Buy Functioning Camera or Fix Cheap Camera?

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lazyfortress
lazyfortress New Member • Posts: 15
Buy Functioning Camera or Fix Cheap Camera?

I'm debating on whether to buy a $739 Nikon D3 that has no problems (21,000 shutter count) or a $400 Nikon D3 that has a broken shutter.  How much would it cost me to fix up the broken $400 D3?  What would you recommend on getting?  Also, what's the price of a heavily used D4?

Any help is appreciated!

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FrancoD Veteran Member • Posts: 8,947
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If you can still get a D3 shutter replaced , I doubt very much it will be done for less than $500.

You could give the nearest Nikon repair service a ring.

(Google " Nikon Authorised repair service My City")

For my city I would enter Melbourne....

PK24X36NOW Senior Member • Posts: 1,932
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lazyfortress wrote:

I'm debating on whether to buy a $739 Nikon D3 that has no problems (21,000 shutter count) or a $400 Nikon D3 that has a broken shutter. How much would it cost me to fix up the broken $400 D3? What would you recommend on getting? Also, what's the price of a heavily used D4?

Any help is appreciated!

I'd buy the functional one; the price difference isn't that big (in absolute terms), the shutter count is nothing for a D3, and you'll get to start using it immediately (as opposed to waiting for a repair, plus potentially bearing the risk of damage in shipping if you're not close enough to the repair center to take it there in person).

Dr JLW Senior Member • Posts: 1,067
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Buy the one that works:

1) You do not know whether the bad shutter is the only problem

2) You do not know how or why the shutter broke, likely some form of abuse

3) Current cameras are built in clean rooms under carefully controlled conditions by peopel with special training in each area of assembly.  These cameras are not built to be repaired. or readjusted  Any repair of a modern electronic camera short of a Leica grade or top level pro stuff is high risk.  Even if you get a warrantee with repaired camera, you lose its use while they continue to try to fix it.

Bobthearch
Bobthearch Veteran Member • Posts: 5,637
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Having to go without during the repair period would be enough of a deciding factor for me. 

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PenPix Senior Member • Posts: 3,261
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Repair cost is going to be more than the difference in price. At 21,000 shutter count it is still a baby.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/32649510

coase Contributing Member • Posts: 747
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Unless you have a top pro level camera or the fix is trivial, I would never pay to fix a cheap camera.  Too much disposability already built in to warrant the risk.

FrancoD Veteran Member • Posts: 8,947
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coase wrote:

Unless you have a top pro level camera or the fix is trivial, I would never pay to fix a cheap camera. Too much disposability already built in to warrant the risk.

This is the camera discussed here :

coase Contributing Member • Posts: 747
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If you can fix it so that it's several hundred dollars below a functioning used one then it's ok if that's what you want.  But you still take risks, especially since you may not know in advance how much it would cost unless the repair people will quote you a flat price.

Doug J Veteran Member • Posts: 9,810
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coase wrote:

Unless you have a top pro level camera or the fix is trivial, I would never pay to fix a cheap camera. Too much disposability already built in to warrant the risk.

The D3 was Nikon's top pro camera at the time, with a list price of US$ 4,999.

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Doug

Doug J Veteran Member • Posts: 9,810
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Buy the functioning one, it's a gamble if you get the other one repaired for the difference in price.

Cheers,
Doug

Pontoneer Senior Member • Posts: 2,411
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Instead of buying a broken Nikon , or one with a few miles on the clock , not much more than that would buy you a NEW Pentax K3 II .

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iago22 New Member • Posts: 5
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I'd buy the functional one, the price difference isn't that big)

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