New Nikon D5 trade-up promo in the US

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Nikon USA has a new trade-up promo where you can get up to $500 credit for a qualifying camera when you purchase a new Nikon D5. For additional information check this dedicated B&H website or your favorite authorized Nikon dealer.

The price of grey market Nikon D5 cameras on eBay is now down to $5,099.

Deal of the day: 15%-25% off at KEH

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  • Photobug

    It’s a nice deal for those that need the D5. I am sure some pros will trade in that back up body for the D5 and use it as a primary camera. Don’t think you will see this in the top of the line consumer models.

    • Andrew

      $500 is not much, but if you were going to upgrade, then it is a nice gift 😉

  • T.I.M

    D5 is not selling well….($6500 for 20MP)

    • Captain Insane-O

      21mp times 14fps = 294. My d750 does 24mp at 6.5fps = 156 mp per second. D810 does 36mp at 5fps, so 180 no per second.

      D5 is big league, trust me I know… big… capital b… league.

      Imagine just hiw fast you can shoot panoramas with 12 to 14 fps. Just put it at iso 1 million, shutter speed of 1/8000 and click and spin as fast as you can. Then light room work its magic.

      • Aldo

        “D5 is big league, trust me I know… big… capital b… league”

        you sound like Trump

        • Captain Insane-O

          Yes. That was the point. Lol

          • Aldo

            oh LOL!

        • Proto

          the T word is “bigly”

        • Andrew

          So you are saying that the D5 trump’s its predecessor in a big way 😉 Or Tower’s over its competitor. Either way, trump is an appropriate term or rather a nice play on words 😉

    • If you are only considering megapixel for its pricing, then you have to look again.

      Why am I even replying to the biggest troll of NR 🙁

      • T.I.M

        because everyone loves me !
        :o)
        Yes, in 2016, D5 with only 21MP just does not sound right.
        Nikon pro DSLR have 5 years catalogue life, imagine what 21MP will mean in 5 years…

        • ZoetMB

          I look back at photos I took with my 6.1MP D70 and in many ways, they’re far superior to those that I take with my 36.3MP D800. Unless one is doing large format (2×3 feet or larger) printing, there are many other factors besides MP count that determine the overall perception of technical quality of a photograph.

          However, from a marketing standpoint, I agree with you (but only because most consumers are idiots). Everyone wants their amp to go to “11”.

        • ITN

          Since print size isn’t getting any bigger and newsprint is being replaced by web pages, more resolution is largely meaningless and a burden when editing and transmitting images. The D810 is Nikon’s high image quality camera, the D5 is for high speed and rough conditions. The D5 is never meant to be in the D810 market, they are complementary products with different uses.

          • T.I.M

            I have a D800 36MP (and a D7200 24MP), I use the D7200 with my big telephoto lenses, the D800 is more for studio work, portraits, and landscapes.
            I print a lot (mostly 13×19″) and I would love a 48MP FX DLSR with the D7200 sensor’s colors and noise (witch are better than the D800)
            I was hopping to get it this year at the photokina but I guess I will have to wait longer…
            I believe FX 48MP is the best you could get with Nikon prime lenses resolution.

            • Markus

              OKO, I understand, not everybody is able to count to 5:
              Let’s do some math: 19″ @300DPI (exposure to photographic paper is done at that resolution), means that you will need 5700 pixel. Therefore your print will need 21MPix (=the resolution of a D5)
              You might respond, that your inkjet printer does 1200DPI (or whatever). Have you ever considered, tht such a printer has only 1bit of color depth (ink dot or no inkdot). This means, the printer needs to mix several pixel to create a pixel and it uses CMYK instead of RGB (which means, that certain colors such as a clear blue are impossible to create).

              Asking for 48MP might satisfy you, but certainly not for rational reasons, but probably for reasons of mental masturb….

        • TwoStrayCats

          I use a D2Xs with 12.4 MP. And I still sell shots from that camera. Yes, I am limited to a little less than a 10″ x 15″ image, but that old war horse is used every day. And it makes beautiful pictures… as long as I respect its limitations.

