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What is my used Nikon D300 worth?

Jessica Miller , Mar 25, 2010; 03:13 p.m.

I'm upgrading from my Nikon D300 to the D700 but I don't know how low I should go on my D300.
I bought my D300 18 months ago brand new for 2,000. I have shot 4 weddings with it and took it on a two week trip to Brazil and the rest of the time it's sat in my camera bag doing nothing. I have estimated 10,000 actuations. It looks nearly brand new--it is in excellent condition. The only tiny blemishes are on the bottom of the camera body where my battery grip attaches.
I have all of the original boxes and packaging. It comes with the Nikkor 18-135mm lens. No warranty.
Any thoughts?


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John Newsome , Mar 25, 2010; 03:19 p.m.

What country do you live in? Would you sell as body only?

Dieter Schaefer , Mar 25, 2010; 03:21 p.m.

Don't estimate your clicks, check; it's a question you will get anyway when you try to sell it. The info is in the EXIF data.
A good place to check used prices is ebay's completed listings or keh.com. My guess is around $1000 - $1100 for the body. Max $1300 with the lens.

Steven Jackson , Mar 25, 2010; 03:24 p.m.

are you selling it with the grip?? if so i would say you could get anywhere from $1000-1200 depending on the cosmetic appearance and operation.
My personal opinion, keep it , even if you need the money for the d700, its a great piece and you'll basically be letting some lucky guy steal it from you.
biggest kicker about this industry is that you bought it new for 2G's just over a year ago , still in mint condition i presume and it has depreciated about 50%.
good luck!

John Newsome , Mar 25, 2010; 03:28 p.m.

I could be that lucky guy lol.

Jessica Miller , Mar 25, 2010; 03:43 p.m.

Thanks for the advice guys.
John: funny conversation going on here :), I live in the U.S on the west coast and I will only do sales in my state...sorry!
Dieter: Thanks for the info, I had no idea I can check the actuations. I definitely want to do so.
Steven: I am not selling it with the grip. This camera is a beast and yes I would totally love to keep it. I just wish I had the kind of money to upgrade and keep it. Unfortunately that isn't the case. I am still not 100% sure if I am going to sell it, I just wanted to get an idea of what I could get for it. It is in mint condition.

Stephen Worth , Mar 25, 2010; 03:46 p.m.

Just look at the completed auctions at ebay. You can do that through "Advanced Search".

Shun Cheung , Mar 25, 2010; 03:51 p.m.

I suppose Jessica bought the D300 with the 18-135 as a kit and therefore paid $2000, as the D300 by itself should never been that expensive. Body only probably worths about $1000 now.

We have had lots of dicussion on how to determine shutter actuation. E.g.: http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00Nu42 Make sure that you use a JPEG image straight out of the camera, without any editing.

I could be that lucky guy lol.

We usually use that expression for something else. I think Jessica is merely thinking about selling a camera here. :-)

Sorry, can't resist.

John Newsome , Mar 25, 2010; 04:12 p.m.

San Diego me:-)

Jessica Miller , Mar 25, 2010; 04:30 p.m.

Nikon D300 update: I was totally off on my number of actuations which is 30,000 according to the Exif data. Thanks again for the info on how to check that because I definitely would not want to be dishonest to my buyer on actuations. Obviously, the camera still has a long life ahead and looks nearly mint.
Steven: Thanks for the ebay info, I'll check it out.
Shun: Wow, I wasn't thinking of the "I could be the lucky guy" comment as anything other than wanting to purchase a camera, but I guess I did get a laugh out of it. Thanks for the link!

John: I live in Oregon.

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