Just got home with the D3. It was about 75 min. drive from the dealer, so my wife opened up the box and got to play a little before the un-charged battery gave up. My/our first impressions: 1) The body is about as wide and tall as the D1X I am used to shooting, but it's a little thicker. Very small hands might have an issue with it. Although my wife is small and has smallish hands and didn't seem to mind. I think she would fatigue a little faster with the D3. I know this body is slightly heavier than the D1, but it does not feel like it. Most likely due to better ergonomics's. 2) The 3" view screen is absolutely awesome. Color is bright and the zoom feature is easy to access and allows checking focus and sharpness with extreem ease. The screen is bright and contrasty, enough so that I might find myself relying less on histo's than in the past. 3) Lag time is almost non-existent. Very fast shutter release, and super fast startup time. I never thought the D1 series was slow, but this camera puts it to shame. 4) Major controls are where I am used to finding them. Without reading the quick start manual I picked it up and fired off a few quick shots in the store. Typical Nikon button and control placement. This body is true to Nikon's traditional form-factor. But it fits my hand even better than the D1's did. It's hard to explain, but it is like putting on a fine form fitting glove when I pick it up. 5) Battery charger is much better than the D1 style. It uses the same batteries as the D2 series. I am not sure what charger comes with the D2, but the D3 charger has docking space in the charger for 2 batteries. Very nice. Well, I have both batteries in the charger (bought a spare) and am waiting to play some more. I will find something to shoot and post full size files on my pbase account later. I really think I am going to like this camera.... a lot!