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Old 01-10-2006, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a friend that is wanting to buy a nikon D50 package... this is what is being offered to her...



they are asking 899.00 and about 35 bucks to ship it to Atlanta.

Can I get a few opinions on this package??? they are saying BRAND NEW NEVER OPENED...
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Looking at what they are including for the price I would say that it is a pretty good deal. Last summer I bought the Nikon D70, it uses a compact flash card. From the picture you included it looks like the D50 uses and SD card. Is that the type of card it uses?
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Yes the D50 uses the SD card.
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Well, look at it this way. Most D50 kits are bodies USA at $575 or so, and a lens worth about 130 all thrown together for around $700.

Here are some insider notes.

Deluxe cleaning kit (cost $2) filter kit, depending on where it is from, costs about $10-20$

Memory reader, ok $5 at best

1gb SD card, standard speed, ok, $65 ish

Case...well that one is complimentary

Battery, generic, costs about $10-15

The pods, well, lets not compare them to bogen shall we

The sigma lenses, ok, they got some value to them, they can do the job but they arn't the sharpest glass in the shed.

Counting all of this, it seems like a good deal at first.

But what is missing? Can anyone spot the Nikon warranty? Mack warranty? Any gurantee's from them? They essentially took a healthy Nikon USA (or not) D50 and stripped it down for its parts and selling them off here and there. Shipping costs etc help inflate those rates. It looks good on paper but they are ultimately turning a whoppin' profit on selling off the parts. Nikon USA would not be thrilled by this, odds are they arn't Nikon authorized dealers.

And factory sealed, not quite, shrink wrapped more then likely.

I would be cautious of such things, but in the end they sometimes are just a way to get a lot for a little. But being a pro, ....quasi pro.....advanced amateur....ok, being PICKY.... I wouldn't do it.

For around $700 you get the body, the 18-55 lens, all the connection cables, manuals, warranty, software basic, caps for body and lens, nikon battery, all the ways it should be. And for the two lens package hovering around $875.

Do some research also and make sure this isn't a bait and switch joint that takes the money then makes your package and ships it months later.

best of luck

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thanks for your input..

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Thanks Jason.. I sent you a PM.. thanks for your info..

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