Deal of the day: refurbished Nikon D810 for $2,279.95

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Adorama now has refurbished Nikon D810 cameras for $2,279.95 with free shippingย - this is almost the same as the current grey market prices. The regular price is $2,996.95 after $300 instant savings.

Refurbished Nikon products come with 90 days manufacturer's warranty.

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  • dclivejazz

    Now that’s a good deal.

  • jonra01

    This is $220 less than Nikon’s price for a refurbed d810. This makes for a tougher decision for me between a new D500 and a refurb D810.

    Pay no attention to the rest of this comment. It’s just me thinking out loud. Feel free to chip in if you want.

    I’m planning on spending a lot of money (a lot to me) on camera gear this year. The biggest question for me is what I’m going to do about a body. Do I go to refurbed D810, a D500, or stay with my D7100 with some new lenses? Any wildlife I’ll be shooting will be limited to backyard birding. You don’t need a D500 for that, but I love the specs on the camera and expect it to build as loyal a following as the D300. On the other hand, a d810 with a 300mm f/4 PF and, if necessary, a teleconvertor seems like it would be fine for backyard bif. I won’t need the extra perceived reach of a dx and the d810 would be awesome for the small studio product photography and macro work that comprises the majority of my current use.

    Choices:
    D7100 (have body & some lenses) add Sigma 70mm f/2.8 macro (for portrait lens if I stay with DX), Nikon 300mm f/4 PF or newest 200-500mm. Total cost: $1800-$3400

    D500 – add same lenses as for D7100 and purchase body Total cost: $3800-$5400

    D810 – (have 50mm f/1.8d and 100mm tokina macro FX primes) add Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM Art, Tamron 24-70mm, Nikon(?) 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 300mm f/4 PF with 1.4x & 1.7x or 200-500mm zoom. Total cost: $8500+

    I need to settle on a body before purchasing any lenses that would only be suitable on DX

    Decisions, decisions, decisions…

    • jonra01

      Probably should have posted this in the forum instead of a comment thread.

      • dclivejazz

        I suggest renting a D810 or borrowing one to see how you like it. It’s a great camera but requires extra careful shooting to avoid blur with the higher resolution sensor (although mirror slap reverberation has been reduced compared to my D800e, flaws in technique are more readily apparent) and generates large files. You may find the native 64 ISO useful for product shots.

        You may want wait until you can also try out the D500 before making your decision.

        • jonra01

          Another good suggestion. I’m not too worried about mirror slap or blur, because I shoot mostly with a tripod and often tethered to my laptop. You are right, though, about trying before buying. I should really try out a D810 before deciding to go that route.

          The decision will ultimately come down to IQ. If the D500 can give me the IQ I want then there will be no need for me to move up to FF.

          • John

            I read somewhere that you date your camera bodies, but you marry your lenses.

            In my experience and opinion, getting more lenses is the better way to go because it expands the shooting envelope more than a new body. >> do note, I do not shoot wildlife, and thus don’t really have a need for 10fps… but you are also considering the d810 which is not exactly a speed demon.

            To be honest it seems strange that you would consider either the d500 or d810 as they are different tools optimized for different types of photography. When you do buy a tool it should best suit your needs. I sense that the perceived quality of FX is tugging on you. Does FX suit your needs?

            For me it was the new lenses and not the new body that changed [for the better] my photography. Your results may vary. Anyways have fun with what ever you have ๐Ÿ˜€

            • jonra01

              While this is still true, it’s not as true as it used to be in film days. Back then, all SLRs could use the same film. If you mounted the same lens on two different bodies then you ended up with almost indistinguishable photographs. That doesn’t hold true for dSLRs. The body is very important today, but I still believe, as you stated, when it comes to gear that glass is the most cost effective way to improve IQ.

    • Aldo

      Since out of your 3 options you listed, 2 of them are for dx cameras… I would just stick to dx with the d7100…buy the lenses you want and then ‘later’ upgrade to the d500… you know… after all the suspected bugs get sorted out and a chance for the price to come down a bit.

