Don't get me wrong - I love, love, love, love my D700. It's wonderful, as long as I watch my shutter speed while handholding in low light, as the sensor can be quite unforgiving as far as bloom/banding.
But...(and you knew there was a "but" coming)...frequently I need to shoot events/things which stretch the limits of the D700. Fast things. Things in the dark. Fast things in the dark. (the local racetrack has only an evening racing schedule). Things that require a better buffer. You know where this is going...
As an aside, I do NOT have NAS. I was vaccinated, and went to 12-step NAS-Anon meetings. I do not need or want a D4. See? Willpower. Or denial. So...
I just pulled the trigger on a D3s with a little more than 12,000 shutter actuations. The Happy Brown Truck should arrive on Friday. God help me. Do I need an intervention?
>That was not a vaccine. It was just some steroids to >temporarily mask the symptoms. > >If you are not looking for the see-in-the-dark abilities of >the D4 (and its associated price tag), the D3S is a good step >up from the D700/D3. > >---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+ >Joseph K >Seattle, WA, USA > >D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, >50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX >
Steroids. Great, just great.
That may be the reason why my chocolate intake has spiked, plus I get really twitchy when I think about the upcoming Sigma 24mm f/1.4 (A).
It's going to be a long week until the Happy Brown Truck gets here; looks like I picked a bad time to quit sniffing sensor cleaning fluid.
>The D700 is a wonderful camera. But the D3s is epic. It may >take you a while to acclimate to the size and heft of this >beast, but it'll be your trusty companion for many years to >come. > >I owned the D3s and now the D4. Either one is amazing. >Couple with fast glass, and you'll be on cloud nine. > >~Dan >www.danielstainer.com
Dan, I've already got a bit of a head start on that one; I bought my significant other, a photojournalist, a D3 as an early Christmas gift last year, and promptly had to borrow it a week later, plus a couple of other occasions where I needed a camera that goes to eleven . I plan to pair it with my Sigma 35 f/1.4(A), which is usually glued to my D700.
As another who has both the D700 and D3s, my opinion is that you need feel no guilt. I was perfectly happy with my D700 except for shooting bands in dark bars. I needed that little bit extra in low light capabilities. Of course I don't mind all the extra perks of the D3s.