Grey market Nikon D610 now under $1,000

Nikon D610 camera sale
Another new low price: the grey market Nikon D61o camera is now listed for $979 (regular price is $1,296.95)

Nikon D810 low price
The Nikon D810 (also grey market) is still available for $1,899 (regular price: $2,796.95).

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  • doge

    wow. FX for less than a grand. First time?

    • Asbäst

      For you, always…

    • Allen_Wentz

      Nah. We have always had FX for less than a grand. The bodies used this stuff called “film…”.

  • Hardcore_Fanboy

    damnn… used d610’s (on ebay and what not) costs more 😀

    • TO-DOUG

      Used D610s should cost more — Nikon is willing to repair them! But they won’t repair a broken grey market D610… Good luck with that.

      • murdoc2009

        Same old tired argument.

        No 1 year Nikon warranty blah blah blah
        Nikon won’t repair blah blah blah

        All the while, it took me all but 5 minutes of google search and phone calling to get my friend’s gray market D750 shutter replaced at a legitimate 3rd party shop.

        Try again.

        • TO-DOUG

          I didn’t mention warranties, but since you raise the topic… All new products bought from Nikon dealers in Canada come with a 5 year warranty. Even refurbished bodies and lenses come with a 1 year Nikon Canada warranty.
          I have no experience with Nikon Europe warranties, but their UK web page seems to indicate a free 1 year European warranty plus an extra 2 year free UK warranty.
          I don’t see any reason for me to buy grey market goods, when I can get LNIB used or refurbished items for close to the same (or lower) cost.
          BTW, Nikon replaced the shutter on my refurbished D600 for free, and also repaired the 10-30 lens on my refurbished N1 V2 for free. I didn’t even pay for shipping either way.

          • Chris

            I somehow think in US bodies only has 1 yr. And they only cares for manufacturing defects.

            • TO-DOUG

              Yes, you are right. It seems to me that the US body warranty used to be 5 years, some time ago.

      • Hardcore_Fanboy

        tell me more about your nikon warranty on a 3 year old used cameras…. and who said that majority those used d610 (that cost more than new d610 grey) are bought new from Nikon dealer anyway?

        • stormwatch

          Wait a second, a few months back I was attacked from the world wide warranty “specialist” on the Nikon cameras who claimed that in the EU Nikon even doesn’t have to give a warranty for new cameras, so I think the same. No warranty for botu new, old and gray.

          • TO-DOUG

            I have no experience with Nikon Europe warranties, but their UK web page seems to indicate a free 1 year European warranty plus an extra 2 year free UK warranty. That’s not as good as the USA or Canada, but it’s still a warranty. In my experience, if something’s going to go, it will be in the first year or two.

        • TO-DOUG

          If you read my post carefully, you will see that I didn’t mention warranties. I was writing about the ability to get your broken camera repaired by Nikon. As far as buying a used camera is concerned, I was assuming that a knowledgeable buyer would check that the camera was not grey market. I personally only buy a used lens or camera that is sold with the box, so that I can check that the serial numbers (box and item) match, and the box indicates its source is US or Canada. I have also bought refurbished Nikon gear, that comes with a warranty (1 year) is often at or even below used prices.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    Nikon seems to have dumped a huge amount of gear last month to prop up their 2015 fiscal year numbers. I’m seeing all kinds of crazy deals from both gray marketeers and large authorized Nikon USA dealers, even though the Yen has strengthened back 10% from its 5 year lows just a couple months ago. Is this the start of a spring cleaning custom from Nikon?

    • Photobug

      We can only hope this is “spring cleaning”.

    • silmasan

      Also…D620? I wonder, what is going to be new with it.

      • CaMeRa QuEsT

        This is the deal: for only $300 more you can but a D750, which would have been the actual D600 successor were it not for “Shutteroilonsensorgate”.

        • silmasan

          Yeah, I think I called D750 “D650” at launch. D6x0 just found its best virtue at the sub $1500 level. A new D620 would find itself in a very difficult position. Unless it’s a D750 without the tilt screen, lower fps and priced at just under $2000. And then D760 gets a sensor upgrade.

          • Captain Megaton

            They could go at least two ways: 1. make a new camera that is both cheaper and smaller, or 2. dump a 36MP sensor in the D610 and call it a day.

