The more I read about this the more excited I get. This is everything I have been wanting to see Nikon make. It can tune the calibration on lenses, has sick ISO settings (we'll see how that plays out), has FF as well as DX, 14 bit depth, dual CF card slots, and an unbelievable 3' LCD priced at $5k WOW! (plus so much more!)
A few months back I posted I want to see a D3, not a D3H or X, a jack of all trades. This thing is a monster! I already called B&H this morning to send my Fuji S5 back, it just wasn't for me... this has everything I could have asked for THANK YOU NIKON!!!
Rob Galbraith discusses how the D3 targets the "Canon EOS-1D Mark III". Assuming that is part of Nikon's agenda, it begs the question what's up their sleeve for targeting the just announced "Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III".
I wonder if there will be something like a D3s?
I wouldn't be surprised to see another radical upgrade that raises the bar even higher, targeting the medium format cross over market.
Has anyone put the differences of the D3 and D300 side by side yet? I would like to see a chart with some specs side by side to get a better visual of the differences. Will these be available in time for the ANPAT7???
>Has anyone put the differences of the D3 and D300 side by >side yet? I would like to see a chart with some specs side >by side to get a better visual of the differences. Will >these be available in time for the ANPAT7??? > >Thank you, >Brandon
The biggest difference I can find that matters is that the D300 isn't FX, just DX and that the D300 can't do HSC or 9fps. You need the battery grip to get to 8fps. I hope that the MB-D10 can use the ENEL4a, that would be exactly as I said it should almost three months or more ago. If not, Nikon should have listened to me.
Well, there's one thing I'm a *little* concerned about now, they moved the AE/AF lock button and switched it to the flatter style buttons like the ones found on the D200. The technique I use to focus incorporates the AF button + AE/AF lock button for every single shot.
I guess its possible the button has been placed in a more ergonomic design, but it looks more flush now, and that could mean the application of it may not be snappy (something I feel the D200 suffers from). Not trying to make a big deal about it, but for the way I use the camera this is something I'm a *little* concerned about. I'll be checking how it feels to shoot with this layout before I check anything else on the D3.
I really like what I see with the D3!! I am saving up already and listing unessesary things on ebay. Nikon did however disapoint me with a few features. First Nikon decided to no longer provide LCD protectors. I saw this as a benifical design element as I would laugh at the smudges and scratches on my friends Mark II N's LCD. I am also guessing Nikon decided the white balance sensor ontop of the prism housing is no longer nessesary... I use it quite frequently but can live with out it!! I'll take the FX sensor and 9FPS and be happy.
Am I the only one who has read a different specification ? Everything would have been nice to have TWO years ago. Nothing is new, exciting, Canon-killing etc. Fullframe - so old that Kodak have even discontinued doing it (and Canon do it for 1/2 price) 12 Mpixel - yawn 51 AF points - how's Len going to complain about the size of AF sensors being the sole reason for OOF shots ? 128000 ISO - could do similar with my D2H (underexpose shooting,overexpose in PP) gridlines on focus screen - saves me £19 but didn't they do this on their consumer models a few years ago WiFi - about time they've upgraded the software BUT WHERE IS 802.11n ? Live preview - not copying Canon or anything are they? Only good thing I can see is it still uses the same battery but have the changed the charger model number?
Moving to Canon ? No chance. Keeping my D2Hs's for the foreseeable future? Yes. Glad I didn't stay up to 4am (local time) to see the announcements? Yep.
Nikon are still at least two years behind the rest of the world and need to speed up. They might have fancy things in their R&D departments but if they release them when they are already obsolete it's pretty pointless releasing them. Didn't the head of Nikon recently say we'd be blown away or something similar ? Knocked over by Nikon's complete lack of being progressive more like.Oh well, there's always 4 years time for the D4....
And quickly about the D300 - 20 YEARS ago (approx) Nikon launched the F4 whereby you paid for different battery packs to speed up the frame rate. Twenty years later and they are relaunching that concept in the hope that D300 purchasers aren't oldie film users and think it's new.
I feel quite excited about the new Nikon cameras. So far I like everything in the features list. Dual CF card slots sounds like a winner to me. Although I dont see myself buying any of these cameras in the near future I will be awaiting their arrival on the market and the user reviews after that. First it will be interesting to see how the D3 will fight and probably beat the new Canon with 21MP under its shutter. Secondly Nikon D300 with 12MP will be a competition in itself for the new D3. There are tons of Nikon users who ae happy with the DX format and who own lots of DX lenses. I am sure they will be happy to save money and go for the cheaper camera. All in all exciting times ahead and plenty to cheer for in the Nikon camp!
