…I can buy the D3s at a lower price.
No, not really.
But seriously though. Buying previous generation cameras do save you money.
Travel back in time a few months after the D3x (or 1Ds Mk III) was released, you admired all these spectacular photographs created with them. Years of trolling around the internet and you continue to be completely blown-away with their image quality. Then the D4 (or the 1Dx) comes out. Do you stop liking those photographs?
Behind the scenes of a boutique shoot I did last month with the aged Olympus E3 (released back in 2007)
E3 + 50mm f2 macro. 1/320 at f2 ISO 400 SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) jpeg
Criticize all you want but iLike it.
By all means buy away. I want a D4. Seriously. I would accept one with well-open arms if someone gave it to me. However, if I had $6,000 lying around, I’d rather book an MTA train station and a train for half a day and do some shots that you can never get away with just by a D4 and an attached lens alone. Anyone with a fast lens and/or ISO freak of a camera can create artsy fartsy images on a subway station with dim overhead fluorescent lighting (here’s a free gift…MTA Red Line train station lighting stays pretty consistent at 1/30 f2.8 ISO 800). However, not anyone can book an entire train station and control a train for a shoot.
Then again a $6,000 location fee (plus staffing costs, actually) just for one shoot might be like putting all your eggs in one basket. One can also spend that amount of dough for a crateful of business/comp cards plus a website makeover and still have enough money left to…
Ok fine, maybe those two plus $3,000 to shoot on the platform without having control of a train.
Or get two D3 bodies or…
‘Nuff said. The point is $6,000 is a considerable amount of cash. Use it wisely.