            • silmasan

              Both points combined made me think of a 36MP D3x00/D5x00. 🙂

      • Allen_Wentz

        D620, hmm. ~US$1k where the D610 is now reaches big-box store pricing levels. Does Nikon want to go that low end with the next generation of its entry-level FX body? Does Nikon even have any marketing clue as to where it wants to go in the shrinking DSLR marketplace?

  • Spy Black

    Gotta love it.

  • Aldo

    Wow… now you need an ever better excuse to buy a d500

    • Spy Black

      I’ll take that as a joke. While the D500 may appear superior to most, the D610 will probably still have better IQ, so if you don’t need the additional features of the D500, the D610 is still a very a very capable camera. At least, in the right hands. 😉

      • Aldo

        No it wasnt a joke… some people are torn between the d750 and d500 because they are.the same.price… they hope that the d500 miraculously matches or comes close to the ff in low light… plus get all the new features of the d500. Unfortunately this wont be the case… and now you have a ff at a thousand dollars less.. with obviously better IQ… so if you disregard all that and still go for the d500… you better have a good excuse to pay double for a a sensor cut in half.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          Anyone considering these two based on their similar price probably doesn’t need either.
          BTW, you may want to check your keyboard, the “period” key seems to be sticking. 😉

          • Aldo

            I like periods….

            Im sure there are many people who are just looking to upgrade or buy 1 camera and are looking for all possible options. If you already have 2-3 bodies are are looking to add more… then thats different.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Well then, nobody would think you were a woman! 😉
              If someone is just “looking to add more [bodies]”, I don’t think price will be a factor. Other than their similar price, which I think is a non-issue, can you think of even one reason someone would consider between these two bodies? I can’t.

            • dclivejazz

              If you’re referring to a comparison between the D750 and the D500, the D500 offers 1/250 flash sync speed, 1/8000 sec shutter speed and more direct access to controls, along with 4K video and a faster frame rate. Depending on real life performance it may offer equivalent if not better high ISO IQ.

              If you’re comparing the D500 to the D610, the D500 will also give you much better AF performance overall and allow AF at all at lower light.

              I wouldn’t expect the D500 to under perform some FF models on overall IQ just because it has a crop sensor, considering it will debut the latest tech. On the other hand, we won’t really know until it comes out and we can see what it actually does.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              My point is that they’re so obviously for different purposes that no experienced photographer would be considering between the two other than if he/she wanted both and was trying to decide which to buy first or which purpose was more important to them and in that case, the decision isn’t between cameras but shooting emphasis.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Exactly.

            • HF

              “Depending on real life performance it may offer equivalent if not better high ISO IQ.” Can you be more precise? How should that happen? Of what ISOs are you talking about? Do you think the sensor to be a dual gain one, with increased QE, BSI? If not, how should it compensate for the twice smaller sensor area?
              It is always the same when new cameras are introduced. People get overly optimistic (see D5 vs. D4s in the initial reports, or D750 vs. D610 when people first looked at it and immediately saw a two stops advantage).

            • dclivejazz

              It’s normally thought that a full frame sensors offers about a stop better noise performance than a cropped sensor, all things equal. There’s also a progression of improvement in sensor development over time. It’s possible the newer tech of the D500 will give equal performance to something like the D610 or D750 at ISO 3200 on up. Maybe it’ll be better than a D8xx. Maybe not of course; maybe slightly less if reports that the D5 tech is really only about 3/4 of a stop better than before carry over to the D500. There’s also color retention and DR to consider in ever low light too but I’ll just reflect on noise handling in this speculation.

              The newer generation of full frame cameras coming up will probably regain the advantage. My answer is in response to people thinking a D500 won’t really compare to an older full frame design, which I think just reflects a widespread hang up on full frame even though I’m a FF Nikon shooter myself.

            • HF

              The jpg engine and movie quality is progressing faster in my opinion. But if you look at measurements, e.g. provided by DXO, you will find that S/N ratio didn’t improve drastically or at all, between the D3s to D5 cameras, D600 to D750, D7000 to D7200, etc. DR is a different thing, showing larger improvements, but still you get the 1stop between an A6300 and A7rii and besides base ISO the D7100 and D7200 are very similar. In case they want to improve high ISO DR of the D500 drastically, it very likely reduces base iso DR unless they use dual gain technology and BSI. But this should be a sensor similar to the A6300 since I think Sony or Samsung used them so far only. It is very very unlikely in my opinion to obtain a 1 stop burst with the D500 (note, I consider a comparison only valid for equal output size, not on a pixel basis).

