“Used” Nikon D500 cameras available for $1,749 at Amazon WarehouseDeals

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Used Nikon D500 cameras are currently available in stock for $1,749 at Amazon WarehouseDeals (fulfilled by Amazon). Those are probably returns from customers and are described as "used - very good" condition. From the Amazon listing:


"Small scratches on sides of item (less than 1/4 in. x 1/4 in.). Item has been tested and is fully functional. Item will come in original packaging. Packaging will be damaged."

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  • doge

    I guess some peoples tax returns weren’t as large as expected.

    • Proto

      Now there is a used D5 – for nearly $1000 off – in “good condition” at amazon

      • Aldo

        There’ll be a lot of those…

        • Proto

          yup! or upcoming D900 for FX with similar functions

        • Allen_Wentz

          I disagree. The D5 is a solid performer about as expected. And the single-digit Nikons are about _body_, not about some tiny difference in base ISO performance. Maybe the solid D5 will force down D4s prices, but I am not holding my breath for it.

          I think most single-digit Nikon buyers buy the top body for a reason, and prepurchase they are very conversant with the expensive tools they are buying, and why. Each new D2/3/4/5 generation allows a bit better natural-light captures and the most durable body in the industry.

          I would almost guarantee that no actual D5 buyer bought one looking to obtain absolute maximum low-ISO performance (at some small percentage of an EV). Any pro wanting the very best low-ISO performance would buy a D810 for half the price of a D5.

          Personally I like the D500 a lot, but the D3 remains my go-to body for most purposes. Because of the body. At some point I will upgrade the D3, but so far it has not been necessary for my work.

          • Proto

            Tank build of single-digit Nikon is useful in a war zone. For normal portraits and weddings – i would take the function + 1/2 priced body, i.e. D810 or D900. Your D3 has same function as D700 that i enjoyed a lot at $2.5K instead of D3 at $6K.

            • Justtakethepicture

              “Tank build of single-digit Nikon is useful in a war zone.”

              Yeah, no-one can appreciate solid build quality unless they’re in a war zone lol

        • RBR

          Better price? Okay, the D4S is $500 less, but it is still 6 grand. At that price level, is that really a reason to pick one over the other?

    • DB White

      Or maybe they had card errors with the camera, which seem too common.

  • PabloNY

    D500 available at bestbuy NYC

  • Patrick

    Wow! Already sold out before 9am EST!

    • That was fast – and I think they had more than one available. it was a good deal.

      • manattan

        I do not think the used D500 was THAT good of a deal. If you factor in taxes and lack of a warranty it is likely better to just buy from one of the other big Internet retailers. I will conceded its a good deal if you could not wait for the next shipment round.

        • Andrew

          This is an excellent point. But the camera may come with the full warranty if it is a returned item as opposed to a refurbished item.

      • Andrew

        You think they had more than one available? A headline for one D500 camera at $1750? I have to say I could not stop laughing 😉

        OK, I am just having fun with you 😉 At least we get to have some extended conversations.

    • Patrick

      Rokinon isn’t sold out at that price. This link is for the non chipped version, which is $399(and sold out). I called and ordered over the phone (customer service guy say they were out and might be updating lens…) The $189 is for non chipped version, which is still a great price. Moderator might want to fix link, but thanks for the heads up! Now waiting for the return of the bargain gray market D750!

      • Fixed, this is the correct link: http://bit.ly/1QS5rrp

        • Patrick

          This link is for the chipped lens. When I bought it over the phone they said they were out of the chipped version and this price was only offered for non chipped. fyi

          • I am confused, the link is for the chipped version, it is on sale and it says that it is in stock – maybe their website is messed up.

            • Patrick

              There seems to be some confusion at Adorama as well. The service guy I spoke with said that it’s mis marked on their site, but when I called back and spoke to a second person, he confirmed that I was receiving a chipped lens. I then asked to be transferred to the original guy, who again said it was an error on their web site, and that they are out of the chipped version, that they were not getting another shipment, and that Rokinon was likely phasing out the model. Again, for the price (and with Adorama’s return policy), I’ll roll the dice…

            • maybe because this was supposed to be a one day “flash”sale:

            • Member

              The pictured lens is the non chipped version mine, chipped version, is marked “AE”

            • CERO

              I actually got that same email.
              Amazon also had troubles with it (leads you to the non chipped version, which is gold colored, not red)

      • Patrick

        My Rokinon arrives tomorrow, so I will confirm that info soon!

