I'm currently using a D700 and AFS 50 f/1.4 for my son's basketball practices. Games to be played starting in January. I have to use ISO 3200 or higher to maintain 1/500s shutter speed. I also get noisy images if I don't do my part to get the exposure correct. Is the D3 any better at high ISO's compared to the D700? If so, how much better? I'd love a D3s but it's out of reach financially.
It's been a while since I shot with a D3, but I vaguely recall that the D3 and D700 have the same sensor. As I think you know, the D3s would get you almost another stop of usable ISO. What do yoy use for post processing and noise reduction?
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Just sold my D3 to help pay for my D4. Still have the D700. Jon is correct, both the D3 & D700 use the same sensor. The D3 has several performance advantages over the D700, but high ISO performance is not one of them. The D3s and D4 are the current high ISO kings.
> >So is the additional 8 mp in the D3s vs. the D4 worth the >extra $1000? >
I don't really notice the extra 4 mp in the D4 over the D3/D3s/D700, but I really notice the improved autofocus. Even in very low light levels the D4 just does not miss focus. That is worth the cost to me.