bigger buffer (which is more costly for the camera maker but shouldn’t really play a role in a $6,000 body).

              What Nikon should have done is to either include a bigger buffer and continued with CF (or switched to SD/SD-UHS!) or include two(!) XQD slots to force people to completely switch to that format but let them enjoy the advantages (only one card type, same speed on both slots etc.).

              In my opinion Nikon chose the worst possible solution for the problem (getting faster storage).

            • yrsued

              Agree 100%

              I miss the two CF Card setup on the D3!!

              Hey, the next body might end up being that way too.

            • Michael Sloan

              Bandwidth of CF=1.33Gbits/S, XQD=2.5Gbits/S with future implementations capable of 5Gbits/S. My D4 has a great big buffer that is more than enough for my purposes. I too wish Nikon would have placed two XQD slots in the D4. More alarming is the fact it was missing in the D800 and D7100. For me the XQD doesn’t add or subtract from the D4, it is only a backup card for redundancy. I primarily use 32GB cards and the XQD stays in the camera, while I use CF to pull the images out of camera.

            • Neopulse

              Yeah, my D800 needed an XQD slot more than anything :S

          • Mike

            $100 says the D400 has an XQD memory card. Or two.

            • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

              I just don’t get why Sony is holding off to add XQD cards to their cameras.

            • Aldo

              idk.. but they learned something after losing the beta battle, they won the blue ray battle. Must be something we don’t know.

            • Spy Black

              They need to sell cameras…

            • Neopulse

              Maybe they’ll think of implementing it on a 4K D-SLR body.

        • Neopulse

          Don’t know, XQD is an evolution of CF (in a way without the same pins). I think it’s an amazing memory card and is more durable to me than CF cards. Also far less likely for pins to be bent and saves a bit in physical space. It slides in and clicks in kind of like an SD card. It’s nice the speed and very useful for fast shooters. I don’t think it will die down to be honest because if even Lexar decided to produce them, it must be for a reason that at least several models will implement the technology. I think the D300 successor will have this technology and would be a shame if it didn’t. The only beef I have with it, is price. Although only the D4 sports this tech chances are when lower category D-SLRs implement it, it will drop in order to beat the CF market. Would make sense in my opinion to try to create a new standard of quality, fast cards. Sony is all about patenting stuff, why not in this growing market?

  • AM

    Is that a refurbished D600 and a refurbished 24-85mm, or a refurbished D600 and a new 24-85mm?

  • n11

    If I didn’t already have a D800, I’d totally jump on that refurbished one!

    • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

      You might already have a D800…..but do you have *two* D800s?

      Dual wield, with the 70-200 on one, 14-24 on the other.

      You’ll be a photographic assassin; able to capture it, big or small, near or far, all in the blink of an eye!

      • Guest

        no no no, you need three. Where’s the 24-70?

        • Calibrator

          And if you double that set to six bodies and six lenses you could double your framerate to 8 fps…

        • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

          To be serious for a moment:

          In all honesty, I find the 24-70 to be a rather useless focal range; I either want to go wider, or get closer, and standard zooms make me feel like I’m always stuck in a compromise. A combination of the 16-35 f/4 on my D600 and a 70-300 on my D70 has been really versatile combination. (also, the softness of the 70-300 isn’t an issue when you’ve only got 6MP)

          I’m not knocking that lens, the image quality the 24-70 gives you is spectacular, but for my own shooting, I like to go to the extremes, and avoid the standard focal lengths.

          • Aldo

            yeah the 24-70 is as versatile as you get without compromising image quality too much. I push the lens to it’s limits and get very good results. But for extremes it may not be the ideal lens.

          • Can’t Believe It

            Who do you think you are, Thom Hogan? Why does everyone hate on the poor 24-70…. Are you trying to give the lens an inferiority complex? Maybe because it was the first expensive lens I ever bought, I’ve always liked what it can do shooting a crowded event in a small space.

            • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

              Being compared to Thom Hogan is a criticism I will gladly accept. :)

      • scott800

        or three! that’s what assistants are for right?! a D800 for each lens!

      • Aldo

        dual wield… I like that!!!

  • saywhatuwill

    This has been tempting me at these prices for a few weeks now. I’m just waiting for the $2695 D800E to come in stock.

    • Pat Mann

      Kenmore had them last time I looked.

