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The best Nikon D610 bundle deal

If you are in the market for a DSLR camera, here’s the best combination to get. I did two months of research looking at all the various DSLR cameras. My 7-year-old Nikon D80 died after 32,000 cycles. It was time for me to get a new camera. Being a semi-pro photographer with a baby on the way, I was willing to spend at least $999 on the body.

The criteria I used when purchasing a DSLR camera:

1) Nikon

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They are the best quality camera over Canon and the rest.

2) You want a full frame camera

Every DSLR is going to have plenty of mega-pixels. The REAL criteria for cameras is the size of the image sensor. Most digital cameras have a smaller image sensor to capture the photos. Smaller image sensors means less ability to capture wide ranges of tones. If you have a larger sensor, you’ll be able to capture more tones, and thus better pictures.

A full frame is a sensor built to the same size as a 35mm piece of film. When digital cameras first came around, they were able to get away with using a smaller sensor, because the mega-pixels weren’t very large anyways. But now that all cameras have a large mega-pixel count, you really need a full frame sensor to take advantage of the large mega-pixel size.

How do you tell the difference between a full frame sensor and something else? With the Nikon range of cameras the full frame sensor will use “FX” in the name. The other smaller sensors will use “DX”.

3) Best-value full frame camera

Full lineup of Nikon's FX full-frame DSLR cameras
Now that we know you want a Nikon; and you want a full-frame FX, what’s the best Nikon FX to get?
Answer: The Nikon D610.

Nikon currently offers seven FX cameras:

  1. D610: $1,499.95
  2. D750: $1,999.95
  3. Df: $2,749.95
  4. D810: $2,799.95
  5. D810A: $3,799.95
  6. D4S: $5,999.95
  7. D5: $6,499.95

At about $1,496.95 for the body, it’s the least expensive model of all the FX cameras. If you come from the world of paying $1000 for a camera, it’s definitely worth it to pay a bit more for the full frame. The other FX cameras simply get too expensive. Besides, you should really be paying money for your lenses, not the camera body. Get the Nikon D610 and spend the rest on your lenses. You’ll thank me ten years from now.

4) Lens bundles with Nikon D610

Nikon D610 camera kits with lenses

Three kits on Nikon’s website

Now that you know you want a D610, what lens package should you get?

Nikon offers three lens bundles:

  1. D610 with 24-85mm VR Lens: $1,899.95
    Why go with the 24-85mm lens? It’s just a mediocre basic lens. Down the road you’ll end up getting a zoom lens and then you’ll have multiple lenses. Consolidate your lenses with the 28-300mm.
  2. D610 with 24-85mm and 70-300mm Nikkor VR AF-S Lenses: $2,459.95
    This package is essentially the same as the 28-300mm lens. Except, with this two-lens package you end up paying $150 more than the single 28-300mm. Plus, you have two lenses to carry around, instead of just one lens. When you are in the field, would you want to be switching around lenses all the time? Or would you rather just have one lens. Less weight, less to deal with. Stick with the 28-300mm. 
  3. D610 with 28-300mm VR Lens: $2,299.95
    Is the 28-300mm lens a value in this package? The 28-300mm lens alone sells for $950. When buying the 28-300mm lens in the bundle, you end up paying $803. You end up saving $147 by getting this lens with the D610 body.

5) Where to buy the Nikon D610

Now that we have settled on what camera and lens bundle to buy, where should you buy your Nikon D610 camera? Adorama is nice. So is B&H photo. However, neither of these places have any great add-ons they include with the camera.

You are plunking down a good amount for a camera, certainly the store you buy your camera can give you some enticing goodies to go along with your purchase. Cameta Camera offers five great kits. Each kit has 11 add-ons! Some of them you get over $200 of add-ons for paying just an extra $50.

Their kits are rather overwhelming in scope, so I put together a chart outlining each item in the the kit, and their worth.

I went with the kit that includes the geotagging device. You can’t go wrong with any of these kits–except for the one with the 500mm telephoto lens. Why would you get the kit with a low-quality 500mm lens, when you are already buying a 300mm quality lens? Skip that kit, and get any of the other ones.

Bundle with backpack Bundle with telephoto lens Basic Bundle Basic+2 Basic+2 with geotag
Total cost of package $2,299.95 $2,379.95 $2,329.95 $2,349.95 $2,379.95
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Calculated value of freebies $160.58 $227.63 $205.62 $237.52 $289.42
Nikon D610 Digital SLR Camera with 28-300mm VR AF-S Zoom Lens $2,296.95
Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR AF-S ED Zoom-Nikkor Lens Included with Nikon D610 body
Transcend 64GB SecureDigital SDXC 300x UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card $22.99
PD 8 SD / 2 MicroSD Memory Card Case $4.95
PD USB 2.0 SecureDigital (SDHC) High-Speed Memory Card Reader USB 2.0? No value
Spare EN-EL15 Battery for Nikon

 

$19.95
Additional Spare EN-EL15 Battery for Nikon $19.95
Battery Charger for Nikon EN-EL15 $14.99
Zeikos MB-D14 Pro Series Multi-Power Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610 DSLR Camera $34.99
PD DSLR300 High Power Auto Flash $39.95
Vivitar 3-Piece Multi-Coated HD Filter Set (77mm UV/CPL/ND8) $24.95
PD ML-L3 Wireless Shutter Release Remote Control for Nikon Cameras $7.95
PD 6-Piece Camera & Lens Cleaning Kit $9.95
PD Spudz Microfiber Cleaning Cloth (with Clip & Case) $11.95
PD Universal LCD Screen Protectors $1.99
PD PD-BP2 Deluxe Sling Digital SLR Camera Backpack Case (Black/Silver) $19.95
Nikon Deluxe Digital SLR Camera Case – Gadget Bag $24.95
Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens (T Mount) $109.99
Rokinon M67 67″ Pro Monopod with Case (Black) $12.95
PD T Mount for Nikon $13.95
Instruction Sheet for T Mount & Lens x
PD GP-1 GPS Geotag Adapter Unit & Shutter Cord for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras $44.95
PD HDMI to Mini-HDMI (C) Gold Audio/Video Cable (6′) $6.95
Universal 3 Color Diffuser Filter Set for Pop-Up DSLR Camera Flashes $7.95
Backpack, no flash A zoom lens you don’t need Just the basics Extra battery with cleaning cloth Geotag and HDMI cable
total value of freebies $160.58 $227.63 $205.62 $237.52 $289.42
extra charge $3.00 $83.00 $33.00 $53.00 $83.00
savings $157.58 $144.63 $172.62 $184.52 $206.42


(Please note that I pulled these specs in February 2016, Cameta Camera might change some of the contents of the kits)

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