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Y E N

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Memphis, Tennessee, US

how many of you are selling the d3x to get a d800, and how many of you are keeping the d3x.  I am trying to decide.

Feb 25 13 09:50 pm Link

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Gary Melton

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Dallas, Texas, US

...I can't imagine ANYONE selling a D3X to replace it with a D800...the 2 models are WORLDS apart (with the D3X WAY above the D800)

There's some damn good reasons the D3X sells for $8,000 to the D800's $3,000...

Feb 25 13 09:56 pm Link

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Y E N

Posts: 843

Memphis, Tennessee, US

Gary Melton wrote:
...I can't imagine ANYONE selling a D3X to replace it with a D800...the 2 models are WORLDS apart (with the D3X WAY above the D800)

There's some damn good reasons the D3X sells for $8,000 to the D800's $3,000...

I have both and thinking about selling the d3x for d800.  i just hardly pick up the d3x anymore

Feb 25 13 10:03 pm Link

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Ade Barkah

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gary Melton wrote:
...I can't imagine ANYONE selling a D3X to replace it with a D800...the 2 models are WORLDS apart (with the D3X WAY above the D800)

There's some damn good reasons the D3X sells for $8,000 to the D800's $3,000...

No.

From a strict image quality perspective, the D800 is superior to the D3X in virtually every respect.  More dynamic range, deeper color depth, better low-light performance.  And 50% higher resolution to boot.

The D3X is over four years old now; an eternity in terms of technology improvements.

Feb 25 13 10:42 pm Link

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-JAY-

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Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Ade Barkah wrote:

No.

From a strict image quality perspective, the D800 is superior to the D3X in virtually every respect.  More dynamic range, deeper color depth, better low-light performance.  And 50% higher resolution to boot.

The D3X is over four years old now; an eternity in terms of technology improvements.

+1 what it boils down to

What's better, a 2002 BMW 7 series, or a 2013 5 series?

Feb 25 13 10:49 pm Link

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Gary Melton

Posts: 6425

Dallas, Texas, US

Ade Barkah wrote:
No.

From a strict image quality perspective, the D800 is superior to the D3X in virtually every respect.  More dynamic range, deeper color depth, better low-light performance.  And 50% higher resolution to boot.

The D3X is over four years old now; an eternity in terms of technology improvements.

-JAY- wrote:
+1 what it boils down to

What's better, a 2002 BMW 7 series, or a 2013 5 series?

Yeah - upon further thought - I can see that.

Since I got my D7000, I haven't used my D200 once...even though the D200 outclasses the D7000 in many ways.

Bottom line: while the D200 handles better, the D7000 has WAY better IQ, dynamic range, low-light capabilites, 2 cards versus 1, 100% viewfinder, larger LCD, etc...

Feb 25 13 10:58 pm Link

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RKD Photographic

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Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

I'm keeping mine - if only for the reason that I could barely sell it for £2k even with under 50k actuations...

Since I only use it for studio-work, it's more than 'good enough' and at my normal output sizes and after post-production work the images are indistinguishable from those taken on either a D800 or my D3 bodies...

Feb 26 13 01:19 am Link

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Robb Mann

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Baltimore, Maryland, US

Same thing happened to the D2X prices when the D300 launched.

Feb 26 13 04:04 am Link

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Robert Jewett

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al-Marsā, Tunis, Tunisia

Feb 26 13 04:14 am Link

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Sichenze Photography

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Front Royal, Virginia, US

I do not have a D3X but I think I would go with the D800 and eventually they will come out with a D4x and that will be the ticket. I have the D4 and it is amazing and for some shots the smaller file is not an issue.  I have the D800 and I use that for studio work and for landscapes.  The D4 is for everything else.

Feb 26 13 04:19 am Link

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Edward Shaw Photography

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Ade Barkah wrote:

No.

From a strict image quality perspective, the D800 is superior to the D3X in virtually every respect.  More dynamic range, deeper color depth, better low-light performance.  And 50% higher resolution to boot.

The D3X is over four years old now; an eternity in terms of technology improvements.

I'm with Ade on this. I have both the D3x and the D800 and hardly use the D3x any more.

Feb 26 13 09:25 am Link

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Dan Howell

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New York, New York, US

Yen Studios wrote:
I have both and thinking about selling the d3x for d800.  i just hardly pick up the d3x anymore

i'm the opposite, I have both and really consider the D800 as a back-up. The D3X is more rugged and I can't imagine the D800 standing up to the abuse I have put the D3X thru on long shoot days over the past 4 yrs. I don't particularly like having 1 CF and 1 SD card slots on the D800--pick one and put 2 of them in there, though I have actually had more trouble with SD cards even though I have used CF cards 10x as often.

I do like the D800 video for somethings. And the D800 is far better above ISO400, but I would not say that it is a better camera. Personally I am looking forward to seeing the specs of a D4X.

Feb 26 13 10:26 am Link

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FKW Studio

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Kew, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

I'd keep the D3x. Ever since the D800 came out, its not like the D3X is suddenly a terrible camera. It is built incredibly well, has stunning IQ, and is more than enough camera for 98% of the photographers out there. Run that rugged shutter until it explodes, THEN upgrade to the newest and best out there (by that point I would suppose a D4X or something will be out) just my 2c

Feb 26 13 12:35 pm Link

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Y E N

Posts: 843

Memphis, Tennessee, US

FKW Studio wrote:
I'd keep the D3x. Ever since the D800 came out, its not like the D3X is suddenly a terrible camera. It is built incredibly well, has stunning IQ, and is more than enough camera for 98% of the photographers out there. Run that rugged shutter until it explodes, THEN upgrade to the newest and best out there (by that point I would suppose a D4X or something will be out) just my 2c

I agree but I like having my cameras the same because then they operate the same.  The d800 has the video and larger fiie size and is a little better with natural lighting.  But I think the D3x focusing on a real job is better.  I have thought about keeping it and buying another d800 but I would like to sell it before its worthless.

Does anybody know a used D3x is selling for???

Feb 26 13 01:15 pm Link

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FKW Studio

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Kew, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

Yen Studios wrote:

I agree but I like having my cameras the same because then they operate the same.  The d800 has the video and larger fiie size and is a little better with natural lighting.  But I think the D3x focusing on a real job is better.  I have thought about keeping it and buying another d800 but I would like to sell it before its worthless.

Does anybody know a used D3x is selling for???

I sold my D3X on ebay and got $3500. I sold because I moved to Sony equipment, but if I were still in the Nikon camp I would've kept it because WOW $3500 is just not worth it in my opinion! I think you will find that for what you are offered, you are better off keeping the camera... And while the D800 is a superior camera, in real-world use, aside from bill-board printing and low-light shooting, I think it would be very hard to tell the difference between images shot by both bodies using quality glass..

Feb 26 13 02:36 pm Link

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L o n d o n F o g

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

FKW Studio wrote:

I sold my D3X on ebay and got $3500. I sold because I moved to Sony equipment, but if I were still in the Nikon camp I would've kept it because WOW $3500 is just not worth it in my opinion! I think you will find that for what you are offered, you are better off keeping the camera... And while the D800 is a superior camera, in real-world use, aside from bill-board printing and low-light shooting, I think it would be very hard to tell the difference between images shot by both bodies using quality glass..

You sold your Nikon for a Sony? the TV people?

Feb 26 13 05:07 pm Link

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MMDesign

Posts: 18647

Louisville, Kentucky, US

I want a D800 in a D3x body.

Feb 26 13 05:11 pm Link