Upload & Sell: Off
| p.1 #20 · What's the better deal now? D3 or D700? |
The D700 is great and all but after buying the grip + battery I'd still be left with a poor man's D3 without any of the real benefits that D3 offers over the D700. Plus the price wouldn't be that far off from a D3 anyways.
But then you get all the benefits of the D700 that the D3 lacks as well, so it goes both ways. The information we don't have is how much value the OP places on each feature/benefit. I like that if I want to travel small and light, I can simply remove the grip from the D700. Can't do that with the D3. I like that I can do one-speedlight CLS with the D700's pop-up commander. Can't do that with the D3. I like how the D700 can take an EN-EL3e, an EN-EL4a, or even AA batteries in a pinch. Can't do that with the D3. I like how I can impress girls with the D700's virtual horizon... okay, the D3 can do that too.
The OP might not care about any of the above, but really does want dual CF cards and 9 fps, in which case it might be worth the $800 premium. OTOH, it might be better putting that $800 towards some nice glass?
I really like dual card slots...have them in my D7000, and i dont really use it for the redundancy feature, but more for overflow so i dont have to worry about switching cards so often...i like the 100% VF too...I've got a D300 grip already, and D300 batteries (which both work with the D700)....so honestly i might just end up going D700....but we'll have to see....the move to FX is a whole nother animal....i gotta stay the same with my range of lenses...right now i just have a 55 ais, a 50 1.8, and a 70-200 VR that'll do FX...everything else is DX...which isn't TERRIBLE, b/c i'll still be using the D7000...but i gotta at least pick up a 17-35 or a 24-70 at the same time....so i guess there goes the D3 idea!! haha
I wouldn't say you HAVE to pick up a 24-70. I originally was going to sell off my 17-55 for a 28-70/24-70 but held off for now as the 17-55 and D7000 is an amazing combo and I don't mind the loss of reach for what I shoot with my 70-200mm on my D3.
I did get an N70 that came with a cheapo SUPER PLASTIC 28-80mm f/3.5-6 and it works as a wide on my D3 in a pinch. Really D3 + D7000 is a great combo, I say just got for it. Money can be made later for lenses or yeah you could wait and sure prices may go down but the wear and shutter counts just keep going up.