        • Patrick

          It is, in fact, a chipped lens! A great deal!

      • decentrist

        unlikely to happen soon

  • Adam Fo

    Going on past price trends, anyone hazard a guess what these might sell for new in a years time on the ebay gray market ?

    • doge

      1k

      • Politics_Nerd

        I’d say $1100.

        • TheInfinityPoint

          $1101! Oh wait, I thought I was on The Price is Right…

    • TheBronx

      $1400

    • Adam Fo

      Found an article by Thom Hogan which provides some guidance. Minus 25% for early gray then down to 40-50% at the end of the product life.
      http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/price-drifting/

    • manattan

      There are two reasons why I think we will not see the usual drop in prices.
      1) The D500 uses a specialty sensor that is likely in low volume and produced to match demand. They cannot simply shift excess sensor production to another product.
      2) There will likely be no follow-up for the D500, as in 6 years time the follow-up is likely to be mirrorless. Essentially the D500 is “it” for the next several years for pro level AF and controls. My suspicion is that the 7300 will not have the new AF system, but maybe the 7400 will in 4 years time if they have not gone mirrorless by then.

      • Spy Black

        That assumes a D7xxx model will continue.

      • Allen_Wentz

        I would respectfully disagree. We have at least two of the three: D6xx, D7xx and D8xx likely to upgrade soon (2016/2017) with pro level AF and controls.

        • Max

          The D6xx af really needs it. And if they pass the 51 point module down to d5xxx, I wonder if it will get the older one (from 7100) or if it will be the more sensitive one that’s in the 750 and the 7200

        • manattan

          Nikon could do one of these things:
          620: keep 24 sensor, give it the 750’s af
          760: 810’s sensor and af in the current body or keep the 24 sensor and give it D5 af
          820: keep 36 sensor and give it D5 af or migrate to 40-50mp sensor and keep similar af
          I doubt Nikon will gave away two things at once just because it provides them with an easy two year upgrade path for greater roi
          There are some unknowns: why hasn’t the great quiet shutter of the 810 made it into any other Nikon product?
          Will Nikon take Thom’s advice and produce a high res pro body?
          Will a new mirrorless DX cause the 3/5/7xxx lines to stall exactly like the DLs did for the Nikon 1?

          • Justtakethepicture

            Rather than speculating wildly, we could just wait and see.

            As for the DL stalling Nikon 1… 1) This is the DL that now won’t be released until Nov 2016, right? 2) The Nikon 1 has been floundering long before the DL was announced.

      • Pat Mann

        I also see the D500 as the last top-of-the-line APS-C DSLR from Nikon.
        In addition to your list, there is also room for:
        1. D7x00x at 36-60 mp
        2. D8x0x at 50-75 mp
        in parallel with mirrorless FX and DX intro.
        D500 replacment as top-of-the-line APS-C in four-six years will be mirrorless is my guess.
        5xxx and 3xxx should go mirrorless at next release, but the DL series may just take over the D3xxx slot in the market.
        I hope the mirrorless DX lens series gets more respect than the DSLR DX lens series. That has been my biggest disappointment with DX – the failure to complete the lens lineup with three good fast wide primes at 12, 16 or 18 and 24mm, and fast wide and short tele zooms.

        • Why does everything have to become mirrorless? Mirrorless sucks. I would not take a mirrorless version of the D5 over one with an OVF. People are freaking obsessed over mirrorless, It’s not going to make you a better photographer, and if you need to kill sound that badly blimp it.

          • Politics_Nerd

            Mirrorless is so stupid, IMO. The body is only slightly smaller and once you put a lens on it what difference does it make. And I would never give up SLR speed!

            • Sony couldn’t compete against CaNikon so they made their own category to be king in, it’s a marketing strategy that has a name that is eluding me at the moment. Sony moved neither up nor down but sideways. Mirrorless battery life is so painful, fork that.

            • nwcs

              Actually, Sony’s overall market share has grown slightly. They are back to Minolta’s historical share amount now. I do think that there will be both mirrorless and mirrored options in the future, roughly equivalent in market share. I like both, honestly. There are legitimate reasons for both to be out there as they serve different, but largely overlapping, needs.

          • Nikita

            far fewer parts, thus much cheaper to build. mirrorless is inevitable.

            • CERO

              pretty sure they just change mechanical parts for electronical parts. But the parts are there.

