Grey market Nikon D810: $1,999.99 (and yes, you can repair it in the US)

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Grey market Nikon D810 DSLR cameras are currently available on eBay for $1,999.99 with free shipping (regular price: $2,796.95). This grey market D810 comes with a 1 year seller warranty. Nikon recently allowed certain grey market products to be repaired by authorized third party repair centers and the D810 was on that list:

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  • Eric Calabros

    The 5Dmark4 effect. But if somebody doesn’t care too much about pro grade body, better wait for D610 replacement. They probably put this sensor in that new body and sell for $2k, plus he gets new jpeg engine and snapbridge.

    • Wesley

      5D4 effect would be a D700S/D710

      • Eric Calabros

        Nope, the 700 cult want 20mp. Not more. Hell not 30mp.

        • I think a 20 MP D5 sensor can easily still be a 5D 4 killer. Heck, the D700 “killed” the 5D 2, in the eyes of D700 cult-ers.

          (I myself was in the D700 cult for many years, though I eventually realized what I was missing and sold my pair of D700’s for a D800e and eventually a D750.) And I have no plans to ever go back to such a heavy, chunky ergonomic’ed body if I can help it! However, I would still consider a D810 body, with D500 ergonomic / feature improvements, and a D5 sensor, to KILL the 5D 4, considering the “close but no cigar” DR improvement of the 5D 4, and the stall-out that Canon seems to be hitting for high ISO due to their addiction to megapixels…

        • Wesley

          And who’s they?

          I want 24mp so guess 20mp is out.

          The D610 is already over 20 btw. Don’t know how going lower mp for D620 relates to 5D4.

    • Spy Black

      I doubt they’d srick a 36 meg sensor in a D610. I can see the D750 AF in it however.

      • I too am interested to see what the next generation of “middle-class / prosumer” sensor is, in the D620 or D760 or whatever Nikon is cooking up.

        Personally, I hope they finally do something similar to what they did in 2007-2008: Now that we finally have a D5 and D500, (a la D3 and D300) …I hope that in ~1 year we see a D810 body, with D500 body styling improvements, and the D5 sensor. THAT would be an ultimate camera for anyone who isn’t interested in megapixels.

        And then, of course, they could also drop a ~42 MP sensor into that same body, and we’d have a truly killer lineup.

        For the “prosumers” (and weight-conscious pros, such as myself) I’d love to see as many improvements of the D500 body added to the D750, and with maybe a 24-30 megapixel sensor. (I don’t care about megapixels, I’d rather have better high ISO and better DR, but heaven knows Nikon isn’t about to have another stall-out like they did at 12 MP.)

        Lastly, I suppose the D6xx lineup could be made even cheaper / more beginner-oriented if they added a D5500-style articulated LCD instead of the D750 / D500 style, and made it even more lightweight. The all-plastic body of the D5300 / D5500 was actually quite strong, and is probably even better oriented towards beginners. (Plastic doesn’t permanently bend when it gets moderately bumped, while metal can.) I wouldn’t mind seeing an ultra-lightweight D620 that is basically a full-frame D5500 that somehow retains D610 ergonomics where possible.

        Oh, and throw the D5 sensor in the Df body too, just for kicks. 😛

        • Spy Black

          “Plastic doesn’t permanently bend when it gets moderately bumped, while metal can.”

          Tell me about it. I just dropped my RX100 III 3 ft to a hardwood floor and it’s toast. I’ve dropped my RX twice, and both times it was toast. If it was plastic it would still be working. Next stop for the RX is off a cliff I think.

          • Yep. That’s why I’m actually a really, really big fan of bodies like the D5300 / D5500, as a backpacker / climber / wilderness adventurer. I try my best to take very good care of my gear, but sometimes getting the shot involves working a bit hastily, and my bodies inevitably get bumped on a regular basis. I’m on my 3rd or 4th big metal body that had just a slight tweak to the focal plane due to minor / moderate impacts, which renders the body useless for wide-field nightscape photography. (Shooting at infinity and f/1.4 or f/2.8 = I need an absolutely *perfect* focal plane and zero field curvature.)

