At what price point is a "grey" D800 worth it?

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At what price point is a "grey" D800 worth it?
Apr 25, 2014

So I am currently living in South Korea and I can get a new "grey market" (considered grey in Korea, actually comes from somewhere else in Asia) from a local vendor for about $1900 out the door.

At first, I was thinking about purchasing right before heading back to the states, but from what I understand I can get Nikon service on grey items here, unlike in the US. So I am thinking it is best to purchase immediately and hopefully any problems will pop up in the next 5 months. I can also test the camera in the "shop" before purchasing. (any ideas on what to look for other than the focus issue?)

Should I just go ahead and purchase this and pretend it's like a "used" no-warranty D800 only brand new?

On the DX to FX transition (if you care to give lens advice):

I have a wedding/event business that I will be going back to, which has been all DX to this point. Ill be keeping one d7000 around as a second camera. I have a 17-50 2.8 (dx), 70-200 2.8 (fx), 11-16 2.8 (dx), and a few primes, but only one with me in Korea, a 50mm 1.8. If I get the d800 Ill need something other than the 50mm to walk around with and preferably another zoom that I can utilize for events.

I need to decide between the Tamron 28-70 2.8 VC, the new sigma 24-105 f4, or nikon 24-120 f4. At first I was thinking the popular 28-70 FL, speed + VC, but I often find that walking around with the 17-50 leaves me wanting and during events I have to get a little too close or switch to the massive 70-200.. plus I have that range covered with my 17-50mm.  I also am doing more and more video so the range of one of the f4s + constant aperture are really nice. The nikon has the most reach, but the focus ring is terrible for video.. apparently it does not engage for a few mm, (anyone have any experience with this lens and video?). The sigma is better for manual focusing but less reach.  IQ seems pretty similar but I would really like something with some pop, sharp centers are important, edges not as much.  LR for distortion/etc so no worries.  Any advice would be much appreciated.


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