            • Nikita

              really? sorry, but you don’t really understand how the world works.
              electronics = printed, plugged
              mechanical = meticulous hand assembly (especially DSLRs)

            • CERO

              < implying mechanical parts cannot be robotically assembled.
              < implying all electronics are printed and plugged (a lot of them are soldered by hand, see foxconn)

            • Nikita

              come on man, read up on how Nikon DSLRs are assembled then get back to me…

            • CERO

              you didnt explicitly said “nikon” in your excuse.

          • Pat Mann

            I am looking forward to high-capability mirrorless systems just as I looked forward to affordable digital photography after many years of shooting film.
            No one will pry your D5 with its individually calibrated multiple flopping mirrors and detectors and motors and springs and cams and sprockets and viewscreens from your fingers, and no legislation will force you to turn it in to be recycled. You can keep it as long as you can afford to have it repaired and have the strength to carry it on your assignments. But in terms of manufacturing and maintenance economics, flexibility of ergonomic design, durability in adverse conditions, and accuracy and speed of focus and overall operation, complex mechanical components will continue to be replaced by electronics. Technological advances will continue to make the electronics faster, and what you see in the finder superior to the optically projected image, which requires many mechanical aspects of the camera to be in perfectly calibrated physical relationships. No longer will finder screens be compromised to mask depth of field of lenses faster than f/2.8 – you will be able to see the image just as it will appear to the sensor.
            While the lens-sensor relationship is critical in all cameras, the viewing optics is exactly the same as the taking optics in mirrorless, so clearing the viewing and focus mirrors and their movement out of the optical path need no longer be a constraint on optical design or require multiple databases of autofocus offsets for zoom lenses at various focal lengths and apertures – the camera will focus on the actual image.
            In addition, an electronic camera can go back and take a picture when you wanted to press the button rather than waiting for the one you take when you actually do press it, for example. It can go back and start its recorded 30-frames-per-second sequence from its memory at whatever interval you have set it to before it detects your shutter press. It can show how your picture will look with your current settings, rather than what you see dimly or in dark silhouette through the optical finder in dim light or high-contrast backlight. It can take pictures completely silently without the physical interference of a blimp between your body and your camera controls or having the act of taking a picture spook your subject and disrupt its, or his, or her activity or expression. Nothing in an electronic camera need jar the camera as the exposure begins and ends to cause shutter or mirror shock and vibration that needs to be compensated for by electronic or mechanical means or a 15-pound Boa suspended from your tripod’s sandbag hook.
            People won’t be better photographers as a result of technical improvements, but with these improvements some results they envision in their minds will be easier to achieve, and there will be fewer obstacles between their visualization and the images they are able to create. Cameras with more capability will be available to more people as they become more affordable. And there will be more and better choices.

      • Politics_Nerd

        It seems like it is going to be a popular camera. And I seriously doubt Nikon isn’t already working on the D500s (and the D5s.)

        • Pat Mann

          I just hope they’re working on filling out the DX lens lineup. The lack of good basic lens choices (no fast wide zoom, no fast short tele zoom, no fast wide primes) will certainly dampen the demand for this camera compared to what it could be if the choice of lenses available made it the core of a DX system that was close to complete and competitive. When the D300 came out, I certainly didn’t expect Nikon’s DX lens efforts to come to a halt before there was a single rectilinear wide prime designed for the system. All we’ve seen since then is a nice 16-85, for which I was grateful (and now its successor) and endless iterations of the 18-xx consumer zooms, not one of which makes sense in my lens lineup. A few good new FX lenses (20 f/1.8 and 24 f/1.4 and f/1.8) have crept into the DX wide prime range, but neither is very wide, and they’re way overdesigned for the DX image area and therefore much larger, heavier and more expensive than necessary, require larger filters, and have no lens hoods suitable for DX use.

          • Politics_Nerd

            Truth.

    • catinhat

      I ‘m guessing in a year a new one will sell for $1799 or maybe $1699, refurbished c!oser to $1500.

      • Proto

        ” in a year a new one will sell for $1799″. True that. 200-300 price drop after few months has been routine

      • Pat Mann

        With a limited edition no-competition body, there’s no reason for a price drop. The D300s dropped a little for a couple of years, then remained at the same price until it was superseded. The first drop I expect is a big deal on the kit 16-80 lens, then perhaps a small drop on the body. i expect the D500 may remain in the lineup for quite a while at the same or increasing price, much like the F6, just to meet a small continuing demand from DX DSLR users for upgrades and replacements as the industry moves to mirrorless.

