Deal of the Day: Get 35% Off A New Nikon D750 DSLR

Deal of the Day:  Get 35% Off A New Nikon D750 DSLR

UPDATE INSIDE: Nikon's newest camera, the D750, is our all time favorite DSLR camera ever.  We own the D750 and D810 cameras and actually favor the D750 for video and wedding work because of its small size, articulating screen, fast focusing, and manageable 24mp full frame sensor (the D810 is a badass camera too).  Today there is a crazy sale where you can a Nikon D750 Body on Ebay for only $1499!  This deal is so good we just bought 4 new D750s for the Fstoppers studio.  

This sale has happened before as reported by Nikon Rumors but at $1499 this is the lowest price this camera has ever been up for sale new.  Now before everyone gets their panties in a wad, this camera does appear to be a gray market camera.  What does that mean?  Gray market cameras are cameras that are being sold in a region of the world they were not originally intended to be sold.  This mean these cameras could be originally distributed for the Asian or European market but other than that every gray market camera is identical in every way to a camera being sold in a brick and mortar store in the US.  There are two big differences and that has to do with the 1 year warranty and future repair work which I will explain below.  Please read this before making a decision to purchase any gray market camera.  

UPDATE MAY 4th:  Today we received our 4 Nikon D750s we ordered last week.  They all checked out perfectly and as expected are genuine Nikon products.  The cameras do not have the "Black Dot" markings but when run through Nikon's D750 Service Advisory they all come back as models not affected by the early flair issue.  The only thing that was unexpected was these D750 bodies are actually from the D750 24-120 Kit where the seller has removed the lens.  In the end, everything went as planned and we are happy with saving over $2000 on 4 new camera bodies.  If you have ordered this deal with no issue, feel free to leave your unboxing photo in the comments below as well.

 

What about the Warranty?

The warranty on gray market cameras causes the largest debate on whether gray market cameras are a great deal or a bad idea.  These cameras do come with a 1 year warranty from the seller which covers you from any defects in the camera itself (manufacturer defects, not personal negligence).  However, gray market cameras bought in the wrong distribution market do not come with Nikon's standard 1 year warranty.  Is this a big deal?  It depends if you wind up with a warrant issue within the first year of owning your camera.  In my experience I have never witnessed a problem caused by manufacturing issues; the few times I've had to send in my camera/lens for repair it required a repair fee every time.  

Here is what Nikon's website says about Gray Market cameras:

Does owning a "Gray Market" Nikon product mean I don't have a warranty?

No! All Nikon products come with a warranty by the manufacturer. The designated Nikon service center will always repair "in warranty" Nikon products and perform "out of warranty" repairs. If you own a Gray Market product it will need to be returned to the reseller or importer for service. Refer to your reseller or to the warranty cards included with the product for service contact information.

Keep in mind that Nikon's 1 year warranty is not transferrable between two buyers so if you ever buy a used camera you are buying into the exact same warranty situation as you would be if you bought a gray market camera to begin with:  no warranty from Nikon themselves.   

Will Nikon Repair a Gray Market Camera?

The argument about a Gray Market camera not having an authorized Nikon 1 year warranty is pretty mute to me because 99% of the time any issues you have with your camera will not be covered under that warranty to begin with or your problem might show up after the first 365 days of purchase.  The million dollar question, or the $1499 question, is will Nikon service your gray market camera at all?  According to their website the answer is no but that doesn't mean an authorized Nikon Service Center still won't repair your camera.  In the past I've sent my lenses directly to Melville, NY for repair, but there are over 20 privately owned and authorized Nikon repair centers in the USA alone. So while Nikon might not service a camera bought on the gray market directly, you can still get your camera repaired through an authorized repair center in your region. After recently having to pay to replace a blown shutter on a 3 year old Nikon D800, I can tell you that the shutter repair price from Nikon is around $600.  In my mind it's nice knowing I will have saved $500 on a gray market camera, and that savings can be used for a future repair that most likely will not be free if sent to the Nikon repair facility.  Just food for thought.  

One more thing to consider with this specific deal is that Nikon has publicly stated they will repair any Nikon D750 from any market if it has to do with the lens flair issue they addressed months ago.  While it's not clear if this loophole in the gray market debate will cover you for any warranty work outside of the early model lens flair problem, it is good to know that Nikon sticks by their customers regardless of where they purchased their cameras.  

So Is this A Good Deal?

The final question then becomes is this a good deal?  Having just bought 4 of these cameras off of ebay my opinion is yes this is a good deal.  The Ebay seller has an amazing seller rating with over 60,000 sales.  Paypal, for better or worse, almost always sides with the buyer if something goes wrong.  I also do not believe the US warranty is really that big of a safeguard for future repairs.  Since the majority of camera repairs caused by use and user negligence are well over $400 even through Nikon's own service center, I can easily justify the $500 gray market savings as upfront money that could be used for a repair heaven forbid that happens.  The only slight caveat is my repairs will now have to be sent to an authorized Nikon service center instead of directly to Nikon themselves.  As an NPS member I can tell you I have nothing but great things to say about Nikon's service center (well except that $600 D800 shutter repair fee) but honestly I've never found myself in such a bind that I couldn't wait a few weeks for a repair to come back because I do have backup gear for such a situation.  