        • CERO

          I still dont know why someone would confuse the two. the huge fps, 4k video,AF, big sports buffer and pro memory of the D500 vs a entry FX camera.

          • Spy Black

            Depends on what you want out of a camera.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              My question to Aldo stands: can you think of even one reason someone would consider between these two bodies? Just one.

            • Spy Black

              Check my reply elsewhere here to Allen_Wentz.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              My point is not that either one has advantages over the other but rather, they’re so different that given any individuals preference of subjects, one would be so obviously better for that subject, than the other, there’d be nothing to consider.

            • Spy Black

              Well, yes, good point. I suppose that, considering how inexpensive this gray market camera is, why not just buy both? 🙂

            • Patrick O’Connor

              That wasn’t my point either but I’m pretty sure you know that. 🙂

            • CERO

              Thats the point.
              These guys claim like the D610 somehow will do fine in a fast moving environment and how you could confuse it with the D500.
              The Af of the D610 is weak compared to the newer offers (like the D750, D7200..etc..) tiny buffer as well. And even weaker to the D500.

      • Allen_Wentz

        The D6xx body never felt right to me at any price, while the D500 feels perfect. And even if the “feel” is just me, the D6xx is definitely not the pro body quality of the D500; not even close. For some of us and our usages body quality is very important.

        The discounted gray D810 is very attractive but first I want to see what the coming upgrade looks like.

        • Spy Black

          Yes personal choices of how a camera feels matters, as are features you’re looking for. But there are advantages to a D610 you won’t have in a D500, and vice-versa, of course.

          • Allen_Wentz

            Just curious as to what the advantages are to a D610 you won’t have in a D500 are, other than for wide angle and the obvious larger sensor. And technically +3MP, except that the much newer sensor of the D500 likely obviates any benefit of 3 more MP.

            [One _big_ advantage of course is that the D610 actually exists and has been vetted by the real world! Those of us who preordered the D500 are still waiting to see what pig comes out of the poke…]

            • Spy Black

              You’ve already mentioned some. Yes, the larger sensor is the big one (no pun intended), the image quality should be better unless Nikon has jumped some heluva hoops with the new Expeed engine.

              I wasn’t even thinking about the wide angle slant, but yes that’s a nice advantage, although one could argue the opposite in the telephoto end.

              One other not so obvious reason is the viewfinder. Compared to APS-C, it’s big. Having shot so many years with 35mm film cameras, moving up to the D600 finally gave me the view I was very used to.

              The same goes for my lenses. I’m very used to the field of view that my lenses give me and what I want to use for a given situation. I had to rethink that in DX.

              Of course, the D500 is the top of the line DX Nikon and the D610 is the bottom of the line FX Nikon, and yet despite that there are still some advantages. But clearly the new Nikon is not only the top of the line DX model, but it incorporates new technologies that didn’t exist at the launch of the D600, which is what the D610 essentially is. There’s certainly a lot to like about the D500, especially for it’s price, but for me I could never go back to DX, even if you gave me a D500 for free. I’d immediately sell it and get a D750!

        • tomherren

          I was never comfortable with the grip of D600/610 when I was considering changing from D700 to more resolution (the 800 was out of budget then). When D750 arrived, it felt very comfortable.

          • silmasan

            D810 grip feels really great, D700 users will feel at home… except for the flipped + and – buttons, and loss of AF area selector on the back. 🙁

      • silmasan

        At least, in the right hands. 😉

        No love for the left hands? :`(

        • TO-DOUG

          Given that about 10% of the population is left-handed, why isn’t there at least one left-handed camera? There are dozens of DSLR models, but none is available for lefties. The idea seems to crop up only as an April fools day joke [Photo Rumors 2015-04-01] but really — how difficult would it be?

          • Allen_Wentz

            Probably a bigger deal is, how would lefties deal with it? It probably would be harder for a lefty to be moving among different right/left buttoned cameras than learning to release the shutter right-handed. Already Nikon (IMO stupidly) makes it hard on us by constantly moving around every button except the shutter release.

