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Deal of the day: refurbished Nikon 1 J1 and D3200 cameras

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There are more Nikon 1 J1 cameras for sale on eBay. The first deal is for a two lens kit (10-30mm VR and 30-110mm VR lenses) and a free bag for $199.99. The kit comes with a 90 days Nikon USA warranty and free shipping. Different colors are available.

Nikon D3200 camera sale
The next deal is for refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR camera with a kit lens and Adobe Lightroom 5 for $329.99.

Both of those deals are listed by reputable eBay dealer (Buydig - see all of their current offerings).

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  • lorenzo

    Soon we will see the entire Nikon Corporation on sale on eBay – as a grey market :-)

    • groucher

      Samsung an Panasonic are having exactly the same problem e.g. WB250F reduced from £250 to £86 and falling.

    • Sports

      I hope to get a refurbished copy.

    • nwcs

      No warranty then? Pass :)

  • Cameron K. Fong

    Another set of sweet prices, I wonder what the story is, I am still waiting for my J1 + LR5 from the last deal to arrive though

    • Spy Black

      That was a while back, you’re still waiting?

      • Cameron K. Fong

        Yes…sadly eBay’s Global Shipping Program sucks….and I am in the arse end of the world….AKA Australia

        • chkchkboom

          At least you have a $1000 threshold for import fees in AUS. It’s 400$ in NZ.

          • Cameron K. Fong

            Ouch….I feel your pain…you are in the arse-end of hte world as well and you have such a low tax free import threshold

          • Pooool

            $400 is great… In my part of Europe we have to pay 21% extra if value is over 22€ and even more if value is over 150€… This sucks.

    • Sports

      I’m waiting, too, sitting in Europe.
      I just got the “Your items are marked as shipped” for the second time, so some guy found the package and put it back on the conveyor belt, I guess.
      I actually bought another item from Ebay/buydig which seems to have overtaken the first item….

    • uggyy

      I got mines last week in UK, LR5 is a “sell only with camera” one and installed fine.. Camera was a refub, tiny wee scratch on a corner and working great.. cant moan.

      • Cameron K. Fong

        Mine arrived yesterday, will be picking it up later today.

  • Spy Black

    I wonder if Nikon will restructure the Nikon 1 system out of their blood.

    • Global

      I hope not — I just wish they’d make bright, bright, BRIGHT f/0.95 and f/1.2 lenses [very important, since the “feeling” of these are multiplied by x 2.7 due to the sensor size — even an f/0.95 only feels like an f/2.8 on such a small sensor!], with specialty lenses (stop being so generic and “ordinary” Nikon — you have a brand to consider!) and reduce the number of megapixels so the light wells are bigger. In this way, it will be a great “kid sister” to the bigger formats, while still being very serious (and excellent for those with bad backs!).

      Otherwise keep moving aesthetically forward (the first ones looked like Apple product rejects) with better handling. The V3 is getting closer. The AW was a cool idea. They need an AW 2 soon with greater sensitivity.

  • Global

    This is not as good a deal as the prior Nikon 1 deal (effectively $70 bucks for a Nikon 1 & discontinued OLD-STYLE 10-30mm lens + $80 for Lightroom); this one is $100 for Nikon 1 & discontinued OLD-STYLE10-30mm lens + $100 for the 30-110mm, a net $30 increase but no Lightroom (in exchange you get the all-in-one lens). Assuming you keep the all-in-one and later get a V2 when its on discount, then you have a $100 gift of a Nikon 1 + 10-30 for someone.

    The 24mp entry-level compact dslr D3200 is a bit more tempting, because its effectively $200 for a D3200 & $50 for the discontinued OLD-STYLE 18-55mm lens + $80 for Lightroom 5. A great starter package for any new DSLR user!! It goes for this much on Craigslist or eBay, so you might as well get Lightroom for free and learn how to use it.

    [Nikon replaced the 18-55mm with a new version just recently; but the old one is still not bad. It also replaced the Nikon 1’s 10-30mm with a sleeker version.]

    • Spy Black

      The D3200 package is a very good package, especially for a new shooter or someone wanting a decent camera, and Lightroom to boot. The 18-55 is a surprisingly good optic no less. Fragile, but optically very good.

      • chkchkboom

        Yeaah, picked up the D3200 for the gf!

