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scottz

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At the moment I'm using, recreationally, my E-M5. I've been wanting to add a larger bodied camera to my bag. I have an old Nikon D40 and a couple of lenses so I've been looking at newer Nikons. My current budget gives me 3 options: a current production gray market body, a used previous model body from B&H (released 2 years ago) or a local used one of the same model, with a 18-55mm and a 70-300mm lens. All 3 are right around the same price. Of the 3, only the B&H purchase would have any kind of warranty. The seller of the gray market body promises a warranty through his shop but for some reason I'm leary. The local one is owned by a working portrait photographer so it's been well cared for, I just need to hear back from him on shutter count. Any advice? I'm looking at the D3500 and D3400. The differences between these 2 models seem minimal.
 
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Just to clarify, my post isn't about the Nikon system, it's about weighing the pros and cons of gray market vs private sale used vs store used purchase.
 
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So what kind of budget are we talking about? FYI, you should be able to find a used or open box G9 for $900. The better used stores, like Roberts Camera (Used Photo Pro), offer a 6 month warranty so places like that are a good option. Private sale is also usually good, especially if you can get a copy of the original receipt so that you still have warranty coverage. Be careful with gray market. MassDrop sells gray market but I have bought from them and trust them. For gray market on ebay, read the reviews carefully.
 

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What is your budget? I believe that Nikon has the D3500 series body on sale at quite a low price. Costco is selling a two-lens kit for $449USD. If going used, I would avoid gray market as Nikon will not service the camera if there is a problem. APS might, but the cost of any repair relative to the value of the body may also be a consideration. I would personally consider a body that can be returned after inspection if you are not satisfied (or at least tried out before purchase). Everybody's definition of "Like New" is quite different.

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I generally prefer to buy used, especially if I know I'm buying from the original owner. I think that provides the highest value. If the B&H option isn't somehow a compromise it seems good as well based on the warranty. But I guess I'd need to know more details to offer better advice.

I'm curious, are you staying with the E-M5 as well? If so, have you considered adding an E-M1 (similar size to the Nikon D3500) instead of a second system? Being budget-conscious and adding a second system don't match up very well to me.
 

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