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#1 Roderick

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 07:31 AM

Escaped a meeting just before my soul tried to eat itself.

Came to, in a camera shop with a D500 in me hands. The shutter noise will haunt my dreams....

Best price I could get was €2150.00 body only.  That's $2435.00 or £1885.00

The sales guy knew a rube when he saw one so he pointed me at a secondhand Nikon 600mm f4.  The thing weighs as much as a cement block!

I left the shop without a D500 but with an ache in my heart...


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#2 elcab18

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 01:19 PM

:o Did you leave with the lens???



#3 Roderick

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 01:52 PM

Very funny, Doug ! :P

I did not.

He wanted around  3 1/2 grand for it which I thought was low but then I didn't get to test it.  I would have expected a used 500 f4 to go for that sort of money.

Maybe its a mark I I didn't think to ask.



#4 John W

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 03:30 PM

That is high for the camera Rod. You can buy it new for $1896.95 from B&H. Refurbished $1699, Kit with the 16-80 $2496.95.



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 07:35 PM

Rod
Not liking your D750 anymore?

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 02:59 AM

It is high, John.  We get hammered with tax plus Ireland is a small market with high overheads.

I can see  new ones on eBay for €1463.00 or $1661.00.  The seller is inside the EU so no more duty to pay, but I'd be pretty sure the cameras are Japanese origin  and "grey market".

I'd like to buy local but that's around 1 thousand wingwangs in the price difference.  You can get a pretty good plane ticket for €1,000...

I bought a genuine Nikon battery from him for €85 and change.

 

Hiya Mark :)

Nope, not at all. The D750 is everything I hoped it would be, and more.  Its just that I've entered the stage where my brain is telling me that "its the camera's fault, not you". :rolleyes:  (Which is bullsh*t, of course).

Almost all the wildlife photos I take are then cropped so I was pondering the charms of a crop sensor and 12 fps.  When I was holding down the shutter in the shop, everybody stopped to look. :wub:

I go through phases like this.  I've spent the last couple of years himing and hawing about buying a BMW X5 diesel.  My friend's smart-ass daughters have started mocking me and refer to it as "The Canyonero" ( Simpsons, Krusty The Clown reference) :blink:

But if I rolled up in one, they'd be the first to ask to drive it...



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 05:25 AM

I suspect it is good to dream and even more important to set achievable targets in general, both short and long term, while keeping a keen eye on realistic cost benefit analysis.... and on the latter I really do wonder what the difference between expectations and the reality of the D500 and or Nikkor 600mm f4 might make to anyone of average ability or even much above average ability in terms of the images they might capture....?

 

Me, I admit to being a bit of a gear junkie, and have some kit that some others might give there eye teeth for, I sure would have some years back when I had my own teeth....(-: Bottom line is that while I enjoy the kit, I do wonder how much if at all my pics may have improved as the result of my access to such kit....hmm ?

 

I can remember a time when I thought the Nikkor 600mm must be the Holy Grail, though I am grateful that Tamron provided me the opportunity to try out 600mm at a cost which was justifiable to ME.... Just how much MORE a Nikkor might provide for MY level of photographic ability...?  I suspect none, and the zoom ability of the Tamron may well provide more opportunity than any fixed focal length lens in it`s range for someone like me.... Had I the skills of some of the folk here, well that might be a different story all together...(-:

 

I also thought for a wide angle junkie such as I that the Nikkor 14-24 f2.8 as lauded by those who are far more skilled than I as perhaps the best landscape lens ever (perhaps not now?) then that too would be a targeted acquisition for me... I bought one (second hand) recently, though have to admit I bypassed it and picked up my Nikkor 16-35 f4 for a scene I wished to capture recently...Hmm..?

 

Just thinking in type.. 






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