Back in stock: grey market Nikon D810 camera for $1,899

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There is a new low price on the Nikon D810 DSLR camera: $1,899 with free shipping (grey market, limited quantity available). The regular US price for the D810 body is $2,796.95.

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  • AlphaT

    Got to turn those inventories into cash.

    • CERO

      I actually wonder how much inventory they have to burn.
      D820 or D850 incoming?

  • GHE3

    Admin do you know when the D810 might be refreshed or replaced?

    • no info yet

      • T.I.M

        not even rumors ?

      • GHE3

        Do you have any hypothesis?

        • I will post about what to expect next from Nikon later this week.

          • GHE3

            Thank you.

      • Obviously with the price drop comes a replacement in the near future. I’m guessing August, but sooner would be nice. We’d like it before wedding season is in full swing!

      • Max

        not even musings?

    • VanHoff

      It will be replaced by a new model in September of 2016 GHE3.

  • KT

    Canon is releasing their 5D Mark IV by NAB in April so Nikon D810 replacement couldn’t be that far out, probably by May we’ll be seeing the new 50+ MP D900 or whatever it’s called, time to clear the inventory, though you have to admit that $1899 for a new D810 is crazy good.

    • Kevin

      Now the question is: get the d810 or wait for the new upgrade ?

      • Aldo

        Thats a thousand + dollar question

      • BVS

        Or wait for the upgrade and then get a D810?

        What’s a D850 likely to have? Improved sensor with more Mpix, faster processor, D5 AF and metering, better connectivity (i.e. Snapbridge), D5 touchscreen, improved movie capabilities, auto AF fine tune, maybe focus peaking. Is that about it?

        • I’d also like to see increased dynamic range

          • peter w

            🙂
            haha. it is allready so incredibly good. Considering the 15 year old D70.

        • peter w

          I’d like to see a shake and trouble-free shutter/mirror system, fast lifeview, D5 autofocus in a 36 MP package. 50 MP would definitely kill my workflow.

          And perhaps some extra improved metering options with neural networks behind them with subject recognition and options how to treat background light.
          And a big instruction manual on how the metering and autofocus works best.

        • Hermann Kloeti

          Swivel screen, integrated GPS

        • CERO

          4k video perhaps?

      • T.I.M

        The D810 successor will probably sell for $3995 (and 6 month waiting list).
        For that price you can get 3 like new D800 (same as D810)

        • Allen_Wentz

          Given the major problems experienced with the D800 body IMO “used mint D800” does not mean much. There are lots of hard-to-control variables in photography, but folks who buy pro Nikon consider total confidence with one’s gear to be absolutely mandatory.

      • Allen_Wentz

        The question get the d810 or wait for the new upgrade ? is an easy one to answer: WAIT to see what the upgrade looks like and costs. Almost all of the folks who are the market for D810 can function with their existing gear for another 6 months +/-.

        [Edit I was an exception coming from D3 and really needing to modernize. I preordered a D500 and will evaluate the D8xx upgrade at my leisure.]

        • Kevin

          Or wait for the d750 upgrade 😉

    • Eric Calabros

      If gonna be 50+ beast, they’d better release a S edition with D5 sensor or a new 24mp sensor. 50+ is at the edge of being impractical for any kind of shooting that includes action.

      • Allen_Wentz

        I wonder about “50+ is at the edge of being impractical for any kind of shooting that includes action.” Certainly for the top performance required of some folks like pro sports photogs very high fps is beneficial, but that segment already has D4/D5/D500 dedicated to them.

        Expeed 5 and 2016 pro Nikon autofocus makes 5-6 fps pretty darn useful for much shooting that includes action. I often even used CL (set to 3 fps) rather than CH on my D2x and D3 bodies. Just my 0.02 of course, but I find autofocus competence hella more relevant than fps.

        • CERO

          last time I remember, the high mpix was never for sports. Sports require speed, not mpix. landscape and portraiture are the ones I always see demanding more mpix.

        • Eric Calabros

          its not only about fps. action shooters deal with hundreds of images everyday, and there is huge difference between managing 200 25MP NEF files and 200 54MP NEF files.

