Summary: A bit late to review an older piece of technology but I have to at least bear witness to this excellent piece of gear that has been my main wedding weapon for 4 years without skipping a beat. It's also a very complex camera that does little or no hand holding, you either know what you're doing or your results will be disappointing. This is an absolute classic that will work no matter what you throw at it.
Summary: I purchased this camera Adorama. I was sorely disappointed with the purchase. I could have purchased from someone else and been further ahead. The battery would not fully charge. That is because it needed to be calibrated. I had to purchase a Nikon MH-22 charger. The multi selector pad does not operate as it should. The sensor was dirty, I had to pay to have it cleaned.
Summary: I had an issue with my tracking number, so I messages them. Answered almost immediately. I purchased quite an expensive camera and was hesitant to buy off line, but it came very quickly and in great shape!
Summary: There's a reason this camera is so popular with wedding photographers: It has incredible dynamic range in low light. It's built like a tank, has great auto focus, and the dual CF memory cards gives peace of mind.
Excerpt: I had the privilege to work with this camera in 2011 and 2012, also made some of my best shots with it. Consistent, reliable performer. AF sharp, always on spot, no matter the circumstances I have worked in, and with the great high ISO sensitivity performance, it just never got to dark.
Summary: The Nikon D3S, even as a previous model is a spectacular camera. It get's the job done and gets it done very well. It truly is a tool you can depend on and it stays out of your way. Yes, 12MP may seem low by today's standards of Megapixels but it is more than enough for 80% of all shooters. This camera just rocks! Unfortunately, many people are caught up with marketing ploys with larger, bigger, faster numbers.