        • Allen_Wentz

          I do not own a 16-80mm but I have test shot it. Although the 16-80mm is sold as a kit, it is not what we usually think of with a “kit lens.” The 16-80mm is decent glass.

        • catinhat

          D300 held its price because D300 was very special in the sense that there wasn’t much anything like it. Ditto D700. Now there is choices galore, new, used, you name it. Back then D300 was an obvious choice, now there are numerous alternatives, all representing some sort of a compromise on price and features. I am the D500 target demographic as I shoot a lot of field sports, but even I’m not sure that D500 will make that much of a difference for me. I disagree that D500 is a no competition body.Depending on what you do and how, both D7200 on the DX side and used D3S or D4 on the FX side could be viable alternatives. The D500 should have been called D400 and released in 2011.

          • D700s

            D500 is a great camera and just as special as the D300 was when introduced.

            • catinhat

              Not saying that it isn’t great, only that there is more greatness all around nowadays.

            • D700s

              True, lots to chose from but nothing like this body. No other maker has anything to counter it right now. I’m sure they will be trying soon. So far all the negative comments have been countered with actual performance. I think Nikon has a serious winner here. May even draw a few from other makers if their development takes too long. Time will tell.

            • RC

              There is nothing like the D500 right now.

      • SpecialMan

        From your lips to Kazuo Ushida’s ears,

        • catinhat

          I doubt that those who buy on features would wait a year to save a couple hundred bucks. If I thought that D500 would make possible something I really need that no other camera could do, I certainly wouldn’t wait.

          • SpecialMan

            You must have a higher day rate than I do. I have to wait, plus Nikon has developed a bit of a reputation for releasing cameras before they’re fully tested.

    • Captain Megaton

      D500 price won’t fall as much or as fast as other Nikon dSLRs have tended to. High manufacturing cost, lack of competing models, “class leading”, etc. The people who are going to buy are going to buy it, and Nikon have no incentive to ever sell the D500 at D7200 prices. They’d make more money selling you a D7300.

    • Justtakethepicture

      They aren’t sinking in Canada… you could have a D810 at the beginning of the year for $3290 CAD… you won’t find one for less than $3999 now.

  • FountainHead

    amazon.ca (Canada) has the D3200 starter kit (18-55) in the deals section for C$ 389.

    • Captain Megaton

      I imaging a lot of people are tempted to snicker, but that’s a lot of value. Pity the D3300 smokes it in IQ.

  • Hopefully shipping (new) comes soon to Italy, I ordered mine last week and it seems it is available just everywhere apart from a few countries

  • catinhat

    Returned D500’s, buyer’s remorse already, that was quick. C!early bought on hype and inflated expectations.

    • Allen_Wentz

      Nonsense. How such cameras end up there in distribution – or even what they actually are – it is unlikely that “hype and inflated expectations” are the cause. The D500 is a solid camera that (except for the Snapbridge delay) meets expectations and remains in high demand.

      Personally I would never buy a used version of a sensitive piece of high-tech electronics gear just to save 12% or so. For all we know these all could be returns that have been dropped, and the buyers just made a prompt return so they could order another one.

      • catinhat

        There is already a litany of complaints about D500 on the dpreview forum. Clearly D500 is not for everyone who ordered it.

        • Allen_Wentz

          Sorry but DPReview complaints do not hold much weight with me. Especially since I have been pushing a D500 around pretty hard for a week now and have my own _real_ experiences. The D500 body fully meets my expectations. Plus we see no posts here from actual D500 buyers dissing the camera.

          I buy the best cards available when I get a new camera, and I buy only Nikon batteries made for the specific camera. I do not really care about some bimbo pissed off at D500 because it fails to function with a third-party battery, or an issue some other buyer is having with less than the very top cards.

          My initial battery charge did drop relatively fast, but I just put in another fully charged battery and kept shooting. If there is any kind of real long-term battery issue with real Nikon batteries, I am confident that it will ultimately be resolved. In any event my D500 is working as expected.

          • mikeswitz

            You do know “bimbo” means stupid, attractive woman, don’t you? Why would she be using a D500?

            • SpecialMan

              Bimbo was also Betty Boop’s dog. He had hands, so he probably could use a D500, had it been invented in 1930.