            I wish they’d make a full-frame D5500. I’d buy two of them at up to ~$1500 a pop.

            • What bodies have you had get focal plane wrecked? I had my d810 fall about 1.5ft onto concrete – a lens hood and ARCA plate took a little damage and softened the blow – would that be enough to mess up my 1.4 and 1.8 usage for Astro work? Because that would really suck, is there a fix for that?

            • zorwick

              I am not a camera mechanic, but to have the the focal plane moved or anything off a thiny bit…well I dont think so. It breaks for good, or stay its place. I modified an old plastic D80 to permanent infra one. The sensor board will not move out from its place for sure, the mirror box also not. The only thing can, the focusing module, but very unlikely. That can be fixed by service.

            • Mikycoud

              Yeah, earthquakes have been known to “slightly” move focal planes. It’s on Wikipedia it must be true….

            • zorwick

              Must be….:)))

            • I can show you proof, if you’d like. Trust me, it can happen. The most common culprit is the lens mount, or the metal frame piece that the lens mount is attached to.

              For this reason, astro-landscape photographers should *always* transport their metal body cameras with lenses *detached*, if they want to get the greatest lifespan out of their gear.

              Otherwise, eventually you’ll start to see the left or right hand side of your astro images go soft, or out of focus entirely.

            • outkasted

              You see what happens to that plastic in Hi- Humidity and salty environments?

            • I said the same about my D800e, and pair of D700’s for many years, too, and a D300 and D200 before that, and a pair of D70’s before that.

              Seriously though, once you hold a D750 / D500 in your hands, and feel how awesome the new grip design is, with the battery sideways in the body instead of in the grip tip, …even my big hands fell in love. (And I’m already feeling the fatigue that will probably eventually turn into arthritis, yay)

              I’ve used all my bodies in really nasty conditions, my cameras have been frozen, splashed by salty waves, exposed to numerous rainy days, a few sand storms… all in all, I don’t see the high-grade plastic body shells as a drawback at all, considering the weight savings. Any impact that is severe enough to actually crack the plastic body of a beginner DSLR is probably severe enough to mess with the focal plane of a Mg alloy body. I’m sure the Mg alloy bodies are better at taking daily wear and tear, of course, but it’s the extreme situations that I’m more concerned about. The rest of the time I actually take decent care of my gear.

            • Thom Hogan

              The four things that get misaligned by dropping are: lens mount, mirror mechanism, focus screen, and focus sensors. Given that we’re talking about tolerances measured in less than microns, it doesn’t take much to render a dropped camera problematic.

              Moreover, in recent designs, the lens mount is DESIGNED to break first, as it’s the easiest thing to fix.

            • zorwick

              I dropped my 810 to a hard wood floor without lens. Bounced a few times. Since then I have better focused images 😉 (…and its true)

            • Happened to my 80-200/2.8. For one year after buying I had to use -37 AF tune on camera for it. That too variable values so had to tune for mid focal length. Then one day got bumped severely on lens while using one day. And voila, -12 AF tune. Consistent at all FL.

            • zorwick

              Haha, this is called aging, older is better:)

            • Reminds me of ” What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

            • m35g35

              Had an issue with the 10 pin connector on my D800e. Sent it in to Nikon for service. Nikon sent it back and the mirror/prism where out of alignment. Tried twice to get it fix. All Nikon will say is that it is in factory specs. I can still see the mirror through the view finder. Even the slightest bump apparently can wreck havoc on these camera’s. Nikon refuses to do anything else. Time to look at Fuji!

            • peter w

              Mount designed to break? I can confirm that. D300s, tc14 EII and 500 F4 Af-S VR all broke on their mounts. TC was total loss (two mounts costs more than a new tc). The camera and lens needed some reallignment off course, but were ok otherwise.

