I am in the market for a Nikon D5100 bundle with a zoom lens (don't care about the bag, just so long as its bundled with a zoom lens) The best thing I saw was the Nikon D5100 bundle on Thanksgiving Day at Meijer, since I am looking for this specific DSLR as well as the zoom lens that is $150 off when you buy the camera for $549...makes the bundle with the 300mm lens $700, previous I was looking at a bundle for $729 with the lesser 200mm lens, I am just hoping they have an extra 5-10% off with Mperks when Turkey day gets here to sweeten the deal and then I would be in.
How did you come up with $700 for the Meijer deal? I'm looking at the same thing and was guessing with the extra lens it would be $800 before tax.
I'm weighing that deal and the HH Gregg one. Not sure if it's worth the extra $100 for the 300mm vs. the 200mm. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
-The Best Buy D7000 + 18-105 kit for $1000 is a pretty good deal, as is the deal with the 55-300 with extras for $250 more. Right now that's how much refurbs go for.
-The BB NEX-5R for $650 is decent. However, I bought a NEX-5N from the eBay-Buydig deal several weeks ago for $430 and feel it's a better deal, if it comes up again or lower. I use it as a backup to my DSLR and the photos from the NEX are almost as good. I say only almost just because I have better lenses for my DSLR.
-I think the B&H T3i bundle for $599 AR still smokes any other deals out there for Canon Rebels.
-I'm hoping Canon Direct will bring back the 20% off refurbished lenses deal for Black Friday. Their next coupon comes out on Wednesday.
I simply do not like and do not trust the reliability of a refurb, I don't want someone else's problems
Someone else's problems? Have you ever actually bought anything refurbished? I have no emotional stake in whether or not you buy refurbished gear, but I'm not sure what it is that makes you think a refurbished piece of equipment is inferior in quality to a new piece of equipment. It does depend on who is doing the refurbishing -- but generally, manufacturer-refurbished equipment is as good as new. I'd never get robbed for full price if there is a refurb of the same item for less money.
I can't say that I work in the factories, but I've read plenty of articles on various tech news sites about how refurbs are often more stringently tested than brand-new products that come off the line as the quality folks spend more time with each unit returning it to perfect condition. Refurbs are also simply items that were customer returns that the store then sent back to the manufacturer since they can't sell them new. I don't know about you, but I return plenty of stuff every year just because I got a lower price elsewhere -- not because something was wrong with it.
But maybe you have some more experience.......are you basing the dislike of refurbs on negative experiences? Who have you had bad experiences with? I'm curious to know for the future so I know who to avoid if that is the case. But I've bought refurbished Canon cameras, refurbished Nikon cameras, refurbished iPads (1 and 3), a refurbished Onkyo stereo receiver, and several open box items (HTC Flyer Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Asus Transformer) and I've yet to receive something that didn't look and function like it was brand new. I take that back -- I did buy one "refurbished" iPad from Newegg. It wasn't refurbished by Apple, it was "refurbished" by Newegg. I don't know what that word means to Newegg -- it came with some scratches and dirt and didn't look new (the way I know Apple refurbs do). But I sold it for a profit, so I won't cry too hard.
I'm sure I've bought some other refurbished stuff, those were just a few things coming to mind. My point is that, in my experience, refurbs are great. Like I said, they are good enough that I don't think I'd ever buy a "new" one again unless the new one was cheaper or I wanted a product that I couldn't get refurbished.
Completely separate from that, I've been wondering WTF is up with the Black Friday deals on the Nikon D3000??? I thought that thing got completely clearanced out forever ago. I picked up a number of them from Sears on clearance for $250-$400 way back in, like, March. How that made a reappearance for Black Friday for $200 MORE I'll never know. I don't care if they combo a cheap bag and some DVDs. I think Walmart is even comboing a second lens.........and it still doesn't seem slick. Not that it's a bad camera.....I'm just shocked at the price. I mean, Canon sold the refurbs of the Rebel XS (similar-level camera) with a DVD, SD card, and Bag for like $300 this past summer. That D3000 deal seems terrible.
I'm thinking of upgrading my D5100 to the D7000 - buying the Black Friday deal for the 18-105 lens and body for $999.
I'm just not so sure if it's "worth" it. Now that I've had my camera for a year, I realize its limitations and realize that I would've been better off getting the D7000 to start with. My main reasons for wanting the D7000 are:
-More focus points
-Buttons vs. using the menu to set functions that I use a lot (ISO, for example)
-More EV bracketing on the D7000 vs the D5100.
-AF motor in the camera!
-Faster continues shooting
I don't use my camera for video and rarely, if ever, move the LCD screen.
I would be selling my D5100 body and the 18-105 lens as new (I don't need this lens) -- guessing that I'd be getting about $800 for both maybe, so I'd be upgrading my camera for about $250-270ish (I'm including the BBY tax on the new camera and selling fees if I sold on Ebay or Amazon).
I'm torn. I love my D5100, but the D7000 is so tempting...any thoughts?
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