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Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:59:20 PM »
There is a almost new D800 on our local craigslist (not a scam) for $2100.  I checked ebay and noted that there were a lot of sales in the $2200 range, some even included a cheap lens.
 
Why are people dumping them?  I was tempted to get it as a 2nd body to my 5D MK III.  I have several Nikon lenses.  Finally, I decided that I'd pass it up, if others don't want them, I won't be able to resell it a year from now without losing money.
I did buy one new last May for $3K, and later sold it for $3200 when they were hot items.   There are some better lenses now available or on the horizon, so the lens situation is not so bleak as it was.
 
I think I'll wait for a new backup body and see what the year brings.  I just bought my 6th 40D this week, its great for my product photography, but isn't capable of ISO 6400 or 12800.

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Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 05:44:38 PM »
A photographer who I hold in high regard, got rid of his D800's very quickly. He much prefers the D600 and produces great results from the D600. (he still uses the D4, and has nothing against Nikons and, for the record,  neither do I)
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013, 06:10:07 PM »
D800 cost 2260 euro here compared to 2979 euro for the 5D MK3 (both on amazon).
so the D800 price is not bad.

thought you need very good glass and you have to use a tripod to make best use of the 36 MP.

if you are a lazy handholding shooter and donĀ“t want to spend so much money for the best glass you are better served with a D600. i think many notice that after a while.
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 06:10:54 PM »
I wouldn't touch a used one with a 10-foot pole... the reason the prices are so low is that everyone else has figured that out, too.

Most of them are being sold because of the persistent AF-alignment problems.
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013, 10:22:32 PM »
Having had one, its a fine camera, but, as noted, even with high end Nikon Glass, its is difficult to get the resolution that the body can provide.
 
Calling users that have to capture quick images of a fleeting scene "Lazy" shows a lack of understanding how some photographers must work. 
 
Calling me "Lazy" is probably correct, but even so, I sometimes only have a fraction of a second to capture the right moment.

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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2013, 01:32:43 AM »
I don't know why people are "dumping" them bcoz of the "problem" stated here ... but it's funny that a similar post on Nikonrumors showed up about Canon 5D MK III ... I think it's more of a perception rather than fact ... while its true that D800 needs high end glass at 36MP, one can still use mid range lenses on D800 at lower resolutions (24MP etc) to get great images while handholding.
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2013, 01:36:33 AM »
I don't know why people are "dumping" them bcoz of the "problem" stated here ... but it's funny that a similar post on Nikonrumors showed up about Canon 5D MK III ... I think it's more of a perception rather than fact ... while its true that D800 needs high end glass at 36MP, one can still use mid range lenses on D800 at lower resolutions (24MP etc) to get great images while handholding.

Wouldn't that defeat the entire objective of buying a D800 in the first place?
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2013, 01:36:33 AM »

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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2013, 03:11:52 AM »
I believe many people going from D700 to D800 where kinda overwhelmed by the transition from 12 to 36 MP.

A higher pixel density requires a different handling. When people keep using the same glass as before and doing things in the same way as before, results can be disappointing. It's no camera for a "run&gun" style - many D700 users switched to the 5D3 for this reason. Same is true for the computer hardware in post-processing. This is why a transition to D600's 24MP is often softer and more manageable.

Another possibility is that people are happy enough with the cheaper, lighter, D600. I have one and I seriously can't complain about a thing (except the 1/4000s max shutter speed). Things that the D600 lacks of, the D800 does too. I believe many people find the D600 + D7100 combo overall more effective than the D800 alone.

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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2013, 03:38:39 AM »
I don't know why people are "dumping" them bcoz of the "problem" stated here ... but it's funny that a similar post on Nikonrumors showed up about Canon 5D MK III ... I think it's more of a perception rather than fact ... while its true that D800 needs high end glass at 36MP, one can still use mid range lenses on D800 at lower resolutions (24MP etc) to get great images while handholding.

Wouldn't that defeat the entire objective of buying a D800 in the first place?
No it does not.
I have a 16-35 f/2.8 L lens, but the vast majority of the pics taken are at f/16.
Most cars, in the country I currently live in, can do 240kms per hour, but no one ever drives over 140kms.
Canon cameras/lenses are my primary source of photography but I also use a Nikon D7000 & 18-300 VR lens as it comes in very handy at times but that does not mean it defeats the purpose of having a 5D MK III.
If someone already has several Nikkor lenses, D800 at a price point that is much below 5D MK III makes a lot of sense ... if one shoots at 24MP, the D800 gives similar high ISO performance (if not better) of 5D MK III.
People who "dump" D800 bcoz their mid range Nikkor lenses cannot handle resolutions at 36MP, don't know much about how to use their equipment. Every single Camera/lens has some drawback, a good photographer works around those drawbacks and concentrates on taking advantage of its strengths.
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2013, 03:47:37 AM »
I don't know why people are "dumping" them bcoz of the "problem" stated here ... but it's funny that a similar post on Nikonrumors showed up about Canon 5D MK III ... I think it's more of a perception rather than fact ... while its true that D800 needs high end glass at 36MP, one can still use mid range lenses on D800 at lower resolutions (24MP etc) to get great images while handholding.