              Happy, when all was glued and screwed back together in good order. Not quite able to forget about tripod feet loosing their grip and sinking away in the swamp, thought.

            • Two D700’s, a D750 and at least one other body. (I’ve owned too many different bodies to count, at this point.) Meanwhile, the D5300 and D5200 that I owned were fantastic despite equal or worse abuse, considering that they were dedicated as my “beater” bodies since they were so cheap.

              It really all depends on the impact, though. Bodies can go south for astro work if the lens mount gets tweaked, or the body frame piece that the mount is attached to, or the rear body piece that the sensor is attached to as well I suppose.

              I have no definitive proof, but I suspect that the worst impacts are when the body hits first on the rear, and a hefty lens is attached. Or, of course, if your lens impacts first, you’re likely to de-center an element which will REALLY throw your focal plane out of whack. I’ve tested lenses which had this issue as well. The good news is, more and more lenses these days are made of high-grade plastic, so if that impacts first and it’s a minor impact, you’re probably fine.

              Either way, if something does need repair then it’s a $300+ repair for a body, (they have to replace major parts) and a $600+ repair for a lens. (They have to optically bench-calibrate it, and an optical bench is something that a mom-and-pop repair shop simply doesn’t own, so you’ll have to send the lens to an authorized repair center. Actually for this reason I’m still a fan of USA lenses, and getting them repaired at one of the two official USA facilities, even if the lens is out of warranty. I haven’t asked my new guy how he would go about performing an optical calibration yet, but I will soon…)

            • Adam Fo

              The D800 has a magnesium mirror box that the mount is attached to and a magnesium main frame similar to the D4/D5 construction.
              The D810,D500,D750,7000 series,5000 series are mainly plastic or carbon-reinforced plastic internally.
              Head over to fixyourcamera dot org for detailed parts photographs.
              In the Canon world note how only the 1D series have metal mirror and main frames.

            • vale

              my D4 felt on the ground, wooden floor. Mirrobox and a lot of shit broken ; price for repairing it ; 1500 € !!!!!

              so forget the story’s about, rock solid body’s 🙁

            • Thom Hogan

              Don’t get so confident. The D800/D800E may have a metal alloy frame, but that frame is long been proven to be a weak point. Nikon won’t admit a design error, though they changed the weak point in subsequent designs to alleviate the problem of cracked frames.

              The problem with the D800/D800E is that if that frame gets cracked, the camera is totaled. And there are plenty of reports of cracked frames.

            • Another reason why I’m honestly more interested in the Pentax K-1 than the D810, as a landscape photographer. The K-1 being heavier and yet smaller can only be a good thing for strength and durability. 🙂

            • Adam Fo
            • Adam Fo

              The critical mount to sensor distance and flatness is adjustable. In the days of film the flange focal depth, not sure what they call it these days.

            • DaveR43

              From Wikipedia:

              “For an interchangeable lens camera, the flange focal distance (FFD) (also known as the flange-to-film distance, flange focal depth, flange back distance (FBD), flange focal length (FFL), or register, depending on the usage and source) of a lens mount system is the distance from the mounting flange (the metal ring on the camera and the rear of the lens) to the film plane.”

              So you are fine on what the critical dimension is called.

            • outkasted

              its time for Carbon Fiber in Nikon bodies

            • ZoetMB

              In terms of weight, sure. In terms of strength, carbon fiber is very brittle. Could smash to pieces in a fall.

            • I would rather have a high-grade plastic shell like they introduced with the D5300. Much more affordable to make, and relatively strong.

            • Thom Hogan

              The D500, D750, D810 all have carbon fiber in their front design.

            • HD10

              … while the D800/D800E is magnesium alloy.

          • Michiel953

            You have a dropping problem.

            • TwoStrayCats

              This is why he does not work in a munitions factory.