          • IanMak

            Megapixels is nice for cropping. You just can’t frame your shots perfectly when dealing with a moving subject. Gotta crop everything. But 36 megapixels is already a lot to work with so I don’t see much in giving us 50. I guess it would seem lame to release a 36MP camera 3 times in a row.

          • Greg

            people who buy digital medium format aren’t complaining about large file size… that’s exactly a key selling point. And if a camera has options to save in smaller pixels, being able to shoot big would definitely still be a plus.

          • 24×36

            Oh so we’re backing into another “true D700 successor” argument, then? If you want speed AND small(er) file sizes, there’s lots of Nikons for you – D5, D4s, D4, D3s, D3. Get one of those and be happy. I’ve not found that “managing” D810 files is much different than “managing” D3 files, and the D810 files are 3x the size.

    • Chris

      I’m expecting enlarged d500

  • doge

    sweet price. I want one.

    • KT

      That’s below the initial price of a D500 and I seriously doubt the D500 IQ will approach that of the D810. It’s a real steal if you don’t own a D810 yet.

      • preston

        D500 and D810 are completely different animals. One is sports and wildlife (high fps and pro autofocus) and the other is studio and fine art (high MP).

        • 24×36

          Stop labeling the cameras. The D810 is to date probably the best generalist camera ever made. Mine spends approximately *zero* time in a “studio,” and I shoot plenty of action shots with it. And the D810 has “pro autofocus,” just not the newest variety of it.

          • preston

            You can also shoot action shots with an iphone but it doesn’t mean that’s what the design was optimized for.

            • 24×36

              The D810 is “optimized for” image quality, for any variety of photography. The D500 is “optimized” for speed. Neither “optimization” prevents either camera from any type of photography, and KT is right – the D810 priced anywhere NEAR (much less under) the D500 price IS a steal.

              As for the iphone comment, maybe you should stick with one of those if you think you can shoot action with one.

            • preston

              So what you’re saying is you completely agree with my original statement that they are different animals and shouldn’t simply be priced by pure image quality. You’re just offended that I generalized what types of photography those optimizations best lend themselves to, which are derived from Nikon’s marketing by the way, so go complain to them if it bugs you so much.

            • Jeepmeister

              No I don’t completely agree with your original statement at all. They should be priced based on what they’re worth, and by that measure a D810 at a D500 price is a steal.

            • preston

              Are you “24×36”? Because that is who I claimed was in agreement with me on my original point, not everybody.

            • 24×36

              Yup, I was over on the car message boards under my alter-ego, couldn’t edit it.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Agreed the D810 is a great DSLR for the price, even list price. However IMO not necessarily “a real steal if you don’t own a D810 yet,” because the 810 is due for a replacement soon.

        Whether a full upgrade or an s-version bump, personally I believe folks who do not own a D810 yet should _wait_ to see what the upgrade looks like, then decide whether a discounted D810 or its more expensive upgrade fits in the quiver better.

        • 24×36

          I’d have to disagree that the D8xx is the issue with computer hardware (and software, more particularly). ANY new camera is going to give you potential computer hardware/software fits, because computer makers constantly work to make existing machines “obsolete” by ending support for a particular type of hardware, software makers try to force “upgrades” to new versions (which in turn, may also require hardware “upgrades”) by ending support (in particular, RAW file support for the latest cameras) for existing versions of their software, etc. NONE of this “impact” is related to the high megapixel bodies, but to ANY of the “newest” bodies, regardless of their resolution.

          The “32 bit” to “64 bit” hardware changes are a perfect example, when combined with the refusal of Adobe to update older Camera Raw versions for newer cameras, inclusive of DNG Converter updates, to support newer cameras beyond a certain Operating System. The required newer Operating System required the hardware upgrade as well as the newer software versions, so you basically needed all new computer hardware and software to support your new camera. And this applied to the 16MP D4 as much as the 36MP D800/800e/810.

          These kinds of issues won’t be resolved until Nikon and Canon offer native DNG RAW capture so that existing hardware and software don’t require a series of computer-related updates every time you upgrade a camera body with yet another “proprietary” RAW format to support.

