Staying with Nikon
When I was left needing another DLSR body, I was tempted to go Canon. However, I have all Nikon F Mount lenses, so it made sense to stick with Nikon. I was happy with my D800 body, apart from the hidden damage I found (read here for more info). So I wanted to stick with a D800 if possible, the price of the second hand bodies are within my price range.
I spent ages looking for a D800 though, in good condition and with a decent shutter count. I couldn’t find one. What I did find though was a D800e, from Camera Jungle. The D800e is virtually the same camera as the D800, apart from the fact it doesn’t have an anti aliasing filter. I’m not going to get into the technicalities but to put it simply, the D800e is supposed to offer slightly sharper images. You can find out more here.
The camera I bought from Camera Jungle was fully boxed with all accessories and the body has only some very slight paint wear on the bottom edge. It has a shutter count of 112,000 shots, Nikon gives a life expectancy of 200,000 shots for the D800e. That isn’t set in stone though and many cameras go well beyond the figure given by the manufacturer. Some don’t though and some fall well below that before the shutter mechanism fails. For me, it’s worth the risk.
The D800e is a 36.3 megapixel full frame DSLR camera, it’s knocking on now in terms of age, but I think it’s still a damned good camera. Second hand models in good condition can be bagged for around £600 to £800, which is considerably less than it’s launch price of £2399 way back in 2012.