      • jonra01

        That sounds like very sensible advice. However, I failed to mention that I’m a terrible pixel peeper. I would probably always wonder just how much better the IQ of my shots would be with a 36mp FF camera. And, yes, I do realize the ultimate judgement of a photograph is not about the equipment. I got what I considered good photos out of Kodak Brownie when I started as a kid.

        BTW, this doesn’t mean that I won’t eventually decide to stick with DX for the very reasons you mention.

        • Aldo

          I had the d800… It was ‘nice’ to pixel peep but realistically found little use for all those pixels. Someone else here suggested that you rent a d810 so that you test and see if that is the right camera for you. It would also serve to satisfy your curiosity and figure out how all those pixels can serve you. I think that’s a good idea. I think down the line the d500 will give you better results than using the d810 in dx mode. I think it’s important to consider whether full frame will really benefit your style of shooting or simply hold you back.

          • jonra01

            I think the suggestion to rent a D810 before making a decision is the best advice I’ve gotten in this thread.

            I wasn’t planning on using the d810 in dx mode. I’ll be buying all new glass. I think the new 300mm f/4 PF with or without a 1.4x tele would give me enough reach. I’ll either be shooting from a blind at close range or using a wireless tether to control the camera while it’s hidden in a box. I would approach it like the yard was a studio. Direction of light and use of fill flash, distance to subject, background, etc.. would all be planned out in advance.

        • KnightPhoto

          For birding and for tabletop DX offers advantages.

          On the other hand life is short and if you want that full FX kit you described get it and don’t look back! I would say 70-200 f/4 unless you need the f/2.8 for something indoors or low light.

    • Ckmaui

      ditto dclivejazz the D810 are awesome but high MP cameras are a bit tougher to shoot as mentioned and show the flaws in your lens and your form ๐Ÿ™‚
      ditto others again rent one first IMHO the D810 is not a camera you have to think about its one you know you need/want ๐Ÿ™‚

      • jonra01

        I think I will rent or borrow a D810 before deciding. However, the part about a D810 demanding more knowledge and precision is not an argument against it in my mind. The harder it makes me work the more it will stretch my abilities, in the long run.

        • true

          I’ve found the 85 1.8 to be painful to work with d810. Lens should be fine, but the focus seems to be slightly misaligned in many shots. And if that alone isn’t hard, then it’s to keep steady enough for image to be shake-free even @ high resolutions. I think cameras like D810 could highly benefit from a proper IBIS (because there really aren’t that many prime lenses with VR)

        • Ckmaui

          for sure not against it ๐Ÿ™‚ just good to know and I think rewarding ๐Ÿ™‚ agree with your thoughts for sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Spy Black

      Backyard birding? Pick up a Nikon 1 setup and keep your D7100 rig.

  • T.I.M

    I got 2 “like new” D800 on Ebay for $1300 each (but you’re taking a chance buying on Ebay, always carefully check the seller’s reviews)

    • PhilK

      What kind of actuations? I guess I’m leery of AF problems on used D800s..

      • T.I.M

        about 5k, no issue with the AF
        I sold my first one (new, paid $3500 for it) with 30k and it was also in like new condition.
        Here is the deal:
        If you have pro Nikon lenses or cameras and if you TAKE CARE OF IT, you can keep it all your life.

        • PhilK

          5K isn’t bad for used, though it’s almost impossible to find a D3/D4 series with that kind of low actuations.

          I like to keep my equipment in good condition, but unfortunately just carrying things around and using them results in wear (unless you only take pictures in a laboratory or are ridiculously OCD in the field), so ultimately to me if it comes to a decision to keep the hardware in pristine condition or make more use out of it, I would rather make more use of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • T.I.M

            I use them a lot while taking care of it (I have lenses that 35 years old), you just have to be organize (I usually have one case for each camera/lens/flash.)
            And when I want to sell my gear I get much more $$$ for it.