          • Allen_Wentz

            The larger image files from a 36MP D810 are very specifically a computer processing issue. Everything involved takes twice as long moving through whatever computer hardware and software are being used. And “issues” in computer work arise much more frequently as processing slows.

            Each 21MP capture is smaller moving through any system than a 36 MP capture is, meaning the D810 generates only-D810 file size issues. Agreed there are also new-camera related issues, but they are separate and different.

            • 24×36

              If that is an issue, you can run a batch process to reduce the file size to whatever you feel won’t choke your poor computer, and you’ll have a better looking image than a native file from a lower resolution camera.

              But let’s face it, file size isn’t really much of an issue with modern computers. If you’ve upgraded to a 64-bit computer with the latest operating system and photography software, you’re not going to have “issues” processing 36MP files. And if you haven’t, you’re going to struggle to even be ABLE to process your “latest model” camera’s files.

            • Nyarlathotep

              Seriously, the 36MP size issue is not nearly as bad as people have made it out to be. I have been processing them on a 2007 vintage PC without issue. Yeah I have had to add HDDs to accomdate more files, but that would have happened in due time with 24MP files too. Anyway, the difference between a 24MP and 36MP file is not that big with even relatively modern PC hardware.

            • 24×36

              Agreed. Some people like to make mountains out of molehills.

  • Brett A. Wheeler

    Just remember: Nikon USA will NOT service grey market equipment. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      You can pay for 3rd party support. I’ve not heard of any problems with that but I’m kinda leery, myself.
      Just out of curiosity, are you related to doge? He votes himself up too. Is there some kind of reward or advantage for having a lot of votes?

      • I’ve been taking in about $425 a month from the up votes, haven’t you?

      • doge

        Why you always worried about me? are you in love?

        • Patrick O’Connor

          I’m just curious. Always have been.

          • silmasan

            I see what you did there.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              ??

      • The D810 is a mature product that has proven itself very reliable and trouble free. It’s now $1,300 less than what I paid a couple years ago. It’s also less than the D500.

    • Shutterbug

      You still get service advisories, and there are third party authorized nikon repair facilities (with limited capability). It’s actually not a bad deal, especially on a body like the D810 with no known issues. I know several people using grey market bodies and they all love them – no issues and huge savings.

    • doge

      Honestly, the less Nikon touches my cameras the better. These idiots have recalled the d750 3 times for the same thing. What makes you think their warranty is worth more than the yellow piece of paper it’s printed on?

      • Patrick O’Connor

        They’ve repaired my cameras and lenses with no problems. Well…one problem 😉 but they eventually sorted that out too.

    • fanboy fagz

      I NEVER buy USA. always grey. as a wedding photog the regular nikon warranty is a piece of paper I can use to wipe my ass if I run out of toilet paper. they will almost always say impact damage.

      I buy a Mack diamond warranty (theres leaf as well) that gives me complete piece of mind for 3 years. I buy it through any seller on ebay. less than $200 for the d810. its an all risk warranty that covers impact damage and any damage like accidentally dropping in the beach. huge plus for me.

      ive since had the shutter replaced on the D3 and D3s camera, if it falls by accident and breaks or even falls in the sea/pool its covered.

      I save the huge discount between the grey and USA, buy the mack warranty and still I save a huge chunk of money and also get the very best warranty for it. win win in every way.

      you must make sure that the dealer is a usa authorized dealer. you get the policy number from the seller, take that with receipt info and goto macks site and register everything within 30 days.

      this sale specifically is not showing me any pictures or description info but thats the requirement and many are legit that sell grey. huge discount.

      • Eric Calabros

        How you know with third party warranty, broken parts will be replaced with new, original, Nikon made parts?

        • fanboy fagz

          I was showed the parts when it came. the D3 is working 3.5 years after repair and the D3s 2 years after.

          are there 3rd party shutter/aperture/mirror assemblies?

          • Eric Calabros

            Oh man, even F35 fighter has a Chinese rip-off clone.

            • fanboy fagz

              im tired of replying to your retarded comments.

            • doge

              lol

            • Paco Ignacio

              Hahaha

            • Eric Calabros

              its not my fault that you didn’t know there are non-original shutters out there and they are being installed on even expensive bodies.

