I am lucky to have a Nikon D3S camera at my disposable. I would love to upgrade it to the latest professional Nikon the D4 but can I justify the costs? In simple terms no.
The D3S is an amazing piece of equipment, my only issue is it is rather heavy. Add a good telephoto lens to it and you don’t need a trip to the gym for an upper body work out. It’s a big camera and robustly built. The tough chassis should survive most knocks and conditions and the Army Professionals abuse this kit in the most extreme locations including Afghanistan.
The AF system is fast! The image quality is excellent especially in regards to the noise reduction which eliminates noise without sacrificing detail and sharpness. The D3 produces virtually noise-free images at low ISOs. and even over ISO 800+ the effects are insignificant and acceptable over many other cameras.
Overall, the D3S is an extremely well-specified camera with fantastic performance across the board. The AF system, the speed, and the superb image quality that can be achieved, even at high ISOs. In short, the D3 is pretty dam good.
I have used this camera in some difficult shots, including several Rock concerts and from the back of a Chinook helicopter while flying over London. If your serious about your photography don’t muck around the lesser Nikon camera such as the D3 or even the D80 to name but two. If your a Canon user as I was and have an abundance of Canon lenses, make the leap and get hold of a Nikon D3 you won’t look back.
I cannot speak about the D4 yet. I am considering hiring one but that could be fatal and force me to upgrade. The bottom line is this camera does everything and everything extremely well, if you know how to use it. Experiment with it on a shot at a crucial time could be a costly mistake. You may be able to pick one of these up for reasonable money now on eBay. It still won’t be cheap but it will be worth every penny.