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Choice between new D800E and used D3X

Civiccool

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Civiccool Registered since 03rd Jan 2014
Wed 15-Jan-14 02:16 PM

I was deciding between a new D800E or a used D3X at almost same price level for a couple of weeks. I shoot mainly portraiture and fashion.
(My current gear is D3S. I don't want to base on same battery, charger and CF cards to make a decision)

I ended up took the delivery of a used D3X last Saturday. But soon after having it, I discovered hot pixels in sensor. I know Nikon can remap the sensor to address it or I can easily remove those pixels during post processing. The rest of the functions such as focus consistency, etc are working.

I informed the seller about hot pixels, who he can accept return of the D3X, however he would need to know a reply by tomorrow. So seeking all your opinions here, shall I keep the D3X or instead get the new D800/E (after returning the D3X) ?

My main reservation of getting a D800/E is that I heard too many people talking/complaining about the focus accuracy inconsistency. Some complain that the left focus point is out while the center is sharp, and the sharpest is at the further right focus point. Some did mention calibration may not help, etc.. I tested a new D800 unit in Jul 2013, it did exhibit such behaviour, hence giving me less confidence in D800/E.. (it may depend on the luck afterall  )

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