Best bargain second-hand backup body?

Started May 2, 2017 | Questions thread
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chulster Contributing Member • Posts: 967
Best bargain second-hand backup body?

I just shipped my trusty D800 to Nikon to have a wonky aperture control unit replaced... and I have no backup body! What am I to do for the next 7–10 days? (Hopefully not longer!?!)

In case this happens again, I should get a backup body. Being impecunious, I want to pick up a cheap one second-hand, preferably for under $400.

Things I "can't" do without:

  • FX sensor! I'm addicted to the high-ISO IQ.
  • Back-button focus (although I suppose I could deal with a remapped AF-Lock button in a pinch)
  • Being able to set ISO with either a command dial alone (in A,S, or P mode) or a command dial in conjunction with a button (in M mode)
  • A decent number of AF points
  • Exposure bracketing

Things I don't much care about:

  • Live View
  • High FPS — I don't shoot bursts
  • Pro-quality build

What do you recommend?

Nikon D800
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