Norwegian Nikon expert Bjørn Rørslett on the Nikon D3.
(You can tell how repected this guy is as a reviewer by the fact that he apparently has had the D3 "for months". How do you get that gig?)
This guy is a big Nikon fan. It seems he owns practically every lens Nikon ever made.
"The ability to shoot under adverse light situations without resorting to the use of a mood-killing flash is perhaps one of the most important characteristics of the D3 concept. As such, it is bound to influence the approaches we follow in our day-to-day handling of photography challenges."
"For me the arrival of the D3 is the final nail in the coffin for "35mm" silver-halide reflex cameras. Of that I'm certain. [...] Film is no longer a viable option in this respect, unless you step up to a large-format view camera. But such a system is not suited for my approach to photography."
"Many users [That's me], not familiar with pro-calibre DSLRS, might wish for a lighter camera and overlook the benefit of having a substantial mass behind your lens. The balance with the typical professional f/2.8 zoom lenses or a 300/2.8 telephoto is just about perfect."
I'm familiar with them, and as a street photographer, I really don't like the weight and the size. I got rid of my D2x for that reason, after I got the D200.
I never understood this talk about "balance". I have never in my life held a camera and thought "this has wrong balance" or "this has a good balance". I just don't get it. You hold the camera and you shoot, what's there to balance? You hold it in two hands, you don't balance it on a finger.
This is also the reason (apart from price of course) that I won't be getting the D3, despite the very lovable low-light performance. Instead I'm waiting for the replacement for Canon's 5D, which should have a similar sensor and a similar performance, but in a dramatically smaller form and price range. (The main reasons the big pro cameras are so expensive are high speed shooting and professional endurance, two features that don't apply to a street shootin' amateur like myself.)