            • PhilK

              Sure, but if I had to carefully remove every lens from an individual case every time I wanted to use it, I would go insane and not take very many pictures. Not to mention the weight of carrying all those individual cases around. ๐Ÿ˜›

              20 or 30 yrs ago, I was in the habit of carrying a giant bag around with all sorts of stuff in it, “just in case”. I discovered that I got so fatigued from carrying all that stuff around, that I was de-motivated to actually shoot many photos when the opportunity actually arose.

              To each their own. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • T.I.M

              you need a wagon like mine. (and a utility cargo car like the Ford Transit)

            • PhilK

              Haha, I’ll keep that in mind next time I’m at the beach. Does it come with the assistant? That could be worth it..

            • T.I.M

              I have 3 daughters, very helpful for weddings shooting.

          • T.I.M

            My AF-I 400mm f/2.8 is from 1994, look like new, here is what I do to keep the foot scratch-free.

  • PJ

    I found a new, USA Nikon 500mm f/4E offered by an authorized dealer for $7,999. Was gonna report it to NikonRumors for Deal of the Day, but before I could author the message, my mouse clicked the “add to cart” button and somehow this baby is now being shipped to me.

    • Aldo

      Congrats on your new lens… if you can post images of your adventures with it…. on the bright side someone else still has 8k

  • Ckmaui

    picked on up ๐Ÿ™‚ fingers crossed it will be a good one

    • Spy Black

      Keep us posted.

      • Ckmaui

        came in with around 850-900 shots ?
        forgot to check frame in beginning ? so did some testing and thought OH check and it was 941 I might have put 50-100 on buy then so figure it

        funny it came with a hot shoe cover :): my other new D810 did not come with one SCORE ๐Ÿ˜‰ hahahahahahah
        I use a Tx about %90 of the time though but funny thing

        but already clicked off another 300 testing things
        figure will do a bit more on each lens so far my main two lens things are great as far as focus etc…

  • jarmatic

    I picked one up too! Moving up from the D610. I’ll let you know about the shutter count and such. I hope it’s not too high.

    • PhilK

      Personally I’d be less worried about the shutter count than I would be concerned whether it would have some subtle intermittent problem that someone sent it in for repair and they concluded “no trouble found”, cleaned it up and re-sold it.

      I strongly advise testing every single feature at least 50 times after you get it, before the warranty runs out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I once bought a used F100 which was in fabulous condition and everything worked great except when I tried to activate the spot-meter function – didn’t work. The previous owner honestly just probably never touched that button, I’d guess..

      • jarmatic

        Thanks! That is sound advice.

    • jarmatic

      Well, I picked up my D810 and two new CF cards and all I’m getting are card errors. I tried 3 different SD cards are the two new CF cards and the camera is erroring and all of them. They work a little but as soon as I try to review the images while they are still being written to the cards, the camera freezes. I formatted them all in camera before shooting. No good. Any suggestions? Is it crappy cards and user error?

      • Alistair

        Any update, did you manage to get the body working?

        • jarmatic

          I spoke to adorama and Nikon repeatedly. I sent it to Nikon for repairs.

        • jarmatic

          Just got my refurbished D810 back from Nikon. They replaced the Main PCB and memory card holder. Shutter count is 62. It was 400 something when it first arrived. Looks minty and awesome. No errors so far. Huzzah!

  • Spyshadow

    Any thoughts if I should buy Nikon D810 now or just wait for the upcoming replacement like D850 or D900?

    • KnightPhoto

      Decision path is: are dollars important as D820 will be $1000-1200 more expensive? Second: are D5 improvements important: AF frame greater coverage, better video specs. Third are D820 improvements important: more resolution and better technology for dynamic range and high ISO?

      It also depends where you are coming from. D810 is already a well rounded camera in all these areas and that price is phenomenal. I’m coming from a D800E and would have loved the D810 improvements but am waiting for the D820 (or I might even drop down to a D760 this go around actually based on what I mostly use this camera for).

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