            • I am a camera’s wortst nightmare, a wedding / event photographer by day, and a nightscape /timelapse / adventure photographer by night. I do what I can to be careful with my gear, but it’s just the cost of doing business sometimes.

        • Aren’t you asking for a plastic d750?

          • Yes, a plastic D750 would make a GREAT D620 / D650! Price it at $1700 and done.

      • Eric Calabros

        The earthquake nearly halted big sensor production, so they have to use whats in their hand.

    • Scott M.

      Snapbridge sucks. Not something anyone would want.

      • zorwick

        Nor the old Nikon camera app

      • Mikycoud

        Earthquakes have been known to snap bridges. Not that anyone would want that…. (sorry, just watched San Andreas yesterday…)

      • TwoStrayCats

        According to the commercial, young boyfriends want it so they can stream jpegs to their girlfriends’ I-phones… proving they are not at a bar with their buddies.

  • I remember when I wrote on this forum about consumer rights and it’s Nikon’s job not to sell known faulty cameras and it’s their responsibility to repair, regardless if it’s grey market or not. People here blasted me for it saying grey market should not be repaired in the US. How things have changed.

    I guess Nikon has finally realized customer service matters especially when you have customers like me who talk with my wallet and left Nikon for better customer orientated companies like fuji.

    • Proto

      $900 price drop = new D810 replacement in the horizon. yay!

      • TwoStrayCats

        That’s certainly what I’m thinking. I’ve given up on a D5x model in the near future.

      • BVS

        Or maybe they’re just trying to catch some people that may be tempted by 5DIV.

    • Wesley

      D7200/D750 still only Nikon service. Needs more realization.

    • 1.) I totally agree with you that it’s stupid for Nikon to completely refuse to service Grey equipment. The way Canon does Grey, all you’re doing is foregoing free warranty repair and opting to pay for any user-inflicted repairs (damage, regular wear-and-tear) out of pocket. Nikon USA’s refusal to even touch a Grey item is a bad business decision, and however few $$$ they save in the short term at their repair centers will be far outweighed by the number of folks who get fed up and jump ship.

      2.) Nikon definitely still needs a LOT more realization. This is just a small blip on the radar of Nikon’s path towards righting the wrongs of the last ~5 years. If they really want to win back the hearts of the masses, they need to start producing cameras (and flashes and lenses?) that don’t wind up as skeletons in their closets within 1-2 years of release. Not to mention the fact that they desperately need to get on board with the massive popularity of mirrorless systems. (The actual superiority of a mirrorless system being almost irrelevant, ironically; it is all about supply and demand.)

      • o_joe

        In my opinion, it’s been more than 5 years. Their customer service has left a lot to be desired for quite some time.

        (Cough, cough, “impact damage” cough, cough)

        • Agreed, Nikon customer service itself has been very poor for much more than 5 years, however I was referring specifically to the delivery of a severely flawed product, and for me a major milestone for that failure was the D600 and SB900 delivery. Both were rapidly replaced with “__10” models after Nikon realized just how big a mistake they made. Before then, cameras like the D300s and other “minor upgrade products” were just regularly scheduled incremental updates, not “oh sh*t” moments.

          But, I do get what you mean about the “impact damage” issue with customer service. I’m sure there are lots of people out there who didn’t drop their cameras, but had something randomly break and then Nikon tried to say that it was user-inflicted and therefore out of warranty.

          I just was never in that boat, because I DID in fact fall into the category of “impact damage” almost every time, LOL. Thankfully, every time I’ve brought a camera in for other reasons, a camera / lens that was USA and under warranty, they were in fact happy to repair it for free.

      • decisivemoment

        You’ve really got to go back to the Ehrenreich Optical days to find Nikon customer service and marketing in the United States being handled properly. 30 years. The product decisions from corporate are equally strange. The way they’re bungling video now, having been first to market with it, is just mind blowing. No Dual-Pixel, despite the fact they have access to it; such primitive support that Sigma isn’t even bothering to debut its Cine lenses in the Nikon mount. Crawling under a rock over Nikon 1 instead of either updating it or pivoting to mirrorless in a larger sensor.

