I am considering upgrading a from a D7000. At first I was looking at a used D3s currently running around $4000 - $4500. However after looking at the D800 spec's it seems to me that a New D800 would be a better deal. $1000 cheaper for newer technology, I can still use the SD cards I have and the same battery. The only downsides I see are a lower fps and no built in battery attachment for vertical shooting. Any one else considering the same, what decisions did you make?
Sun 04-Mar-12 01:52 PM | edited Sun 04-Mar-12 01:53 PM by TonyJ
Lots of folks have been lusting after the D3s for a long time and now it's becoming more affordable. I predict it won't command $4K prices much longer, but that depends on just how good the D800 and D4 are...
The D3s is still a VERY good camera. I wonder how many folks would buy a D800 if they dropped the price of the D3s to $3K...
>LI wonder how many folks >would buy a D800 if they dropped the price of the D3s to >$3K... > >
The D3s and the D800 are VERY different cameras. When I *need* my D3s, the D800 simply won't do. I shoot 80% sports and 20% fashion/portrait, etc. The D800 will see sports use for me, but my D3s will still be my primary tool for a lot of that shooting. Especially at night or indoors.
At this point, I am really on the fence about whether to sell a D3s or keep them both. Much of that will be determined by the ISO performance of the D800.
I just looked at your Nikonian's gallery. If that is representative of your work, then I see little downside to the D800 for you. Both cameras would give you extended ISO performance, build quality, etc. The D800 will have a warranty, and have some nice new features for you.
Only you can determine whether you have the glass and other necessary things you need to support the 36MP pictures.
Based on what I just saw there, I would ask if you've considered the D3x. The D3s would be a second choice, and the D800 a third choice. If I was carrying my camera in hostile environments, I would want a full pro body. Period. Some of the subjects here deserve more than 12MP too.
The D4 comes closer to ideal, but the higher MP count of the D3x would be pretty high on my list.
>I am curious as to why you think the D800 will be your goto >for sports ... I mean since it has a much slower continuous >shutter release ... > >thanks
Frame rate is not critical to me. It's helpful, but not critical. I grew up shooting sports with a manual winding film camera and was lucky to get a shot off every 2-3 seconds, and have it be in focus.
Far more important to me, is the ability to crop. The ability to crop and still have a significant amount of pixels means I can forgo buying VERY expensive longer telephoto lenses. The D800's ability to crop will mean I don't have to buy a 400/2.8 (which saves me ~$10,000), and I don't have to consider the 600/F4 (which saves me about ~$12,000). That's $22k I don't have to spend in glass, merely because a $3k camera will allow me to crop reasonably cleanly to those magnifications.
It's excellent ISO performance means I can use the camera in places I can't use anything I own other than my D3s cameras. That is a HUGE bonus for me.
The fact that it will also act as a primary fashion/studio camera also is yet another bonus, and saves me from spending $15k on the Pentax 645 I had been considering.
For me, this is the best bargain to come along from Nikon EVER.