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Discussion in 'Creative Pursuits' started by H8R, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Aside from maybe the F100, this is (imho) the best buy in a used Nikon right now.


    Case in point - the D3 I scored of Craig's List last night for $2k.

    7598 actuations. Not a mark on it.




    I was on the fence about the new D600 but I don't really shoot video and could care less about 24mp files. The D600 with a grip would have been about $2400, so comparatively this was a no-brainer.

    And holllllyyyyy sh1t this thing is fast.
     
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  2. Silver

    Silver find me a tampon

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    Nice!
     
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  3. Polandspring88

    Polandspring88 Superman

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    Nice! I contemplated one before pulling the trigger on the D600 but was swayed by the MP. I like to print. Large.
     
  4. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    After just a day of handling the D3, I'm perplexed. How did I use the D7000 for so long without permanently cramping my hands?
     
  5. bean

    bean Turbo Monkey

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    Nice. I'd love to have one.

    I've been thinking that the time to upgrade from the D200 might be approaching. I was thinking about the D300 or its successor if there ever is one so that I don't have to replace all my lenses. FX would be nice though. I miss those big bright viewfinders.
     
  6. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Once the D400 (or whatever it will be called) hits the market the prices on used D300 and D300s bodies will plummet. If all you have is decent DX lenses then you'll be set.
     
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    bean Turbo Monkey

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    That's what I was thinking. I got a great deal on my D200 when the D300 came out. If I could get a D300s at a similar price, I'd be all over it.

    But really, I only have two lenses, so it's not like it would be that difficult to replace them.
     
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    Polandspring88 Superman

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    I would assume its pretty close to the D7000 + battery grip? If so I ask myself that all the time. Once you slap a real lens on there it gets pretty damn uncomfortable trying to keep it balanced.
     
  9. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    No. Worlds apart. Wider, more sculpted, more solid.

    Like a rubber covered steel brick that was molded for human hands.
     
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    RUFUS e-douche of the year

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    Congrats on the D3, it is a great camera and a fantastic upgrade from the smaller bodies.

    Try going from the D3 to the D4 though. I would never own a D3 again after just 2 months of owning a D4. It is sex in your hands.
     
  11. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Yeah, $2k was my limit for domestic embezzlement on this one. $6k would have meant divorce papers.

    :D
     
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    stevew unique white person

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    ewwww.
     
  13. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Only one thing I don't like:

    "Easy ISO" control option is missing. It's on the D7000, and it rules. When in Aperture Priority, you can spin the back dial to adjust ISO on the fly. When in Shutter Priority, spin the front dial. No other button presses required. Kinda miss it on this.

    That being my only complaint, otherwise it's fvcking DREAMY.
     
  14. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    nice grab.

    serious gear.



    did United ever cough up any $?
     
  15. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    I know. I'm still playing catch up with it. The thing can see in the dark like a barn owl. I was going for the D600, literally was about to place the order, and I was stumbling around on Craig's List and saw this.

    "Well....older tech indestructible pro body, or newer body that I'd have to add a grip for hundreds $ more...hmm..."

    Now I have the D3 for most everything and the D7k for video and maybe extra "reach". My wife can use the live view with D7k too, which is good because looking through a viewfinder gives her eye troubles.

    Nope. They offered me a travel voucher, which I explained to them would go unused. I've contacted some lawyers but not heard back much. I might need to take it to small claims court, which will be a PITA.
     
  16. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    One thing I'm trippin on...voice memo. Woah.
     
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    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    well, best of luck getting at least something out of them. i can't see how they can shirk any responsibility.
     
  18. dante

    dante Unabomber

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    Noted it earlier but it's *really* easy for them to shirk responsibility. They have in the "agreements" that they're not responsible for any electronics or photography that are in checked luggage. The good thing about it is that you file in small claims court where you live, and it'd be more expensive for them to send someone to refute it than to just pay the damn cost of the item that they stole...

    But yeah, I'd fall over in a state of shock if they coughed up any money without being dragged to court.
     
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    Dude that is sweet.......7600 is just a baby, not even broken in yet...... Now we need to seem some images from that bad boy. Nikon pro bodies are things of beauty in their own right :drool:
     
  20. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Haven't had much time to shoot the last couple weeks. Mostly just messing with the Pocketwizards I just got, and some walking around stuff.

    GG bridge from the east bay:




    Out of the first few PW shots. Sun at back camera left, one umbrella'd SB-700 warmed with a CTO gel back camera right.



    BTW - the Pocketwizard Flex and Mini are fvcking black magic. Clean, non FP sync at up to 1/800th with the D3 and an old SB-800 speedlight.
     
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    H8R Cranky Pants

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    H8R Cranky Pants

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    I dropped my D3 today. The 50mm f/1.4G was attached.

    I went to pick it up off the dining room table and the strap caught on the corner of the table, yanking it out of my hand. It bounced off the edge of the table and landed on the carpeted floor.

    !!!!

    I was horrified. How can I be so clumsy??





    My wife is gone till Friday. How am I gonna fix this ding in the table before then?
     
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    Absolutely love this pic!
    How's your cam doing?
     
  24. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Thanks.

    The camera is just fine. Like dropping a metal brick. I fear for anything it hits, or maybe the lens, but not the camera body.