  • Travis

    Just picked one up. Thanks for posting!

    • ZR

      Travis, waiting to hear from your experience. Please let us know when you have received your camera and if there are any concerns with it. Thanks!

      • Travis

        Just got mine. Quick first impression is its a mint D810 that was part of a 24/120 kit. Have not all functions but physically, it’s mint.

        Couldn’t be happier! Tested the shutter count. It was sitting on zero per Myshuttercount.com. Currently have 4 on the shutter.

        All the accessories are BNIB. The battery was nearly depleted. The charger came with a detachable EU 2-Prong AC Power Cord. So, if you’re going to use this in the US find yourself a compatible cable or adapter. I’ll update if anything happens but everything looks good so far!

      • Travis

        Posted towards the bottom. All is good!

  • WARNING: Some repair shops may try and pull the stunt “we’re not yet trained on repairs for this model camera” if they don’t want to deal with the hassle of repairing what they’ve deemed a “junk” camera. One of the local (Southern California, ACS?) repair shops that I sometimes went to for non-warranty repairs over the last 10 years has played this card for the D750 now for over a year, even though it’s only a few months newer than the D810 and has been out for nearly three (?) years now.

    Personally, I just started taking my gear, whenever it’s out of warranty, to an even more local guy (Dean’s Camera Repair, a tiny one-man shop) and have had absolutely fantastic service as well as jaw-dropping turn-around time.

    TLDR; if you can find the right repair guy who knows what the heck they’re doing and doesn’t play the stupid wild-goose-chase games that Nikon USA wants them to, you’ll be just fine regardless of what camera you buy.

    • Travis

      Is he located on W Carson St in Torrance, CA? I’ll bookmark it and give him a call if I need something. I like the smaller businesses anyway. Thanks!

      • Yep, that’s the one. Tiny little shop, old camera “junk” everywhere, …and somehow the guy gets parts for a D750 in a matter of days, while Nikon USA listed my D700 repairs as “parts hold” for over a month, TWICE.

        • Wesley

          “somehow the guy gets parts for a D750 in a matter of days”

          Fishy, fishy.

          • Thankfully for me, it’s Nikon USA that is fishy on this one, not my new repair guy. If you talk to him you’ll find out why. 😉

        • Scott M.

          Thanks Astro.
          My area. Good to know.

    • Why would they do that if they get paid for it? You do pay the repair facility, not Nikon when you use authorized third party repair centers, right?

      • Beats me. It could be anything. Maybe their own repair expenses (parts and labor) just can’t be profitable in today’s market of severely flawed Grey equipment. Maybe Nikon simply couldn’t deliver enough spare parts to handle the volume of repairs necessary. Maybe all the necessary repairs seemed to be recall-related anyways, and the cameras ought to just go to Nikon USA.

        Or maybe they’re just feeling vindictive towards Nikon for delivering such a crappy product that needs serious repairs all the time. (Allegedly, though not for me; I got a solid 300,000 clicks out of my D750 before it truly died.)

        • Eric Calabros

          I bet on spare part supply issues. in delivering those things, Nikon is always in too few too late mode.

        • Michiel953

          What, exactly, died? Just curious. 300k is not bad though.

          • Shutter croaked, aperture tab lost electrical contact, $450 to repair. Not bad!

