Is Nikon D3 still a good buy?

Started Feb 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
AllOtherNamesTaken
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Re: Is Nikon D3 still a good buy?
In reply to Nhelnhel, Feb 12, 2013

Nhelnhel wrote:

AllOtherNamesTaken wrote:

Nhelnhel wrote:

I have an opportunity to buy a used Nikon D3 with 7,000 shutter count for $1300.00

I do general photography. Landscape, portrait and birding.I have also some old glass from Nikon and Sigma.

Is Nikon D3 still a good buy compared to the other Nikon full frame?

Thank you in advanced.


Depends what you want to use it for, primarily.

It is built like an absolute tank, has excellent AF, and by the sounds of that one, is almost new. It'll just be a great, solid, camera but the IQ (while excellent on it's own) leaves something to be desired in light of the newer, higher MP cameras which are better everywhere.

If you are big into landscape though, you might consider paying just a little more for a D600 which will provide much, much, better output at the expense of some build quality.

If you don't need ridiculously high ISO, lots of DR, or high MP for printing, I think an almost new D3 would be a very nice choice for $1300. If you think you will really appreciate some extra resolution though, I'd hold off.

Thank you for the fast reply.

I have a also a Pentax K-5 which i will use if i need the high ISO.

The D3 is going to be quite a bit better than your K5 for high ISO shooting.

I'd maybe use the K-5 so you get the extra reach for birding, and the D3 for everything else.

I suspect you will love using the D3 so much that you just use it all the time though haha.

Good luck with your decision!

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