Is a D800 worth $6k?

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Blindman Senior Member • Posts: 1,016
Is a D800 worth $6k?
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Mentioned to my wife several days ago that I'd like to upgrade my D7000 to a D800 which led to the "how much is it" question. To my amazement she said sure, but I get the same amount "no strings attached". So the question is if the D800 is worth $6,000 to upgrade from a D7000 that I have been very happy with. I have a decent assortment on FX lens so that won't be an issue. Mainly shoot wildlife and sports.

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SRFast
SRFast Regular Member • Posts: 447
Re: Is a D800 worth $6k?
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Please humor me.  Where did you come up with the $6,000 figure?

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Pradipta Dutta
Pradipta Dutta Veteran Member • Posts: 9,781
You didn't read the post carefully
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SRFast wrote:

Please humor me.  Where did you come up with the $6,000 figure?

Since his wife gets the same amount, the $3K that he spends on D800 comes with a $3K penalty that goes to the wife.

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Tbirdas Forum Member • Posts: 54
Re: You didn't read the post carefully

Then I'd say its really free - so go for it (it s all relative!!!)

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Pradipta Dutta Veteran Member • Posts: 9,781
It depends

Blindman wrote:

Mentioned to my wife several days ago that I'd like to upgrade my D7000 to a D800 which led to the "how much is it" question. To my amazement she said sure, but I get the same amount "no strings attached". So the question is if the D800 is worth $6,000 to upgrade from a D7000 that I have been very happy with. I have a decent assortment on FX lens so that won't be an issue. Mainly shoot wildlife and sports.

I  think, it is a fair deal. Your deserves to have some fun in lieu of your new toy. Whether it is worth or not depends on the amount of enjoyment you are going to derive from the new toy. The picture quality is not going to go up suddenly.

Comes down to your priorities and what you value the most.

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Photo Pete Senior Member • Posts: 2,791
Re: Is a D800 worth $6k?
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Blindman wrote:

Mentioned to my wife several days ago that I'd like to upgrade my D7000 to a D800 which led to the "how much is it" question. To my amazement she said sure, but I get the same amount "no strings attached". So the question is if the D800 is worth $6,000 to upgrade from a D7000 that I have been very happy with. I have a decent assortment on FX lens so that won't be an issue. Mainly shoot wildlife and sports.

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John

You should be pleased that your wife is taking such an interest. Imagine her smiling face when you give her a D800 to match your own "No strings attached"!

Only joking of course.

Just buy it and don't tell her. If she's not interested in photography then it will look just like your D7000 to her and she'll never know!

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Robin Casady Forum Pro • Posts: 12,898
Re: Is a D800 worth $6k?

It depends on how happy your wife will be with $3,000.

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Kerry Pierce
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Re: Is a D800 worth $6k? No, not IMO
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Blindman wrote:

Mentioned to my wife several days ago that I'd like to upgrade my D7000 to a D800 which led to the "how much is it" question. To my amazement she said sure, but I get the same amount "no strings attached". So the question is if the D800 is worth $6,000 to upgrade from a D7000 that I have been very happy with. I have a decent assortment on FX lens so that won't be an issue. Mainly shoot wildlife and sports.

I usually stay out of these types of questions, but for some reason, this one piqued my interest.

IMO, no, it's not worth $6k to buy a d800.  It's a fine camera and I like mine a great deal, but I like the images that I get from a d7k too.

Since you state that you've been happy with the d7k, why do you need a new camera?  There are always good reasons for buying a new camera, including just having the desire for one.  But, if it's a financial problem, why do it?

I only bought mine because it was a refurb that was on sale for $2300.  IOW, the d800 wasn't even worth its retail price to me, let alone $6k.

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ken6217 Regular Member • Posts: 308
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Your present camera is a Nikon and it's black. Get the D800 and she won't know.

Works great for motorcycles too. I always get black, and she never knows I traded the bike in.

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paulski66 Senior Member • Posts: 2,761
If she spends her $3,000 on a weekend with a high-priced gigolo, then probably no...
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...though only you can judge that for sure.

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alegator Regular Member • Posts: 202
Re: Is a D800 worth $6k?
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Blindman wrote:

Mentioned to my wife several days ago that I'd like to upgrade my D7000 to a D800 which led to the "how much is it" question. To my amazement she said sure, but I get the same amount "no strings attached". So the question is if the D800 is worth $6,000 to upgrade from a D7000 that I have been very happy with. I have a decent assortment on FX lens so that won't be an issue. Mainly shoot wildlife and sports.

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John

The question you have to ask yourself is the other way around: is your wife worth $3000?

overniteman Contributing Member • Posts: 843
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If you have the "bank", I'd say go for it. You both win.

Tommot1965 Contributing Member • Posts: 995
Re: Is a D800 worth $6k?

Blindman wrote:

Mentioned to my wife several days ago that I'd like to upgrade my D7000 to a D800 which led to the "how much is it" question. To my amazement she said sure, but I get the same amount "no strings attached". So the question is if the D800 is worth $6,000 to upgrade from a D7000 that I have been very happy with. I have a decent assortment on FX lens so that won't be an issue. Mainly shoot wildlife and sports.

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John

sorry John..its a bit of a silly question..the D800 is certainly worth $3000..is your wife worth the other $3000..thats what you should have asked..and hopefully you know the right answer....

next time you want something.. don't tell her..just buy it

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Johnhk Regular Member • Posts: 211
Re: Is a D800 worth $6k?
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There is the thought that to ask for forgiveness is easier than asking for permission. Regards,

user_name Veteran Member • Posts: 3,134
The real question is: Is your marriage worth $3K?
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No text.

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FtoDin5min Regular Member • Posts: 407
Re: Is a D800 worth $6k?

in this case, you may be underestimating what you are really getting for $6k: a camera, a happy wife (at least for a short while), and...

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Mr Gadget Senior Member • Posts: 1,973
Re: Is a D800 worth $6k?

How much additional revenue will you generate with the D800 over your current camera vs the $6k cost. I.e what is the payback? If you cant get a payback in 18 -24 months probably not worth it.

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pajarrett Regular Member • Posts: 484
Is she buying the new lenses with the money?

Hey if you are getting the  camera (for family reasons; you know to document the family trips and events) at least she can chip in for a new 70-200 f/2.8 or maybe a 14-24 f/2.8.

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SRFast Regular Member • Posts: 447
Re: You didn't read the post carefully

Pradipta Dutta wrote:

SRFast wrote:

Please humor me.  Where did you come up with the $6,000 figure?

Since his wife gets the same amount, the $3K that he spends on D800 comes with a $3K penalty that goes to the wife.

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Thanks for the clarification.  I need to stop multi tasking when reading thses posts.

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yihlee Contributing Member • Posts: 664
Re: Be creative.

Tell her you will:

Sell the not-too-old D7000 and downgrade to an old style, big, heavy, dinosaur type camera in order to bring some extra $$$ to the family.  And you demand a treat from her.

Your new, lowly camera should be a D80, ie D800 with a "0" scratched off.

A dumb wife will buy your story.  A smart wife, by playing herself dumb, enjoys man with creative idea.  You won't lose either way.

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