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Apr 24, 2014 01:48:22   #
wingnut1956
 
I've decided to go for the upgrade from my nikon d3200 to the d7100, and Im just curious if there is a "better" time of year to buy a camera. I've noticed that Nikon, among others, seems to offer a lot of rebates.. (when I got my 3200 I believe it was $250. 00). I'm not opposed to paying the going rate, but would hate to see a big rebate come out a month later, but at the same time I don't want to wait forever to upgrade. .any thoughts, anyone? ??

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Apr 24, 2014 02:02:37   #
amehta
 
wingnut1956 wrote:
I've decided to go for the upgrade from my nikon d3200 to the d7100, and Im just curious if there is a "better" time of year to buy a camera. I've noticed that Nikon, among others, seems to offer a lot of rebates.. (when I got my 3200 I believe it was $250. 00). I'm not opposed to paying the going rate, but would hate to see a big rebate come out a month later, but at the same time I don't want to wait forever to upgrade. .any thoughts, anyone? ??

Right now the D7100 rebate is for the camera with the 18-140mm lens, the body itself seems to be "full price". That seems to be how they are willing to lower the price without admitting that they are lowering the price.

A factor on the D7100 price is whether new DX bodies are released later this year, especially a D7200 and/or a D9300. Either should make the D7100 cheaper.

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Apr 24, 2014 02:05:20   #
amehta
 
There is a refurbished D7100, $930 @ B&H, over $200 off the price of a new body.

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Apr 24, 2014 06:39:54   #
lukan
 
wingnut1956 wrote:
I've decided to go for the upgrade from my nikon d3200 to the d7100, and Im just curious if there is a "better" time of year to buy a camera. I've noticed that Nikon, among others, seems to offer a lot of rebates.. (when I got my 3200 I believe it was $250. 00). I'm not opposed to paying the going rate, but would hate to see a big rebate come out a month later, but at the same time I don't want to wait forever to upgrade. .any thoughts, anyone? ??


Whenever you have an excuse (like a refurbed model that's $200+ lower than a new one!) to relieve some G.A.S. No time better than the present! ;-) :-D

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Apr 24, 2014 08:15:55   #
traveler90712
 
wingnut1956 wrote:
I've decided to go for the upgrade from my nikon d3200 to the d7100, and Im just curious if there is a "better" time of year to buy a camera. I've noticed that Nikon, among others, seems to offer a lot of rebates.. (when I got my 3200 I believe it was $250. 00). I'm not opposed to paying the going rate, but would hate to see a big rebate come out a month later, but at the same time I don't want to wait forever to upgrade. .any thoughts, anyone? ??


The best time to buy a new camera is when you have enough money to pay cash AND your wife doesn't know. :-D :-)

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Apr 24, 2014 08:37:23   #
boberic (a regular here)
 
traveler90712 wrote:
The best time to buy a new camera is when you have enough money to pay cash AND your wife doesn't know. :-D :-)


I have always found the best prices around Christmas. But they were only about $200 less. If you want the 7100 and that 200 means that much to you I suggest that you shouldn't buy the new camera in the first place. Go ahead, pull that trigger. Having GAS for 8 months can be very painful.

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Apr 24, 2014 09:40:59   #
wingnut1956
 
I'm kind of hesitant to buy a used one, not so sure about refurb. I know of people with refurb that have had trouble..you can't really tell if it's been dropped..I'm definitely getting a 7100, but may grab a flash unit and a couple nice lenses in the meantime, but that leads me to another question.. I think the 7100 has it's own focus motor, so would that let me get a different, I hopefully less expensive lens?

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Apr 24, 2014 09:56:51   #
Pepper
 
wingnut1956 wrote:
I'm kind of hesitant to buy a used one, not so sure about refurb. I know of people with refurb that have had trouble..you can't really tell if it's been dropped..I'm definitely getting a 7100, but may grab a flash unit and a couple nice lenses in the meantime, but that leads me to another question.. I think the 7100 has it's own focus motor, so would that let me get a different, I hopefully less expensive lens?


First I'd never hesitate to go with a refurbished unit from a credible supplier like B&H or Adorama and yes the D7100 has a focus motor in the body.

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Apr 24, 2014 12:22:44   #
bull drink water
 
if there are no sales or specials going on now, then now is the best time to buy. down the road there will be sales, specials, and price drops, but think of all the pics you would have taken in the interum.

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Apr 24, 2014 12:38:43   #
CaptainC
 
wingnut1956 wrote:
I've decided to go for the upgrade from my nikon d3200 to the d7100, and Im just curious if there is a "better" time of year to buy a camera. I've noticed that Nikon, among others, seems to offer a lot of rebates.. (when I got my 3200 I believe it was $250. 00). I'm not opposed to paying the going rate, but would hate to see a big rebate come out a month later, but at the same time I don't want to wait forever to upgrade. .any thoughts, anyone? ??


Ahh, you missed it. It was yesterday. ;-)

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Apr 24, 2014 12:56:12   #
Bill Emmett
 
I like to buy a body in the dead of Winter, when there is virtually nothing to shoot. That way I have lots of quality time to study the manual, books and test every option the new body gives. I buy my equipment mostly online, and use youtube, Adorama TV, and B&H for some of the best video "how to's." As far as discounts, I shop around for the very best deal, and I'm not bashful to ask for extras, like batteries, memory cards etc. to support my purchase.

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Apr 24, 2014 12:59:40   #
Haydon
 
Generally the plethora of camera and lens sales tend to be from Thanksgiving to just after Christmas.

These links might help you depending on your poison.

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/

http://www.nikonpricewatch.com/

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Apr 24, 2014 13:42:57   #
amehta
 
wingnut1956 wrote:
I'm kind of hesitant to buy a used one, not so sure about refurb. I know of people with refurb that have had trouble..you can't really tell if it's been dropped..I'm definitely getting a 7100, but may grab a flash unit and a couple nice lenses in the meantime, but that leads me to another question.. I think the 7100 has it's own focus motor, so would that let me get a different, I hopefully less expensive lens?

Getting a D7100 with the focus motor means that you will have autofocus with lenses which are not "AF-S" lenses. In some cases, this will give you the option to buy a cheaper new lens (AF 50mm f/1.4D), and in other cases you can buy older used lenses.

There are also a few cases where a new AF-S version is not available. The Nikon AF 105mm f/2 DC, AF 135mm f/2 DC, AF 200mm f/4 Micro are special, excellent lenses which have not been updated.

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Apr 24, 2014 17:31:44   #
skylane5sp (a regular here)
 
I have no meaningful response to your question - but I like your avatar... :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Apr 24, 2014 17:40:40   #
Acountry330
 
Anytime.

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