I posted this in the D4/D3/D2/D1 room, but would like thoughts from your side as well
"Need some thoughts on which direction next. Currently using a D7000 and learning things as quickly as I can. Had it in the back of my mind to move to full frame sometime in the future, but currently have no suitable glass. Now, a very dear friend, very eccentric and always buying very good gear, is giving me first dibs at his D700 for $650 or his D3 for $800, both very minimal usage, as in couple of dozen shots out of each. Bodies only. I think I'd be silly not to take up his offer. I shoot mostly nature and landscape, with some sports, being cycling and and motorsports, but only occasionally. I don't plan on ever going pro, prefer to just enjoy the hobby, but I do love good gear. My sensible side tells me to go for the D700, my irrational side says stuff it and just go the extra $150 for the D3. What side should I listen to?"
Wow. I follow this forum every day, but have never posted in it. I just have to speak up at this post. What a great opportunity for you and a very fortuitous one at that.
This might sound silly but I'd be tempted to go for both, try out each to see which you prefer, then sell the one you like least - because at those prices you could probably re-sell to cover the cost of the one you decide to keep.
For what you are using the camera(s) for I think you'd be happy with either. The expense will come when you upgrade to the full-frame lenses.
And thanks for replying Lisa Hopefully you'll continue to I only have the option to choose one, the one I don't take someone else is getting
And the responses here do surprise me a bit In the D3 room it was all very much the same, silly if I don't choose the D3 A bit biased I figured, so I'll post here for some balance Sure is tipping heavily to one side
I must admit the size has had me thinking a bit I sometimes use a Think Tank Streetwalker back pack and figured the D3 would not fit, so I'd have to get a bigger bag But I did try to get the smallest back pack I could get away with, and going larger goes against that But I'll post in bags and see if anyone has managed to get a D3 into a Streetwalker Thanks for your replies
While your friend is offering you a D3 for only $150 more than his D700 (what a great guy!) there is a reason the retail price of a new D3 was almost $2000 over that of the D700. The D3 is not just a D700 with a built-in grip. While the image quality of both is the same - the D3 takes build quality to a whole new level and just works quicker and faster. For $150 more its a no brainer IMO.
I have both, and use and love both. I would take the D3 in a second! The ergonomics and control layout are significantly better, and it fits my hands better. I also do motorsports and aviation work at times, and the D3 focussing system is faster than the D700. Having said all that, the sensors are the same and the image quality is identical, so you really cannot go wrong with either camera.