New or used Nikon D3?

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  1. pdechavez macrumors regular

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    So when it comes to purchasing situations, i worry. I have a choice of getting a brand new D3 for $5899 with taxes or buy one of 2 used D3s:

    $4200 with 8000 actuations or $4200 with 20,000 actuations

    of course I want the first one but cant get a hold of the person. but my questions is, should i buy a new D3 or save money?

    both used D3s are said to be in mint condition.
     
  2. JSF macrumors member

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    Personally, I would go with the used one. I think Nikon states the D3 is good for 300,000 shutter actuations. With the money you save buying the used one you could get the shutter replaced and still come out ahead. I believe the cost to replace the shutter is around $300.
     
  3. Maxxamillian macrumors 6502

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    Happy D3 owner here....

    D3 shutter is rated at 300,000 actuations. You are talking ~98% and ~94% remaining shutter life.

    Do you have some pro lenses you could bring along with you to test the systems? If not rent some. Here is what I would do.

    1. Bring two CF cards. Shoot RAW and make sure that BOTH CF card slots work (Set slot 2 to copy slot 1)
    2. Study up on the camera (assuming you haven't done this) and then test out all major functionality. Come up with some logical system that allows you to review the tests you are running against the pictures you are taking.
    3. Bring the cards home and carefully go through the pictures. Look for aberrations that may be sensor / function-specific.

    Good luck! It's a chunk of change but WELL worth it.

    Edit: JSF beat me to the punch :D Apologies for the redundant info.
     
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  6. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    Can you afford to wait? There's talk of a D3 refresh (probably in the form of a D3h or D3s) sometime in the fall, which would of course drive down the price of a new D3.

    At B&H, you can get a refurbished D3 for about $3,700.

    Also, upon looking at the D3 page over there, I see that it's out of stock. I have not seen it listed as being out of stock before, and I can't help but think something's afoot for it. Particularly since the D700 came along, the D3 hasn't been jumping off the virtual shelves. I'd wait for a new one if you can.
     
  7. Maxxamillian macrumors 6502

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    A refresh?!

    I. Must. Resist.
    :rolleyes:
     
  8. CK Williams macrumors regular

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    Granted, it is currently out of stock, but B & H has it new for $4599.95 and does have some used as well.

    On the rumor front:
    http://nikonrumors.com/2009/06/10/nikon-d3-successor-in-autumn.aspx

    I have the D3's baby brother (D700). It is amazing what the sensor can do in these bodies in low light. Good luck with your purchase and enjoy.
     
  9. Captpegleg macrumors member

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    I don't think everyone is talking about the same camera. D3…D3X?
     
  10. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    I think you're the first person to mention the D3x, whose price is far higher than the D3. Anyone who's serious about buying one knows the difference.
     
  11. Captpegleg macrumors member

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    But, B&H is below $4,350 for a new D3. Ask me how I know.

    So that would make OP's prices out of line for a D3, eh?
     
  12. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    In the US, yes. My guess would be Canada.
     
  13. sangosimo Guest

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    do you need the megapixels. couldn't you get 2 used and gripped d700's
     
  14. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    The D3 has a few advantages over the D700, which include 100% viewfinder coverage, somewhat faster autofocus, faster processing ability and a bit smaller and more ergonomic frame than a gripped D300/700. It also has the ability to move into 5:4 aspect mode, rather than just 3:2. That's all in addition to the faster frame rate.
     
  15. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    I think that's partially incorrect. According to the reviews, the imaging chain in the D700 (including autofocus and image processing) are exactly the same as the D3.

    http://www.bythom.com/nikond700review.htm
     
  16. sangosimo Guest

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    the d700 has
    d700 goes for ~2300 used.
     
  17. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    ~2300 what?
     

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