If you were a moron like me...

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sweetsonic
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If you were a moron like me...
May 11, 2012

And you sold your D700 before you had the D800 in hand, what would you do?

I sold the D700 a few days after the D800 announcement, betting on the value of the D700 going down (which turned out to be true, of course) and the subsequent delivery of the D800 at or near its release date (which turned out to be false, obviously).

What would you do to get a camera in your hands for the interim? I'm not making a living off this, obviously, but I am a hobbyist/enthusiast and am really kicking myself now. I ordered a D7000 from Amazon thinking I could use it for a bit and resell it, but the D7000 is reselling pretty cheap and I'm not a big fan of the camera personally.

Any ideas?

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I would buy my D700.

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If it were me- I would take a break from photograpghy. A little hiatus wouldn't hurt and keep you from buyin something that will cost you money for what end?

Your situation may be different but I do little photograpghy at home - mostly on travel so your mileage may vary.
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You could do what I have done, use my wife's Rebel or borrow a D3s from your neighbor to get used to Nikon. I sold all my Canon gear to get ready for this, still waiting for a shipment date but hoping soon!

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And you sold your D700 before you had the D800 in hand, what would you do?

I sold the D700 a few days after the D800 announcement, betting on the value of the D700 going down (which turned out to be true, of course) and the subsequent delivery of the D800 at or near its release date (which turned out to be false, obviously).

What would you do to get a camera in your hands for the interim? I'm not making a living off this, obviously, but I am a hobbyist/enthusiast and am really kicking myself now. I ordered a D7000 from Amazon thinking I could use it for a bit and resell it, but the D7000 is reselling pretty cheap and I'm not a big fan of the camera personally.

Any ideas?

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buy an j1/v1 and then keep it to be used in parallell with the D800
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The j1/v1 is great as an small compact cam to have with you when the D800 does not fit.

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Buy a new D700 and then when D800 arrives, sell it for a fraction of a price.

sweetsonic wrote:

And you sold your D700 before you had the D800 in hand, what would you do?

I sold the D700 a few days after the D800 announcement, betting on the value of the D700 going down (which turned out to be true, of course) and the subsequent delivery of the D800 at or near its release date (which turned out to be false, obviously).

What would you do to get a camera in your hands for the interim? I'm not making a living off this, obviously, but I am a hobbyist/enthusiast and am really kicking myself now. I ordered a D7000 from Amazon thinking I could use it for a bit and resell it, but the D7000 is reselling pretty cheap and I'm not a big fan of the camera personally.

Any ideas?

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If I were you I'd just wait or play with a compact camera in the meantime...

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sweetsonic wrote:

Any ideas?

Pick up an F100 and shoot old-school for a bit. Then keep it when your D800 comes in.

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I did something similiar. I ordered a Nikon 500mm f4.0 vrII lens from b & h and quickly sent in my Nikon 300mm f2.8 so that I had the finances to purchase the 500. I got the 500 three days after I sent the 300 in. I took the 500 out of the box and quickly focused on a simple subject easy to af on to find out the image were not sharp. I then ran tests off charts using a tripod, timed release and fast shutter speed at f8.0 to find that the lens was front focusing a lot. I took the lens out in the field photography several static standing birds to still find out that the images were not sharp. I then adjusted the af fine tune and got most of the front focus out, but still with slightly front focusing at a setting of +20 ugh!!!

I quickly called b & h and they sent me a ground ups label and I have mailed the lens in, of course it takes a week to get to them, then several days before they mail me the exchange lens. So I am without a long lens for approximately 3 weeks and my main photography is bird photography. You might say I am slightly irritated since the weather here is beautiful after months of rain and I don't have a lens ugh!!!

I guess you should have taken a slight loss in the value of your d700 and used it until the d800 arrives, if ever ugh!!! I would not buy another camera with the order for the d800. You could cancel the order, buy a used d700 and use until the d800 is in your hands and wait to see if the d800 works ok for you before you sell the d700.

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In reply to sweetsonic, May 11, 2012

I am a moron, but I didn't dare give up my D700 before I got my new camera. Why not do as someone recommended above. Take a little break and catch up on some of the stuff you wiill neglect once you have your new camera.

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Oscarroos wrote:

If it were me- I would take a break from photograpghy. A little hiatus wouldn't hurt and keep you from buyin something that will cost you money for what end?

Couldn't agree more. I think you should take up ebaying/craigslisting buy-sell as a hobby.

Good luck either way!

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In reply to sweetsonic, May 11, 2012
  • cancel the order for the D800;

  • buy a D700;

  • buy the D800 when it becomes available in stores (if ever) when all the problems are overcome.

Enjoy your photos, the D700 is a great camera; do you really need the 800 (and the inconveniences that may come with focus, battery, huge files, etc.?).

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I'd just take out my Nikon F2as and enjoy shooting a few roles just for the fun of it. Humm, I might anyway!

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Re: If you were a moron like me...
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Would you be interested in buying one of my D2H or D2Hs cameras?

Your choices are:

• Wait for your D800

• Buy an interim camera

• Take up a new hobby

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Buy a D3200
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as second body or b-video camera.
IQ around 100-800 iso is mind blowing !

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Or a D5100. Everybody needs a backup.
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In reply to InTheMist, May 11, 2012

All good ideas, some I didn't even think of (like the F100).

The thought of doing film is kind of cool, but more time consuming than I'd like (can't just plug and play with my files, finding someone to develop, finding film, etc.). The D3200 is intriguing, but not available where I looked yet. Taking a break is good, but I've already done that for the past 3 months and its getting old. I really liked the D700... I upgraded to D800 because i just bought the D700 back in the Fall and thought that I might as well get the latest/greatest if I can resell the D700 for a decent amount ($2200). Re-buying the D700 is tempting, especially with some of the eBay deals out there, but i'd really be losing money and it is nearly a 5 year old camera now.

I think i've narrowed down to the D5100 or getting a compact/mirrorless to play with and perhaps keep. With the D5100, i get IQ comparable to the D7000 in a much cheaper package and since its relatively new, it would probably resell online (or to a family member or friend) for a decent price. I'd definitely miss some features...off-camera flash/commander mode, exposure bracketing, solid body, etc. But hey, i could still take pictures. I looked around for mirrorless/compact a little bit. Some interesting looking options (i.e. NEX-5N, Leica V-LUX, Nikon V1), but they seem a little overpriced for what they are.

So maybe the D5100, eh? Refurb on BHPhoto for

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Or a D5100. Everybody needs a backup.
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Re: If you were a moron like me...
In reply to Michael Firstlight, May 11, 2012

Michael Firstlight wrote:

I'd just take out my Nikon F2as and enjoy shooting a few roles just for the fun of it. Humm, I might anyway!

And if the OP doesn't have a F2as? What then?

You'd really go through the hassle of getting film, developing it, and scanning any good images just for the "fun" of using film? Very impressive!!

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Re: Buy a D3200
In reply to sweetsonic, May 11, 2012

The D5100 is an excellent camera, I have one myself. The big plus is the angle LCD. Also, almost all the fun features included in the D800 are present : HDR (jpeg only), time lapse, mirror delay (auto mirror lock-up) etc... The IQ is excellent too and I did not experience any metering problem (no over exposition like on D7K) nor AF issues.

The only minus point is the lack of full manual video control. You can only control the aperture, no iso or shutter speed control. The D3200 has it. (welcome in 2012 Nikon !)

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