            • fanboy fagz

              you can prove there are 3rd party shutter or are you assuming?

            • Eric Calabros

              The point about F35 is even high tech things can be reverse engineered, and its a thing already many many people in the world are doing right now. a shutter mechanism with design principles date back to maybe 70 years ago is certainly not a difficult puzzle for this kind of people. Moreover I didn’t say non-original parts are necessarily reverse engineered by rip off makers. same supplier who give parts to Nikon or Canon can supply the repair market with same parts but with lower QC or different precision tolerance. No matter where is source, or where they are made or how they are made or how they are tested, it won’t be as reliable as original parts. Some people are OK with that, and I’m OK with people being OK with that. But in a time that Nikon no longer sell spare parts to non-authorized service centers and sometimes even authorized ones have to buy in black market (because Nikon ridiculously doesn’t know which part is in high demand and which is not, in small time scales), assuming all the parts available out there are original is just over simplifying the reality, if not silly.

            • Mike Gordon

              fanboy & Eric, you guys ever take pics or just live here?

    • RodneyKilo

      You still have the original Nikon warranty in the country of origin. Believe it or not, in 2016 you are now able to ship it back to the Nikon entity where you purchased it.

      Failing that, you can take it to third party domestic repair shops, shops which will actually communicate with you about what they are doing. You pay them for the repair, just like you would for Nikon USA after a year. They can always get gray market parts from Nikon.

      In any event, even if you buy from Nikon USA, after 12 months YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN! Or if a Nikon USA refurb, after 3 months YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!

      In the last year, 2 out of the 3 refurbished items I bought from Nikon USA were DOA. And on one of them I got no end of grief when I tried to return it within the return period.

      Gray market or used for me, but of course test thoroughly upon receipt.

      • dclivejazz

        People who buy new or refurbished from their region of Nikon have access to Nikon repair centers. They just have to pay after the warranty expires. Gray market purchasers don’t have this option but can use third party repair centers.

      • S.Yu

        Oh look, Rodney the Re,t@rded!!!!!!!

    • jaysancheese

      personal experience: I have a gray market D750 (which I did not know was a gray market) found out it when the command dial broke and Nikon wouldn’t fix it. The repair shop near here wouldn’t be able to fix it either since Nikon does not provide parts for certain cameras, unless they have proof of origin. Lucky for me, they recently had a “for parts” D750 come in and were able to cannibalize it for mine.
      The moral, it can be a hit or miss based on what I experienced.

      • CERO

        So, grey only if the camera is popular and parts are aplenty?

      • fanboy fagz

        well you only checked one store. there are a lot of stores that are authorized dealers and will take grey cameras to repair. they dont mention it to nikon. I also know there are stores that “work” with authorized repair places and take the work and have it replaced.

        and dont forget BH or adorama sell grey as well and they use their repair business (they give you 1 year warranty through them, not nikon USA) they deal with to repair it and if it has issues, you can go through them and they have “power” to get it repaired properly.

      • RodneyKilo

        Can’t speak for your shop, but they can get official Nikon gray market parts from Nikon from other places in the world.

        • S.Yu

          Oh look, Rodney the Re,t@rded!!!!!

  • T.I.M

    Can you ear the wind of change….
    I hope my D800’s MB-D12 grip will be compatible with the D30x30.
    I paid almost $400 for that toy (but it make portraits shooting much easier)

    • Michiel953

      Yes, I can hear it whistling Tim. It’s saying: “Why did Nikon not put a 30×30 sensor in the d*mned thing in the first place; what were they thinking?”.

      It’s a nursery rhyme from Wind in the willows.

    • Captain Insane-O

      Why not 36×36? Use every bit of that image circle.

  • Ritvar Krum

    I love those guys on ebay that keeps relisting their 3-5 year used D800 for around 1.4k$ and wondering why noone is bidding or buying >:D

    • fanboy fagz

      how much does a mint used one (under 20k clicks) sell for today ?

