The sec­ond­hand op­tion

Nikon D3x From £1500, $2000

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Launched in 2007, the D3 was

Nikon’s first full-frame D-SLR, and the re­vamped D3s came

two years later. Both of th­ese cam­eras had a megapixel count

of around 12 megapix­els, but the D3x, which was launched

in be­tween and out­lived the pro­duc­tion of both other vari­ants,

has dou­ble the pixel count at 24.4 megapix­els. De­spite a lower con­tin­u­ous

drive rate of (a still re­spectable) seven frames

per sec­ond in FX mode (rather than DX crop), and a

dis­ap­point­ingly low max­i­mum na­tive sen­si­tiv­ity

of ISO1600, the D3x was very much Nikon’s flag­ship

pro­fes­sional cam­era, un­til the ad­vent of the D4. It was

still in pro­duc­tion un­til mid2012, so you should be able

to pick up a sec­ond­hand model that’s not too used or abused.

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