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Digital photo equipment. Any thoughts?

Posted Saturday, September 15, 2007, at 10:54 PM

Boy am I psyched up! Monday I am going to bid on a Nikon D2x & Nikon D70 with 4 extra lenses. Anyone have experience with either of these? I presume the lenses work on both models, butů..

I know the D80 is newer but I have not seen a big difference between the 70 & 80. Anyone have opinions on that?


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D2x is an outstanding camera that shoots 8 frames per second-great for sports action shots.You should be able to get one for about 1,000 dollars on ebay. The D70 is 4 frames per second and is an outstanding portrait camera that can also be utilized as an action camera. The d80 has made it pretty much obselete so don't pay to much more than 500 dollars for it. ask the seller for the number of actuations on the shutter. Anything more than 50,000 beware! Shutters are only made to shoot 100,000 and they are cost prohibitive to replace once gone. You mentioned lenses but didn't go into detail but your best bet is the 70-200mm 2.8 with image stabilizer and vibration reduction option. Camera bodies are important depending on your needs but spend your money on glass. They will be your bread and butter. Good luck and happy shooting!

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 11:44 PM

WOW! You know the Nikons! Thanks!!

This is what I will be biding on. They were stolen last year (hence the D-70) but recovered in the same condition as stolen.

Listing Details

Nikon D2x and Nikon D70 Digital Cameras

2 x Nikon Digital Cameras:

Nikon Digital Camera D70

Nikon D2x Digital Camera

Nikon Lens ED AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6D

Nikon Lens ED AF-S VR-Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G(Made in Japan)

Nikon Lens ED AF-S Nikkor 28-70 mm 1:2.8 D

Nikon Lens ED AF-S Nikkor 17-35 mm 1:2:8D

Nikon Lens DX AF FISHEYE Nikkor 10.5mm 1:2:8G ED (Made in Japan)

Accessories:

Nikon Quick Charger MM-21

Nikon Li-ion Battery Pack EN-EL4

2 x Nikon Li-ion Battery Pack EN -EL3

Serial # 2MN,

Pelican 1620 Case

New it adds up to over $8,000. I was thinking of offering $800. Am I ridiculous, or reasonable with the unknowns? What do you think?

I did not realize the shutter has a measureale actuations lifepan. Do the 35mm have the same?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 8:58 AM

You are a little optimistic on your starting bid considering the abundance of available equipment. look for this package to sell in the the 4500 dollar range when bidding is done. A couple of those lens that you list sell for 1,500 each. Be careful that you have carefully considered the condition and the photographer's specialty. Sports shooters are notorious for being rough on equipment. All cameras are made to shoot just so many shots much as a car will only run just so long before you have to replace it. A shooter with this kind of package will know how to check the actuations on the bodies. You will be surprised how quickly you can shoot 50,000 shots at 8 frames per seccond.

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 12:34 PM

Depends on if it is stolen or not and if the seller is a crack addict. If the above is true, he could get $800 easily.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 1:39 PM

The evil one does bring up a valid point that I have not addressed Mr. Mills. Be sure and ask for appropriate paperwork to go with the equipment and I would ask why the wholsale liquidation of equipment. Quitting photography? Changing over to Canon? Etc. This should be a fairly spirited bidding process though as you well know it won't get too crazy until the final hour or so that it is listed. Good luck!

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 2:09 PM

The evil one does bring up a valid point that I have not addressed Mr. Mills. Be sure and ask for appropriate paperwork to go with the equipment and I would ask why the wholsale liquidation of equipment. Quitting photography? Changing over to Canon? Etc. This should be a fairly spirited bidding process though as you well know it won't get too crazy until the final hour or so that it is listed. Good luck!

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 2:11 PM

Even though all of the above is true about sellers sometimes people sell things out of need..they need other things instead of the equipment or as a friend of mine. He ran upon a 2001 Harley RoadKing for 1500.00. I told him be weary of that because it was way too low. He went over and drove it and it drove like a dream and looked in mint condition. It seems during a divorce the wife got custody of the bike and just wanted it gone.. so my friend got a Great bike for a fraction of the price.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 2:34 PM

Folks, you missed the statement in my second post. THEY WERE STOLEN. They were then recovered in their original condition because the thiefs were put in jail for another offense and never got to sell it. The insurance company has already paid off and they are trying to recover as much of the payoff as possible.

I will let you know what happens, but somehow I think it is a one time bid, not like eBay where you can offer more bids.

With the unknowns, I am not going over $1,000. A camera shop, with a good maintenance shop might outbid, but it is worth a shot.

They did not say what the original photographer did for a living, so there are some chances being taken, thus the low bid.

Thanks for your insight rebel4ever37

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 4:26 PM

Thanks Steve. I did note your second post which is what got me to wondering about stolen goods. I just didn't connect the auction to an insurance company so I did think that it was a regular ebay deal when I gave you my estimate of what I thought it would go for. Good luck with your bid. There are at least two lenses listed that are worth what you are bidding and the d2x is a professional camera worth every penny.

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 8:31 AM

There are 33 people bidding. My first two bids kept me in dead last. At $2,000 I got to 14. I am not sure if I will go higher or not. I realize I could sell a few lenses and make that back, but the temptation to keep the lenses would be great.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 10:49 AM

I stopped at $3,200 and I was still 7 away from the winner.

Oh well, think I will go back to eBay.

Thanks for your feedback.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 11:26 AM

Sorry you got outbid. Whoever got the package still got a great deal for 3,900. Good talking with you. Happy eBaying!

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 2:16 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.