        • 21MP for journalistic and events… Yes it still means a lot even after 5 years. Unless storage drives significantly gets cheaper.
          Even the 1DXm2 does have the same MP count.
          I never prefer to shoot a concert event with my D810 as it’ll take a chunk of space, that’s why I shoot on DX mode – now thankfully I have the D500 to do most of my concert shoots.
          20-22MP is the sweet spot for now, and yes maybe after 5 years, that would be yhe right time to upgrade the MP count

          • I remember the time when 16 MP phase one backs were elite. And we nikon users could only dream and drool over high MP canons. And those cameras were pro enough.

            • saywhatuwill

              And that 16MP medium format back still takes wonderful photos….or at least I’m pretty sure they do.

    • outkasted

      Again I totally agree. I still have a D3 and sorry but I am not convinced that its the worthwhile upgrade yet. Its really good but I am not moved….sorry Nikon. Maybe the D5s maybe wothwhile.

      • I agree with your agree… especially when looking at raw files. The D5 .jpgs are cleaner than my D4s .jpgs, but the raw’s are about the same. Slightly larger file, but about the same noise, and slightly better color. The pain of upgrading, is not worth the gain… yet. Not even with $500 off.

    • T.I.M. Your discus account has been hacked and somebody who doesn’t know the difference between D5 and other semipro or consumer cameras has posted some completely stupid comment. Please do something about it. We are totally okay with you as compared to this dumb guy.

      • T.I.M

        I’ve been a pro since 1989 and the only Nikon “pro” cameras I own is the F6 (and the D800).
        When you learn photography they give a 5×7″ view camera (or 8×10″ in the best colleges) to play with for several years, it’s heavy, slow, and a pain to use.
        But after you master the view camera, then you can take professional pictures with any camera available, from polaroid to medium format.
        Again, a good camera will not make you a good photographer but you can’t be a good photographer without a good camera.

        • Then you must know why D5 is considered to be a true pro camera. It surely is not for it’s MP count.

          • T.I.M

            All I want from Nikon is a nice 48MP FX sensor in a D5 body (I don’t need speed, 5fps is plenty for me)

            • Means D5x. I also would love that. And as for me 1 FPS is fine.

            • TwoStrayCats

              Thank you. Now I don’t feel so alone in the world anymore.

            • Aldo

              I think nikon replaced the D3x with the d800… they figured if you want the ‘full body’ just buy the grip… that’s what a d4x would have been a d800 with integrated grip. Not sure we’ll see a D5X as it would be the d900 with a grip.

        • TwoStrayCats

          So very true. At Brooks, I lived behind the ground glass of my Cambo for two years. There is no better platform to learn all the movements and theory. And I still have that camera (plus a Linhof that I gained afterwards).

        • saywhatuwill

          I remember using a 4×5 in college. It was so heavy with the tripod I stopped the escalator from the BART station in San Francisco. I never saw so many mad faces pointed at me.

        • Aldo

          “a good camera will not make you a good photographer but you can’t be a good photographer without a good camera”

          That sounds contradictory

          • T.I.M

            Buying a race car won’t make you a pilot, but you can’t be a pilot without a race car.

            • Aldo

              that would be:
              a camera will not make you a photographer but you can’t be a photographer without a camera

            • Without a RACE car he said. So he said it correctly.

  • Stephen Corby

    I had mine two weeks before I traded it back in. Got a D500 and D810 instead and am much happier. The D5 sensor noise was totally inexcusable.

    • fanboy fagz

      d500/810 is worse than d5 in noise..so whats inexcusable?

      • Stephen Corby

        What charts are you looking at? Under ISO 400-800 both the D810 and D500 are much cleaner. Plus, the dynamic range at low ISO isn’t great at low ISO. If you have to push shadows at all it’s grainy as heck.