            • mikeswitz

              I’m not sure he meant Betty Boop’s dog (or even Betty herself) when he said some bimbo was pissed off about her camera. In fact, I think Ms. Boop’s dog had hands approximately the size of Donald Trump, which would have rendered them useless when shooting with a D500.

            • CERO

              depends on the country. Bimbo is a bread brand in my country and nothing to do with a woman.

            • mikeswitz

              I’m not sure, and correct if I’m wrong, he was talking about a loaf of bread complaining about a camera it was using.

            • CERO

              well.. some people say its a load of bollocks.. could be butts, could be loafs 😉

        • Pat Mann

          Complaints? You must be reading a different web site than I am. Nearly everything I have seen from serious users who have the camera is great satisfaction with the improvements in performance this camera has brought, and some stunning photos illustrating some of the new capabilities.

        • SpecialMan

          Many of the posters on DPR are not really photographers in the sense of people who like to take pictures.
          Think of them as gadget freaks who focus their freakery on cameras. It would never occur to most of them that a camera is an artistic and expressive tool. They would rather argue about the parameter du jour than go shoot something meaningful.

          • Patrick O’Connor

            You just described more than a few NR readers as well.

            • SpecialMan

              Those are fighting words, sir. NR readers are 100 percent real photographers, they are in fact the finest audience in all of internet photography. I’d put them right up there with the folks who hang at at The Online Photographer.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I’m not sure how to react having never heard of The Online Photographer. 🙂

            • SpecialMan

              It’s a site by the guy who brought the term “bokeh” to the English-speaking world. Basically he’s running a one-man monastery devoted to the art and practice of photography and of showing work. Even though he does write about gear sometimes, it’s only in the context of how it helps your artistic journey. It’s an island of serenity and hope in the clangor of the internet. Go to: http://theonlinephotographer.com/

            • Pat Mann

              We should clarify that you’re talking about “real photographers,” and not “Real Photographers,” all of whom shoot Dfs.

            • CERO

              I wonder if you’re joking. I have been on that forum and theres a lot of guys who just jump to blast the opposition company without sharing any kind of photos or having any gear.

        • CERO

          doesnt this happen with all the new cameras?

          • catinhat

            Chances are you are right and many discover non-existent problems, but also take a look at the Thom Hogan’s D500 blog.

    • SpecialMan

      I assume that’s why you have to pay full retail when cameras come out; part of the price is to cover the cost of people who buy and return cameras for whatever reason. I have bought a couple of cameras, shot with them for a week or so and decided they weren’t my cup of tea and sent them back. But the camera store has more than made up for that with the cameras I’ve bought and kept.

  • Joseph

    I figured this be would be a better deal for someone in the market for a D5.

  • AlphaT

    Probably somebody reviewed the D500, uploaded the video in Youtube, then sold it. They basically just rented one. LOL.

  • lorenzo

    Well, if they already returned to Amazon some D500, surely there must be one or more reasons. Let’s hope it won’t have any oil leak or any LT AF issues. I ordered mine at B&H in mid March, no news so far.

    • whisky

      reason given:
      buyer’s “spouse” or “mom” made him/her return it.

      🙂

      • catinhat

        Not sure about it: it’s easier to receive forgiveness than permission, LOL.

  • Politics_Nerd

    I’d rather buy a new grey market than a used one.

  • D700s

    I really like everything I’m hearing/seeing about the D500. Definitely a game changer in the APS-C market. Nobody else has anything like it and I’m sure Canon is scrambling to figure out how to counter it. I’m buying one just because I want one. Don’t need it, want it.

  • Captain Megaton

    With all due respect as simple guess would have got you to the same estimate.

    • True. But people respect articles by experts more than guesses.

  • JoeFunny30

    D500 high ISO samples, it’s from Nikon marketing but impressive. If true then this beats d750 https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonphotostream/24476392960

    • CERO

      why you need Nikon’s when theres real life examples of the final retail camera around?

      • JoeFunny30

        link? the marketing material is way too good to be true

        • CERO

          dpreviews has some comparisons, check nikonrumors too. There is also petapixel

          • JoeFunny30

            I checked Angry Photographer’s pics and it shows the d500 with a noise and sharpness advantage.

            • CERO

              indeed, and less colored noise.

            • CERO

              tony northrup also confirmed the noise and sharpness advantage.

  • Patrick O’Connor

    I went; I saw; meh!
    Horses for courses I guess.

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