    • Global

      Whoops, I called the 30-110mm an all-in-one. I meant, “tele-zoom” (80-300mm equiv). It does make a 10-100mm “all-in-one” but that’s not what’s being offered here. Furthermore, the 30-110 can be gotten used for a bit less than $100, a $20 differential, so really this deal is off by about $50 compared to the Lightroom version of the Nikon 1 deal. But still way, way better than buying New and a reasonable deal.

      • Global

        Btw, has anyone seen just how UGLY this 30-110mm lens is when extended? Its gotta be as ugly or worse than the old 18-55mm DX. You really have to question the designers who approved these. Nikon makes some beautiful gem lenses and then it makes this aesthetic eyesore (makes you look like youre holding a telescope backwards!):

        http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/z/v0kAAOxyaURTeqBj/$_1.JPG

        • groucher

          Who cares how it looks. This lens is a star performer especially given its size and weight. Combined with the 1 series 60fps max frame rate, it’s possible to get action shots that no other camera system can deliver.

        • preston

          Would you prefer that it was twice as long all the time so that it didn’t look as bad? I sure wouldn’t.

  • Tair

    I just curse the idiot (or idiots) from ebay who established those f..ing import charges politics.

    • chkchkboom

      I’m not sure if it is the case with ebay but on Amazon I read that there would be no additional import charges at the buyers destination country once that fee is paid at checkout. In some cases and in my case that would be lower than the actual import charge, and at least you see it up front and can factor it in. Otherwise, yes I hate it too. Well, fingers crossed.

      • YS

        Import fees are basically YOUR country’s taxes and duties. Blame them, not eBay.

  • STEVEN SPIELBRICK

    Wasn’t these cameras j1’s woefully underachievers and greatly over-priced? Now kiddies you can own some nikon crap for 199.

  • http://www.amateurnikon.com/ AmateurNikon.com

    I think buying refurbished is not a great idea. You essentially buy an older camera as new, missing on the good things of both new and used, that is new technology and great price respectively. I do understand that some people feel wary of buying used, but I’ve always, always bought my photography equipment used (with very few exceptions) and I never had any problems – ironically, the only dud I even got was a brand new AF-S 50mm f/1.4.

    • nwcs

      Usually refurbished cameras are returns when people “tested” them and decided to return them. Then they are cleaned and inspected and given a new warranty. I think they’re great deals. You don’t generally get warranties with used, or return privileges.

      • PeterO

        You mean like all the refurbished “cleaned and inspected” D600s that people bought?

        • bob2

          I got a refurb D600 at a great price, sensor is clean, not a scratch on the body, Nikon USA body so Nikon will always service it (not grey market). Saved lots of money that had about 100 actuations. I’ve had no problems. Like getting a D610 but much cheaper, since Nikon will replace the shutter should it ever arise. The D600 shutter issue is resolved. Go back into your little hole and try to think up something smart.

        • nwcs

          The problem was endemic to the design, not to the fact it was a refurb.

        • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

          I got a refurb D600. Never noticed the oil spot issue, but had the shutter replaced for free recently anyway. I have no complaints.

      • bob2

        I’ve bought Nikon USA refurbs from various legitimate authorized dealers (Adorama, B&H, Cameta, Roberts, BuyDig) and never had a problem, everything is in the box and often with new (not used or refurb) batteries (my refurb J1 came with a slightly shopworn white neck strap though). Nikon refurb has a Nikon USA 90 day warranty, which is better than any private sale Ebay transaction. Like NWCS says, usually refurbs are returns or back stock. Usually dealers have much more pricing freedom with refurbs, so you get these blow-out sales from time to time, which you don’t get with new stuff unless authorized by Nikon USA. I also buy used but it can be hit or miss–

        This guy bought a used D800 with water damage:

        http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/pho/4458305023.html

        “Here’s what happened : bought a Nikon D800 . the ad said like new. the
        camera looked fine (did a test on the street when I met the seller, took
        a couple of shots and this and that . (what else can we do on the
        street?).

        Took the camera home, it worked for another couple of shots then died.
        The guy at the repair store said that the camera fell in the water, most
        likely . there were traces of corrosion from severe condensation etc.
        It was a lemon. Tried to contact the seller but he became a ghost.”

        I would avoid shady low priced dealers too; they often run bait and switch operations and charge for included accessories, etc.