I'd love to hear some of your experiences with gray market cameras (not just Nikon but any brand).  If you are in the market for a new Nikon D750 camera and do no not mind the slight risk that comes with a non US distributed model, then this ebay deal is not to be missed.  If you prefer buying from an authorized Nikon dealer and want a US verified camera, BH Photo currently has the Nikon D750 with a instant $300 rebate making it $1996.  Even at this price, I still believe this is the best deal on one of the most powerful DSLRs Nikon has ever produced.  

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Decisions decisions

Also I just noticed Nikon itself has it on sale for $1,999
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/dslr-cameras/D750.html

$2k is a good price but it's hard to spend an extra $500 for a warranty

Fair enough, just showing that NIkon has it for the same price as the B&H deal mentioned above

Patrick Hall's picture

Yep, the Nikon deal is an instant rebate offered through all authorized dealers. There is a chance the D750 will permanently become $2k soon but in a few weeks/month it will be back up to $2299

Scott Mosley's picture

We just ordered a few more from B&H last week. We too own a few d800s and a d810, but prefer the d750 for wedding work (especially when we are making videos). Really my only complaint is the shutter-speed max of 1/4000s, which is rarely a problem, but nice to shoot 1.4 in bright sun without an nd filter every once in a while.

Anonymous's picture

Really? Encouraging grey market imports? That's a scummy thing to do. When a less-savvy reader takes your advice and ends up with a major unresolvable warranty issue, are YOU going to make it up to them?

This kind of price-grubbing is what drove Photoflex out of business, which was much lamented on your site. Now you're contributing.

The site quality has been going down for some time, but this is the final nail in the coffin. It's been real. Closing my account, unliking the FB page, and finding a better source for my photo content.

ALEXANDER TARDIF's picture

LOL, and who pissed in your coffee today? Peace! You'll be missed!

Spy Black's picture

You throw the dice and you take your chances dude. Your choice whether you want to jump on a gray market deal or not. I thought Patrick did a good job of pointing out the pros and cons of the situation.

Patrick Hall's picture

Ha yeah I don't know what his problem was with this post. What put Photoflex out of business wasn't people buying gray market but rather people making the exact same product for cheaper. I respect Nikon's decision not to repair gray market cameras and that is a risk you have to take if you jump on this deal. For me personally, I have never had to really send in anything for repairs so the warranty isn't a big deal to me if I can save $2000 upgrading all our cameras.

What I'm really curious about is how are these cameras cheaper simply because they are from another region? I was just in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and Germany and Nikon D750s were not any cheaper there once you do the conversion rate. Does anyone know why a camera brought overseas is discounted to begin with?

It's not a knock off camera. It's the same exact camera from the same company without a warranty. I buy stuff all the time without a warranty and sometimes I have to pay to fix it. Why is that such a big deal? If you want the warranty then don't buy this. Why in the world are you mad about giving people that option? Even BH sells grey market gear.

Michael Kormos's picture

I'm inclined to agree with you 110%, as per my comment below. I can't imagine anyone at Melville being happy about a major portal like fstoppers publicly promoting the sale of discounted grey market merchandise, probably stolen off a boat somewhere, all to save a quick buck. Bad business, and more importantly, bad press.

I jumped on this deal too and anxiously waiting for it. Agree with the post 100%.
Anyone recieved theirs already?

Our buddy just got his. It came in a kit box without the lens. The camera was new with Japanese set as the language. He changed the language and then checked the serial and it seems totally legit.

Thanks for the reply. Mine is scheduled on may 5th. No change in status for 2 days now. Oh well. Just excited to have this camera in my hands. :)

does the serial numbers from camera and the box match? I really wanna buy this camera with this amazing price.

Why do people even want articulated screens? Whenever a camera has that "feature" I just skip it.

Chris Cheek's picture

For video and getting angles you could not get by not having one.

The hdmi port is there for a reason. Articulated screens are easily broken off and besides they just look cheap.

Chris Cheek's picture

This one is solid..Trust me..The hinge is built like a tank...Nikon did something great with the D750..To each his own..

I used to be just like you. I thought it was only for cheap cameras. But then I started to shoot video and I became reliant on the screen to get interesting angles. Then I started using the screen to take still images. Now I don't want to go back.

Nick Viton's picture

Lee, isn't focusing slow-as-molasses when done through LiveView? Or does this new LCD allow for lightning fast focusing when shooting stills?

Michael Kormos's picture

For one reason, not everyone shoots stationary subjects, nor has 2 seconds of focus-time to spare beween shots.

Nick Viton's picture

I'd be interested to know if these D750s come with the black dot
http://petapixel.com/2015/01/20/nikon-issues-official-service-advisory-d...

Patrick Hall's picture

I'll let you know in about 4 days

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

The serial number I received was not on the recall list and did not have a black dot. Had a wedding this weekend with no issues. Solid deal.

Nick Viton's picture

Cool, thanks for the update Jerrit!

Walter Barrera's picture

but a question no one have ask, is this a batch of the defective D750????? mine I just got it when I was filming video the shutter got stock nothing will fix it until I press alot of buttons at ones lol. but good luck to everyone if this are the real deal because its an amazing camera.

Patrick Hall's picture

What batch were defective? I've heard about the lens flair issue on the first D750 run (I have one of these and have never seen it in my own photos btw) but nothing about a shutter freezing up. If they are infact from the run that had the flair issue, Nikon will repair all of those regardless of what market they are from.

I just ordered one as well. Hoping i won't be receiving a box of rocks...

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

The deal is real. I got mine no issues.

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