UPDATE: all gone - Amazon now says "In stock on May 31, 2010".
Amazon UK still has it in stock.
Amazon has 4 left in stock - this will not last long:
Maybe a shipment got to the US – first the new 200-400 and now the D3s?
NR Admin, please report it when it will be out of stock. 1-2 days?
It has begun!
Nice! Just the easy part left; finding the $5,199.95
Finding $5,200 is the easy part!?
Great news. The more often we see D3S in stock the more likely a D700S would show up sooner.
Hurry, better order quick. I just checked on Amazon, there is only one (1) left in stock…
It is fair.
In stock at Amazon.co.uk too… £1320 more expensive than the brand new D3 I bought 2 weeks ago…for 1 stop and video???
If your making photography for a living then one stop is worth a -lot-. Remember that one stop means “twice as sensitive”.
Put another way, it’s the difference between 1/125th and 1/250th. At 200mm that’s huge. That said…I think it’s up to your style of shooting whether that’s worth it or not. It’s awful close for still.
It’s why F1.4 lenses are around.
Do they make an f1.4 200, 300 or 400mm, e.g. for sports? If an f2.8 400mm costs $9,500, what would an f1.4 cost?
I don’t shoot sports, but with my D3S and an F2 35mm, not even moonlight is required to get the job done.
A 400 f/1.4 lens would be too heavy to be be vehicle-mounted, cost would be slightly lower than a Space Shuttle, and the depth of field means you have to choose to focus on the model’s eyelashes or iris.
400mm 1.4 means a largest lens diameter of around 285mm. The weight and cost of a lens element scales to the third power of the diameter, so you can just guess how this compares to the $5000 200mm f/2 (100mm diameter).
Nope, nobody makes such lenses. At 200mm, f/2 is pretty fast, f/2.8 is pretty fast for 300-400, f/4 is pretty fast for 500mm and 600mm.
I do make my living from photography but for me the extra stop wasn’t worth the extra cost, depending on the type of images you take it may well be worth it for others.
The saving I’ve made go towards some Elinchroms.
sold out already, now the status is “In stock on May 31, 2010.”
How do you figure a D700s is more likely? The D3s is in such high demand that Nikon would have to be retarded to put out another camera with the same sensor. IF anything the D700s will be kinda like the D300s. Same sensor with video.
I got a 24-70 2.8 from amazon yesterday. I had to really check their website several times per day for availability.
My mistake was I sold my D700 right after I got my D3s back last November. I missed D700′s low light AF speed so much, and I purchased another one back in March.
Yes available but they are charging $6299 or a $1000 premium! Sold through 47th street photo: here is cut/paste from Amazon site when added to cart!!!
Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and 24fps 720p HD Video Capability (Body Only)
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Ships from and sold by 17th Street Photo.
Only 1 left in stock–order soon.
The price just sky-rocketed to $6,300~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was $5,200 when Admin posted!
I do NOT think this is fair. 47th Street is notorious for upcharging above list price and i don’t think that Nikon would be very happy about it. You can pre-order from Amazon and wait a month or get it now for a premium. This is price gouging and is not a good business practice. Shame on them.
Note that 47th Street Photo has NOTHING TO DO with the giant camera store of the same name that used to actually exist on 47th street east of 6th avenue and was the B&H of their day.
This 47th Street Photo is one of those notorious Brooklyn dealers. I’m surprised Amazon lets them sell through their site.
supply and demand. Everyone says capitalism is so great well this is it at its finest!
it is 5200 in canada
nowinstock.net is a good place to check the stock of an item at some stores on these hard to find items
I’m not paying $5,200 for a bulky 12MP camera, no matter what other options it has. I’m just not going to.
Not options — low light performance. That is practically unparalleled.
If D700 or D300s does it for you though, get those.
The camera is worth it’s weight in gold. Only a fool would say it’s not worth $5,200.
Worth is relative ;- )
Kevin, I sure hope you’re right. I found a small town “tweener” dealer that had (2) D3s bodies in stock this week. I just ordered the last one he had a few minutes ago. I was going to wait and see what was going to happened but when I saw the rebates had been extended I couldn’t take it any longer. I wanted a new FX body with video but I didn’t want to spend 5200. Hopefully the D3s will be all the camera that I will ever need at my age (52). I shoot for fun only, I would have liked to have had more of a mature video feature (like Canon’s 1080 and more of a choice on FPS like 29.97 etc.) but I am sure the D3s will keep me busy honing my skills for quite some time. Everyone is screaming about video but I know their will ton’s too learn for someone like me that has no post processing experience with editing (software).
Anyone have any recommendations as too what would suit a beginners need for editing software for Nikon’s video? I am mostly going to be doing short clips of like my grandson’s graduation’s starting in a few days and family stuff like that. I don’t want a complex pro editing software program that’s super complex to learn. Maybe someone will tell me IMovie09 will be fine, just anything that won’t take a rocket scientist too learn how to edit video as I will be new to this video side of the camera.
If you like the adobe products then I can strongly recomend Adobe Premier although its not a novice application it is one of the industry standards and would give you room to grow. For more basic stuff simple windows movie editor / imovie is all you really need but I advice against getting a mid range program only to upgrade later to the pricy pro option. Also Premier (and other pro solutions) have tons of support and tutorials, books, etc on them to help new learners.
Thank you so much for your recommendation and advice. I greatly appreciate it. Jeff
Mike local camera store has D3s…pictureline.com
anyone actually buy this old 12 meg junk?
I love how people concede that the D3s’s low light performance in unrivaled but trash the 12mp without realizing that there is a direct relationship between the two.
like your d40, right?
Lots of the better local shops have them in stock.