Shopping for a digital SLR

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Gatto, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. Gatto macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum even though I've been reading it since I bought my first mac a few months ago.
    I'm looking to buy a new digital slr, and I think I will buy a Nikon D80. My question is more general. I've noticed that some online shops are much cheaper than others. For example Broadwayphoto.com Nikon D80 body:$ 779.99, Prestigecamera.com N. D80 body:$749.99 and on the other side BHphotovideo.com N. D80: $939.95. Is there any risk in buying from the cheapest websites? Any difference at all?

    Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know anything about any sites you listed other than BH, which is of course one of the most reputable retailers out there.

    A relatively common trick some sites play with digital cameras is to list an inexpensive price, have you order it online, then they contact you to tell you there's a problem with your order. They get you on the phone and tell you that unless you purchase a certain amount in accessories, you cannot have the camera at the discounted price and instead must pay some price usually substantially over retail. They then fight you on cancelling the order.

    While some people have actually obtained cameras from these people, unless you know you're dealing with a retailer who's totally legit, it might be worth the extra money to avoid the hassle and know you're not getting a gray market camera or some sort of bait and switch.
     
  3. Zeke macrumors 6502

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    Broadway Photo and others are bait and switch companies. If you do by some miracle happen to get the camera you order it will be gray market and missing charger, and other accessories.

    Always check resellerratings.com when camera/electronics shopping with companies you've never heard of.
     
  4. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a

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    Look 'em up:
    http://resellerratings.com

    Personally, if it looks too good to be true, it is. I'd stick with authorized dealers... BHPhoto.com, Beachcamera.com, BuyDig.com, etc
     
  5. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    just picked up my new dSLR from JR.com, they seem to be pretty good as well.
     
  6. dongmin macrumors 68000

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    Check out dealmac.com. I believe there is a deal on D80s today.
     
  7. Gatto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just looked at resellerratings.com and indeed these cheap shops have some pretty bad reviews. I so these websites advertised on magazines such as Shutterbug just beside the page advertising for BH. Probably too good to be true....
    Thanks!
     
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Are you also buying a lens to go with that D80? Or do you already have a bunch of Nikon glass? I think the choise of which lens(es) you get matter much more than which body. I'm a Nikon fan but still I'll caution you that after you buy that D80 you will not be able to use all those nice Canon L-series lenses -- Yu will be using Nikon lenses for the next few DSLR bodies you own. Nothing wrong with that as long as you've thought about it.

    B&H Photo is one of the best known and most reputable of the on-line camera retailers. If you find some one seriously under selling B&H be sure and do a Google search and ask around. Some times you will see some one $50 or so lower but anyone offering the sell 30% lower than B&H is doing a scam.
     
  9. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    Well, that's true... but he'll be able to use all those nice Nikkor lenses..;)
     
  10. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    Which are EXTREMELY good :D
     
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Of course. And if he buys a Pentax he can use their lenses. The point is that the choice of camera body determines the set of lenses you can choose from. But the set of lenses you own matters a LOT more then what camera body you use.

    While it seems so obvious to many of us, many people just getting into SLRs don't think it through and don't think of the bigger picture. You really should go lens shoping before you buy your first SRL and close down your options
     
  12. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

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    And let's face it: there's nothing from Canon to match that 18-200. He's definitely much better off starting off with Nikon.
     
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  15. Gatto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, the idea was to buy a body to use with my two old Nikon lenses. those are not for digital camera and I know that is not ideal to use them with a digital SLR, but I suppose that the result would not be terrible either. no?
    Then after a few mouths I will buy some new lenses for digital body too.
    So I already decided to go with Nikon some time ago.
     
  16. Gatto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    One of the lenses I have is a Tamron 70-300 4-5,6 LD macro. It is not the Di model introduced a few months ago designed for both digital and film SLR. How will this lens work on a digital? Anyone with some similar experience?
     

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