the D2x came out in 2004/5 if I'm not mistaken. It should be totally obsolete by now, as usually happens with digital cameras. Instead, we have just had a huge dissertation on Nikonians pitting the D2x against the newest 10fps camera. And the D2x seems to be no loser. This speaks a lot about what the D2x is made of.
Also, they once had a joke saying that a particular make of car was for driving, as contrasted with another make of car that was for sitting in. Of course both are good cars but it depends on your preference, whether you want to drive the car or just sit and be driven around.
Why I love my D2X..... Thanks for the great post. I read all the many when will Nikon do this and that..... and meanwhile, I LOVE my D2X. It is capable of superb images with wonderful tonal range. (I convert most to B&W) It's fast enough for me to use photographing my husband surfing, kite surfing, skiing, boarding..... The MP's are sufficient for me to print 12x18 easily, and 20x30 if my file is very good. It makes great use of great glass. AND it feels soooooooooo good in my hands. Every time I pick it up.
Nice photos btw. Thanks again for the thread....
"No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen" Minor White
Has anyone mentioned Nikon's High speed flash which just seems to be totally superior to ANYTHING else.I'm sorry if I'm wrong but my Canon friend is just blown away by the high speed synch on my SB800/D2Xs for indoor basketball.
I am coming to love my D2x, slowly but surely. When I first got it, I was discouraged by the images I was getting. They seemed awful soft and noisy compared to the nice, sharp, well exposed pics I was used to from my D70. What I found was that the D2x will reward you with SUPERB pictures if you have your technique and skills on target, but it will make you pay dearly if you slack. What the D2x made me do was concentrate on being a better photographer, and to focus(no pun)on what I was doing at all times.
That being said, can anyone recommend some excercises or techniques for a steadier handheld shot? My major hurdle with the D2x is that I can't seem to hold it as steady as my D70. Maybe it's the weight of the camera, or the weight of the pro glass, but I have a problem handholding below 1/100 with any focal length.
It's not your fault. Everybody has been facing this problem - smaller pixels of D2X'S sensor need 1-2 steps shorter shutter speed compare to your D70. So when you got sharp images with speed, say, 1/30, you need 1/60 - 1/90 now with D2X. We need to improve our technique accordingly - all of us should do. THX. Dimitri.
Hang on a second guys (sorry I'm coming into this so late), I don't want people to get the impression you can't shoot slow with a D2X. With the 17-55 lens I can get sharp images under 1/10, in fact I shoot at 1/4 - 1/10 at nearly every wedding (handheld).
One of the things that I like about the D2 over the other Nikon bodies, is the ability I have with it to shoot so much slower. Its not the sensor, but the weight, and size of the D2X that actually allows me to balance it very well, shooting handheld at very slow speeds.
I think Ben's photo's speak for themselves. I love my D2X, it's the cameara I have always dreamed of owning, and I have great collection of lenses to go with it.
I think we tend to focus on the newest and best techo-bits that go in every new camera, and forget to appreciate what we have. Like you, I was very discouraged by my early photos. This camera demands a lot from the photographer, and it has forced me to improve myself as a photographer. I think this is a great thing! I still have so much to learn and yet I feel this camera won't be obsolete (to me anyway) for some time to come.
Even better, I love the looks and compliments I get every time I pull this thing out of my bag :-D. Yep, I love this camera and look forward to shooting with it every time I get a chance.
>I think we tend to focus on the newest and best techo-bits >that go in every new camera, and forget to appreciate what >we have. Like you, I was very discouraged by my early >photos. This camera demands a lot from the photographer, >and it has forced me to improve myself as a photographer.
Couldn't agree more. It was a relatively steep learning curve, with some pretty disappointing results along the way. I still get some stinkers, but they are fewer and further between these days.
>Nice pictures but I noticed that you had underexposed all of >the images by eithter 2/3 or 1 full stop. Seems like a lot - >how come the underexposure?
The tendency of the camera to overexpose. I have learned that the highlights are not as clipped as the display tends to report, however. But I also err on the side of shadows - easily corrected. My post processing flow used to be about a four or five step, 5 - 10 minute per image ordeal. Now I try to shoot JPG exclusively, little curve work if necessary, hue/saturation by eyeball, and unsharp mask, next image. I really dislike post work.
sirchandestroy, I love you man! I just bought my second D2Xs, because I am going to Kenya in about 6 weeks to follow the migration of the 2 milloin strong herd of Wilderbeast and Zebras. We will be in the field for 14 days and I can't wait. My menter professional last week, a professional Cannon wild life photographer said he thinks the D2X may be the best ever made to date. Things always change, but one thing is alway a constant, Nikon always has the BEST glass for optics, both in the camera and the lens. Rock on! Ron
PS... I was in Yellowstone/Grand Teaton National Parks last week and when it was all said and shot, Nikon was the majority of the pros shooting with 600mm lens, everyone else was a want-a-bee.
>a professional Cannon wild >life photographer said he thinks the D2X may be the best >ever made to date.
did he give specific reasons? would be interesting to hear from the other side.
the D2xs with the 600mm - that combination is what i call the ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile). tried it at the airport, outside the fence, and i could see the pilots in the cockpit. i don't even bother to apply unsharp mask.
Yangchen, I can't tell you everyting he thinks, but bottom line was the ability to get a better stable picture. Canon may go ahead in their next camera, but not yet. It was the little and the big features, like Mirror-up,( to stop camera virbration when shooting a 600mm lens),Cannon takes a few more steps, this is big for a wild life pro. He also thought the light meter was the best in the history of photography. Other than that I did not ask any more questions. I hope this helps. Ron
Great shots, and a great posting as well. It's nice to have someone post something NICE about their Nikon D-SLR and the D2X for a change.
Sure, Canon makes some pretty great gear as well, although personally would be a bit disappointed if I'd dropped 4500 on a new Canon Mark III and had the rather substantial autofocus problems that are being reported!
No one camera is perfect, but the fact that another vendor has release a new camera does not in any way diminish the quality of my D2X or the enjoyment I get from using it, and it's nice to see some positive comments for a change!