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p.1 #1 · D3x vs. D800


D3x vs. D800: 24.5 MP vs 36. ~$8000 new vs. $3000 new. Obviously there may be a few D3x advantages but for the price difference, who would pay for a D3x now?


Feb 07, 2012 at 06:04 AM
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p.1 #2 · D3x vs. D800


galenapass wrote:
D3x vs. D800: 24.5 MP vs 36. ~$8000 new vs. $3000 new. Obviously there may be a few D3x advantages but for the price difference, who would pay for a D3x now?


Does it really matter?



Feb 07, 2012 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #3 · D3x vs. D800


I really don't think there are ANY D3x advantages, except maybe if you like the larger body style and built-in vertical grip.

I think feature-for-feature, the D800 beats the D3x in every regard. However, I'm not really surprised this is the case with a newer model camera. The D3x seemed pretty highly overpriced and I guess the D800 really illustrates that point.



Feb 07, 2012 at 06:11 AM
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p.1 #4 · D3x vs. D800


The d3x was not overpriced at the time it was released. As al other cameras that equaled it were the same price or more. For today's market it is absolutely over priced.


Feb 07, 2012 at 06:13 AM
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p.1 #5 · D3x vs. D800


Amazing how Nikon is willing to put premium features in their prosumer camera, unlike Canon who reserved the goodies for the 1D series cameras. The D800 has the same processor, the same focusing system and the same video setup at the D4. This new camera represents an incredible value for money. It will likely find a home in my kit at some time in the near future but I'm guessing there will be so much demand that the wait will be long.

The D3x was never on the radar screen for me in large measure because I don't want such a huge, heavy camera. For those that prefer a full scale professional camera, Nikon may very well produce a D4x with 36 megapixels and all the goodies the D4 has that don't appear in the D800.

Fascinating to watch all of this unfold. I'll be very interested in reviews once they begin appearing.



Feb 07, 2012 at 06:16 AM
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p.1 #6 · D3x vs. D800


Bruce Sawle wrote:
Does it really matter?


Well yes it does. For those of us who like to buy used cameras at a reasonable price, there is the hope that D3x prices would fall to "reasonable" levels.



Feb 07, 2012 at 06:17 AM
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p.1 #7 · D3x vs. D800


galenapass wrote:
Well yes it does. For those of us who like to buy used cameras at a reasonable price, there is the hope that D3x prices would fall to "reasonable" levels.


And why would you prefer that over the D800? I rather doubt D3x prices will drop so low as to be competitive with the new camera. Would you prefer 24 rather than 36 megapixels? Or do you simply prefer a big, heavy camera?



Feb 07, 2012 at 06:19 AM
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p.1 #8 · D3x vs. D800


Right and hence my question. Whether buying used or new...why would you choose a D3x? Perhaps if a used D3x was ~$2800?


Feb 07, 2012 at 06:22 AM
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p.1 #9 · D3x vs. D800


galenapass wrote:
Right and hence my question. Whether buying used or new...why would you choose a D3x? Perhaps if a used D3x was ~$2800?



I would imagine that the d3x users will keep it as a backup or sell it for under $2500.00. I will hold on to mine until I can give the d800 a try and if iris as good as I hope my d3x will be relegated to a backp or sold for a great price.



Feb 07, 2012 at 06:31 AM
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p.1 #10 · D3x vs. D800


To take this a bit further afield. Say I'm in the market for a FF high MP camera. My choices are: D3x ($8000), 1DsMIII ($7000), 5DII (~$2100) or a Sony A900 ($2700) [any more?]

None of these have the MP to compare, especially if the files coming from the D800 are good.

The D800 IMO provides a lot of pricing pressure




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p.1 #11 · D3x vs. D800


D2x redux. I can't see how a used D3x would sell for any more than $2,300 except maybe for those who require the extra weather sealing vs the D800, assuming there is extra.


