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GREAT deal on a D300 and 18-200VR?

I found a guy locally that is selling his D300 and 18-200VR, with 8mb card, and soft case for $1800. I just purchased the D90 with 18-200 for $1600. Would you return the D90 and grab this D300?

I'm looking at the camera tomorrow, he say it's in excellent condition, approximately 1 year old and only taken out of his house a few times.
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Do you know about shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO ratings? Do you know your way around a camera?

D300 has very very little automation and requires the operator to know what they're doing.
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Do you know about shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO ratings? Do you know your way around a camera?

D300 has very very little automation and requires the operator to know what they're doing.
Fo sho. I've shot with a D40x in either M, A, or S mode for the last year.

Basically I'm just asking if this is a really good deal? I have no idea about the resale value of cameras. I know used 18-200's sell for practically new prices, and I know the D300 and 18-200 lens NEW is over $2500 and that doesn't include a case or memory card.
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Go for it.

Maybe ask for a sample image with all the raw meta data in it so you can see how many times the shutter has been activated. I think the lifetime is 150,000 activations on a D300.

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excellent thanks. Hopefully he'll be able to meet him tomorrow in person and I can look it over.

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He's going to send me a picture this evening with the data. Hopefully he doesn't change his mind
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You just bought D90 for 1600? I went to costco last day it was $1399 and has a $100 instant rebate. Cost will be only $1299. Kit includes 18-55 vr lens kit and 55-200 vr lens kit and extra 8gb memory card plus a bag.

I would say return it and buy thr D300 if it is in good condition. Or check out costco..

Good luck!

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You just bought D90 for 1600? I went to costco last day it was $1399 and has a $100 instant rebate. Cost will be only $1299. Kit includes 18-55 vr lens kit and 55-200 vr lens kit and extra 8gb memory card plus a bag.

I would say return it and buy thr D300 if it is in good condition.
I bought it with the 18-200VR lens which is a $700 lens. The body itself was $894 I believe.

If it's as legit as the guy makes it sound though I think I'm going to return it. I emailed him back to see if he's interested in a trade.
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Actually there is an "auto mode" on a D300. Mine pretty much sits in manual. Its like going back to my AE-1 days except the film is flash memory.
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Do you know what the difference is between the D90 and D300?
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Do you know what the difference is between the D90 and D300?
Yep. D210.
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Do you know what the difference is between the D90 and D300?
A couple SVs, or three D70s?

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hehehe, couple SV's

I only ask because some of the things that the D300 provides vs loses against the D90 might not be worth it. If you like to shoot in some of the preset modes or in auto or enjoy the video feature then the D90 is the camera for you.
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To good to be true

After trying to pressure the guy to meet today so I could check it out I get this email:

Nick,


I tried taking some photos last night, and the camera shutter release started to "stick" . I have no idea why this happened, but I'm sending it to Nikon for evaluation and repair since the extended warranty is valid in my name. When I get it back I'll let you if you're still interested.


Regretfully,


Ron


I'm ASSUMING he's smart enough to know if it was set to a slow shutter speed... I think he just got caught trying to scam. The ebay was ended though so who knows. Here's the ebay link in case anyone is in the market watch out for this guy...

Ebay Item #
150337634554

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hehehe, couple SV's

I only ask because some of the things that the D300 provides vs loses against the D90 might not be worth it. If you like to shoot in some of the preset modes or in auto or enjoy the video feature then the D90 is the camera for you.
I was messing around with the D90 this morning and except for a few features that the D300 has (51 AF points) I think I'll be extremely happy with the D90 anyways.
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Hell save the cash, return the D90 and pick up a 70-200 f/2.8 lens or the 17-55 f/2.8. Me likey them lenses!
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I mostly do landscape photography, no real need for fast lenses. I've decided on the sigma 10-20 next
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Then why'd you pick up a D90 from a D40x? In terms of landscape, they're probably going to stay the same, if anything your image quality would go up from the lenses and not the body for landscape.

I've never tinkered with the Sigma 10-20, I tried the Tokina 12-24 and it was very nice too.

Edit: Ahh I see for some scuba diving...didn't read close enough the first time.

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