As a wildlife photographer, I was a little nervous about my move from the D2X to the D3. Many other photographers told me that losing the DX multiplication factor would be devastating. I do a lot of photography in Africa, ranging from dense canopied forest floors to bright, open plains. Most of my opportunities, though, come at the corners of the day. I'm a crepuscular kind of guy. I returned from South Africa at the end of last week, and there is no question that the D3 was the right choice. I've only just started going through my shots, but I really don't think that some of the leopard shots I took at ISO 1600 would have been available to me with the D2X. I found myself leaving the camera at ISO 400 as my default, allowing me lots of aperture and shutter speed options. Here are a few early shots with minimal or no pp: www.pbase.com/zuman/wtwp
That must have been the 70-200 f/2.8 VR. I was faced with the choice of the 70-200 f/2.8 at 1600 ISO or the 200-400 f/4 at a higher ISO. I was probably 100 feet away, and I did crop this shot a little. It was 6:20am and overcast, and I wish I could have either stood up or moved closer to get that foreground crud out of the way, but I didn't want to spook the cubs (or their mother!).
Well, I took the 14-24, 28-70, 70-200, 200-400, and 1.4x. I took the wider lenses to try to force myself into using them, but I ended up using the 70-200 and 200-400 almost exclusively. I didn't bother with the 1.4x much, either. I started out with auto wb, but after reviewing some of my shots on my Epson I tried out some specific values. I was happier with that approach, and will use it more often in the future.
Nice shots! I did South Africa last June for 10 days with my D2x and D200. I'm too busy this year, but I like to do it again at the end of this year or next year with my D3 and D300.
My favorite shot is on page 3 of my gallery here, if you put 24 shots per page, as King Cheetah and I with a crop of the same picture labeled CheetaEye-2. You can see the setting sun and the other photographers and I reflected in the cheetah's eye. About 5 minutes after I took the shot labeled Leopard, I saw another leopard kill the leopard in the shot. It's a jungle out there!
I used mostly the 70-200 and the 200-400 too.
D3, D300, D2X & D200 New 14-24 F2.8 too! If your not shooting Nikon your doing it WRONG!
Very nice shots! I just talked with the wife last night about a trip there, but I think I want to buy the 200-400 BEFORE the trip. It will have to wait a few years . Again, great stuff... thanks for sharing.