I am currently shooting with a D3s and I am considering changing to the D800. Has anyone made a similar change?? If so what advantages do you see making a body change. I shoot mainly nature, landscape. I do like the idea that it is a lighter body, hiking with the D3s, and 2.8 lens gets heavy on long hikes.
#1. "RE: D3s vs D800" In response to Reply # 0 Wed 08-May-13 03:00 AM by kodiak photo
Montréal, (Qc), CA
So, you really want to change the greatest machine for the greatest machine! Wow!
Indeed, these machines are the best Nikon ever made in their respective class!
The D3S it the best when you absolutely must come back with good shots. It can still work when everyone else gave up. This extreme machine, with extreme perfor- mances, and extremely rugged comes with a price: 12,5 MP. I have and love this guy!
The D800 has none of the D3S's extremes but almost all the other qualities and features. It does, however, have one extreme that no one else in the world has at this time: 36,3 MP, and an other record for file size: RAW 14 @ 42+ MB. Extreme! I have and love this guy too!
What I mean to say, both are tools have different extremes.
You want to do a work in a given way? If you know the parameters that define your work, you have your answer!
I was shooting with a D3s and a D300s. I sold the D300s and acquired a D800e.
The D800/D800e is a great camera. I love the dynamic range, the color, and the pixels. It has become my primary camera. But I still reach for the D3s for certain use: when I don't need the pixels, when I need the machine-gun FPS, and …
And there's still a confidence issue. I still miss focus occasionally, andI find the metering different than the D3s (not always hot or cold, just different). I may work it all out, but in the meantime it is very comforting to know my D3s is right there…
More directly answering your question: yes, I love the lighter weight. While I still have my f/2.8 beasts, I have acquired the f/4 versions for general use to be that much lighter. I did my a grip (this-party) for shoots when a lot of portrait shots are involved.
And did I say I love the dynamic range, the color, and those pixels??? Oh, yeah!
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Same here -- I run a D3 and a D800 (and a D700). They are all great tools, and all have their place for me so far. The images from the D800 are stunning, though (when the photographer does his job right!!). I'm lucky enough to be able to use all three, and have uses for all. If I had to choose only one, it would without question be the D800. It can be challenging and demanding, but it really is incredibly good.
I've had a D800 since close to its release date and recently picked up a used D3s. The D3s has a slight advantage at 6400 iso and above but not really enough to choose it over the D800. To me, the real differential is the buffer size. The D3s can just go burst after burst and almost never slow down whereas the D800 bogs down pretty quickly. Shouldn't be a problem for landscape and may or may not apply depending on the type of nature photography you do. Also the D800 is built well, but the D3s is a tank. If none of those are deal breakers then the D800 is probably the way to go. More MP, dynamic range, autofocus up to f8.