            • TO-DOUG

              Of course! Since cameras are all electronic now, it would be trivial to simply have a button on the left side that could be programmed as the shutter release. It could be that button in the middle of PSAM dial on the left side of FX DSLRs.

      • Captain Insane-O

        I don’t think you have to worry. Fx is a much better format to work with. Dx will have to sacrifice a lot in order to have similar high iso noise performance. Plus, fx produces sharper results. No need for a d500 unless you absolutely need the high fps

        • Allen_Wentz

          Except that the D6xx body (even though great value at US$1k) in no way compares to the quality of the D500 body. Like nwcs said, different audiences and use cases.

          Note that the statement “…fx produces sharper results” is A) only true under certain specific conditions and B) often overridden by the issue of actually “getting the shot.”

          IMO (which has yet to be proven) the D500 creates a case where it will make sense for photogs to have both FX/DX pro-level bodies in the quiver. Since digital began I have maintained FX/DX setup (35mm film, D100, D2x, D3, D5100) but the D500 is the first DX body that has felt fully pro-grade to me – and has tilt LCD, a huge value add in my experience.

          • Captain Insane-O

            Special specific conditions? Yeah right. Only a certain amount of detail may pass through glass. Having higher pixel density will always lower the amount of detail when the amount of pixels remains the same unless you’re at a low level like 10mp.

            D500 with the same glass will always produce duller detail. It has 20% less mp and much higher pixel density. Not to mention it captures half the light and therefore produces less signal.

            The ONLY times the d500 will be able to get the “shot” would be through its better af, and if you need 10fps, or you can need the crop factor.

            The d7200 already gives amazing dx capability. And at half the cost. Not to mention there is absolutely no empirical evidence to suggest the d7200 and d610 are compromised due to durability. Just anecdotal “it feels better in my hand” statements.

            If you want to over pay for something that feels the same in any none biased hands that’s fine. You’re excited for better feeling buttons and that’s fine.

            But the d500 won’t produce magically better images over the d7200, especially considering the d5 results.

            Unless you need “fancier buttons” or 10fps… D7200 and D610 are going to deliver better images (unless Nikon delivers the magic, lol) and at half the cost.

            Photography is about the photo and their stories. Not about “fancier buttons”.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Your words “fancier buttons” are frankly BS, just your words, some kind of sarcasm I guess. The fact is that buttons and their placement are _very_ relevant (even if a matter of individual preference).

              All of a sudden you are responding comparing to D7200, saying “the d500 won’t produce magically better images over the d7200, especially considering the d5 results.”
              A) I did not discuss D7200.
              B) We will no doubt see D7200 comparisons to D500 once D500 is on the street. Personally I _do_ expect better images from this newer generation more-pro-body DX camera; not “magically better” but evolved-better, which is usually what tech does.
              C) Your commentary “especially considering the d5 results” suggests the D5 is bad, which no actual users have yet suggested. But your comment is meaningless anyway because the D500 is a totally DIFFERENT SENSOR than the D5 sensor.

              D500 may turn out to be a lemon, less capable of producing good images as the older less-pro-body D7200 as you suggest, we will see. But I doubt it.

              P.S. Note that by different conditions I was referencing
              1) the FX D6xx versus DX D500 comparison. I have always used both FX and DX, and at the tele end with weight and/or lens cost constraints D500 can more comfortably get more pixels on the subject at a given distance. And
              2) the weather and abuse weaknesses of the D6xx body as compared to the D500 body.

            • CERO

              hang on, 24 vs 20mpx, where is this 20%?

            • Allen_Wentz

              Yeah, 20.9 is about 13% less than 24. But my guess is that (for better or for worse) the quality of the new D500 sensor will be far more relevant than the 13% difference in pixel count.

            • Thom Hogan

              Math doesn’t seem to be working for anyone today.

              The D5 produces about 7% less resolution than the D7200. Pixel count is not the important attribute to look at, it’s pixel pitch.

            • CERO

              The relevancy here right now with the D610 and D500 is the huge differences in AF, buffer, 4k video, flippy screen, pro rugged body, faster shutter, fps.