  • Gideon

    Refurbished, that sounds so bad… I think i like a 2nd hand better then a Refurbished..

    • AM

      Refurbished is second hand that has gone through service and inspection process after being returned. I would trust a refurbished with factory warranty than a second hand that who knows what kind of (ab)use it was subjected to.

      And I bet most of the refurbished D600 where due to oil and dust, that, for me, haven’t been an issue at all.

      • Calibrator

        How long is that warranty? 90 days?
        If yes then I wouldn’t care anyway. 90 days are a joke for these products – they are either defective right after “birth” (which already happened) or it takes a lot of time.
        Better spend “warranty money” on camera insurance…

        • David

          Get the VIP warranty from Adorama for $8 more. That extends it another year.

        • AM

          The last time I checked 90 was greater than 0. Unless something happened in this bizarre world, 90 days is better than nothing.

          • Calibrator

            Do you really think you get these 90 days FOR FREE? They are included in the price!

            • AM

              I don’t get what your point is. We all know that nothing is free and the 90-day warranty is included in the price. Included in the price is the service and inspection after the unit was returned.

              I’ve worked in the electronics industry for more than 20 years, and believe me a great amount of returns is for “customer dissatisfaction”. Nothing wrong with the items, just the customers felt like returning them. Those products are reinspected, retested, repacked, and sold as refurbished at a lower price. Warranty is not as good as a new item, but something is better than nothing.

              Buy used from Mr. Who Knows and you are on your own.

      • BRNSMRF

        My refurb D300 was flawless and the shutter lasted 3 years. I think I might jump on this deal

        • Gorn Remnants

          I had the same experience with my refurberated d300. It looked totally brand new and unused when I got it, even though it had like 3k worth of actuations on it. I put 30k+ on it over 3 years without a hiccup. When I sold it it was still strong in body and soul.

          Refurbished by Nikon is not a bad thing. Ask around and you’ll here the same. :)

    • David

      I’ve had years and years of good results with refurbished Nikons, for me a D80 and then a D7000. Tested by the Nikon factory to perform like new. Especially for video where you want multiple cameras, such a great deal.

  • Mike

    Even not for free

  • Spy Black

    Too bad you just can’t get a refurbished D600 without that miserable lens. Nikon knows how bad that lens is.

    • Aldo

      I looked trough the lens on a d600 at a best buy, moved the zoom ring a couple of times and laughed, then I went to the toaster section to find something of better quality. I think the dx version (18-55) is better.

      • Spy Black

        The 18-55 is much better. People dismiss that lens, a surprising good one. It’s only true Achilles heel is the cheap plastic construction.

        • Can’t Believe It

          But for the price it’s a lens you don’t have to worry about. Get two, that way if one is acting up, you have a spare while the other goes into Nikon service–wIth the Nikon 5-year warranty it’s like magic.

          • Aldo

            Maybe

          • Spy Black

            Correcting for distortion comes at a price, loss of detail. You need to get it right in the optic.

            • patto01

              I’m not an expert, but I would play one on TV if they paid me… Anyway, I’ve read several reviews of the 24-70 (and believe me, I’m not knockin’ it) that speak of its distortion being pretty bad too.
              Would I rather have little or no distortion? Yes.
              Is distortion (which is correctable in post at some cost) going to keep me from buying an otherwise good (24-85) or great (24-70) lens? No.
              Relative to their price (and this is really important) the 24-85 is easily as good as, or better than, the 24-70.

            • Aldo

              there is really no comparison between the distortion that the 24-85 produces vs the 24-70

            • patto01

              I don’t know, I don’t have the 24-70.
              However…

              “I’ve been fiddling around with lens image comparisons online recently. Regardless of its authenticity, it seems that both Nikon 24-70 AND Nikon 17-55 seems to render MUCH HEAVIER barrel distortion compared to the Canon counterparts…the distortion control of the Nikon 24-70 is not as good as expected.” ~Richard Sheen

              “At 24 mm the lens shows a significant amount of barrel distortion…” ~ photozone Review

              “The first thing I noticed on the 24-70 was the serious optical issues with straight lines, often referred to as distortion” ~ Natural Exposures

              “The 24-70 has even more barrel distortion and slightly warmer colors” ~ flickr

              I could go on and on but there’s really no point. If anyone would like to give me one, I’ll be more than happy to make my own determination! ;-)

              I recently read an article by Scott Kelby giving his opinion of the D600 vs D800 and at one point he says, “As photographers, our job is to defend our purchase, and never admit we might have jumped the gun a bit…” and I think this applies to lenses as well as cameras. That’s why you read conflicting reviews so often. I’m not saying the 24-70 isn’t a good lens, it’s obviously a great lens. I’m saying the 24-85 isn’t nearly as bad as some of you are saying.

