22 Feb 2010 at 8:39pm
Well, I have been under the influence of some strange chemical in recent months and one of those is found in the latest DSLRs from Nikon. I have had the pleasure of using both the D3s and the D3x as well as some kick arse Nikon lenses. What did I really think of Nikon???
I started a Nikon man, well I was probably still a boy back then, and once again I have been tempted by the black and gold. To say I was blown away would be pretty close to the mark. Now, I am comparing those two bodies to the 5D2 so it isn’t a real fair comparison. They are both way more expensive. You get what you pay for right? But if I had the money and didn’t care about HD video I would own both. My mate Tony Hewitt has both and all the good lenses and his work glows. Ok you can get a similar result from the 5D2 but it just isn’t as good in my opinion. I found the files from the D3x were pretty stunning. Noise handling wasn’t brilliant but then it wasn’t supposed to be. The D3s on the other hand kills everything else even the new 1D mark IV, which strangely enough not many people are talking about. I guess we are waiting for a 1Ds mark IV with a bigger chip and full 1080p video. But it isn’t all about the bodies, the Nikon lenses are brilliant. I have only used the zooms but man they are good. I would love to have a crack at the 105mm.
So should we all sell up out Canons and go Nikon?? Well if they dropped the prices and bought out a D700s or x then maybe we should. Will Canon try to bring out something to kill any Nikon available, probably. Should we forget the lot and go medium format digital, hang the expense! Definitely.
Anyone care to borrow me $70,000.
I have had a good dose of Nikonite, a strange hallucinogenic compound found in Nikon glass and Nikon bodies. My mind might be fried but I am enjoying the ride.
p.s. the problems with the nikon is some button functionality and no sensor vibration to clean the dust off. The D3x was dirty but still sexy. Canon wins on that front. I hear you can set the Nikon up to operate like a Canon, I’m pretty used to the differences now so it isn’t a problem anymore.
Thanks to the two Julies at Nikon and the crew at Team Digital for getting the gear to me.