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D800 or D3x - help please!

Gromit44

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Gromit44 Registered since 04th Jan 2012
Sat 25-Feb-12 04:41 PM | edited Sat 25-Feb-12 04:57 PM by Gromit44

I'm in a dilemma - I don't know whether to go for a D800 or not.

I do mostly macro, architectural and landscape work so I'm probably an 'ideal' customer for this new 36MP camera. The problem is I already have a D3x but I can't afford to keep it long-term if I buy a D800 as well. A dealer has offered me a pretty good price for the D3x but they'd want it delivered fairly soon (around a week). So these appear to be my choices:

1) Sell the D3x now, buy a D800 and have some cash to spare.
2) Keep the D3x and ignore the D800.
3) Keep the D3x and buy a D800 later if I can afford it.
4) Buy the D800 now and sell the D3x later, probably for less than the dealer has offered (this is assuming the D800's IQ is a match for the D3x)

Other points to consider (not in any order) are:

a) I love full-size Nikon bodies (for their build, handling and vertical grip).
b) I hated the pop-up flash on my previous D700.
c) I'd have to change L-brackets & spare batteries if I went for option 1 above - not a big deal but still a minor hassle.
d) Is 36MP vs 24MP really a big enough jump in resolution to warrant the change from D3x to D800?
e) We don't know for certain when the D800 will ship - it might be delayed, it might not.
f) Nikon have said there's another body announcement this year - it could be a D4x with a 36MP (or more) sensor. I'd rather have a 36MP D4x than a D800.

So, what to do? Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

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