    • Kyle

      That’s good to know, I travel to the LA and Irvine areas a lot for work. It’s usually for a week at a time, so if I ever need camera work while out there, I’ll know where to check. lol

    • Horshack

      That’s because ACS was telling the truth – no third-party service center is authorized/trained/supplied to work on the D750. Although the D750 is older than the D810, age is not indicative of whether Nikon has allowed third-parties to work on the bodies – there are other factors, such as whether there are outstanding recalls on the product, which usually preclude Nikon from allowing third-parties from handling the body. This is why the D600 is still not authorized by Nikon. Here’s the link to check a particular model:

      https://www.nikonusa.com/en/service-and-support/nikon-authorized-repair-list.page

      • I forgot to mention, I *ALSO* specifically asked them if they’d service other grey market bodies such as the D800, and they said yes. So, they probably could have chosen to service Grey D750’s sooner than now, if they really wanted to. I’ve been told from multiple sources that the “not trained” excuse is bogus, a camera is a camera and if they really wanted to they could get the parts and figure out the repair.

        But you’re probably right, it’s probably some sort of nonsense about a recall policy. Though I still suspect at least some of it has to do with the D750 being seen as “junk” in their eyes, or there being some sort of hush-hush unspoken rule between them and Nikon USA that they’re not to touch grey D750’s, because “they get what they pay for”.

        Either way, it’s BS, since clearly another shop was able to get D750 parts and perform a major repair (new shutter, and other main Mg alloy frame parts) in about a week… That was my main point. The games Nikon is playing will cost them customers in the long run.

        • Horshack

          They can service grey-market D800’s because it’s on Nikon’s permitted third-party service list. Once a body is on that list, Nikon-authorized third-party service centers are allowed to service the body, irrespective of whether it’s a USA or grey-market body.

          Since the D750 is not authorized, Nikon USA will not supply parts to these third-party centers. The only way they can get parts is by canalizing another D750 or by importing them from overseas.

          • But I thought this “list of authorized grey market bodies” only came out recently.

            Also, …why not just source the parts from overseas? Again, it just seems like they’re leaving money on the table for a less scrupulous reason, one way or another…

            • Horshack

              There has always been a list of bodies for which authorized third-party centers are allowed to work on. It’s just a question of when (if ever) a particular body will be added.

              Many do source parts from overseas but it’s not just parts. They also need test rigs and software from Nikon USA, which may not be as easily obtained from overseas.

            • That’s interesting to know; I was under the impression that this list was only created recently in the last few months. I seem to remember an announcement here or elsewhere, that Nikon would begin allowing authorized third-party centers to service “certain” Grey bodies.

              Maybe I’m wrong, and certain Grey bodies have not been off-limits for a much longer time.

              Either way, if the D750 is over two years old and still on the “do not touch” list, that’s the whole problem. Nikon is being stubborn and/or bitter about the select few folks who are deeming the D750 a “skeleton in the closet” due to what have only been minor flaws / QC issues, compared to the disaster of the D600 for example.

            • Horshack

              The recent story here on NR was the addition of the D810 and D4s to the third-party authorized list (https://nikonrumors.com/2016/05/16/great-news-you-can-now-repair-some-nikon-grey-market-cameras-at-third-party-us-repair-facilities.aspx/). I agree the D750 should be on that list by now – unfortunately if we go by the D600 (which also had recalls) the D750 may never be serviceable by third parties in the USA.

            • You mean, official “authorized” third parties. I got my Grey D750 shutter replaced in under 7 days. 😉

    • Ric of The LBC

      I’ve stopped by that place. That dude has piles of camera parts all over the place and a homeless guy living by the dumpster in the back.

      • It’s not the best part of town, but then again the newest Nikon service center address is annoying too; no parking except a couple meters way down the street and a valet service. And it sure beats driving to Woodland Hills.

        All I care about is the quality of the work and the turnaround time.

    • decisivemoment

      Call up a shop that knows what they’re doing–Midwest Camera Repair in Michigan and APS near Chicago are a good place to start because both places buy every machine tool from Nikon they can–and find out what they’re actually authorized to repair. Last I checked the D810 had been on the authorized list for quite a while but the D750 still wasn’t on it.

      • I already found a shop that, apparently, both knows what they’re doing AND services Grey D750’s… 😉

  • o_joe

    $2000.00 for a camera that’s soon to be replaced that you *might* be able to get fixed somewhere if it should break…

    Nikon needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

    • Shutterbug

      What do you suggest they do? Sell these cameras $1000 off MSRP and offer exactly the same post-ourchase service and options?

