So with business slowing down in the winter months (odd), my D3 was being used more for personal than professional work.
Got annoying - so I decided to sell it (and make a few hundred off the sale too, again, odd).
But being without a camera and waiting for a D4 was literally keeping me up at night - and on the verge of going on a vacation to Italy next week, I looked into renting a D3s or D700. . .instead of spending the $400-500 to rent one of those for 14 days, I bought a used D700 on the "cheap". . .
For those that have considered the switch down, few things to point out. . .
1. Sensor is less noisy - that lack of whip means "quieter" shots in the wedding ceremony
2. Less Sensor "gunk". . .not as much sensor lube, so I'm not cleaning as often. . . I'm assuming has something to do with the 150k vs. 300k shutter count. . .
3. Sensor dust-off. . currently, only the D3x lacks the sensor vibratoin feature in the "pro" lineup, so it was nice to have it on the D700. . .
4. Shutter black out time shorter than D3, odd. . .
5. Info button - nice feature, like having the data at my hands.
6. Light as all hell, and so small. . .
7. Built in flash. . . .
1. No dual cards (duh) - I'm assuming update will have an SDHC slot for video, so moot point.
2. VF - I hate that I don't have 100% VF, I shoot tight crops and it's a bit annoying to have to crop out.
3. My balance is thrown off shooting the following lenses: 70-200, 24-70 and 85 1.4 . . .but i'm loving the 50 1.4 and 20 2.8 on the D700, so light and travel worthy.
4. Slow fps. 5fps just is slow. DO i need it for weddings? arguable. . .
I'll say this though, it's a technological marvel how they squeezed all that D3 in there. . .a good foundation for future FX sensors for sure.
I'll still probably sell it when the D4 drops. . .I miss the button layout of the D_ series . . .