              Oh yeah, Scott (who owns the D800 and against any wishes Nikon might have) recommended the D600 for anyone not making prints of 30×40 or larger!
              http://scottkelby.com/2012/the-nikon-d800-vs-the-d600-which-one-is-the-right-one-for-you/

            • Aldo

              I own the 24-70 and only played around with the 24-85. I also previously owned the canon 24-70 first version with the eos 1ds mark2. From my experience and given that any zoom lens will give you distortion (including wide primes) I can tell you that the 24-85 gives you “nasty” distortion, meaning it doesn’t distort your image “naturally”. What is a natural distortion? Well on my own terms that would be an expected distortion, meaning that as you go wide you expect your image to stretch outwards, especially as you move away from the center of the frame. The 24-85 has a very peculiar way to distort your image. It seems to distort the image in no predictable manner, outwards, inwards sideways. How this translates to real world photography? Well when you photograph a person, you may end up not just with one eye bigger than the other, but placed lower or higher than the other. A very “nasty” distortion, one that is very difficult if not impossible to correct. Our brains are trained to fix “natural” distortions so that we perceive them as normal and go unnoticed eg something lightly distorted in a symmetrical manner. But when I look through the 24-85, stuff just looks “weird”. I don’t think it’s an issue of how much it distorts, but how it distorts. That’s just how I see it.

            • patto01

              The 24-85 came with my D600 so I’ve used it quite a bit. Maybe I’m lucky to have never owned a really good lens to compare it to or maybe my eyes are distorted but it just doesn’t seem that bad to me. On the other hand, I’ve never and would never use it for portraiture. I still maintain my original position that for what it is and what it costs, it’s not that bad.

            • Aldo

              But if it works well for you that’s all that matters =] .

            • Spy Black

              “Maybe I’m lucky to have never owned a really good lens to compare it to
              or maybe my eyes are distorted but it just doesn’t seem that bad to me.”

              Your eyes are distorted…

            • patto01

              Your “I” is distorted…

            • Neopulse

              What do you mean exactly? Correcting lens distortion post-production produces loss of detail or a lens that has less lens distortion comes at the price of loss of detail?

            • Spy Black

              Correcting lens distortion post-production produces loss of detail.

            • Neopulse

              Ah I see…. I actually did not know that there was loss of detail when correcting it.

        • MacCruiskeen

          Are they making any lenses now that don’t have cheap plastic construction? I ask because my own Nikon lenses are all 1970s vintage. Not cheap plastic.

          • Aldo

            I can only speak for the distortion the lens produces… it’s very bad. I don’t know if it is a top performer otherwise.

          • Spy Black

            They do, although today’s lenses probably won’t last generations the way lenses were made back in the day. As long as they are Ai or Ai converted, you can use your lenses on cameras like the D4/800/600. The only real drawback is the .7x magnification of the modern viewfinders, makes focusing very difficult compared to the old film bodies.

    • MacCruiskeen

      Actually, both B&H and Adorama list refurb D600’s body-only. So you can get it without that lens if you want to. And if ‘refurb’ means ‘fixed the oil leak’ then maybe it is worth it.

      • Spy Black

        OK, that’s cool. Actually it’s simple enough to clean off the sensor. I bought my D600 knowing full well it would be a requisite. No regrets.

  • phxflyer

    Picked up a refurbished D600 and the 24-85mm lens for $1749 at adorama/ebay last week

    • Mandrake

      Same here. Had about 750 actuations on it.

  • Funduro

    This past weekend the Nikon Store had the 10% off sale. It took lots not to get the Refurb D4. I thought of selling D700, D300S and batteries/grips so I cold justify the D4’s price. But I chickened out. Boy I would love to own a D4, love the specs and ergonomics, can’t justify the cost being just an enthusiast photog. That’s some serious money for even a refurb D4.

