Well if you really want it go for it! I typically labor over this kind of decision endlessly. I would rather see it go to a fellow Nikonian. I have read your posts and they along with others started my interest in the D3x. Thanks there will always be others coming down the pike when I decide.best Jim
Yes in my opinion, the D800E is a better camera than the D3X by far. I have been shooting with the D800E for over a year now and totally impressed with the cameras abilities! Checkout DxOMark and compare the cameras - http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare
The real question YOU need to ask is this....."what am I going to use it for?" A camera is a tool. You would not use a knife to cut down a tree...or a chainsaw to cut your bread. Yet you may have world class chainsaws and knives. Each camera has things it does well, and not so well. To make a statement of "The D800e is a better camera BY FAR" is a bit suspect, unless the person stating it knows the real use for the camera.
So....I'd say define what the majority of the use will be and then a more accurate assessment can be made. For example....will it sit on a tripod and shoot landscapes all day ? Will it be used for portraits and street photography ? Is it a vacation camera ?
You get the drift here. What is a "better camera" for someone else, does not automatically make it a better camera FOR YOU.
As you suggest that is a much better way to approach this question.Reading one person acclaim the accolades of the D3x got me thinking about it. The body will be used for landscapes, portraits, sports and I really like low ( or natural ) light pix. I have nikkor 2.8 zooms , sigma 85 mm 1.4 and others. My D700 would be the second body. Thanx for your input. Jim
IF you only plan on putting the body on a tripod and shooting landscapes, and portraits, then the D3x would be a superb choice. It is rated to 400,000 clicks and is built like a tank. It's a terrific camera for the right uses.
The D800 gives you better low light performance, and better portability (although I much prefer the larger pro-style bodies myself). It's sensor is large and although the "e" version can cause some moire headaches here and there....it's a sweet camera.
If sports is your game (pun intended) then in my estimation....forget them both and grab a D3s or D4.
Key is...you cannot lose. All are terrific products.
I knew the D800e was taunted as the best landscape camera, and it will Probably be my choice. I just thought it would be good to kick it around with the Nikonians. It's also 500.00 less.thanx mr penguin . Jim
I understand what you mean .... I have a D7000, D3s and a D800 all with different cards and different batteries ... its a big pain! I am about to buy a D4 and sell my D800 since I do not like the D800 as a wedding camera .. so now I have another memory card to go buy cause the D4 uses a card no other camera uses
>Controls of the D3 series are all the same. >Memory cards all the same. >Chargers are all the same. >I have no need for AF @ f8. >All my AF lenses are f2.8 with the exception my 500mm f4. > >I don't like cameras with a small body. The D800 has a small >body compared to the D3 / D4 series. > >I wouldn't even consider the DF ! > >That's my : "case for standardisation" > > I concur. I bought a mint (537 shutter count!) in box D3x just last week rather than a D800 because I don't want to carry two sets of batteries, cards and so on around the world - and the D3x body is far tougher than the D800 body IMV.
The fact that the D3x was mint in box and almost NZ$1k less than a D800/E was just icing on the cake.
Here is the same scene taken with the D3X and the D800 at ISO 6400 and taken directly from the raw files in CS6 with no noise reduction at all except what is gained during the down sampling process. Both shots were taken with the cameras tripod mounted and shot using available tungsten lighting.
> Nice .. > >Nikon 135mm F2 AF-DC ? >It's a great lens. Purchased mine when I was living in Japan >around 1996 or so.
Thanks Peter. Yes it's the AF 135mm f2D DC lens.
Now to the two cameras. High ISO performance of the D3X was never an issue. Photos taken with the D3X are gorgeous. I prefer the two CD card slots and get much better battery performance from the EN-EL4a versus the EN-EL15 of the D800. I have no intention of every selling my D3X.
However I find I use my D800 more. You can't ignore the high resolution sensor which is slightly better than the D3X. The f8 focus points are a big plus as well. It's also an easier camera to use because of it's lower weight and the control layout which is most like the D700 and D300 which I'm so familiar with.
If I had to choose today between the two cameras I'm not sure which one I'd choose. But I think I would lean more to the D800. You can't lose with either.
>The body will be used for landscapes, portraits, sports...
If the sports use includes low-light venues (inside gyms or on lighted fields at night), the different ISO ranges of the two models becomes critical. Shooting at ISO 1600 in a gym won't allow good stop-action shutter speeds. Not to say you won't get some shots, but you'll be able to do a lot better with a D800.