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A lot of bang for the buck..

I have been using Nikons pro bodies since the early 2000's. Started with the D1x, then D2x and Now this camera. Considering the current price point and what these things cost new $8K. I am thrilled to have found this one for $1400 with 4500 actuations. I always buy my cameras used and several years after the release date to avoid spending rediculous amounts of $$ on gear.

Sure there's newer, faster, higher ISO cameras out there,....But If you cant take a great image with this camera, then you not much of a photographer...in my opinion.

Good luck
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Terrific versatility on a pro DSLR

I've used a number of straps: padded vinyl, leather, nylon, stretchy padded nylon etc. This Artisan strap is on my Nikon D3x and it makes a big difference in my location photography. It's secure enough to hold my camera in place when hiking, riding a bike and just doing my work. Adjusting it is fast and easy. Great camera strap.Read full review...


The D3X

The good is great. Love the camera. I date back to the Nikon FTN. Yep...had a lot of Nikons over the decades. Shot pro for many years. The D3X is a solid camera. Image is better than good. Got it, and had one issue. The strobe did not fire as soon as I tripped the shutter. A call to Nikon's MayDay line...the little button on the top of the camera with the flash symbol was set wrong. 18 seconds later, and I was good to go. No doubt, the later model cameras do well. And, if I wear this one out...or just get bored... I might give them a try. The price for this "like new" camera body was really good. And, the fact that I get to use my "film" lenses...because it's a full frame (FX) system makes me really happy.Read full review...

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Great value used in mid-2015. Robust, reliable, no-worries solution.

This review ignores video considerations. Furthermore, I'm coming at this review probably from a very different perspective than most folks who purchase the D3X when it came out. I found a used copy with virtually no wear and very low actuations AFTER having used a D4 and D4s extensively. For sports and birding, I rely upon the current flagship models for their rapid-fire shutter and motion-optimized focus engines. But the D4/D4s lack the pixel resolution for other applications where you need to crop in post. This is where the D3X fits in.

It has the same robust and precise feel of the D4/D4s. The extra mass also helps dampen shutter vibration and balances well on the heavier telephotos. If you're used to Nikon's pro models (D2, D3, D4) then you know what to expect with this beast. All the controls (but one) are where you expect. In fact I used to shoot F2/F4 (film) and so the exposure control lever (next to the prism) is just where a former film (or D2) shooter expects it to be.

The lone surprise was how to activate Live View. On the D4/D4s, there is a dedicated LV button which activates the feature with a single press. On the D3x, you spin the shutter mode dial to LV and click the shutter button once the same way you would use "Mirror Up" mode. This is not a knock against the camera. Just a note to others who reach back for the D3x after learning how Nikon does it in 2014/2015.

Everything in the D3x is lightning responsive. No time delay for anything from menu maneuvers to shooting. The mirror and shutter even feel snappier than they are in the D4 or D4s, quite frankly. And while this may be a subjective misperception on my part, the D3X seems to focus my lenses faster than the D4 or D4s for stationary subjects. I have no objective timings to offer. This is just an impression. Don't get me wrong. I would not dare pit the D3x against D4/D4s for moving targets in a focus accuracy challenge. But for still life, it will meet or beat the newer models except in low-light/low-contrast conditions.

At its list price, the D3x is difficult to justify. But you're here on eBay bargain-hunting. And at the prevailing "used" price of $2500 +/- it's a great investment IF you need the weather sealing and other attributes a full-pro body provides. The D810 has more resolution, better night vision and even a better-feeling shutter button. But I would not take the D810 out on a whale-watching cruise where it would be exposed to salt-water spray and potential knockabout. The D750 is better than the D3x in dim light and has virtually identical resolution. The D750 might also have slightly better dynamic range. That said, the D750 is far more fragile than the D3x.

Bottom line: If you do not require a Nikon full-pro body, then the D750/D810 deliver as-good-or-better image quality than the D3x. But if you need a full-pro body and are frustrated with the resolution of the D4/D4s, then the D3x (at today's used prices) is a legitimate solution. Even when the D5 is released, I'd expect a low-actuations copy D3x to hold its value above $2000 well into 2016 whereas the low-res D3/D3s models will not.