      • o_joe

        I never said to sell for $1000.00 off MSRP… but ~$400.00 for the trade offs below isn’t worth it IMHO. and speaking of “MSRP”…
        That’s my point EXACTLY since it’s the manufacturer that sets the “MSRP” and it’s the same manufacturer that perhaps “dumps” more grey market items into retail if they are having trouble moving the “US” market items at the price-point that they want. That raises the question… “what are these cameras worth”? $2399.00, $1999.00 or ?

        Grey = No warranty from said manufacturer
        Possible no repair under warranty (if even oferred by grey mkt seller)
        No manufacturer repair
        Maybe a repair from a “3rd party” that could be here today and gone tomorrow
        Possible inability of 3rd party to get parts for repairs
        Potentially lower resale value

        If you are okay with spending $400.00 less to save the peace of mind then knock yourself out. On the other hand why not just cough up ~$400.00 more for a “special” US market product?

    • Adam Fo

      I’ve got a mixture of gray and officially imported stuff. Nikon UK (NPS) and Canon UK have never distinguished between it. You pay they repair.

      Anything gray under warranty would need to go back to the vendor who would repair it locally, or have it sent back to Nikon HK. A risk I’m prepared to take if the saving is large enough.
      The shop I use for gray gives a 3 year warranty on cameras.

      Touch wood, I’ve never had anything new go drastically wrong in 40 years of making a living from image making !

  • Aldo

    Whatever they make… I just wish for better WB… better iso 1k …. no AA filter… Focus system like the mark IV would be awesome… especially for video.

  • Still waiting for a full-frame D500.

    Nikon must’ve overdosed themselves on Ambien.

    • jstevez

      That would be a true D700 replacement, 20Mpx, 5 or 6 FPS, insane DR and ISO, sign me up!.

    • Shutterbug

      Everyone wants a D5 for half the price in a smaller body – probably not going to happen my friend 🙂 That lesson was learned with the D3 & D700.

  • Ritvar Krum

    Nikon, quit beating around the bush and give me my 50mpix d900… . canon 5D mark IV gave you good chance to release whatever you got now – and it still will be faster (with XQD), without filter will have higher IQ and video – yea even there you can win canon without any effrot now (just do not put mjpeg codec on 4K LOL). and about iso performance – I do not care about ISO prefromance (cuz I know how to resample if
    needed and I know that last few gen cmos cameras combine really did not
    got even 1/2 stop improvment, but you can put like +10 pushed stops for noobs, like you did with D5, if your PR department insists so). please Nikon present it now so I can put it for my self under my christmastree!
    your sincerely
    mr. “I am about to migrrate if only other brands would not be so week”

    • Eric Calabros

      At this point whatever Nikon releases as D810 replacement, will be much better than 5DS and 5Dmark4 combined. Its not Canon that they should be worried about. Its Sony that gonna introduce a badass mirrorless.

      • Shutterbug

        Sony keeps releasing mirrorless cameras with mind-blowing specs on paper but none of them seem to perform as well as a pro DSLR in practice (Except they really do excel in video).

        • TwoStrayCats

          Next year Sony will introduce the A11 Flat Line. It will look exactly like a square makeup mirror and get hot enough to catch your pants on fire with a 20-round, 80MP burst.

  • Adam Fo

    In the German car world the production lines shut down for the august break and are reconfigured for the production of the next years models to start in september.
    If that was the case for the replacement for the D750/D810 it’s strange nothing has been heard so far. They must be coming next year ?

    • Thom Hogan

      All three Nikon plants that make DSLRs or some part of them are on continuous production. When new models come along, they have a flexible shutdown system to change machines/workflow/testing/etc. for a subsection of the plant.

