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Celeste McWilliams

Where to Buy Nikon D300

I've been scouring the web to find the best price on a Nikon D300 body. I found a few at decent prices, but then went on to discover some "creative wording" in the ads which left out some important details. So far, the "red flags" which I've been warned about are the following: whether the product is US or Japanese model, whether the usually-noted 1-year warranty is the website/store's warranty or the atual manufacturer/Nikon warranty, and what software is included. Are there any other area I should be cautioned about when doing my research? Can anyone recommend a website/store that sells a "retail" version of the US-warrantied D300 for a good price? Thanks!

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2/5/2008 8:22:39 AM

John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Celeste, many have asked about where to buy camera equipment. You have stated some very valid concerns that many peole don't think of asking. Don't be overly influenced by the lowest price. Purchase from a reliable, vetted vendor and you can trust. My advice is to stick with the very trusted stores such as B&H, Adorama, or the other stores Amazon represents. It looks like the price is about $1800, body only.

By the way, I have the D70and D200; both excellent cameras. However, I would gladly trade both for the D300. Oh well, it doesn't hurt to dream.


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2/5/2008 9:00:50 AM

William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  Hi Celeste, I agree with all of John's comments. Two additional internet retailers you can consider are Robert's Imaging and Abe's of Maine.


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2/5/2008 3:41:24 PM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  I have ordered many cameras from this site:


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2/5/2008 5:48:53 PM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  I've made several purchases from "Cameta" camera. I have never been disappointed. If it's on their Ebay site; it is in stock.
Yes, anyone selling it for well under &1,800 should be avoided.

There are some online retailers who say it is in stock when in fact it is call to make sure.

Cameta Camera has fast shipping...I have zero complaints with them.


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2/5/2008 6:42:38 PM

Deb Brown
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/20/2003
  Celeste- I just bought the D300 for $1799. I bought my in person at Penn Camera, a local and reputable store in Washington, DC. The most inexpensive I have seen from 'reputable' dealers was $1699. As others have stated, beware of any dealers offering any lower than that. They are in such high demand and the price will not go down that much.
All of that said....I own a D70, and D200 and I am LOVING this D300- well worth every dollar! It is much like the D200 in so many ways, but the two noticable differences are Clarity and Noise reduction at higher iso. Good luck with your purchase.

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2/5/2008 7:13:29 PM

Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  Go to It will find you a list of different vendors with their prices. It will also have a customer rating of each business.

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2/5/2008 7:20:47 PM

Susan Patton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/1/2004
  Believe it or not I bought mine on-line at Best Buy. I would never have tried Best Buy because they don't carry higher end DSLRs at their retail stores. My husband was helping with the search and found it at I recieved it in about 4 days and have no complaints. And I would just like to add I LOVE the D300. This was an upgrade from a D70 so you can imagine my delight with the quality and responsivness of this camera.

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2/6/2008 9:49:34 AM

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