Need a camera to help you get that "money shot" and you can't risk not getting it? Think wedding shooter. A lightly-used D3x solves this problem as of August 2015. And with all the controls situated in familiar locations, the camera takes mere minutes to adapt to, even when stepping "backwards" from D4/D4s.
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The ultimate machine.

Feels good. You know this is the bomb when you pick it up. The sound of the shutter gives you courage. The DF and std D3 are better in low light, but when the light is good or you are in the studio, this is the one I choose. My favorite feature.? You can lock the shutter speed or aperture so it doesn't change in the heat of battle.Read full review...

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Simple direct, less fuss than newer models

Works well
I like it very much.

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Rock solid workhorse

Reliable and easy to work with.

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Nikon D3X

I'm thrilled with my D3X. I was using a D700 and the D3X just blows it away. The lab I use for printing and framing commented that the skin tones on some portrait shots I did, were: "Just perfect" I love everything about this camera and feel very fortunate to have a near mint D3X for about 1/3rd the original MSRP. Just Awesome!Read full review...

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great product

Nikon D3X Key Features

24.5 megapixel Full-Frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
ISO 100 - 1600 (ISO 50 - 6400 in Boost mode)
Also supports DX lenses, viewfinder automatically masks (10.5 megapixels with DX lens)
14-bit A/D conversion, 12 channel readout
Gapless micro lens array and on-chip noise reduction
Nikon EXPEED image processor (Capture NX processing and NR algorithms, optimized for D3X, lower power)
Super fast operation (power-up 12 ms, shutter lag 41 ms, black-out 74 ms)
Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 300,000 exposure durability
Multi-CAM3500FX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
Auto-focus tracking by color (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning) available (fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings)
Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)
Seven frames per second in continuous and DX mode
Dual Compact Flash card slots (overflow, back-up, RAW on 1 / JPEG on 2, copy)
Compact Flash UDMA support
3.0" 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast detect Auto Focus
Virtual horizon indicates if camera is level (like an aircraft cockpit display)
HDMI HD video output
'Active D-Lighting' with new 'Extra High' setting (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
Detailed 'Control Panel' type display on LCD monitor, changes color in darkness
Buttons sealed against moisture
Dual battery charger as standard
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I own a film camera from Nikon and it is a F5. Probably this will say you in first place why I bought the D3X. I was shooting digital with a 24 MP and a 12 MP from other manufacturer but when I was going really big in my printing (20X30, 24X36 or bigger), the equipment have no the quality in lenses or the reproduction of color that Nikon offer. My first impulse was buying the new baby in the block: Nikon D800; but, 36MP and my computer I don't think will make a good combination. Any way, I ended up buying a new computer and buying the D3X. This option let me keep working with a camera that is a modern F5. At this moment I miss nothing when I got My camera in hand. Ergonomics are very close to my old (and loved) F5's, quality in all aspects is stuning, lenses from Nikon do not need presentation: just the best in the market... Then, are the options this camera offer...
From three aspect ratios for you caption (FX ; 4:5 and DX) up to a long line of cutomize posibilities for control in color, contrast, flash use... And on top of all this a sensor with capabilities far and away from any of the competition. Some photographers complain about the weight and YES, it is a heavy camera... But I am a 66 years old photographer that manage to be on the street with 2 camera bodies (D3X and F5), six lenses (20mm; 35mm; 60mm Macro; 85mm; 70~200 zoom and 300mm),SB-16B Flash, Quantum batt. and Stroboframe, 2 extra batt. for the camera and sixteen rechargeable AA for the F5. All this take a toll on me but when I am shooting sports I am cavered... Wild life... I am covered... And on top of that I have in my hands THE TWO BEST CAMERAS EVER BUILD for film or for digital caption. I just invite to any one interested in Photography to test one D3X; please do not talk about me when your wife ask you: BUT WHY YOU HAS TO BUY ANOTHER CAMERA, PAUL???????????
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