              No idea why people just mention just the MP which is the least of the concerns.

            • Thom Hogan

              > Only a certain amount of detail may pass through glass.

              We haven’t come close to sensors that can fully capture what current lenses are capable of. Your following statement (pixel density = lower detail) is therefore false.

              > captures half the light and therefore produces less signal.

              That’s a non-sequitor. You’re assuming that everything about the two sensors is otherwise equal other than area. Even in area you can be wrong, because one might be BSI and the other FS. We’ve seen plenty of smaller sensors do better than expected compared to larger ones. Indeed, that’s the trend in the entire industry because all the research money is pretty much invested in the smallest sensors being produced (smartphones), and that technology trickles up, not down.

              > The d7200 already gives amazing dx capability

              And then you go and contradict yourself ;~).

              > But the d500 won’t produce magically better images over the d7200

              You’re arguing an unknown right now, and you haven’t actually qualified what you mean. I’ll bet you that on JPEGs, the D500 easily surpasses the D7200.

      • Michiel953

        That caveat has universal meaning; just look around you…

    • nwcs

      Not really. Different audiences and use cases.

      • Aldo

        I believe thete majority of auidiences fall into the general use for a camera. And current options are vast… all could be considered and none overlook… d500 may be the d300 replacement… but we are in different times.

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  • Sazzadul Anwar

    And MB D12 grip costs 750 Canadian today 🙂

    • silmasan

      What can you say, it’s a fair challenger to a BNIB D7100 (body only). 🙂

  • Asbäst

    Never buy from B&H, it is owned buy racist juice who treat their goyim employees like crap. Look at Israel to see the true racist nature of the jew!

  • Adnan

    Wow! Grab it now!

  • TO-DOUG

    OK folks, time for a reality check: Canadian Amazon is selling a new D610 for CDN$1450, which is equivalent to US$1114. So, US friends, for an extra $135 you can get the same camera with a 2 year warranty and a place to send it (Nikon Canada) if you ever have a problem. Why would you buy a grey market camera for just a few bucks less that gives you no warranty and no access to a Nikon service centre?

  • I don’t think amazon.ca will ship Nikon to the US. Has anyone tried that? I know for sure that Amazon Japan and Amazon Europe will not.

    • CERO

      Henry’s does.
      infact, they do free ship to the USA.
      I bought my D610 there.

  • I am pretty sure this is some kind of a scam.

  • I think this is the cheapest full frame camera available today.

    • TO-DOUG

      I dunno…not if you factor in what you don’t get. Here’s my math:
      You can buy the grey market D610 for US$979 but the seller wants another US$195 for a 3 year warranty from Square Trade. So you are paying $1174 to get a D610 with a 3 year non-Nikon warranty.
      The same camera from a NYC Nikon dealer costs $1297 with a full Nikon USA warranty and includes an SDHC card, bag, etc. worth $82. Deducting the value of those goodies brings it down to $1215 for just the D610 camera with a 5 year Nikon warranty.
      So, for just US$40 more you get an extra two year warranty, plus the ability to sent it to Nikon USA at any time in the future. Hmmm…

      • I was talking about absolute value. Also, you get only 1 year of US warranty when you buy authorized. The 4 years extra is only for lenses if I am not mistaken.

        • TO-DOUG

          My mistake. I assumed it was the same deal for bodies and lenses. Therefore, my last sentence should read:
          So, for just US$40 more you get just a 1 year warranty, but the ability to have Nikon USA service it at any time in the future.

  • cletus

    Anyone think the price will go lower than this soon or will this be the lowest for a long while?

    • Allen_Wentz

      I do not recall seeing such dramatic price drops on good not-too-old mainstream Nikon bodies before. But I have lousy recall ;~).

      Although the D610 holds zero interest for me, the D810 discounting certainly gets my attention. But after handling the D5/D500 bodies I am more interested than ever in seeing what Nikon does about the upgrade from the excellent D810 (IMO in 2016). The D5/D500 seem to provide a nice base from which to further solidify the pro body part of the line, both from a product-line standpoint (not Nikon’s strong point) and from a technical standpoint.

  • Politics_Nerd

    I was very seriously considering a d500 to back up my d750, but decided to wait for a year or so to see how the recalls and price drops shake out.

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