      • T.I.M

        I had 3 D800, I paid the first one new $3400
        The 2 other ones like new, used on Ebay for $1300 and $1800

    • Aldo

      and even at 1.4k x 0.87(ebay fees +paypal fees) -20.00 (shipping & handling) = $1198 in your pocket…

      • Ritvar Krum

        oh – my – so now everyone should buy a used D800 insted of new D810, just because seller has expenses :'(… those wo sell d800 for 1.4k$ – are selling it like for 6 month now… and will keep it “selling” for long time on… till they give it to their kids to play with for 0,00$

        • Aldo

          I have contacted local sellers (on ebay) privately when I’m interested in an item and offer to pay the amount after fees… I pick up the item though and give them cash. I like discounts 🙂

          • T.I.M

            I’m calling Ebay right now, this is a Ebay policy violation !!!!
            (Just kidding, you did great, Ebay sucks)

            • Aldo

              lol ! Ebay is cool.. their fees are not… if they weren’t so high… they wouldn’t worry about ‘cheaters’ like myself… but when a message can save you up 250 dollars or more.. it’s tempting.

          • Mike Gordon

            Ditto, do his all the time. To get them to play, I usually give them a little of the Fleabay $ make the deal more win/win.

  • Vertex

    who is paying 2796?
    that´s maybe the official price but not the regular.

  • Jim Soroka

    I am so tempted to pull the trigger on one of these. I am OK taking the chance of no warranty.
    My concern is that when it is time to trade in/up again, what effect does the grey market status have on trade in value with a B&H or Adorma several years down the road?

    • jarmatic

      B&H says their used department section of their site that they do not distinguish from grey market items. Not sure about Adorama.

      • Jim Soroka

        Thank you.

      • TO-DOUG

        So that means if you buy a used camera from B&H it might be grey market, and therefore you would be unable to get it serviced by Nikon anywhere? Doesn’t sound like a good idea.
        When I buy used, I always insist on the box, so that I can see that it was sold in North America, so that I could sent it in for service if needed.

        • nwcs

          With Nikon bodies and lenses you can tell by the serial number. Someone could always use a spare box — especially in places that buy lots of used stuff.

          • TO-DOUG

            When I said that “I always insist on the box”, I should have added that I do so for two reasons: (1) I can check that the serial number of the lens is the same as the serial number on the side of the Nikon box. (2) I can check that the box indicates that the it and the lens comes from my local Nikon distributor — In my case, Nikon Canada.

      • JoeFunny30

        Adorama does tell you. Keh will if you ask.

  • gamer

    Pentax K1 is to be blamed for this new price!

  • Bill

    I can see Nikon’s point on buying grey market… but what if you bought a camera on vacation (say to replace a stolen one), or while you lived there, or as a gift from family?

    • TO-DOUG

      My understanding is that there is no “there” there! That is, grey market cameras cannot be traced to a particular country. If that could be done, then clearly one could always ship your camera back to Nikon Thailand or Nikon Nigeria or wherever it originally came from for service under the warranty or post-warranty. I take it that these large dealers in the US and elsewhere buy the grey product from Nikon, Canon or other companies who want to reduce their stock. I know that seems outrageous, but isn’t that the case?

      • Aldo

        Some of these serials belong to an intended country of destination… so theoretically I think you can get service if you manage to get the camera to a service center in that country… unless of course the serial is ‘flagged’ as gray or no warranty applicable.

        • RodneyKilo

          Which serial numbers are assigned to which countries?

          • Sawyerspadre

            For most US cameras, the first digit is a 3. The high end models don’t seem to follow this and you have to call Nikon to confirm. D700 US models seem to start with a 2 and some other cameras also don’t always start with 3.

          • Aldo

            My advice is to look it up as they have changed their system a bit… generally … 3xxx us… 2xxx japan 5xxx uk (not sure) and 6xxx asia (not sure)

      • Sammy Tunsri

        Actually I’m Thai. Canon, Nikon service department in Thailand will repair any grey market gears no question ask. I has successfully send my D750 which I brought from Thailand (grey market) to Nikon US (Los Angeles) for shutter service (recall) they send it back in six days lnvoice repair: RPL SHUTTER MECHANISM
        ADJ AUTO FOCUS OPERATION
        CDK FLASH OPERATION
        CKD COMMUNICATION
        CLN IMAGE SENSOR
        GENERAL CHECK & CLEAN
        And it’ free

        Thanks Nikon and Nikon Rumors

    • Shaun V

      Don’t worry! That isn’t grey market. If you purchase a product within the country of origin and have the receipt, Nikon will service it. Grey market is purchasing a product intended for a different region.

