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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


I did an end of the year gear investment thought briefly about the D800 (about 10s) and purchased a D610. excellent middle ground with all the relative goodies at by todays standards a reasonable price. threw it in my bag and downloaded the manual pdf on my surface 2 pro. 14 hrs later I literally out and about in Tokyo w/o skipping a step.






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Skytree in the evening handheld

  NIKON D610    24.0-120.0 mm f/4.0 lens    30mm    1/60s    12800 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Jan 08, 2014 at 03:42 PM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


There is no doubt that the D3X is a stunning camera. Build quality, handling, and pixel integrity at base ISO are all excellent. If you want the pro body and high resolution, the D3X is your only choice.

If you are willing to accept a lessor body, both the D800/E and the D600/610 are the D3X's equal or better in image quality at base ISO. At ISO's above 800 they are both better than the D3X. But neither are built as well or are as much of a pleasure to handle as the D3X. Decide what's important to you and make your decision based on that, rather than what the internet experts say. I know which I'd choose (I already voted with my wallet), but that doesn't make it right for you or anyone else.

Josh



Jan 08, 2014 at 03:44 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


So in conclusion: don't tear your hair, everyone agree you should get the D800.

If you really want to cause some disagreement, ask whether or not you should get the Standard or "e" version



Jan 08, 2014 at 03:47 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


For iq. D800. No question.


Jan 08, 2014 at 03:51 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


but it (the D3x) is long on the tooth. I look for results in a given situation. not how it feels in my hands.





















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Jan 08, 2014 at 03:53 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


love my D610 for landscape..to me it's the perfect compromise for IQ, size, weight, file size and cost..and with a 16-35 F4 it's fantastic and well balanced...you could pocket the cost diff and don't tell your wife too


Jan 08, 2014 at 04:04 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


Interesting results with the 610 vs 800. I thought at base ISO of 100 the 800 was king but according to that chart, it's the same in terms of DR and worse at ISO performance (which makes sense given the MP difference).

Still I think 800e is your best bet if you plan on doing mainly landscape.



Jan 08, 2014 at 04:40 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


Been there. tried the 800 and it just did not work for me. I much prefer the pro body over the smaller d800. none the less if you want it for landscape just get the Sony A7r and buy a pro body nikon as well


Jan 08, 2014 at 04:43 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


I like the D800 much better


Jan 08, 2014 at 04:48 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


it's funny, but I thought only a handful ever bought the d3x.


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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


Rodluvan wrote:
it's funny, but I thought only a handful ever bought the d3x.



A lot of people like me had the opportunity to buy a D3x used after the D800/e hit the market.



Jan 08, 2014 at 05:15 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


Put me in the category that prefers the pro body. I tried the D800 for 1.5 years and just couldn't get used to it.


Jan 08, 2014 at 05:34 PM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


I've shot with them all and have come to realize that charts and graphs don't mean a thing these days. If you can't get a masterpiece with a modern dslr it's not the camera.

Use the camera that has the feature set you need and feels right in your hands. When you're preparing to take that classic I'd rather have the right buttons in the right spot rather than worrying about if I have 13 or 14 stops of DR.

sjms wrote:
but it (the D3x) is long on the tooth. I look for results in a given situation. not how it feels in my hands.




Jan 08, 2014 at 05:39 PM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


I would be in the D800 croud if I were going FX just for the resolution and IQ ... as much as I'd love an integrated body like the D3x


Jan 08, 2014 at 06:02 PM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


mindcandy wrote:
My wife surprised me for my birthday (today!) with a D3x


Does she have a sister?

oh, and Happy Birthday!



Jan 08, 2014 at 07:43 PM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


caad4rep wrote:
I've shot with them all and have come to realize that charts and graphs don't mean a thing these days. If you can't get a masterpiece with a modern dslr it's not the camera.

Use the camera that has the feature set you need and feels right in your hands. When you're preparing to take that classic I'd rather have the right buttons in the right spot rather than worrying about if I have 13 or 14 stops of DR.



Adapt otherwise you hinder yourself. But for many it is a great excuse/rationalization for poor performance.

I shoot the appropriate camera at the appropriate time



Jan 08, 2014 at 08:32 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


Thanks everyone for the great responses! It's pretty much echoing my gut feeling after reading through all the reviews of each of the cameras. Yes my wife did buy it for full price, but no shady salesmen were involved. She just went online and bought it through a reseller on Amazon. I've asked for a return, hopefully they accept it since I haven't taken a single picture or even removed it from the box yet.

As soon as I get a return acceptance mail from them I'm ordering a D800 (not the E ). After reading all morning about it, it looks like the 800 seems to be as good, if not better, for landscapes than the D800E. Is this correct, should I make another post about this (new to the forum and don't know if riding on old threads for new topics is frowned upon)

And DontShoot, sorry wife has no sisters



Jan 08, 2014 at 08:53 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


The D800E should be marginally sharper. But with a small bit of sharpening in post I'm skeptical anyone could tell the difference, even on large scale prints.


Jan 08, 2014 at 08:59 PM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


The D800e is "considered" the better landscape camera by aficionados. No slight blurring by the anti-alias filter. But is it worth the extra $300 / Probably not.

A typical user will never notice.



Jan 08, 2014 at 09:07 PM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800


For sure... glad to see you returned the D3X.

I would buy the D800E though... not the 800.



Jan 08, 2014 at 09:10 PM
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