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    Nikon FM3a - outrageous used prices ?!?!?

    I was poking around the KEH site, looking for...well, you know...and I stubled upon their selection of used Nikon FM3A's....

    What has happened to the prices on these? KEH are asking nearly double what they cost new just a few short years ago...


    (I ended up buying something else - shhh don't tell my accountant).

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    Don't understand your comment - the dearest price I could find was $1,035.00 for LN (like new) grade, which is approx. $150 less than I paid for a new FM3a immediately after I heard they were discontinued! Mint- cameras are offered for $850 on down.

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    Supply and demand.

    You could buy a new Nikon F6 instead.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David H. Bebbington View Post
    Don't understand your comment - the dearest price I could find was $1,035.00 for LN (like new) grade, which is approx. $150 less than I paid for a new FM3a immediately after I heard they were discontinued! Mint- cameras are offered for $850 on down.

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    Hi David,

    I'm pretty sure your comment was meant to be tounge-in-cheek but, just for reference, I think I paid just about $569 for mine, new. That was perhaps, a year before it was announced.

    I'm in a dilema...because, I actually like to use mine! and now, I find that I could almost trade it for a good user DLC-45...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post
    Hi David,

    I'm pretty sure your comment was meant to be tounge-in-cheek but, just for reference, I think I paid just about $569 for mine, new. That was perhaps, a year before it was announced.

    I'm in a dilema...because, I actually like to use mine! and now, I find that I could almost trade it for a good user DLC-45...
    I suppose this once again illustrates the difference between UK and US prices - what I paid (to Robert White) was the regular list price!

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    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by David H. Bebbington View Post
    I suppose this once again illustrates the difference between UK and US prices - what I paid (to Robert White) was the regular list price!

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    David
    Ah, yes. Now that you mention it, I do remember this from my last visit to the UK. Looking at prices there, I remember thinking..."The number is the same (as it would be in the US) but, the units are different"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinholemaster View Post
    Supply and demand.

    You could buy a new Nikon F6 instead.
    Not in the U.K. you couldn't - no where near a F6 price as others have stated.

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    Ffordes have FM3a(s) advertised for £350, and a couple of used F6 cameras from £900.

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    The FM3a is the most recent manual Nikon body and as such is pretty popular.

    Those who realize the pricing dilemma satisfy themselves with a cherry FE2 and a pretty FM2n, which can do everything the FM3a can do between them (with a slight reduction in TTL capability but nothing dramatic) and leave some change for lenses.

    I'd love to have an FM3a but the prices tell me that I can't justify one. I got a really pretty used F5 for less money than a similar FM3a would cost. I'll just have to learn to love my FM2n and FE instead.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    No price is outrageous if that is what people are willing to pay. Whether it's worth it to you is another matter -- as is the question of affordability (I'd love a second MP body but can't afford one, even if I sold my M4-P and both M2s)

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