        • ITN

          If you shoot at ISO 4000 to 8000 (or higher), things are reverse. The D5 files at these settings are cleaner, have better colour and they can be adjusted more than D810 files where the image falls apart. For weddings at dark churches the D5 yields far superior results. What’s more, in these dim conditions the D5 continues to deliver >90% in focus even with the fastest primes, whereas the D750/D810 give maybe roughly 30% in focus at f/1.4, and not much better at f/2.8. Each camera has a different purpose.

          • Stephen Corby

            I completely agree. It’s a camera for High ISO and is fantastic at that purpose. I loved shooting it but would be disappointed in post. Then again, I rarely shoot over 1600. I just wish Nikon would have revealed the purpose of the camera before mine came in the mail. I had it the first week it was out. No one really expected to go back to the D3s days at low ISO.

          • HF

            I have to say the D750 is great for weddings, too, in this respect. However, I would go for a used D4s instead of a D5 right now, as DR at lower ISO is much better and its AF is great for weddings, too.

            • ITN

              The D5’s AF coverage is better as cross type points extend to the far out columns (rows in vertical orientation) so the camera can focus to facial skin even when you wouldn’t think there is any detail to focus on. This is important for vertical whole body images of people as with the previous generation AF one would have to rely on linear points which do not work well unless you can pin point it on the eye or if there is a beard. The D5’s AF is a phenomenally good system. I would also not want to give up dual XQD cards, or the outstanding new radio control system of flashes. Low ISO DR is compromised in the D5 I can use other cameras for that. I skipped the D4 generation because they did not add cross type points. I guess how important this is depends on how you shoot. For me the low ISO DR is not a show-stopper. I can understand that if you shoot action outdoors during the day and want to manage the contrasty direct sunlight, another camera would give better image quality than the D5. Perhaps the D4/D4s is the best solution for that, for now.

            • HF

              Agree. I have excellent results with the D750, though and need good low ISO DR, too. I don’t need a D5 at this price point although I know, you are fully right here, that it has the probably best AF system right now. I still use the DB910 with Phottix triggers, extremely reliable, in conjunction with Profoto for larger stuff. For the difference in price to the D5 I added Sonys A7rii. Works extremely well, too. Let’s see what a d760 and d820 or else look like.

          • Aldo

            weddings at dark churches at 4k-8k ISO? I’m assuming there is f2.8 or faster glass involved (since one spends 6.5k on a d5).. I can’t picture a church like that… unless it’s some sort of KKK wedding ceremony. Even if there is such dark church… at that point you NEED to look for alternatives like a flash or something… a lot of photographers don’t know where to draw the line in their efforts to work with ‘available’ light.

            • ITN

              12th century church. Narrow stained glass windows do not let in much light. However, what light there is, can be beautiful.

            • Aldo

              Agreed… but do you think that light will require 8k ISO and 1.4-2.8 aperture? I shot a church similar to that years ago… it was made all concrete…. it looked more like a bunker with a beautiful dome of light at the top that hit the couple like a spotlight. Anyway.. the windows on the side looked about 1 square foot… very dimmed light… At the time I was shooting with a canon and I took a wide shot at 1k ISO with a 24-70 at 2.8… and a shutter of 1/30th or something like that handheld holding my breath. It was more than enough.

            • ITN

              Wide shots may be ok at 1/30s if nothing is happening but close-ups usually require faster shutter speeds to see the emotions clearly. I would not go below 1/160s to 1/200s at the altar and during the bride’s arrival and the couple leaving in the corridor the shutter speed should be 1/320s or faster, otherwise there will be subject movement blur. I look for subtle facial expressions which are difficult to see clearly at slow shutter speeds especially if the subject is saying something. With f/1.4 and f/2 lenses I can get away without going beyond ISO 6400 at any point during the church part, but it is demanding on focus to use those apertures especially in the central corridor.

        • fanboy fagz

          yes, lower iso. d5 not as great as predecessors in lower iso. 1600 and up its great.

      • outkasted

        iso 100 mate?

