Nikon D3s official owners/users thread, anything related to the D3 D3s D3x

Messages
896
Name
Ian
Edit My Images
Yes
I noticed a post for the D700 which having read all the posts looked very interesting so I thought it might be a good idea to have one for the D3 family.

Just taken delivery of my D3s and so far very pleased with the results. Not got to grips with the video yet.

Any D3 users especially the D3s who may be able to pass on some tips they have picked up whilst using the camera could prove useful.
 

Arkady

Suspended / Banned
Messages
10,977
Name
Rob
Edit My Images
No
The only dramas that may occur with these is that they're not quite as well-sealed as the older D2x was, according to the guys at Calumet who do all our servicing.
They're seeing more coming back with water-damage than previous models.

If you're (like me) used to just letting the rain pour all over your kit, it might be wise to keep an eye open and wipe them down occasionally.
 
Messages
3,448
Name
Phil aka Phiggys
Edit My Images
No
Just had a look in here and surprised to find so few a posts as I know a number of togs still using D3 D3s cameras including local press guys !
Perhaps they rarely go wrong as mine has proved to be a very reliable work horse?
 
Messages
6,766
Name
Graham
Edit My Images
No
My d3 recently soldiered past 400k actuations. I noticed one on eBay yesterday with over 800k on original shutter. Work horse is the right term.
 
Messages
255
Edit My Images
No
I have 2 x D3 bodies - both 8 years old now and still going strong. Also still have a D2Xs and D2Hs which still get occasional use but I'm using my Fuji kit more and more these days.
 

shreds

Slushy
Messages
1,615
Name
Ian
Edit My Images
No
Another one here, D3 from first release as new and a D3x added later as a studio cam. Wonderful cameras. Weight is no problem. In fact it stabilises situations that otherwise might be flaky. Love it with the f2.8 70-200mm attached - really well balanced.
 
Messages
2,436
Name
David
Edit My Images
Yes
I had a D3 for four years. 300k shots on it and still going strong, especially considering the conditions it shot in - rainy Welsh forests through to sandy Dubai deserts. The only reason I changed it to the D4s was I was feeling flush. Nothing wrong with the camera (although the early ones like mine had smaller buffers) and they produced amazing images which I still printed at A1 using 1600ISO.
 
Messages
3,448
Name
Phil aka Phiggys
Edit My Images
No
I'm still using mine even though I have a number of newer Dslrs.
The weight is the main problem for me these days and the preference of fast prime lenses doesn't help :(
With osteoarthritis taking hold these days even carrying & holding a camera is becoming a big problem for me.
A tripod or monopod helps but it's just more equipment to have to carry.
Hence I posted else ware asking about Fuji and Olympus options
 
Messages
3,006
Name
Allen
Edit My Images
Yes
I recently acquired a D3 mint boxed with less than 13K on the shutter count
I like the solid reassuring feel , Not been out with it yet due to work commitments
Boo!
 
Messages
6,104
Name
Storm Trooper
Edit My Images
Yes
Picked up a well used ex-wedding pros D3 about 5 years ago and love it for portrait stuff, sadly it will now be more of a back up as I've just got a D810.
2020-02-20_06-53-11.jpg
 
Messages
1,572
Name
Andy
Edit My Images
Yes
I’ve got to say, I do miss my old lug of a D3, heavy yes but superbly built and that viewfinder was splendid too. Absolute overkill for my current needs but excellent none the less :LOL:
 
Top