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    Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Professional digital SLR with the new FX format, realizing ultra-high sensitivity, image quality and response speed

    TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the new-generation professional digital SLR, Nikon D3.

    Incorporating the large CMOS image sensor developed by Nikon, the D3 features 12.1 effective megapixels and a sensitivity range from ISO 200 to 6,400 at normal setting.

    As its image processing system, Nikon’s comprehensive digital image processing concept EXPEED is employed, for which Nikon’s accumulated knowhow and technologies are applied and optimized. The D3 provides high picture quality and high-speed image-processing capability that have never been realized with conventional digital SLRs.

    The D3 enables continuous shooting at approximately 9 frames per second for 12.1 megapixel images. In addition, when [DX format (24 x 16)] (5.1 megapixels) is selected, approximately 11 frames per second is made possible. With these advanced features in picture quality, sensitivity and speed, the D3 meets the many diverse requirements and demands of customers, including professionals.

    The image sensor of the D3 is a CMOS sensor developed by Nikon with a sensing area of 36.9 x 23.9 mm, that is compliant with the area of 35 mm film. Nikon will use the term “FX format” for the image format of 35 mm equivalent Nikon digital SLR cameras.

    Development background and future prospective
    Nikon has consistently incorporated the DX format in its digital SLRs based on the conclusion, through comprehensive investigation of the picture quality, operability, size, price, etc. demanded, that it has the most appropriate balance for general shooting situations.
    As a result, the DX format has been evaluated as a mainstream format in the digital SLR market. Also, Nikon is proud that it has established a stable position in the field of the DX format through various contributions, including the supply of interchangeable lenses optimized for the format.

    On the other hand, there is also an increasing demand for SLRs that feature higher sensitivity, increased pixel count, better resolution and wider dynamic range, mainly from professionals in press, sports, commercial photo fields and so on. Besides professionals, there are many opinions from high-end amateurs along the lines of, “I want a digital SLR that offers the same relationship of picture angle that I have become accustomed to in 35mm format over the years”

    To deal with this situation, we have developed the D3 as the first digital SLR that features Nikon FX format to meet the requirements of customers in a flexible way. Nikon FX format and DX format both provide their own advantages. Nikon recognizes that both formats are inevitable in order to satisfy customers’ demands flexibly in respect of performance, price, size, weight, etc.
    Based on this recognition, Nikon will strengthen the lineup of Nikon FX-format SLRs and interchangeable lenses, while continuing development and marketing of DX format equipment.

    Major Features

    New large image sensor developed by Nikon; 12.1 effective megapixels

    The D3 employs an FX-format CMOS image sensor with a sensor area of 36.0 (H) x 23.9 (V) mm. It offers superior picture quality throughout a wide sensitivity range with such advantages as a large pixel size to ensure high S/N ratio and wide dynamic range, adoption of an element structure that improves light-utilization efficiency. In addition, high-speed 12-channel readout enables fast continuous shooting for 12.1-megapixel images at approximately 9 frames per second, as well as high-speed performance to ensure shooting in Liveview modes.

    Wide sensitivity range
    Sensitivity range is extremely wide, from ISO 200 to 6400 at normal setting. High picture quality without noise is realized not only at low sensitivity setting, but also at high settings such as ISO 6,400. Even in dark conditions in which satisfactory results were almost impossible to obtain before, high-quality pictures can be taken. Furthermore, sensitivity can be increased to HI 0.3, HI 0.5, HI 0.7, HI 1 (ISO 12,800 equivalent), HI 2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent), and decreased to Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent), Lo 0.7, Lo 0.5 and Lo 0.3. All these settings expand the shooting possibilities.

    High-speed performance
    Shutter release time lag is only 37 ms*, equivalent to the Nikon D2XS, which is generally regarded as a mechanical limit. Continuous shooting speed is approximately 9 frames per second with FX format (36 x 24) or 5:4 (30 x 24), approximately 11 frames per second with DX format (24 x 16). The Nikon D3 is also the first digital SLR compliant with next-generation high-speed card UDMA, that enables 35-Mbyte recording speed, approximately 4 times as fast as the Nikon D2XS. Approximately 6-megapixel JPEG-Large-Fine image data taken with the FX format can be recorded at a speed higher than 5 frames per second. Startup time is approximately 0.12 second, shorter than the D2XS by 0.08 second.
    * 41 ms if based on the new CIPA guideline to be established around August 4, 2007.

