I had long lusted for a D3s and pretty much given up that any would ever be available. But my spanking new one arrived today. If anyone is interested Amazon and Adorama have limited supplies.
I opted for the D3s (I also have a D3) rather than wait for D4 in that movies do not interest me, the D3s is at least two stops faster than the D3, which is no slouch, and I did not want to deal with another battery and its charger, and price.
And I just took a usable picture at IS012800. WOW!!
Thu 08-Mar-12 08:32 AM | edited Thu 08-Mar-12 08:32 AM by SVA
>just noticed that Nikon discontinued d3s today
What do you mean "today"? Is it somehow official? D3s is still among current cameras on the global and European web-sites, it disappeared from Japanese site long ago, and from the USA site also not today - at least yesterday it was not there...
Roberts Camera still has new D3S available. I purchased mine there about 2 weeks ago. Price is a couple of hundred below list. They have a refurbished as well, but for the small difference in price I opted for new.
>Roberts Camera still has new D3S available. I purchased mine >there about 2 weeks ago. Price is a couple of hundred below >list. >They have a refurbished as well, but for the small difference >in price I opted for new.
Does anyone have an idea of what "refurbished with factory warranty" means? Are refurbished cameras ones that were damaged, then repaired? And what is the warranty on a camera of this type?
I see computers listed the same way sometimes. Thanks!
It doesn't tell me all of what I want to know, which is why the cameras in question were being refurbished. They state that there is a 90 day warranty for these cameras. I can't imagine that's the same warranty that one normally gets on a $5K+ camera!
No, it's not the same as a new camera warranty, and you shouldn't pay the same price as you would for a new camera either
The item may have eek a returned defective camera, damaged, or a demo. The manufacturer returns it to like new specs. Any shortcoming in the process will be apparent pretty quick, hence the short warranty. But it still isn't new.
I have ought refurbished bodies and lenses. Only one went bad and that was apparent on first use. Sent it back and it was back a week later in perfect operating condition.
All of the returns looked like new, except for the packaging.
I can be a good way to save a few bucks or get an otherwise unavailable item.
I have purchased at 3 cameras as "factory refurbished", D2H, D2Hs and D700. All three had less than 1500 clicks on the shutter. The D700 had 50. All three where purchased on Ebay from Cameta Camera. They had a 90 day factory and up a 1 year warranty from Cameta. I would not hesitate to purchase another "factory refurbished" if the pricing is right. Roberts Camera was selling a new D3s for $4,999 and a refurbished for $4,599. Only you can decide if 275 days of additional warranty is worth the $400. Barry
I did the same in january 2012 - before the announcement of the D4 and D800 - and purchased a new D3s. I am set for a few years of pleasure with the D3s and a D700 as a back up and all my Nikkor lenses.
Took some shots at a music gear trade show, hoping for something, and several are at 0.7 over 12,800 (Auto ISO, waaaay too many lighting changes in a darkened room) also lifted a still from the D7K, then posted them into a gallery with edited video footage from a clinic performance set.
Sent along to a senior VP at the company last Friday (an old friend, we have been out of touch) more for video spec job possibilities than stills, pitching clinics for the endorsee.
He sent link to CEO and senior VP in marketing, if it sucked I would have heard back just that, go no further.
On Saturday, I was e-mail asked to a meeting (yesterday) took 20 minutes, SVP of M, assigned me to a shoot on the 21st for one of their sponsored/endorsed acts when they travel back through LA from SXSW.
I have to blame the stills for the step up.
The game plan for that company apparently is lifestyle and venue takes for web, catalog, etc. with artistic/marketing merit (tells a story).
They also hired a video editor recently for the web office down the hall, so after he asked me to do the stills, I suggested bringing in my assistant (nephew) and that we run two D7000's concurrently as well during the sound-stage shoot, explaining that the imagery in video would be filmic, not unlike the clip he saw in the gallery.
He gave the nod, and we were done.
Long term gig as it appears, if they like what we do and edits in video, well, hand em' off as a work for hire, good enough for me.
No complaints on the D3S, and it will remain in the kit, even if we are able to buy the D4/D800 going forward.
Getting to this point, has been a long haul but the D3S, really, up until now, has no peer.
I bought mine 3 weeks ago, when I found out that my D3s bought used with only 096 shots, 96 Shot!!! I decided to cancel my D4 order Love it to dead, Now I am waiting for D800, should be at my house any days I will have a perfect couple! My heads up Sonny