A Wildly Affordable Full Frame Camera - And It's a Nikon

Full frame photography has grabbed many headlines in 2019. And for good reason, it's exciting to mount a top quality prime lens and photograph the world in a completely different way than you can with smaller sensor devices. But the prices have soared to $2,400 and beyond for the privilege.


But what if you could snag a highly rated full-frame body for about a third of that, and it included a prime lens, battery grip, and 64GB memory card? That would be sweet, right?

Take a look at the the deal of the year: A brand new Nikon D610 DSLR with Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G lens for $897. Then, toss in at no extra charge, a MB-D14 Multi Battery Power Pack, WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter, SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card, Nikon Deluxe DSLR Digital SLR Camera Case (Black), and a downloadable licensed version of Skylum's Luminar 4. Yes, all of that for $897

DP Review concluded that, "The Nikon D610 brings full-frame capabilities to a larger audience while retaining most enthusiast-friendly features. Image quality at high ISO sensitivities is very good, and a wealth of customization options enables quick access to most shooting controls. The slight improvements and fixes over the D600 make it a strong competitor in this part of the market," and gave it a Gold Award. (March, 2014)

The Nikon D610 features:

  • 24.3MP FX-Format Sensor and EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • Multi-CAM 4800 Autofocus Sensor
  • Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering
  • Full HD 1080p Movie Recording
  • Built-In Pop-Up Flash and i-TTL Support
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 100 percent viewfinder coverage with high magnification
  • 3.5mm stereo mic and headphone inputs
  • Outstanding high ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw files
  • Excellent weather sealing
  • Automated time-lapse function built in
  • HDR capture built in
  • Shutter mechanism has been tested for 150,000 cycles and incorporates a self-diagnostic shutter monitor
  • Sold for $2,000 body only in 2014.

And all of this in a body that is relatively compact for a full frame camera.


The MB-D14 Multi Battery Power Pack sells for $259, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens is $177 on sale, and the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter sells for $55. Add those up, and they total $491. And that's not even counting the SanDisk 64 GB card. Subtract those from the $897 price tag, and that means you can get a new full frame camera for just a bit over $400. Use Payboo financing, and you won't even have to pay the sales tax.

If you have a cache of manual focusing Nikon lenses, you can use them as well on the D610. My favorites include the 105mm f/2.5 AI-s, 50mm f/1.4 AI-s, and the 35mm f/2.5 Series E. If you CPU register them on the camera, you will get basic lens metadata as well.

Bottom line is this: you don't have to pay $2,400, $3,000, or more for a top quality full frame digital camera. DSLRs are here to stay, as is the Nikon F mount. If you don't mind a top notch DSLR that was popular 5 years ago, this deal is worthy of your attention.

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