    EXPEED — Nikon’s image processing concept embodied
    As Nikon’s new digital image-processing concept — featuring the core ideas of our image creation and processing — EXPEED incorporates the optimized knowhow and technologies we have accumulated throughout our long history while receiving users’ requirements. It realizes diversified functions to ensure high picture quality and high-speed image processing.
    * For details, see “Nikon’s original digital image-processing concept EXPEED” on our News Release in Aug. 2007.

    Picture Control System
    Picture Control System is a new function to enable selection and adjustment to create pictures easily according to skills of users from novices to professionals. When settings are the same, even with different cameras, you can get the same picture tone. Picture Control System offers four fundamental setting options — Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome — enabling image parameters (sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, tone and saturation) to be easily adjusted and customized.
    * For details, see “Picture Control System’s image optimization functions enable easy adjustments” on our News Release in Aug. 2007.

    AF system employing high-density 51-point AF
    Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module featuring 51 AF points is incorporated. 15 cross-type sensors located in the center provide subject detection capability with lens apertures as small as f/5.6. 51 AF points can be utilized in various focus area modes selected according to subject condition. In many aspects, the functions of AF points are linked with the Scene Recognition System to offer superior subject detection and focus tracking performance. A single AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points. Dynamic AF mode enables appropriate focusing by detecting subjects with a zone containing many AF points located densely. In this mode, the number of AF areas, including user selected AF points and backup points, can be selected from either 9, 21 or 51. In addition, newly employed “3D tracking” mode shifts the focus point automatically to respond to the subject’s movements. Auto-area AF mode gives greater priority to the subject’s position in selecting AF points.

    Scene Recognition System
    By improving the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, which was first incorporated in the Nikon F5, information from the sensor can be utilized for auto exposure, auto white balance and autofocus. For example, 3D tracking in AF realized by using the Scene Recognition System tracks subject position, and automatically shifts AF points to be used according to the subject’s movement within the frame. This system also contributes to improved accuracy of auto exposure and auto white balance.
    * For details, see “Scene Recognition System for more accurate autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance” on our News Release in Aug. 2007.

    Three image areas available
    With the Nikon D3, users can select one of the three image areas — FX format (36 x 24), DX format (24 x 16) or 5:4 (30 x 24).
    When a DX NIKKOR lens is attached, DX format is automatically selected. With DX format or 5:4 format, an area not covered by the sensor is automatically masked in the viewfinder. High-definition, 3-inch VGA, TFT LCD monitor with wide-viewing angle Ultrahigh-definition [920,000-dot VGA (640 x 480)], 3-inch LCD monitor with tempered glass provides 170° viewing angle. Large monitor is quite effective when confirming focus with enlarged playback images. Wide-viewing angle enables easy recomposing of the frame in Handheld mode of Liveview.

    Two Liveview modes available
    Liveview function enables shooting while confirming subjects in the LCD monitor.
    In Handheld mode, which allows recomposing of the frame prior to actual shooting, ordinary TTL phase-difference AF using all 51 AF points including 15 cross-type points is activated.
    Tripod mode is designed for precise focus accuracy with still subjects and tripod stabilization. In this mode, focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area is possible. Remote view, focusing and shooting are also made possible on a PC (wired or wirelessly).

    Optical finder with 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification in FX format
    SLR-type viewfinder featuring eye-level pentaprism with high refraction index provides 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification. Large and bright viewfinder image ensures comfortable focusing, which is one of the advantages of the FX format.
    Eyepoint is 18 mm (at –0.1 m-1), and diopter can be adjusted within the range from –3 to +1 m-1.

    Superior durability
    Magnesium alloy is used for exterior cover, chassis and mirror box to ensure both lightweight and ruggedness. Also, strict sealing with O-rings at various connected parts effectively resists dust and moisture.
    Shutter unit developed and manufactured by Nikon employs shutter blades made of new materials (hybrid of carbon fiber and Kelver). Excellent durability is guaranteed with 300,000-cycle release tests with the shutter actually loaded. Precision is also maintained with shutter monitor.

