>I must say that after owning this D3 since this past summer I >still feel like a kid at Christmas...the camera continues to >amaze me...especially how it nails the white balance under >most conditions.
Wow! That's GREAT and I'm very happy for you, but it's funny, I just today took delivery of a perfect, like new in the box D2Hs and I feel the same way. I guess Nikon ownership all boils down to beauty in the eyes of the beholder. Good luck with your new D3
Dick The Long Ranger A Telephoto Lovin' Nikonian
"There are none so blind as those who would not see..."
Hello Martin, Congratulation on the Move up to the D3. I also got my D3 Yesterday, And it was like being a kid at Christmes also. Went from a D300 to the D3. So far I love it! fired off a few test shot to get familiar with the various settings.
Congrats on the D3 seems like the D3X annoucement spur the purchase of a bunch of D3s. I got mine on Monday and just been learning it ever since, hasn't left my side just taking pictures and changing things around and trying it a different way. It's just hard to take a bad picture it just does what I tell it to do. Sounds like like you did it up right. Nice camera, great lenses and great speedlight, now all you have to do is read that 500 page manual. A little light reading, I ordered the Thom Hogan guide and hope that helps make sense of it.
Tom D3, D200, D70, F6, F3/T, F2AS
"The Gods have two ways of dealing harshly with us. The first is to deny us our dreams. The second is to grant them." Irish playwright Oscar Wilde
>"seems like the D3X annoucement spur the purchase of a >bunch of D3s" > >D3s??? Where? Just kidding. > >That's an interesting point. How many people waiting for the >announcement of the D3x decided they couldn't/shouldn't spend >$8K and decided to get the D3 instead?
>My D3 came with 14-24 f/2.8 , 24-70 f/2.8 and a SB-900
I've got the same combo of gear - all of it first-rate, and all of it better than the similar Canon equipment I had previously (17-40/4.0, 28-70/2.8, and 580EX flash). Still, I don't get all giddy at the thought of using it or anything...it's just camera equipment. Tools of the trade. It's not art or anything to be revered; it just happens to work very well. Next year something better will come along, and the D3 will be old hat for many.
Anyway, welcome to the club! Congrats on the big purchase, and enjoy it!
In fact, I kept my D300 as a back-up and that too still surprises me, though it does feel sluggish next to it's bigger brother.
As for D3X envy, my suspicion is that for many D3 owners, the D3X might prove to be a disappointment. I wouldn't mind a few more pixels to give me the luxury of cropping, but I wouldn't give up the speed, autofocus, responsiveness or ISO capabilities for anything.
A 16MP version of the D3 would be my perfect camera - so long as I didn't have to give up any of the above.