There is a $500 upgrade to the memory bufer for the D3. WOW! Is this for the photo journalists at the Olympics, to keep it in line with the upcoming D3X, or perhaps differentiate it further from the D700? Your thoughts…

From Nikon’s Website

The following information pertains to the D3 digital-SLR camera buffer memory expansion service. When buffer memory is expanded, the number of shots possible with a single burst of continuous shooting is increased. This increase in shooting performance will expand the range of shooting possibilities. See the chart below for more details.

Fee and Return
The cost is $500.00 plus your state tax. Customer is responsible for all shipping costs. Please allow up to two weeks time for the Buffer Memory Expansion service; should more time be required, the user will be informed.

Taking advantage of the buffer memory expansion service
Requests for Buffer Memory Expansion service will be accepted beginning July 30, 2008. Before sending your camera, please note all of your settings as this service will reset the camera to the original, default settings. This service will only be performed by Nikon Inc. service facilities in Melville or El Segundo.

Shipping your D3 to a Nikon service facility
To submit your D3 for this enhancement, please view this link and fill in the attached service document. Indicate the item is a “Digital SLR”, select “D3” on the drop down list, enter your serial number, and indicate “Buffer Upgrade” under the problem description field. This service form will provide you with a print-out for reference and an address label to use on the shipping box. It also automatically chooses which service facility is closest to your location. If there are any additional questions, please call 1-800-645-6687.