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DCS Photography
Posts: 801
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Guys,

I'm looking around for a new backup body (currently shooting D3 and D300, replacing the D300 so everything matches up a bit more, and its getting beat to all hell).

Right now on the table: another D3, a D700,

i'd love a D3s but no way it'll happen price wise i dont think unless i'm missing the deals on those.

for a D3 with under 50k on the shutter, battery, and charger, fair asking price?

same with a D700

looking around as we speak as well.

thanks!
Feb 13 13 07:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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WCR3
Posts: 1,016
Houston, Texas, US


Go to keh.com. Look up the bodies you are interested in.

Or go to eBay. In the search bar, type in the model you are looking for, e.g. Nikon D3. When the results come up, look right above the first listing, where it says "xxxx active listings | sold listings | completed listings." Click on "sold listings" and you'll see what has sold recently for what price. Read the descriptions carefully. Some offerings will have more goodies and some less; some bodies will appear almost new and others will have been rode hard and put up wet. But by looking at lots of items that have sold (or not) you can get a good idea of what the cameras sell for in a variety of conditions in the real world. After all, eBay is probably the worlds largest marketplace.
Feb 13 13 07:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Brandon Rittenhouse
Posts: 116
State College, Pennsylvania, US


Better yet, get a D600. I don't know why you'd want a used D3 (which will go for about the price of a new D600) over one of the newer cameras, like the D600 or the D800. If I were you, I'd sell both your D3 and D300, and get a D800 as your main and a D7000 as a backup, but that's just me. If you're not trying to spend a lot of money, get a refurbished Nikon. I trust their quality check.
Feb 13 13 08:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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DCS Photography
Posts: 801
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Brandon Rittenhouse wrote:
Better yet, get a D600. I don't know why you'd want a used D3 (which will go for about the price of a new D600) over one of the newer cameras, like the D600 or the D800. If I were you, I'd sell both your D3 and D300, and get a D800 as your main and a D7000 as a backup, but that's just me. If you're not trying to spend a lot of money, get a refurbished Nikon. I trust their quality check.

Because neither of those cameras are really at all what I need for work.

As much as i'd love one for shooting people, my main line of work is sports, and neither the D600 or 800 are particularly geared towards that.

Feb 13 13 08:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Brandon Rittenhouse
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State College, Pennsylvania, US


DCS Photography wrote:

Because neither of those cameras are really at all what I need for work.

As much as i'd love one for shooting people, my main line of work is sports, and neither the D600 or 800 are particularly geared towards that.

Gotcha, well if you are looking for sports, forget the D700. The D600 is around the same price and shoots faster than the D700. It seems like another D3 is what you need. The prices I've seen online are about 1700-2100 dollars depending on how "used" you want it. Good luck!

Feb 13 13 08:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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WCR3
Posts: 1,016
Houston, Texas, US


Yeah, I have a D600. It makes magnificent images, but the controls will drive you crazy. I much prefer those of my D300.

That said, if you can adapt, you'll be amazed at the image quality of a D600. The D600 body, new at B&H, is about $2000 and the body with 24-85 kit lens is abut $2500. I bought mine with the kit lens and have been very impressed.
Feb 13 13 08:18 pm  Link  Quote 
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WCR3
Posts: 1,016
Houston, Texas, US


DCS Photography wrote:

Because neither of those cameras are really at all what I need for work.

As much as i'd love one for shooting people, my main line of work is sports, and neither the D600 or 800 are particularly geared towards that.

I understand. I wrote my response before I saw this post. The D600 is really good if you have the time (measured in seconds) but probably not what you want for fast-moving sports.

Feb 13 13 08:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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DCS Photography
Posts: 801
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


thanks guys.

In a perfect world i'd like to get anoher D3/D3s and then either a D600/800 but i really cannot afford that.

i'm trying to build up the gear in a smart way and as much as i'd like something newer, the D3 does everything i need of it from a work standpoint.
Feb 13 13 08:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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DCS Photography
Posts: 801
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Brandon Rittenhouse wrote:

Gotcha, well if you are looking for sports, forget the D700. The D600 is around the same price and shoots faster than the D700. It seems like another D3 is what you need. The prices I've seen online are about 1700-2100 dollars depending on how "used" you want it. Good luck!

thanks.

Feb 13 13 08:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,005
San Francisco, California, US


I would't bother with a D700.  The D3's are generally down below $1,500, which makes them just a few hundred dollars more than a D700.  The D3 is a much better sports camera.
Feb 13 13 09:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,788
Portland, Oregon, US


Brandon Rittenhouse wrote:
Gotcha, well if you are looking for sports, forget the D700. The D600 is around the same price and shoots faster than the D700. It seems like another D3 is what you need. The prices I've seen online are about 1700-2100 dollars depending on how "used" you want it. Good luck!

WHAT !!!!

Put the grip on the D700 (which the OP may already have for his D300), put in one of the batteries he already has for the D3, and he's shooting 8 FPS.

I'm sorry, remind me what the maximum FPS on the D600 is?   IIRC, the AF on the D600 is not as good also.

Personally, I prefer the D700 with grip over the D3... it has a built-in sensor cleaner and I prefer other photo review/zoom options on it over the D3 as well.   (Every D3 that I have used had sensor snakes all over it.. no thank you.)

D600, I don't think so, Tim.

Feb 13 13 09:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,005
San Francisco, California, US


DougBPhoto wrote:
Personally, I prefer the D700 with grip over the D3... it has a built-in sensor cleaner and I prefer other photo review/zoom options on it over the D3 as well.   (Every D3 that I have used had sensor snakes all over it.. no thank you.)

I would agree with you except I hate the D700 viewfinder as compared to the D3.  I just need a 100% viewfinder to be happy.

Feb 13 13 09:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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DCS Photography
Posts: 801
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


where are you guys seeing D3's for under 1800?
Feb 13 13 10:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,005
San Francisco, California, US


DCS Photography wrote:
where are you guys seeing D3's for under 1800?

A friend of mine just sold his for $775 with no battery but it had 150,000 actuations.  I see them in the $1,500 range on craigslist all the time.  The D3s is about $3,000

Feb 13 13 10:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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DCS Photography
Posts: 801
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


GPS Studio Services wrote:

A friend of mine just sold his for $775 with no battery but it had 150,000 actuations.  I see them in the $1,500 range on craigslist all the time.  The D3s is about $3,000

If you see a d3s for around 3k can you let me know?

the only two D3 (under 60k on the shutter) i have seen recently came with battery and charger for around 2000-2200.

Feb 13 13 11:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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T-D-L
Posts: 10,166
Los Angeles, California, US


GPS Studio Services wrote:

A friend of mine just sold his for $775 with no battery but it had 150,000 actuations.  I see them in the $1,500 range on craigslist all the time.  The D3s is about $3,000

Woah, damn good deal.  I'd have been all over that if it were local lol.  Just check CL here and the cheapest was 1600 with everything else around 2500+

Feb 13 13 11:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sentimental-SINtimental
Posts: 1,314
Castle Rock, Washington, US


I guess yall don't check Ebay? A regular D3 can be found for 1500 and up... (lots of clicks) I just got a D700 with 20k click in near mint condition and most of the stuff in the OEM box has been unopened. I wanted to get the D3 but for low clicks the D700 was a better choice for me
Feb 14 13 12:50 am  Link  Quote 
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