    CF card double slot
    Two CF cards can be set, realizing consecutive recording, simultaneous recording, RAW + JPEG separate recording, and copying of data between two cards. Because two cards of the same kind can be used, users do not have to prepare different kinds of storage media.

    Exclusive Wireless Transmitter WT-4 (optional)
    The WT-4 supports wired LAN (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX) and wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g, 11a), and incorporates thumbnail mode as a new function.
    It realizes wireless connection of cameras with a PC, enabling thumbnail display of images taken with up to five of them and downloading of images selected. Also, by using Camera Control Pro 2 (optional), wireless remote view/control shooting is made possible with the D3’s Liveview function.

    Active D-Lighting
    D-Lighting incorporated in the conventional digital SLRs enables editing after the image is taken. In addition to the D-Lighting, newly developed Active D-Lighting is employed in the Nikon D3.
    Active D-Lighting lets users choose the intensity from among “High”, “Normal”, “Low” or “Unchanged” prior to shooting. The conventional method of simply expanding dynamic range is not employed in compensation. Instead, localized tone control technology is utilized to prevent images from looking flat with low contrast. As a result, “lost highlights” and “lost shadows” are well compensated while maintaining proper contrast.
    * For details, see “WT-4 / Camera Control Pro 2 Software” on our News Release in Aug. 2007.

    Fine adjustment function for AF
    If there is a slight difference in focusing point among lenses, users can finely adjust it.
    Two methods are available. In specific adjustment, a certain level of compensation set for each registered lens is applied when the lens of the same type is attached. In uniform adjustment, the same level of compensation is applied regardless of the lens used. Up to 20 lenses can be registered.

    Improved Function button feature
    Besides the exclusive Function button, this feature can be assigned to the Preview button and AE/AF Lock button, giving photographers optimum operability in a flexible way.

    HDMI output (High-Definition TV) supported
    The Nikon D3 is compliant with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) Ver. 1.3a which enables transfer of world-standard video and audio signals. Standard Type A connector is emplo yed.

    Info display
    Various shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture is displayed in the LCD monitor. Color of characters can be selected according to lighting condition — black for light locations, white for dark locations. Auto switch mode can also be set.

    Digital level incorporated
    By utilizing a sensor incorporated in the body, the inclination of the camera is detected and displayed in the top control panel and viewfinder.

    Image-management software ViewNX/Nikon Transfer included in the Software Suite CD-ROM
    ViewNX is a viewer application to offer quick display of images, while Nikon Transfer provides simple transfer of taken images to a PC.

    Designed by Giugiaro
    “Ergonomic” is a new design theme that will be a standard of Nikon’s new-generation digital SLRs. This is applied to every detail including inclination of command dial and top control panel as well as comfortable holding and handling, e.g. shape of a grip. To support photographers’ concentration, curves of the pentaprism top, grip and side panels are directed to the center of lens’ optical axis, and the red, triangular motif has been redesigned to project a sharper image.

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    Nikon Digital SLR Camera D3 Specifications