      There have been exceptions to that. Sendai was shut down after the 2011 quake and completely reconfigured. The Chinese plant was mostly shut down and reconfigured prior to the Nikon 1 launch. The Thailand plant was flooded and had to be shut down and reconfigured in 2011, as well.

      But in terms of bringing a new product to market, Nikon has always used a slipstream technique where part of the plant reconfigures and goes almost immediately into limited preproduction.

  • Michiel953

    So this announcement spells the arrival of the D810 successor…

    • br0xibear

      “TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D820, a Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera.
      The D820 is a digital SLR camera that boasts incredibly superior definition and image quality made possible with a new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, adoption of the latest EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, an effective pixel count of 42.4-million pixels, and a standard range of sensitivities from ISO 64 to ISO 25600. Not only does it offer extremely accurate AF, but vibrations generated inside the camera have been reduced to maximize theresolution of its 42.4-million pixels for sharp and clear images. The camera also supports recording of smooth, extremely sharp 4K quality (QFHD 3840×2160) movies. What’s more, high-speed continuous shooting at up to 6 fps with the FX-format image area and up to 8 fps* with the DX-format image area is possible for excellent response to a wide variety of scenes.”

      Yawn, lol.

      • Shutterbug

        Add a CAM20KFX AF module & 180k pixel meter from the D5/D500 to that and people will be all over it. That’s pretty much what everyone has been asking for, and it’s way more interesting than the 5DM4 haha.

        • br0xibear

          We’ll have to agree to disagree on the “people will be all over it”.
          Most dslrs have reached a stage that incremental improvements (D800 to D810 etc) don’t warrant upgrading for most.
          It was a tongue in cheek post to highlight the bland nature of manufacturers updating their cameras every 2 years…I guess that’s the nature of consumerism ?

      • TwoStrayCats

        Followed shortly by the new Zeiss Uber-Otus that can resolve 80 lpmm and give that sensor something to perform with! Only $7,500 for the 50mm f/1.2.

      • Max

        That sounds realistic, and probably close to what it will be.

        • catinhat

          You’re taking about the yawn ?
          😉

    • Not really, this is just a way for Nikon to move inventory. Big price drops usually happen after a new model is announced.

      • TwoStrayCats

        Would you please stop raining on my fantasies?

      • Michiel953

        Moving inventory before the announcement of a new model is pretty standard practice in the car industry.

    • Shutterbug

      How do you figure? Grey market bodies are constantly available, even very close to brand new camera announcements. They in no way signal a new body. By far the most likely time frame for a D810 successor is Q1 2017.

  • DSP~

    I don’t really care that much about higher MP cameras but I would love to see just some features of the D500 in a FF body. Because the only thing I dislike about my D750 and D600 is the extremely useless buffer and the outdated SD UHS-I cards they take.
    I would love to see a replacement with UHS-II capabilities (>150 MB/s) and a larger buffer. And maybe some more off-center crosstype AF points.

    Am I just a niche here or are my wishes realistic?

    • Max

      and 1/4000 ss

  • Travis

    Just got mine. Quick first impression is its a mint D810 that was part of a 24/120 kit. Have not checked shutter count or all functions but physically, it’s mint.

    • Travis

      Couldn’t be happier! Tested the shutter count. It was sitting on zero per Myshuttercount.com. Currently have 4 on the shutter.

      All the accessories are BNIB. The battery was nearly depleted. The charger came with a detachable EU 2-Prong AC Power Cord. So, if you’re going to use this in the US find yourself a compatible cable or adapter. I’ll update if anything happens but everything looks good so far!

      • ZR

        Thanks for confirmation and updates

  • Patrick

    Amazing these are still in stock. The D750 sale posted recently sold out in minutes. Either is not selling near as much as the d750 or they are moving a lot of stock!

  • David Stewart

    Question for everyone…if you were to purchase a grey market/import model D810 how do you get firmware updates? I know the repair centers are listed but can you get the firmware updates as well?

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