Nikon D3S

Some of you will know that I like to change some things a few times. This also applies with photographic equipment, so although Canon was right at the time, I became increasingly frustrated with the picture quality of the pictures I was getting. I like the ergonomics but quite frankly there were too many pixels in too small a place. This coupled with the poor quality of the 100-400mm @400mm meant at best I would get an OK shot but often it was quite a bit of mush – if this sounds like someone blaming their tools then maybe I am.

I have always been impressed with the quality of output from the Nikon D3 that I used to have and I was dazzled by the specs of the Canon 7D and the (missing from Nikon’s range) 100-400mm lens. I don’t regret trying out two competing manufacturers gear (except maybe the financial side of things) and this recent change has also had the added benefit of sorting out my finances too.

I purchased the camera (and the excellent quality but slow to focus 50mm F/1.4 G AFS lens) from Jessops and although it wasn’t the cheapest prices, it was very close and I was fortunate enough to pick this up from the Lincoln branch. I also missed the eye-cup that I had with the D3 and this has been added too.

I have tried out the camera in a few places and it is quite simply a joy to use, I immediately accustomised back to the Nikon way of doing things and I have missed them. The picture quality (the main reason for the purchase) is quite simply stunning and I don’t regret the change. I look forward to some other things that I miss – the 14-24mm lens, the Nikon Flash system, the fact that I can use almost any Nikon lens, the direct control of most of the functions.

One thought on “Nikon D3S

  1. Richard

    Wildlife, especially bird photography is a difficult and expensive area.
    Going for an APC-C sized sensor gives you the advantage of that x1.5 crop factor with Nikon and x1.6 for Canon. But as the megapixel count goes up noise generally also goes up.
    Shooting at dawn, long lens needed, that crop factor can be a helpful and a cost affective way of extending your lens. That consumer 70-300mm f/5.6 lens becomes a 105 (112) – 450 (480)mm with no loss of aperture, but unless light is good you have to crank up the iso until your photos look poor.
    The other option, a low noise full frame sensor, now you can really crank up the iso and get excellent clean files.
    But now your 70-300mm f/5.6 is just that, it only reaches 300mm.

    Spend good money or make compromises, its a very difficult area. Compromise well you could try that 300mm f/4 with a x1.4 teleconverter, but again not a cheap solution.

    Many top bird photographers are using 400mm f/2.8 with x2 teleconverters. Thats when you start to realise that a D3s is cheap and is only the start of the real expense.

    http://blog.brown-family.org.uk/?p=2019

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