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Jul 12, 2018 07:17:51   #
mborn Loc: Massachusetts
 
I still use my D3s converted it to IR

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Jul 12, 2018 07:18:10   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
Check out the D3S for only a few $ more. Stunning images, wonderful low light capabilites, and built like a tank. I had no problems printing 20x30 as long as I didn't crop too aggressively. It's the one camera that I truly miss, although it went for a good cause; my oldest daughter still uses it as her primary camera for her wedding studio business.

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Jul 12, 2018 07:41:23   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
wildweasel wrote:
I had an older Nikon D7000 that was not seeing any use after I purchased a D750 a few years ago so I decided to sell it. Looking around at used camera equipment, I stumbled on the model Nikon D3 at a couple of places for around $1,000 and less. My question, would any of you buy in to this older camera , and is this still a good working camera to have. I look forward to your opinions.


I'd prefer to have a modern camera for regular use, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy an older camera as a second body. However, I wouldn't spend that kind of money for an old D3. Too much and too old. Aside from the advances in technology since 2008, imagine how much use a D3 would have gotten in ten years.

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Jul 12, 2018 07:49:38   #
wildweasel
 
yssirk123 wrote:
Check out the D3S for only a few $ more. Stunning images, wonderful low light capabilites, and built like a tank. I had no problems printing 20x30 as long as I didn't crop too aggressively. It's the one camera that I truly miss, although it went for a good cause; my oldest daughter still uses it as her primary camera for her wedding studio business.


Actually looking at a D3s, thanks.

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Jul 12, 2018 07:54:22   #
wildweasel
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I'd prefer to have a modern camera for regular use, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy an older camera as a second body. However, I wouldn't spend that kind of money for an old D3. Too much and too old. Aside from the advances in technology since 2008, imagine how much use a D3 would have gotten in ten years.


I currently have a D750 and an Olympus EM1 Mark ll. About as modern as you can get, but I am intrigued by the D3's and what kind of images it will produce. The D3's sold new for $5,000 and one on excellent condition now can be found for under a thousand with 30 and 40 thousand shutter counts and I believe Nikon rated the D3's at 300,000 shutter actuations.

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Jul 12, 2018 07:57:02   #
Brucej67 Loc: Holly Springs, NC
 
In 2005 I purchased the D2x for $5,000 still have it. It gets limited use, but it doesn't eat anything and is working fine, so for the latest value of $200 I can't see getting rid of it.

wildweasel wrote:
I had an older Nikon D7000 that was not seeing any use after I purchased a D750 a few years ago so I decided to sell it. Looking around at used camera equipment, I stumbled on the model Nikon D3 at a couple of places for around $1,000 and less. My question, would any of you buy in to this older camera , and is this still a good working camera to have. I look forward to your opinions.

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Jul 12, 2018 08:16:48   #
Johngalt Loc: Downers Grove, Il
 
My D3X has been my studio body for the past 6 years... bought it used and still going strong! It's a workhorse that at 24 megapixels does everything I need!

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Jul 12, 2018 08:40:44   #
wapiti Loc: round rock, texas
 
camerapapi wrote:
I am not in need of a D3 but I would not hesitate a second buying it if I was looking for a camera. That is a great professional camera and when you see its 20x30 inch enlargements from its 12 Mp sensor you will know why.



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Jul 12, 2018 08:45:47   #
DaveC1 Loc: South East US
 
I just purchased a D700 from KEH with 3785 shutter activations on it. So obviously I wouldn't have a problem with a D3 if the price and condition made sense for my needs.

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Jul 12, 2018 08:59:17   #
dcampbell52 Loc: Clearwater Fl
 
wildweasel wrote:
I had an older Nikon D7000 that was not seeing any use after I purchased a D750 a few years ago so I decided to sell it. Looking around at used camera equipment, I stumbled on the model Nikon D3 at a couple of places for around $1,000 and less. My question, would any of you buy in to this older camera , and is this still a good working camera to have. I look forward to your opinions.

Yes, I did buy a Nikon D7000 for my wife. It was to replace her second Nikon D70s ( the camera died and since small (4tb) compaq flash cards were hard to find, I upgraded her). I bought her a used D7000 prior to last Thanksgiving. (told here that since her D70s was dead, this was her Christmas present early since she needed it). It's really a nice camera and works well for her. Plus, she is extatic because the resolution and capabilities are much better than the D70s. Is it top of the line? NO! but it works well and is part of her continuing development. Plus, all of our existing lenses fit it. (and it keep her from borrowing my D7100 or D610, lol). For you, if it still works and you want to sell it, then try KEH, Adorama, or B&H. While you might not get top dollar, with KEH especially, you might trade it for a lens or some other accessory for your current cameras or put it towards a used upper end camera.

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Jul 12, 2018 09:06:37   #
ELNikkor
 
Get that D3s!

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Jul 12, 2018 09:08:19   #
HardwareGuy
 
It is very easy to forget - in this day and age of planned obsolescence - that this was THE camera of its time.
(Not to hijack your thread, but in regards to your inquiry of buying older technology, after many weeks of research and pondering, I just bought a used D7100. Yup, it's "old" in camera years, but what a nice piece of equipment.
This was my first used camera purchase ever. Seeing the D300 I bought years ago for $1,800 now going for under $400, thought I'd take advantage of depreciation this time.)

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Jul 12, 2018 09:09:25   #
Catnlion Loc: Arizona City, Arizona
 
Yes. I was shooting a D5300 thinking about moving to FX but couldn't justify the D8xx money. Along came a D610 under $500 and under 6000 activations. Yup, it was for sale. Now it's mine.

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Jul 12, 2018 09:45:56   #
RolandDieter
 
Not too long ago, all these somewhat older cameras were considered GREAT!!! If they were so great then, what's really wrong with them now? Most improvements these days are tweaks, not breakthroughs.

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Jul 12, 2018 09:57:28   #
ReFlections Loc: LA to AL
 
RolandDieter wrote:
Not too long ago, all these somewhat older cameras were considered GREAT!!! If they were so great then, what's really wrong with them now? Most improvements these days are tweaks, not breakthroughs.



👍. My D700 still takes awesome pictures. No issues, recalls -just good color SOOC.

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