Picking up a Nikon D3 Body on Tuesday...

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  1. Stradawhovious

    Stradawhovious Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Well, assuming all goes well in the inspection period.

    In addition to the following list, what can the collective "you" recommend for a function test?

    1. Overall physical inspection.
    2. Lens fit
    3. Press all buttons with camera off
    4. Make sure all buttons perform correct actions with camera on.
    5. Inspect preview screen for damage/dead pixels
    6. Depress shutter in single and continuous low/high to check shutter
    7. Take test image with my lens, check on preview screen
    8. Take test image oof on white background using tiny aperture to test for dirt/damage on sensor

    What do I need to add to this list?

    Body has 67k clicks on it, so all things considered, it should just be getting broken in.


     
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    I'd confirm clicks...I bought a body once the owner said 50,000 clicks...it had just over 5. You never know.
     
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  3. Stradawhovious

    Stradawhovious Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Good advice...

    That said, 6k, 60k, either way the price is right. As long as there isn't 250k I will mostly be alright with it.
     
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    Solarflare No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Whats so magic about 250k ?

    Even a D3 shutter will eventually fail.
     
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    Well Solarflare, say you spent 6 month saving for a camera that had an expected shutter life of 100,000 shots. In your local town 2 guys were selling that camera for the same price. They both seemed identical but one had 16,000 shutter count and one had 80,000 shutter count. Which one would you buy
     
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    I'm ok spending the money on a camera that has seen 1/5 it's expected click life since I can be reasonably sure it will live a while longer. Not so much on a body that has seen almost ALL it's ecpected click life.

    I understand that the shutter will eventually fail, but I'd like to get my money's worth before it happens if possible.
     
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    I suppose check the focus tracks, that the in body focus motor works by using a non af-s lens and try mount an external flash unit if possible. D3 is fine camera
     
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    Stradawhovious Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Good call! I will do my testing with an AF-D lens, and bring a speedlight. Probably test an AF-S too for funsies.
     
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    Well, it looks like I won't be picking this thing up on Tuesday after all.

    I'm picking it up today instead! I'm positively vibrating with anticipation. My only concern is that there is something wrong with it and I have to walk away from the deal. The deal isn't "Too good to be true" per se, but it's a pretty sweet deal.
     
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    Well, it's mine now. The body is in great shape, it's got a couple tiny scrapes, but that's to be expected. 65k clicks, which was also expected. The sensor is filthy, but the guy never shot past f/5.6 so it never affected him... I ordered some full frame swabs so that's a non issue. I made sure it was just gunk and not damage... In the mean time a blower bulb was able to get rid of the worst offenders, and if I keep it wider than f11 I will be fine.

    First impressions.

    I will have to re-learn how to shoot. The controls are different than my D7000, but better different. More intuitive.
    It's fast. Dang fast. I will have to retrain my trigger finger to cure my premature reactuation.
    Built like a tank
    IQ is more than I need.

    I can't wait to memorize the manual.

    All in all, if I can get close to the rated 300k actuation count on this one, I think it was well worth the money.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go take pictures of random crap for the next few hours.
     
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    Wait... are you actually IN my house right now?
     
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