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on Jan 1, 2010 in Camera Tech

The Nikon D3x

02.15.10 This is my MAIN body! What does that mean? It’s the body I turn to for most of my photography. You might be asking, “You rely on a body that shoots 1.8fps for wildlife?” Yea, I do. There are a number of reasons for this but the number one is the file quality the D3x produces. The next would be going for quality and not quantity. And lastly, it’s because I use techniques like Peak of Action to make the shot when it presents itself. Some quick stat: D3x – ain’t cheap! D3x – 14bit, uncompressed Nef = 26MB: Tiff from said file (above) processed by NX2=143MB! 16GB card holds 426 Raw+ Jpeg, counter says 213 when card is first loaded. Cannot load D3 setting into D3x using card load option. Frames Per Second shooting 14bit, uncompressed at CH My goal is not to convince you that you need to buy a D3x or justify its price. I just want you to see the detail I see. Here...

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on Mar 16, 2009 in Camera Tech

The D3x and people

This will be the last in my Zoomify series on the D3x. I’ve done birds, I’ve done birds, 12bit, comparison, even ISO and now we have people.

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on Mar 7, 2009 in Camera Tech

D3x ISO 1600 demo

This movie requires Flash Player 9 The DLWS staff headed to a luau last night, ate really good and saw a great show. I took the opportunity for something I don’t normally do, crank up the ISO. I took the D3x up to iso1600 (highest before hitting the HI) and shot. Here’s the results. Personally, I’m pretty amazed. Oh yeah, I was shooting in 14bit. Photo captured by D3x, 24-70AFS on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Mar 2, 2009 in Camera Gear Posts, Camera Tech

From Porsche to Rolls Royce

This movie requires Flash Player 9 The D3 or the D3x, is that the question? It really shouldn’t be. The D3x is a serious camera producing very serious files. How serious is your file needs, how seriously do you need all that detail? Can you photography (and computer) handle all the seriousness? My first impressions of the D3x were wrong. I wasn’t wrong about image quality, oh no, it’s stunning. Rather, I was wrong about the tool. Shooting now for a couple of weeks with the D3x (Thanks Mike!) and pushing it hard, really hard, I have learned alot (and about my own photography) which is good. It started with our first day of shooting in FL with the  Snowy Egret and I saw the detail in and around the eye. Since then I’ve been trying to bring to life this mega detail (here and here) on this miniature stage. My goal is not to convince you that you need to buy a D3x or justify its price. I...

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on Feb 19, 2009 in Camera Tech

D3x 12bit demo

This movie requires Flash Player 9 I shot all day with the D3x in 12bit so I would have 5fps performance. I have to say, the quality is pretty darn impressive. I’ve already got a couple of 14bit/12bit images to print when I get back to the office back I think I already know the answer, it’s damn sweet at 12bit and a possible answer to my using the D3x question. The focus point is the eye, f/8. This is an image straight from the camera, a 143MB file that was run through Zoomify, check ‘er out. Photo captured by D3x, 600VR on Lexar UDMA digital...

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