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Based on the discussions here earlier, I decided to get a Nikon D90. I am looking on sites for used camera. I contacted one person and here is the response I received:

All gear is in mint condition with less than 2500 photo shutter actuations and the D90 body just over 2 years old. The lens is just over a year old. Technically there is still 4 years left on the Nikon warranty for the lens but apparently warranties are non transferable. This is only a package deal (D90 with 55-200mm AFS lens). Price CAD $1000.

But I have no idea if the deal is worth the money I would be paying for it, since there is no warranty. Is it worth taking this path or better to stay with Nikon D5100 and buying from store that comes with all warranty for almost same price.

Thanks again for all the help!

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@user634 - What lens? –  rfusca Jun 7 '11 at 18:26
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Seems to expensive. 10 secs on eBay and I found one for $760 CDN Buy-It-Now or you can make an offer: cgi.ebay.ca/… - Expect a similar price on our side of the border. The lens included if not worth the difference, plus you may not even need that lens. –  Itai Jun 7 '11 at 18:31
    
55-200mm AFS lens –  user634 Jun 7 '11 at 18:32
    
The question is a variation of the "which is best"-question to which the chat-room seems better suited. In six month nobody will be helped by these answers. –  Leonidas Jun 7 '11 at 19:04
    
@Leonidas: So, where is this chat-room for discussing and how do I access that, so that I know it for the future. Update: I think I found it, it is called Photographic Memories, navigated from top menu right? –  user634 Jun 7 '11 at 19:56

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It doesn't sound like a good deal to me. You can buy a D90 used on Amazon for $600 and new 55-200mm is only $150 at Walmart.

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I think the best way to judge value is to look at multiple deals, and look for a price convergence. If you look at 10 different deals on D90 cameras from a variety of sources (i.e. eBay, Amazon, Adorama, Craigs List, and other places), and the average price comes out to be about $700-$800, then it would seem $1000 is too expensive. If the average price comes out to around $1000, then maybe it is reasonable. Just make sure that you are comparing apples to apples...wildly different "packages" with different lenses and other bundled gear will throw off any simple average, and you will have to adjust accordingly.

Ultimately, price boils down to what YOU think is reasonable when you are well-informed. I would say basing your decision on a single example from eBay is an information-anemic decision, and you could probably do better.

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If you're going to look at used equipment, start with reputable dealers like Adorama. In cases of recently discontinued equipment (like the D90), you might be able to find refurbished equipment. This might not, strictly speaking, be considered used, but you want to use this price as a high-water mark. You'd better not pay more than this for used equipment if you can buy a refurb for the same price!

Another good source of information is ebay. Even if you're not comfortable buying your equipment there (and there are good reasons for that), this will give you great pricing information.

Armed with a little information, you can make a better decision about whether the used price is worth the risk.

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