        • fanboy fagz

          ah, ok. well its not its forte. d5 has a specific purpose. I dont think ive ever shot my D3/D3s/D4 at anything below iso 1600 for anything other than outside b&g studio location shots. and even then I usually hit 400. I dont think the D5 IQ is as good as previous bodies on the whole though. I think there is some wall they hit where they couldnt make it perform better with such a huge iso range and tweaked it for up. oh well.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    If the normal channels’ mark-up is in the same level as those of the gray marketeers, then darn is Nikon USA stiffening everybody!

  • br0xibear

    There’s something odd going on with the D5 pricing in the UK.
    Pro dealers Park, Calumet and WEX are charging £200-£300 more for the CF version, while pro dealer Grays of Westminster have just slashed the D5 XQD price to £4998 (normal XQD price is £5199).

    • Eric Calabros

      After Brexit nothing about UK surprises me.

      • Aldo

        how about Trump as president?

        • CERO

          cant wait for the hunger games after he wins.

          • nwcs

            Both of them are terrible candidates. Thankfully the office of President is a lot like a Quarterback in US football: they’re given far too much credit for things that go well and far too much blame when things don’t go well. In either case they don’t do as much as people think they do.

            • CERO

              yes, but if you mix an awful congress and you put a terrible president.. its going to be a long time until you recover from that. Trust me,I’m from Mexico and we’re getting worse than a banana republic.

  • Wow, someone would trade in their Pentax 645 Z.

  • ZoetMB

    Makes a lot of sense for anyone considering trading in anyway and Nikon should do this more often across the line. On the other hand, a $500 discount on a D5 is only 7.7%, which won’t even pay for the sales tax in most places.

    They should do this for lens trade-ins and they’d really see lens sales pop, if the value was good enough. I have 2-3 lenses I’d trade in for the right price.

    • outkasted

      Loud and clear!

  • TwoStrayCats

    B & H appears to be offering the $500 promo PLUS a trade-in value for the qualifying older gear.

  • dylanear

    So, D700 isn’t on the trade in list, but the D3, D300 and D800 are? Strange.

    • T.I.M

      The D700 is totally outdated (I had one, nice camera).
      I gave it as a gift to my mother in law but she keep it for only 3 months !
      (I’ve been keeping her daughter for much longer)

    • outkasted

      The D3 and D300 is older than the D700 …go figure

  • Eric Calabros

    T.I.M wants exactly A7r2 sensor in exactly D5 body. Nikon please make one plus a cookie and give them to him. for the sake of peace.

  • saywhatuwill

    Bummer, no D700 on the list.

    • KnightPhoto

      No offence but relatively few people should be shooting a D700 as their primary camera these days so I don’t see how a USA retailer could easily sell a traded-in one? Sure a budding pro just out of college and that, but if they make any income they’ll be on to something else in short order. I guess a night sports tog for newspaper/web is a niche where it can still hold its own, but not too many niches I can think of where any other FX cam wouldn’t be better in some major and minor ways.

      I loved my D700 and it’s a classic and all that for which I was very glad to have at the time, but it’s long gone and there are all kinds of alternatives these days. Same goes on the Canon side, is there a reason to still be shooting a 5Di or 5Dii nowadays – not a strong reason I can think of.

      I’m not trying to be snobbish but I evaluate my cameras on a sensor basis first. Only after that will I consider the body, controls, fps, etc. Strangely, nowadays I don’t see all that many D700 for sale anyways.

      And Geez who is buying a D5 to shoot it at ISO 100-400? Horses for courses and all that.

      But yeah I’d take a D5 sensor in a D810 body with the D500 fixings in a heart-beat.

      • saywhatuwill

        Take your modern Dxxxx (give or take an x) to an NBA basketball game, not as an official photographer but a regular one and see if you get past the gate. Now take that “old” D700. Bet you with 100% certainty you’ll get in with the D700 but not the other cameras. Why? The inclusion of video makes the new cameras off limits. So as old as the D700 is, there’s still a great reason to still own one.

  • Travis

    The link would give me $1371 (plus the $500) for a like new D810 with everything included. I bet they would…lol

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