Tuesday, 11 September 2007

The New Nikons

I have received quite a few emails now regarding my opinion on the new D3 and D300 cameras from Nikon. I haven't had a chance to shoot with one yet so I know about as much as everyone else from reading the info available on the interweb. While I am very interested in both cameras, they both offer some new tools and fixes that are going to revolutionize digital shooting, I won't be able to get my hands on one for a while. As soon as I do I will post a report on the new cameras and some settings to take advantage of all the new features.

Will I rush out and buy one? Well I am super interested in the D300. It incorporates the same 51-area autofocus system, 3-inch (diagonal), 920,000-dot rear LCD, Picture Control options, 14-bit A/D conversion, LiveView, HDMI video out, AF calibration adjustment, UDMA CompactFlash card support, real-time lateral chromatic aberration correction, Active D-Lighting, compatibility with the new WT-4/4A transmitter as the D3. But the full frame (FX) sensor on the D3 leaves me wondering. I loose some length when shooting wildlife and although my 12-24mm DX lens will work on the larger sensor it automatically switches the camera to high speed crop mode. Nikon is offering a new 14-24mm f2.8 lens that looks awesome but it weighs twice as much as the 12-24 and I am all for a light camera bag! Either way these cameras are good news for all digital photographers and will open up a whole new world of photographic possibilities. Oh well time to reaccess what goes in the camera bag.


Anonymous said...

Good writing, very interesting.

For us who are not very well into Nikons, would be great if you can write about the lens types and how are they different. What's DX and what's FX, AF-I and AF-S etc...

Why some lenses need focus drive and others don't?

Craig said...

I will endeavour to write a post about different nomenclature in the near future.