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Old Jul 24, 2011, 1:47 PM   #1
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Default Nikon D90 used or new??

I have never owned a DSLR. My camera now is a Canon S5. It works ok.
I have considered getting a Nikon D90. My old Nikon N2000 (80's vintage) quit working about 4 years ago. I have a Tokina 35-70 2.8 lense that worked with it.

My question....I can only afford to buy the body and use my old lense. Is it worthwhile to consider a "used" outfit?
If I could find a used or recon. one I would probably still use my old lense until I could get the 18-105 VR.
Is this wise to even be considering the D90 since it is 3 years old.???

I have taken Landscape, Wildlife, and Motercycle racing pictures in the past. with lots of boring family stuff as well.
$900.00 is my top at this time..........................Bob
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Old Jul 24, 2011, 3:08 PM   #2
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If you're in the US, Adorama has a factory refurbished Nikon D90 for $650 that comes with a 90 day factory warranty. That's $200 less than a new one with a 1 year warranty. I'd buy "factory refurbished" before I bought "used".
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Old Jul 24, 2011, 3:13 PM   #3
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Hi,

Even though the D90 has been around for more than 3yrs, it is still a very good camera and a reconditioned body is worth buying if it's at the right price and if you're buying it from an authorized dealer.

I can share with you my experience; I recently bought a refurbished D90 body from KEH.com located in Georgia. I paid $599.00. When I received it, I was prepared for a fully functional camera but with the usual bumps and a few bruises one might expect as it wasn't new.

What I got, instead, was a camera that was in pristine condition, without a scratch, mark, or blemish on it. The box was clearly marked that it was, indeed, a factory refurbished body and it came with a 90 day warranty. But, I was unprepared for a camera body as clean as this.

By the way, after playing with it, I'm happy to have pulled the trigger and buy it. It is a good enthusiast camera. One that is compatible with your existing lenses. And, one you will not outgrow in a very short period of time.

Good Luck in whatever you decide.

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Old Jul 24, 2011, 3:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies....I will consider a reconditioned one.
My old lense will work...I will just have to "manually" focus ...Right.
If for $600.00 I can get the camera...I think it is a good deal. THANK YOU
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buying used is a gamble, I would with a refurb anytime over used.
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I would buy new even if means waiting a bit longer to get what you want
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If you're in the US, Adorama has a factory refurbished Nikon D90 for $650 that comes with a 90 day factory warranty. That's $200 less than a new one with a 1 year warranty. I'd buy "factory refurbished" before I bought "used".
Thanks for the Adorama recommendation - very much appreciated!

BTW, even for non-US residents, we ship to over 200 different countries around the world, and I'm only ever an email away for advice or after-sales support: [email protected]
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And when you get ready for the lens, with the 18-105 specifically, look for the "white box" special. You will be able to find Refurbished, Grey Market, and USA new at most places. But at Adorama, and a couple others, the "white box" is "new" with full Nikon USA warranty but not in the glossy retail box and priced around the refurbished/grey market rather than full retail. The white box is primarilly limited to the 18-105 kit lens, so you won't see it on other lens.

NOTE: I shoot with a D90 that I upgraded, body only, from a D40. Very nice and capable camera that I use on professional shoots.

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Still looking at the D90.......New thinking on it however.
I have found that the Tokina 35-70 lense that I wanted to start out with will NOT wo0rk on the D90. I would have to step up $$$ to the D7000 or find a D300. Is this true??
The lense was bought in the 80's.....Tokina AT-X 35-70 1:2.8

A friend has told me that "Forget using your old lense, just buy a D5100."
"Go with the kit lense and be happy."
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I have found that the Tokina 35-70 lense that I wanted to start out with will NOT wo0rk on the D90. I would have to step up $$$ to the D7000 or find a D300. Is this true??
There are no lenses that will work with the D7000, but will not work with the D90. Certain lenses won't meter on a D90 that may on a D7000 if you can can provide the focal length and maximum aperture via the Non-CPU Lens Data Menu.
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