My d200 was stolen so im back on the market...
I posted this on another site but i was hoping to get some additional input.
Thanks for any help you guys can lend!
I just recently had my D200 stolen, so now I'm in the market for a new camera. Im not too keen on going for the D300 hundred with new full frame nikons beginning to pop up left and right. Also, high ISO's is going to be key for shooting handrails,pipes, contests, etc., at night. Should be nice for using available light when traveling as well.
From what i can tell the D3 and the D700 are pretty much identical accept for a few small features. I barely have enough for a new D700, but i have just recently come up on a slightly used D3 that has about 4000 clicks and a new warranty card for 3400. I figure i will likely get the grip on the D700 hundred regardless, so now its getting complicated...
I shoot mostly landscape (sunsets, mountains, time lapses), nature, travel and snowboarding. I have done a little portrait and studio work with an ad agency, but am much more focused on the others. I realize i am gonna get an extra frame per second on the D3, but i was hoping i could get some current D3/D700 users take on my situation, as well as the idea of getting a such and expensive camera used.
Thanks a lot! I'm getting stoked just thinking about a new rig (especially one thats such a leap from the D200) right before the season comes.
#1. "RE: My d200 was stolen so im back on the market..." | In response to Reply # 0hades Registered since 14th Oct 2007Tue 16-Sep-08 11:41 AM | edited Tue 16-Sep-08 11:43 AM by hades
Sorry about your D200! There should be a database of stolen equipment serial numbers somewhere, so that these cameras/lenses don't go around on the black market.
About your D3/D700 dilema: you shoot pretty much the same as I do, but if you shoot wild life then the D3 has a little advantage, both on the viewfinder and the FPS if you are shooting birds or other fast moving animals. I'd even include the D300 there, for the sensor crop. The D3 has a tough body, but the D700 is very very close. It's good enough in a way that you don't have to worry on most situations.
Besides that, I think the D700 has better advantages for this kind of photography: lighter, sensor cleaning, excellent frame rate with the MB-D10 grip. It's good to go around all day on long hikes if you have a proper neck or bag strap. I usually hike a lot to get my landscapes and every ounce counts. And you can get a Nikonians L-Bracket to use it on a tripod without the grip, it's really good!
For travel photography the D700 is a winner! I recently travelled to Bariloche, Argentina, and I was all day with a D700 and a 50mm f/1.4D or a 35mm f/2D walking around the town shooting all day long with a very compact and lightweight combo. And you can shoot at night with auto ISO going up to ISO 3200! The D3 is a very intrusive camera, people notice you a lot easier and you also need larger bags to carry it around.