    • K.Shima

      I’ve had incredibly good luck purchasing refurbished, at least directly from Nikon. Got a 1 V1 with 10 clicks on the shutter (indicated, anyway). Also picked up a 70-300mm VR and 50mm f/1.8g for cheaper than, or comparable to, used prices. All were spotless and save the nonstandard white packaging, you would not be able to tell they were refurbs. I can see where there might be some trepidation when buying some of the more exotic bodies and lenses (e.g., would you risk the 5-year warranty on a 70-200 VR or D800 for a couple hundred dollars saved?), but for consumer-grade items, you are missing out on some incredibly good deals.

  • Andy Aungthwin

    For anyone looking for decent stills and who dabble in video this is a very good deal.

    I have the FT-1 adapter for my V1 but have found that none of my F-mount lenses are particularly good unless they are stopped down a fair bit.

    The native CX lenses, however, are good to great already wide open so essentially there are no better F-mount zooms for the 1 system.

    The best thing though with the 2 lenses on offer is that you get focus tracking for video. The native CX lenses track very well – significantly better than the focus tracking on the D800 – and the zooming is pretty much silent. (In fact, silent if you want to pony up for the PD zooms.)

    So, instead of $250 for the FT-1 you could get the J1 + 2 lenses for $200. Of course the FT-1 is for a different purposes, just sayin’.

    I’m hoping that this offer will be available here in Europe.

    Some people will no doubt be thinking “Why would I want two CX cameras?”. Believe me, if you have actually used these cameras you will know what I’m talking about.

    • doge

      Yeah, 2 of them make perfect bookends. We know exactly what you’re talking about.

      • bob2

        Hope you’ve used one to know what are talking about. Otherwise you’re just like all the other web mouthpieces spewing hollow opinion. If you think the J1 is a bookend, you need to bone up on your photo/video skills.

        I agree with Andy–my personal experience is the tracking AF in video actually works, while I’ve found AF in DSLR video just unusable. I am tempted by the 2 lens kit, but I’d prefer the V1 with built-in EVF.

      • megadon357

        Just last night, I videoed my daughters ballet recital with the J1 while my son shot stills with the V1. We were able to sit in the balcony and zoom in for great video and stills with a kit that fits in a tiny bag. I’d try the bookend suggestion, but I don’t put the cameras down long enough for that to be a practical suggestion.

      • megadon357

        Just last night, I videoed my daughters ballet recital with the J1 while my son shot stills with the V1. We were able to sit in the balcony and zoom in for great video and stills with a kit that fits in a tiny bag. I’d try the bookend suggestion, but I don’t put the cameras down long enough for that to be a practical suggestion.

        • Andy Aungthwin

          It’s such a shame that so many people put down the 1 system without actually using it.

          I also own the Sony NEX 5 but no longer use it.

          Glad to hear that you like the 1 system as well.

          Cheers!

    • YS

      Buydig ships internationally! I hope the sale is still on so you can grab them.

      • Andy Aungthwin

        Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, with shipping and something like 25% VAT/DDV it would end up being pretty expensive.

        Cheers

  • Aekn

    Someone should tell Dr. McCoy from Star Trek they included his med kit as a camera bag.

  • nwcs

    If they would do one of those $199 deals with a V2 I might buy it… That would be a good deal.

    • YS

      Hah, I couldn’t wait – bought one from Japan for $320. It’s a more expensive camera to make so I don’t think it’ll be US$199 soon. Maybe next year?

  • Michele Perillo

    well, I will tell you how good the deal is in ten days…

    • Tim2014

      Is that how long it takes to ship? I’m currently thinking of ditching my D5000 backup camera for this.

      • Michele Perillo

        it will likely be shorter in case you don’t live in Italy ;-)

  • Steve

    Just a heads-up and FYI that you might want to check on your orders on this. Two friends of mine ordered the White kit on Tuesday. One of them called today after not seeing any movement on the order, and after being hung up on a few times was told they’re actually out of the White kits despite what eBay is saying right now that they have them (as of 22-May/AM). Gave my other friend a heads-up that they might want to check too. Hope they got them, this is a great deal, but they might only have Red left!

    • Steve

      Update via my buddy: “90% of the white ones had cracked screens! They are sending me a RED one instead. They are supposed to get new white ones tomorrow from Nikon, so make sure [your other friend] calls them and makes sure they didn’t ship one of the bad white ones. They had pulled 15 of them from shipping on Tuesday that all had cracked screens. Dunno what Nikon is doing over there?!?! I told the CSR guy to get me the best looking red one if not a new one…hahahaha.”

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