  • Eddy Le

    is it safe to buy it? I live in greece

    • Sawyerspadre

      You might be better finding a seller of grey bodies within Greece. If you buy a grey body from US and import to Greece, you may not have as many third-party warranty options, as they may or may not be valid in Greece.

  • outkasted

    After buying grey market lenses and being duped with images that were brown and red colored I will NEVER buy a gray market device EVER again. Every product I order is U.S Certified and tested. I now call Nikon, U.S.A to verify all equipment. Fool me once…

    • RodneyKilo

      What special certification and testing process do US products go through, vs those manufactured for selling elsewhere?

      • outkasted

        I know they go through a number of tests based on the Nikon Tech told me. I mean the grey market lens that were given were not by choice. It was a scam by the now defunct Camera City. The Nikon tech hit me up to how the slipped me the grey market over U.S. tested and certified lens. It was at the time of ordering I was asked by the rep from camera city to get an extended warranty. I said yes. I was then they slipped me the grey market. Once received I could not tell until I checked the images from the prints! OMG!! IT HAD a RED CAST Throughout the images. In contrast to what I had with a Sigma lens the Sigma blew it away regarding color and sharpness. I was livid!!! Long Story short I threatened the company to sue and I also exposed on exactly how the bypassed the warranty and gave me F8cked up lenses. They took it all back. Gave me proper lenses and I cross referenced with Nikon with the serial numbers. Needless to say the color and sharpness was exactly what I was expecting. So Grey for me? NEVER!!

        • Sawyerspadre

          The end of line testing for grey vs US is the same. This is not a quality difference, unless you are getting refurb or repackaged. The grey vs US is a warranty and service distinction based on Nikon USA servicing the camesas it sells and refusing to work on cameras sold in a route that doesn’t pass through them.

          Interestingly they are servicing grey cameras under the D750 service advisory. This seems like a contradiction in their normal policy.

          The US dealers, buying via NikonUSA are also subject to a UMRP pricing regime, which sets the resale price. Grey goes around that.

          So ifs price is good, and you are not risk averse, grey can be a good choice for some.

          • outkasted

            Like I said I can only speak from experience. I will never buy’ Sorry. Fool me once…

        • silmasan

          OK… what you wrote and what LensRentals wrote about QA with lens manufacturers actually may have some relation (something along the lines of “QA is expensive, but failing QA is the most expensive”).

          I mean, it would be more profitable for them to dump lemons through the grey market than throw them away. This makes buying gm lenses far more risky than even gm bodies, due to the nature of lens assembly.

  • 247th

    Bought Grey Market when I was an amateur looking to get into photographer. Years later — I can’t make the same mistake. If you only have $1900 to spend, D610 USA is better than a Grey D810 in the long run.

    • Hardcore_Fanboy

      feel free to share some arguments that could back up those lines

    • purenupe1

      I disagree wholeheartedly… and curious to know what brings you to that conclusion. The reputation and quality of the seller is the most important variable in the grey .argument

    • Allen_Wentz

      Sorry but that is just wrong. The D810 is well proven and at least twice the camera the D610 is. Like purenupe1 said, reputation of the seller is what is critical. I would have no issues buying grey from B&H.

  • Barry Marshall

    What DSLR replaced the D7000 in the Nikon line up

    • BVS

      D7000 was replaced by D7100 and then D7200.

      If you meant D700, then there’s not an exact replacement. Closest is D750 or D810.

      • Adnan

        D800 IS THE REPLACEMENT OF OUTDATED YET “GOLD PLATED” D700.

        AND HE ASKED FOR D7000 NOT D700

  • animalsbybarry

    Just got today
    200-400 f4 vr ii
    Tc 20e iii
    D810

    • D700s

      Congrats! Nice setup.

  • Adnan

    If these are dropping in price then this might be the year of 4yr. upgrade either D8xxx series (D850) or D900.

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