  • spicynujac

    Not sure if this is a price “drop” but D5200 with 18-55VR kit lens for $650 at B&H is pretty tempting. I was considering D7100 but this is half the price for very similar performance plus articulating screen. I like some of the superior D7100 specs like weather sealing and extra focus points but at this price it’s not worth these luxury features that I’ll rarely need.

    • Spy Black

      If you can live without the resolution, the D5100 will give you better high ISO performance. The D5200 does have some nice extra features, like the stereo mics. Articulating screens should be standard on all cameras. I really love it on my D5100, and I wish my D600 had one.

      • spicynujac

        High ISO performance is more valuable to me than resolution. Honestly, the resolution is fine on my D40x unless I’m doing extreme cropping. Snapsort.com shows that the D5200 has slightly better high ISO performance than D5100. I was thinking they would be about equal, but the selling point for me is Expeed 3 and 9 cross type focus points in the D5200 vs Expeed 2 and 1 cross point in the D5100. To me that’s worth $150-$200. The lack of articulating screens is the ONLY thing keeping me from buying Nikon’s high end bodies like the D7100 (although the smaller weight and size is also very much appreciated).

        • Spy Black

          I don’t know how they get their scores, but I would take them with a grain of salt. However there are some good additional features on the D5200 that certainly make it attractive over the the D5100.

  • Dave in NC

    I bought a refurb D800 from Adorama a couple of months ago when my “new” D800 was in to Nikon for repeated focus problems. The refurb had around 700 clicks and worked perfectly. I would buy refurbished again.

    • JM

      I would still rather have a 5d mark 2

      • Aldo

        lawl mark 2

        • Neopulse

          Of all the camera models…..

          • Aldo

            eos 1dx drool…

            • Neopulse

              Was planning on actually getting that model in a couple of months. Not sure now though. What I personally am wanting to hear news about is the new Pentax. I usually shoot with good lighting and a strong low-light camera like the 1D-X isn’t necessary, but what attracts me to it is the very clean files it produces, fast AF, durability (especially the shutter) and price.

            • Aldo

              Sounds like you are doing your homework. Im sure w/e you get will be awesome.

            • Neopulse

              Ehhh we’ll see. Saving up cash, got insurance money back from my Nikon and lighting gear that was recently stolen and it was substancial enough (just my camera gear was insured though). Have been looking over the fence often and to be honest waiting to see what will be coming around in a portable and affordable standpoint. But the 1D-X is definitely in my sights including a few lenses. Just waiting also for a big sale on both fronts to go all out. Just hate that there are 0 rumors on the Pentax and it’s been years since it’s release. And I know that with a modern update like faster processing and writing speed (hopefully 16-bit RAW also) will make the wait worthwhile.

            • Aldo

              Sorry to hear your stuff was stolen… at least you are getting some money back. I like the 1dx because it seems to have everything on a sweet spot. I dont know much about what pentax is doing these days… but would like to hear what you think on their upcoming stuff.

            • Neopulse

              Yeah, the 1D-X does hit the sweet spot. Or until Nikon has to say something about it. It’s around 6K that camera on eBay which is reasonable considering the fact that it was 7K before. Well, the Pentax model, the 645D, was quite a curveball in the affordable digital MF area. It was 10K starting and now it’s around 6-7k. It’s flawed in several ways I admit, but it got the ball rolling for a future model to come out (645D II maybe) And there is optimism for it’s release. I would prefer that model to come out then to save up for a Leaf Credo 40 that lacks several modern trimmings that the 645D had like anti-shake, high-iso performance, backwards compatible with lenses, selection of image files (jpg, RAW, etc) and weathersealing. And of course reasonably priced for a crop MF. Check it out, will get one for sure.

            • Aldo

              I’ll look into it… sounds like pentax will have a good offering and thanks for the info =]

            • Neopulse

              No problem. Hopefully it offered some form of insight to others.

  • 103David

    Price Drop? Is this like the 600mm F4 drop up there in the tundra?

  • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

    Thanks for the info. This made me pull the trigger on a D600. (i assume you’ll get credit.) Now to sell off all my old DX stuff.

  • rfkiii

    I returned a refurbed D800E because it still had the dreaded left AF issue. Just saying.

  • bobis

    Another great model of NIkon camera. One of the best brands up sell by many camera store in Australia.

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