What to buy for shooting action that doesn't cost as much as a D4?

Started Nov 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP jfriend00 Forum Pro • Posts: 12,367
Re: Buy The D3

Alpha Tech wrote:

The D300 is outmoded gear. I was in the same position as you years ago when I upgraded from a D300 to a D3, which later had its buffer upgraded. I found that even at 8 fps once in a great while I still missed the moment I was trying to capture. Reading the choices in your post, I would choose a D3 over the D700 and D3s. It isn't worth getting a D700 and grip when for slightly more you can have a D3 with full viewfinder coverage. Rather than pay the premium for a D3s, you will need a good zoom and you know what that means...ideally the 70-200mm. I shot that combination for years and loved using it, except for the oil & dirt sensor in the D3 (forerunner of the D600 problem!)

I already own a grip that fits the D700 so that isn't any extra expense.  Isn't the D3, the exact same sensor as the D700?  So, the D3 would give me a couple more fps and (from what I hear) a little quicker AF.  But, the noise performance isn't going to be different than a D700, right?

FYI, I shoot soccer with the 200-400 f/4.  I do also own the 70-200 (older generation), but it's too short for full field soccer.

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