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I normally hate these types of posts, but with the onslaught of new cameras from Nikon, I'm having some doubts. I'm a working photographer, and as such I don't like to spend more money than necessary when buying equipment. I currently use a D300 and a D2x, and am generally happy with the quality that I get out of them, using the D2x for day assignments, and the D300 for nights and some sports. The D300 is beat though, from 4 years of heavy use for newspapers and other clients. It's getting very high on the shutter count and I'm thinking of a "new" camera to replace it. I love the feel of the D2x, but would like a camera that is full frame and better in lowlight, especially for sports work. I also use the built in mic all the time, so that when I'm running around assignments, I don't have to pause, write something down and then try to remember which name went with what photo when I get back to the office.
From looking at the new cameras that have come out - specifically the D600 and the D800, I'm still leaning towards the D3. I have a line on one for $2100, recently serviced by Nikon and with the buffer upgrade. Around 72,000 actuations though. If need be, I could stretch my budget to about $2800, but would rather keep it at $2,100 or lower. I'm somewhat hard on my equipment; It gets used in storms (i do have a thinktank cover), rarely dropped, thrown in the back of my car and used often. All of my lenses are full frame - 17-35, 50 f1.4, 80-200. I'd probably end up getting a 28-70 for the D3 at some point in the near future. I want to have the camera by the 25th latest. I have had no build problems with my D300. I've thought of the D700, but for the $500 difference between that and the D3, I'd rather have the better build quality and built in microphone, and faster FPS.
So compared to the D800 (which has more megapixels than I can imagine needing for journalism and costs more than I really want to spend) or the D600 (which is just coming out, and has no history of reliability) is the D3 still the smart choice?
Edited on Sep 14, 2012 at 07:51 PM · View previous versions