"NIKON-ZEN" - Well Worth the Higher Cost Compared to other DSLRs
29 August 2014
Summary: Having started out in film SLRs many years ago and going through the point and shoot digitals, it was such a pleasure to come back to DSLRs again. Picked up a Canon T4i for my teenage son to get him started in the hobby and in the process rediscovered how much I love photography. With the purchase of this camera and lovely Nikon glass to go with it, I guess I am a serious amateur again. This is just a great camera.
Summary: I thought the Nikon d2x was a beast but the d3 is absolutely the truth! The FX (full-frame) function is totally magnificent and the overall picture quality is far beyond what I expected! It is user friendly once you learn the majority of its functions but you "do need" to read the instructions manual or some of the other literature available. This camera was a whooping $5000 when it came out back in 2007 and now it is reasonable. All I can say get one you will be amazed!
Summary: I shoot a lot sports and I can't wait to use it for football season. So far, I've used it for shooting track and field, and it performs like a beast! As I said, this is the best camera I have ever owned. If you're a sports shooter like me, this is the camera for you. And I think you can generally pick up a D3 for around $2,000. For me, it was money well spent!
Summary: The Nikon D3 is really a pro camera body. Pro in terms of performance, durability and ease of use. I particularly like the built-in grip and the ISO button that is conveniently located within reach of my thumb. The only con is the weight but I can live with that.
Summary: It is sharp and exact which is why I buy Nikon. It takes perfect pictures every time. It is fast and reliable great for shooting wedding and sporting events. The extra long battery life makes it a winner.
Summary: Chances are, if you're looking at spending on a D3, you already know enough about photography and cameras to make a smart decision. However, beware of certain sellers like Wall Street Photo who have marked the D3 up to a ridiculous $9,999.00. There is not a DSLR in the world that should cost $10,000, not even the amazing Pentax 645 40mp medium-format DSLR. Realistically, you should not pay more than $6,500 for this camera.