Feb 07, 2012 at 06:37 AM
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p.1 #12 · D3x vs. D800


ouch if you own a d3x...bit hard to suck it up imo with such a huge fall in value


Feb 07, 2012 at 06:42 AM
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p.1 #13 · D3x vs. D800


A D3x for 2300? Wow that is crazy and I am not sure we will see it drop that low but maybe... I am happy they went a different route with the d800. I am hopeful the D700 will still hold some of it's resale value for when I decide to switch over to the D800 (if I sell well loved d700 that is..).


Feb 07, 2012 at 06:53 AM
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p.1 #14 · D3x vs. D800


Interesting that B&H has the D3x TOS (again)


Feb 07, 2012 at 06:55 AM
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p.1 #15 · D3x vs. D800


pdx_B-Rad wrote:
A D3x for 2300? Wow that is crazy and I am not sure we will see it drop that low but maybe... I am happy they went a different route with the d800. I am hopeful the D700 will still hold some of it's resale value for when I decide to switch over to the D800 (if I sell well loved d700 that is..).


I bought a D2x last year for $750, which probably only sells for that much due to its unique color characteristics that is missing in all its successors. The only factor I see holding up the D3x price is the unavailability of the D800 until Nikon can meet demand, and even then only for those who need a hi-res Nikon body for an immediate project. That is unless the D800 turns out to be a turd, which seems highly unlikely.



Feb 07, 2012 at 07:09 AM
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p.1 #16 · D3x vs. D800


galenapass wrote:
Right and hence my question. Whether buying used or new...why would you choose a D3x? Perhaps if a used D3x was ~$2800?


Not even. IMO, the D800 blows the D3X out of the water. I think Nikon has hit a home run here. I can see a lot of commercial & studio photographers opting for the D800E, and wedding photographers going for the D700 / D800 combo. Landscaper's, same thing. I expect to see a lot of 5DII's & L glass on the FS. Don't forget, the video is a big deal for a lot of folks, and the D3X don't do video.



Feb 07, 2012 at 07:35 AM
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p.1 #17 · D3x vs. D800


The D2x took a big price hit when the D300 came out, but the bottom of it never fell out - they continue to sell for more than D300's, at least last time I checked. The D3x offers a superior prism, better weather sealing, and has no video features cluttering up the body. Those are at least the three reasons I would consider a D3x over a D800, assuming a similar price point.


Feb 07, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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p.1 #18 · D3x vs. D800


IMHO The D800 and D800E killed the D3x. If both were the same resolution then it would not be that simple. But the 800E should offer a substantial increase in resolution over the D3x! So paying more for the D3x makes no sense, the D4 would actually be an alternative since it offers a significant increase in speed.


Feb 07, 2012 at 02:36 PM
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p.1 #19 · D3x vs. D800


Yet to be tested but I'm sure from the IQ standpoint the D800/E will edge out the D3x but not by as much as some think. If it does my D3x will be the back up, plus the body that goes out when I'm expecting weather conditions that might have an impact on the D800/E. The D3s/x bodies are built like a tank, tested and tested.

The D800/E has the ability to shoot in DX mode at 16+MP, I'm curious to see what the upgrade will be now for the D300/s, as the D800/E will replace that option for myself, sort of a twofer should I need the extra reach of DX. The price of the D800E tripped my trigger to order and I'll keep the D3x and D3s along with the D800E. At least the D800 uses the same battery as the V1 so an extra battery can be justified. It will take more than the D4 as good as it sounds, to replace my trusty D3s. My D300s will go on the block soon.

Gerard



Feb 07, 2012 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #20 · D3x vs. D800


What evidence is there that a D3x is better sealed than a D800? Well obviously none now since nobody has handled a D800 but consider that the "marketing language" for the D800 is word for word identical to the D4 in terms of build and weather sealing. That would at least suggest identical levels of sealing between the two?

Edit: the prism specs on the D800 seem to be identical to the D3x- 100% coverage, 0.7x mag.

The D3x does have better battery life, but spare batterie(s) and a battery grip perhaps negate this.

Norman

Edited on Feb 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM · View previous versions



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