D300s Pricing, Post D400

ElvisheferElvishefer Posts: 329Member
edited June 2013 in D300/D300s/D500
Hi People,

I have a D300s, grip, and RRS L plate that acts as my second body when I do 'Real' photo outings or those times when I want a bit of extra reach or speed over my D700. However, it sits in my bag the majority of the time as my system is predominantly FX, about which I have no complaints.

So, I'm considering selling it, but I'm not much of a buy/sell guy - I'm typically a keeper - so I'm a little out of my league.

I have two questions:

1) If you were me, would you wait until after the photo trip I have planned next week and try to sell it, or;

2) Would you hold on to it until the 'really, it's coming!' D400 appears in the Fall and try to offload it then. Will the price of used D300s bodies plummet when it arrives? Or do you think it will stay relatively comparable to what it is now?

I should point out that I don't plan on getting a D400. I think my future second body will be my D700, and I'll probably pick up a high end FX body - honestly, I'm holding out for something like a D4x. Being without a second body for the interim won't be a problem, as I don't have any trips planned until next year (and if something should come up, I would probably get a D800 or whatever to fill the gap.)

Thanks in advance, I look forward to your thoughts!

D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 24-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4G, 200mm f/4 Micro, 105mm f/2.8 VRII Micro, 35mm f/1.8, 2xSB900, 1xSB910, R1C1, RRS Support...

... And no time to use them.


  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,493Member
    edited June 2013
    Sell it now, the price of used D300/D300s bodies are already falling through the floor and it will only get worse once the D400 comes out (if it ever does).
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    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • SquamishPhotoSquamishPhoto Posts: 608Member
    He's right. Either keep it for life or ditch it now.
    D3 • D750 • 14-24mm f2.8 • 35mm f1.4A • PC-E 45mm f2.8 • 50mm f1.8G • AF-D 85mm f1.4 • ZF.2 100mm f2 • 200mm f2 VR2
  • ElvisheferElvishefer Posts: 329Member
    Thanks guys!
    D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 24-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4G, 200mm f/4 Micro, 105mm f/2.8 VRII Micro, 35mm f/1.8, 2xSB900, 1xSB910, R1C1, RRS Support...

    ... And no time to use them.
  • IronheartIronheart Posts: 3,017Moderator
  • sevencrossingsevencrossing Posts: 2,800Member
    I do not think there is S/H digital camera that has ever gone up in price. Sell it and buy the D800 beware; one you have got the D800 you will not want to use the D700, unless you need 6 fps
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 5,751Member
    Sell that D300s now. I just sent mine to Nikon repair center to have cleaned and lubricated and checked to confirm it meets Nikon standards. When I get it back it goes up for sale with a 6 month warranty. Already have two friends waiting for me to set the price.

    The prices have dropped like crazy since December, so sell it now. Once that D400 comes out it will drop again. That is my view.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • DaveyJDaveyJ Posts: 1,090Member
    Very clear you need to sell the D300s as soon as you can, or keep it. One reason is that people who own both the D300s and D7000 use primarily the D7000. Least that is the case for us. The D7100 is also clearly better than the D7000. Lens do hold value fairly well. Bodies for sure do not. I am very surprised Nikon USA still lists the D300s (or did the last time I checked). If you were to ask why do many check Nikon Rumors and far more rarely check Nikon USA you would confirm that serious photographers want a heads up on what is coming. Another factor that Nikon Marketing research seems to be oblivious to is that very large sectors of buyers could just go off and spend their Nikon D400 savings on a totally unrelated item. For me it just might be soon a pretty high end canoe that I have admired for years but put off buying. The price? A Nikon D4 and a high end lens. That my friends is the very definition of a free market. The first law of economics is that man's demands for goods and services is insatiable. The fact though is once people have spent their money and their credit card limit, their demand for say a D400 becomes a want, not a purchase.
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