Slick ‘em and Click ‘em

February 03, 2017

Originally posted Dec16, 2011 

I’ve been looking around for a used Nikon D3, mainly on ebay and Amazon.com. I’d managed to convince myself that, when I carry two DSLR’s – which I frequently do at the sprint car races and other action events – having to switch back and forth between the control systems on my D3s and the D700 is unhandy and a hang up. (Yeah, I know, but any old excuse to buy yet another camera, right?)

I bid on a couple on ebay, but on each of them, the price seemed to jump way out of reason right at the last second of the last minute of the auction. I wanted a cream puff, and they were selling not much more than a thousand dollars cheaper than a new D3s. I finally just gave up on the idea for a few days. But then I found myself once again slipping over to the ebay site just to see what was going on. On this second “just browsing” tour, I limited myself to cameras that were clearly in mint condition with low shutter actuations, and available on a “Buy it Now” basis. The heck with the bidding wars.

The other evening, Cindy and I were downstairs in the “computer/photo lab” mousing around on our respective machines (her laptop, my desktop) and there it was. A truly mint D3 with 17k shutter actuations…the camera equivalent of a cleaner-than-a-whistle, 7,000 mile used car. And, it was priced right…just a little over half of the cost new. I visited with Cindy about it, slept on it, and the following afternoon, hit the B.I.N. button. A few minutes later, the seller phoned me just to make sure I was legit. We had a pleasant conversation, and he said he’d ship it right out to me. I assumed I’d see it sometime next week and then walked into my office after lunch on Thursday, and there it was, sitting on my couch!

I un-packed it kind of holding my breath, but it is absolutely as advertised. It and the accessories were packed in each and every little plastic bag that came with them the day of original purchase, and it is in simply perfect condition, obviously having had wonderful care. And the guy who sold it is an excellent photographer! I could tell, because when I went through the menu, entering my personal preferences to maybe fifty items, I changed his own settings only a couple of times. I told Cindy that I’m sorry I won’t ever really know the seller because I think we’d have a lot to talk about.

Thanks, Michael. I called and left you a voice mail thanking you for taking such great care of and selling me the camera, and also participating with me in a neat little adventure that I won’t forget.

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