Sat 26-Mar-11 12:54 PM | edited Sat 26-Mar-11 06:27 PM by avigar
I've been on the fence on acquiring a D3S, hoping for prices to come down. I'm also waiting to see if the D700's replacement will incorporate the D3S's high ISO capability. With the recent events in Japan, it may not be anytime soon.
I'm happy with my D700, but NAS has struck since the D3S's release. I've been pretty good at keeping my NAS in check, but the recent price increases and stock shortages are making me rethink. Anyone else going through the same situation like me? Is time to finally get off the fence and just go for it?
My D700/D300 combination has been working well, but for my theatre/stage work I would like two cameras that match (or exceed) the high-ISO performance of the D700, so my future combination would be the D700 and something else (I would probably keep the D300 for small wildlife, depending on what the new camera turned out to be).
But... prompted by my local dealer getting in a nearly-new D3s - unusual, because you don't see too many of those for sale used - I bit the bullet and bought it
As for when a "D800" might be announced - your guess is as good as mine...!
>I've been in a similar situation for a while. > >My D700/D300 combination has been working well, but for my >theatre/stage work I would like two cameras that match (or >exceed) the high-ISO performance of the D700, so my future >combination would be the D700 and something else (I would >probably keep the D300 for small wildlife, depending on what >the new camera turned out to be). > >But... prompted by my local dealer getting in a nearly-new D3s >- unusual, because you don't see too many of those for sale >used - I bit the bullet and bought it > >As for when a "D800" might be announced - your guess >is as good as mine...!
Congrats on your nearly-new D3S! I'm definitely envious of you and your new acquisition. I, too, intend to keep the D700 when the time comes. Since most of my lenses are FX, the D3S is the only way to go.
I am impressed and envious! Congratulations on your new D3S! I don't mean to tell you what to do, but why don't you sell all of that old stuff that you'll never use again and buy some more nice lenses to go with your magnificent new camera. I sold almost all of my old stuff to fund my new Nikon collection, and I don't miss a thing.
Probably not to recoup revenue. But there will be a supply and demand situation for awhile -- both real and perceived. I bought a second D700 last week and it went up $170 at the same dealer the very next day. Usually it goes the other way for me -- I don't understand this good fortune, but I'm taking it!
>>Most Japanese production lines are still closed with no >firm >>date yet for production restarting. > >I wonder if prices will be raised, when production starts >again, to make up for the loss of revenue? > >--Ben
I tried out the D3s last year and went back to my D700. It was actually a good thing I did that, since I came to appreciate the D700 even more and any NAS towards the D3s was cured. The D3s was missing features that were important to me, and I realized this only when trying it out. Examples: being able to switch the metering mode with the right thumb while looking thru the viewfinder (I do that all the time). Or reaching the ISO button with the left finger while looking thru the finder. Or being able to use the SB-400 for a little fill with flash compensation. Or getting precise manual focus with the KatzEye screen. And of course being less burdened when carrying that thing around all day. On the other hand, the extra frame rate and ISO stop did not matter to me in the end. I simply don' shoot 9 fps and/or ISO 6400 and up.