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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:35 am 
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I found a well-preserved, pre-owned Nikon D3s today (Thursday) at Houston Camera Exchange. Apparently the anticipated nearness of the release of a D4s successor has caused the asking prices for the D3s to drop, as this one was priced a bit lower than a previous D3s, at the same place, in far worse condition, with ten times more shutter actuations, a few weeks ago. ( <22K versus >210K, if I remember correctly,)

Following so soon after some substantial recent lens purchases, this will require some painful sacrifices, probably one redundant high-end Canon lens, and/or two or three firearms, but a camera that can "see" in the dark, notably better than a D700, seems worth it. With the night shooting I do at work*, I believe this purchase was justifiable for more than just personal shooting. Depending upon the source, a D3s should represent a half to a full stop better low-light capability than a D3/D700. I will start to confirm this tonight or this weekend.

This purchase also reinforces my recent trend toward FX Nikons, while also using cropped-frame-sensor Canons. I still love my new 7D Mark II pair.

*I do not claim to be a "professional" photographer, as I am not in the business, but do shoot some quite important images as part of my duties as a public servant.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:41 pm 
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Very quiet in this section of the forum. :(

I wish I could type a detailed review of my D3s, but I have so busy, most of my shooting has been with my 7D Mark II cameras, at work. I will have a few days' leave, in a week; perhaps then I will use the D3s a bit more.

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