Wouldn't that defeat the entire objective of buying a D800 in the first place?
No it does not.
I have a 16-35 f/2.8 L lens, but the vast majority of the pics taken are at f/16.
Most cars, in the country I currently live in, can do 240kms per hour, but no one ever drives over 140kms.
Canon cameras/lenses are my primary source of photography but I also use a Nikon D7000 & 18-300 VR lens as it comes in very handy at times but that does not mean it defeats the purpose of having a 5D MK III.
If someone already has several Nikkor lenses, D800 at a price point that is much below 5D MK III makes a lot of sense ... if one shoots at 24MP, the D800 gives similar high ISO performance (if not better) of 5D MK III.
People who "dump" D800 bcoz their mid range Nikkor lenses cannot handle resolutions at 36MP, don't know much about how to use their equipment. Every single Camera/lens has some drawback, a good photographer works around those drawbacks and concentrates on taking advantage of its strengths.

I would add: and considers them BEFORE purchasing something ;)

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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2013, 03:49:32 AM »
I don't know why people are "dumping" them bcoz of the "problem" stated here ... but it's funny that a similar post on Nikonrumors showed up about Canon 5D MK III ... I think it's more of a perception rather than fact ... while its true that D800 needs high end glass at 36MP, one can still use mid range lenses on D800 at lower resolutions (24MP etc) to get great images while handholding.

Wouldn't that defeat the entire objective of buying a D800 in the first place?
No it does not.
I have a 16-35 f/2.8 L lens, but the vast majority of the pics taken are at f/16.
Most cars, in the country I currently live in, can do 240kms per hour, but no one ever drives over 140kms.
Canon cameras/lenses are my primary source of photography but I also use a Nikon D7000 & 18-300 VR lens as it comes in very handy at times but that does not mean it defeats the purpose of having a 5D MK III.
If someone already has several Nikkor lenses, D800 at a price point that is much below 5D MK III makes a lot of sense ... if one shoots at 24MP, the D800 gives similar high ISO performance (if not better) of 5D MK III.
People who "dump" D800 bcoz their mid range Nikkor lenses cannot handle resolutions at 36MP, don't know much about how to use their equipment. Every single Camera/lens has some drawback, a good photographer works around those drawbacks and concentrates on taking advantage of its strengths.

There is no law which bars you from shooting with 36mp, but you do have speed limits so your example of cars is rather misplaced and as good as comparing apples and oranges.

BTW, If you read my comment again, i was not in any way implying that a 5D3 would suit people better (even though it might, actually ;)) ...my point was that most buyers opted for the d800 mostly for the higher MP it offered. THAT objective is rather lost if you wish to shoot it at the d600 resolution which is available for substantially less $$$.
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2013, 03:53:18 AM »
I don't know why people are "dumping" them bcoz of the "problem" stated here ... but it's funny that a similar post on Nikonrumors showed up about Canon 5D MK III ... I think it's more of a perception rather than fact ... while its true that D800 needs high end glass at 36MP, one can still use mid range lenses on D800 at lower resolutions (24MP etc) to get great images while handholding.

Wouldn't that defeat the entire objective of buying a D800 in the first place?
No it does not.
I have a 16-35 f/2.8 L lens, but the vast majority of the pics taken are at f/16.
Most cars, in the country I currently live in, can do 240kms per hour, but no one ever drives over 140kms.
Canon cameras/lenses are my primary source of photography but I also use a Nikon D7000 & 18-300 VR lens as it comes in very handy at times but that does not mean it defeats the purpose of having a 5D MK III.
If someone already has several Nikkor lenses, D800 at a price point that is much below 5D MK III makes a lot of sense ... if one shoots at 24MP, the D800 gives similar high ISO performance (if not better) of 5D MK III.
People who "dump" D800 bcoz their mid range Nikkor lenses cannot handle resolutions at 36MP, don't know much about how to use their equipment. Every single Camera/lens has some drawback, a good photographer works around those drawbacks and concentrates on taking advantage of its strengths.

I would add: and considers them BEFORE purchasing something ;)

Agreed, but in the case of the d800 there was so much euphoria with the uberpixelsand DR it had, nobody bothered to consider lens performance.
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2013, 04:22:16 AM »
I don't know why people are "dumping" them bcoz of the "problem" stated here ... but it's funny that a similar post on Nikonrumors showed up about Canon 5D MK III ... I think it's more of a perception rather than fact ... while its true that D800 needs high end glass at 36MP, one can still use mid range lenses on D800 at lower resolutions (24MP etc) to get great images while handholding.