>Am I the only one who has read a different specification ? >Everything would have been nice to have TWO years ago. >Nothing is new, exciting, Canon-killing etc. >Fullframe - so old that Kodak have even discontinued doing >it (and Canon do it for 1/2 price) >12 Mpixel - yawn >51 AF points - how's Len going to complain about the size of >AF sensors being the sole reason for OOF shots ? >128000 ISO - could do similar with my D2H (underexpose >shooting,overexpose in PP) >gridlines on focus screen - saves me £19 but didn't they do >this on their consumer models a few years ago >WiFi - about time they've upgraded the software BUT WHERE IS >802.11n ? >Live preview - not copying Canon or anything are they? >Only good thing I can see is it still uses the same battery >but have the changed the charger model number? > >Moving to Canon ? No chance. Keeping my D2Hs's for the >foreseeable future? Yes. Glad I didn't stay up to 4am (local >time) to see the announcements? Yep. > >Nikon are still at least two years behind the rest of the >world and need to speed up. They might have fancy things in >their R&D departments but if they release them when they are >already obsolete it's pretty pointless releasing them. >Didn't the head of Nikon recently say we'd be blown away or >something similar ? Knocked over by Nikon's complete lack of >being progressive more like.Oh well, there's always 4 years >time for the D4.... > >And quickly about the D300 - 20 YEARS ago (approx) Nikon >launched the F4 whereby you paid for different battery packs >to speed up the frame rate. Twenty years later and they are >relaunching that concept in the hope that D300 purchasers >aren't oldie film users and think it's new.
I love YOU when I say this... but you are a bit off on this statement.
(1) Full frame at 9fps... no where else in the world. (2) Full frame at half the price with Canon?... not at 9fps or with the build quality. This camera is aimed at the Mark III which it destroys. (3) Canon has just now gotten their pro line to 10MP... YAWN! My girlfriends D80 has been there for almost a year or more. (4) 128000 ISO... and clean noise free images.... nope, no where (5) Grid lines on focusing screens... I have them and don't really use them at all. (6) 802.11n is brand new... and Canon doesn't have it. But Nikon does have the ability for a photo runner to download select images from a synced camera wirelessly. They can view the image thumbnails, and selectively download from the shooters camera, whilst they shot. That is NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE, and useful beyond measure for PJs. That is true innovation... that is Nikon. (7) Live View on SLRs was pioneered by Olympus, and Oly got it right since you could AF with live view on. Canon f'ed up because you couldn't, now Nikon is just carrying Oly breakthroughs into something that works.
Nikon is no where near still behind, nor catching up. Canon is going to be two years in making their replacement Pro models, and if The D200 --> D300 path is Nikon's new thing, then they will undoubtedly be ready for them. The Mark III copied tech from three camera companies (Nikon included) and put out a great conglomeration of parts in a refreshing new body. Nikon innovated. Full Frame in a PJ camera that does 9fps and costs $5000 like the original D1. Or you can pay $500 less and get a 1.3x camera at 10MP that does 10fps, and it may or may not AF in bright sunlight.
I think Nikon and it's R&D department are doing just fine.
Look to it this way: the D3 is the successor of the D2Hs and competes directly with Canon's 1D MKIII .... and that one has 10 something MPs.
Ref the specs: I am very much impressed !!!
And what a brilliant move of Nikon to go for the quality of the image instead of following the MP war !!!
We have to waite for the actual files, but in the past Nikon was quite conservative with their ISO settings, calling them H1 and H2 for example as they did not fully comply with the ISO (a different ISO that is) standards. It's my expectation that with ISO 6400 being part of the "standard" settings of the D3, we are in for a pleasant surprise.
It is my guess that somewhere in 2008 we will see a FX camera with more MP's. But do you really need it ? I have a D2X and love it. Prints on my Epson 4000 at 17" (A2) format simply look stunning. And I am quite picky on image quality
Only if you regularly print at much higher dimensions like 36" I can see why more MP's are needed.
"And while the DX-format has been widely accepted by professional photographers and photo enthusiasts around the world, there is an increasing demand among professionals for a digital SLR camera that features higher ISO sensitivity, wider dynamic range and offers the same relationship between picture angle and depth-of-field that were the hallmarks of the 35mm film format."
I didn't see anything in the release about improve dynamic range. Did I miss it?
I am glad that the price is in line with the D2X when it was released.
Nikon went from a 12 bit A/D in D2Xs to a 14 bit A/D in the D3. Unless their are limited factor in the sensor, that should mean about 2 more F stops of dynamic range. Otherwise, why go to the expense of providing those 2 extra bit. I done A/D chip design and EVERY bit get a LOT harder. So, while I think it is unlikely we get the entire 2 F stop gain in dynamic range, we should see a significant portion of it.
D2X -- The meaning of life. D2X & D200 -- Having it all.