Wouldn't that defeat the entire objective of buying a D800 in the first place?
No it does not.
I have a 16-35 f/2.8 L lens, but the vast majority of the pics taken are at f/16.
Most cars, in the country I currently live in, can do 240kms per hour, but no one ever drives over 140kms.
Canon cameras/lenses are my primary source of photography but I also use a Nikon D7000 & 18-300 VR lens as it comes in very handy at times but that does not mean it defeats the purpose of having a 5D MK III.
If someone already has several Nikkor lenses, D800 at a price point that is much below 5D MK III makes a lot of sense ... if one shoots at 24MP, the D800 gives similar high ISO performance (if not better) of 5D MK III.
People who "dump" D800 bcoz their mid range Nikkor lenses cannot handle resolutions at 36MP, don't know much about how to use their equipment. Every single Camera/lens has some drawback, a good photographer works around those drawbacks and concentrates on taking advantage of its strengths.

I would add: and considers them BEFORE purchasing something ;)
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2013, 04:42:19 AM »
I don't know why people are "dumping" them bcoz of the "problem" stated here ... but it's funny that a similar post on Nikonrumors showed up about Canon 5D MK III ... I think it's more of a perception rather than fact ... while its true that D800 needs high end glass at 36MP, one can still use mid range lenses on D800 at lower resolutions (24MP etc) to get great images while handholding.

Wouldn't that defeat the entire objective of buying a D800 in the first place?
No it does not.
I have a 16-35 f/2.8 L lens, but the vast majority of the pics taken are at f/16.
Most cars, in the country I currently live in, can do 240kms per hour, but no one ever drives over 140kms.
Canon cameras/lenses are my primary source of photography but I also use a Nikon D7000 & 18-300 VR lens as it comes in very handy at times but that does not mean it defeats the purpose of having a 5D MK III.
If someone already has several Nikkor lenses, D800 at a price point that is much below 5D MK III makes a lot of sense ... if one shoots at 24MP, the D800 gives similar high ISO performance (if not better) of 5D MK III.
People who "dump" D800 bcoz their mid range Nikkor lenses cannot handle resolutions at 36MP, don't know much about how to use their equipment. Every single Camera/lens has some drawback, a good photographer works around those drawbacks and concentrates on taking advantage of its strengths.
your example of cars is rather misplaced and as good as comparing apples and oranges.
No!
There are roads that allow you to drive at 240kmps ... but most cars (with a max limit of 240kmps per hour) would rattle and shake making the drive extremely unpleasant, if you were to drive them at their max speed limits ... I speak from personal experience as I drive a Mazda 3 & a SsangYong Kyron, the speedometer on both have an approx max limit of 240 kmps but even on a road/track where I am allowed to drive at their max speed the drive is extremely unpleasant ... even though the stated max speed limit is 240kms, the tires I have can only handle 160kms, the same applies to many cameras/lenses i.e. max limits are not always enjoyable or useful. So the examples of cars are not "misplaced" and nor are they like "comparing apples and oranges".
BTW, If you read my comment again, i was not in any way implying that a 5D3 would suit people better
I did not think you were "implying that a 5D3 would suit people better", I only used that as an example.
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my point was that most buyers opted for the d800 mostly for the higher MP it offered. THAT objective is rather lost if you wish to shoot it at the d600 resolution which is available for substantially less $$$.
Not necessarily, D800 can be shot at 24MP for those who currently do not have high end glass ... but when they do upgrade to better glass they can take advantage of its full 36MP resolution ... besides the difference in cost between a D600 and D800 is around $600 ... as Mt Spokane Photography stated that several D800 cameras are available for around $2200, that brings down the difference even further.
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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2013, 05:13:02 AM »
There is a almost new D800 on our local craigslist (not a scam) for $2100.  I checked ebay and noted that there were a lot of sales in the $2200 range, some even included a cheap lens.
 
Why are people dumping them?  I was tempted to get it as a 2nd body to my 5D MK III.  I have several Nikon lenses.  Finally, I decided that I'd pass it up, if others don't want them, I won't be able to resell it a year from now without losing money.
I did buy one new last May for $3K, and later sold it for $3200 when they were hot items.   There are some better lenses now available or on the horizon, so the lens situation is not so bleak as it was.

Well at least they're holding their value better than the 5D Mark III!

Debut'd at $3499 and has been on sale new for as little as $2799. Don't know about 2nd hand prices but they'd have to be less.

The new price of a D800 has dropped from $3000 to $2800.

5D3 with $700 (20%) drop vs D800 with $200 (7%) drop.

Easy to see which has held its price better.

I can see a few D800s for sale at or below $2200 2nd hand, but it has had a good workout at 17,000 snaps!

Maybe you should ask the sellers why they are selling rather than create a troll topic here?

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Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
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