    Nikon Digital SLR Camera D3 Specifications
    Type of CameraSingle-lens reflex digital camera
    Effective Pixels12.1 million
    Image Sensor CMOS sensor, 36.0 x 23.9 mm; total pixels: 12.87 million; Nikon FX format
    Image Size (pixels)FX format (36 x 24): 4,256 x 2,832 [L], 3,184 x 2,120 [M], 2,128 x 1,416 [S]
    5:4 (30 x 24): 3,552 x 2,832 [L], 2,656 x 2,120 [M], 1,776 x 1,416 [S]
    DX format (24 x 16): 2,784 x 1,848 [L], 2,080 x 1,384 [M], 1,392 x 920 [S]
    Dust-reduction SystemClean image sensor, Image dust-off data acquisition (Capture NX required)
    SensitivityISO 200 to 6,400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV; sensitivity decreases approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 (ISO 100 equivalent) EV below ISO 200, and increases approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 (ISO 12,800 equivalent), or 2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent) EV over ISO 6,400
    File SystemCompliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF and Exif 2.21
    Storage SystemCompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80%
    Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60%
    JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal quality
    Storage MediaCompactFlash (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA), Microdrives
    Release Modes1) Single-frame [S] mode
    2) Continuous low-speed [CL] mode: 1-9 frames per second*
    3) Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 9 fps (9-11 fps with DX format)*
    4) Liveview [LV] mode
    5) Self-timer mode
    6) Mirror-up [Mup] mode *With Continuous-servo AF, S or M exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster; other settings are set at “Default”.
    White BalanceAuto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor);
    Seven manual modes can be preset with fine-tuning; color temperature setting;
    white balance bracketing: 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
    LiveviewHandheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
    Tripod mode: focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area
    LCD Monitor3-in., approx. 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide-viewing-angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
    Playback Function1) Full frame, 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments), 3) Zoom, 4) Slide show, 5) Histogram indication, 6) Shooting data, 7) Highlight point display, 8) Auto image rotation
    Video OutputNTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
    HDMI OutputSupports HDMI version 1.3a; Type A connector is provided as HDMI output terminal; simultaneous playback from both the HDMI output terminal and on the LCD monitor not available
    InterfaceHi-Speed USB
    Lens MountNikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
    Compatible Lenses*11) Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
    2) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) image size
    3) AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
    4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
    5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
    *1. IX NIKKOR lenses cannot be used
    *2. Excluding lenses for F3AF
    Picture AngleEquivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
    ViewfinderSLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m-1)
    Eyepoint18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
    Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
    Viewfinder Frame CoverageApprox. 100% (vertical/horizontal)
    Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
    Reflex MirrorQuick-return type
    Autofocus
  3. TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module; Detection: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible
  4. Focal-plane contrast [in Liveview (Tripod) mode]
  5. Lens Servo1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); Continuous-servo AF (C); Focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
    2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder
    Focus PointSingle AF point can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
    AF Area Mode1) Single-point AF, 2) Dynamic AF [number of AF areas: 9, 21, 51, 51 (3D-tracking)], 3) Automatic–area AF
    Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-point AF in AF-S)
    Exposure Metering SystemTTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
    1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data)
    2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-, 15- or 20-mm circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame
    3) Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
    Metering Range1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering),
    2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)
    Exposure Meter CouplingCombined CPU and AI
    Exposure Modes1) Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program, 2) Shutter-Priority Auto (S), 3) Aperture-Priority Auto (A), 4) Manual (M)
    Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
    Exposure LockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
    Exposure BracketingExposure and/or flash bracketing (2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV)
    Picture Control SystemFour setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted
    ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter; 1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; Bulb
    Sync ContactX = 1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s
    Flash Control1)TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-800, 600 or 400
    2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-800 and CPU lens
    3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-800, 28, 27 or 22s
    4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-800
    Flash Sync Modes1) Front-curtain sync (normal), 2) Slow sync, 3) Rear-curtain sync, 4) Red-eye reduction, 5) Red-eye reduction with slow sync
    Accessory ShoeStandard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
    Sync Terminal ISO 519 standard terminal
    Creative Lighting SystemWith Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-R200, supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Color Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock
    Self-timerElectronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 3, 10 or 20 s
    Depth of Field PreviewWhen CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)
    10-pin Terminal1) GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional) 2) Remote control: via 10-pin terminal
    Supported LanguagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
    Power SourceOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4, Quick Charger MH-22, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
    Tripod Socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
    Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.)
    WeightApprox. 1,240 g (2.7 lb.) without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover
    Operating EnvironmentTemperature: 0-40°C/32-104°F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
    Supplied Accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-D3, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cap BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM*Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area
    Main Optional AccessoriesWireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-6, Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Oh, Santa? Just one more thing....
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Wow, thats going on my Christmas list.

    Will I get it? I doubt it, but it never hurts to ask
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    It took them 90 years of excellence to reach this plateau...48 years of the F mount...8 years from kicking off the Digital Revolution, and an interminable 4 years from the D2 series launch.

    But By God, Nikon Did It Again

    Sure, it isn't 20MP, but it isn't designed to be. This is Nikon's answer to the 1D mark III and it is one very LOUD answer. This camera has all the earmarks of becoming the new benchmark... and Nikon is once again truly serious about the sports/action/PJ market.

    Sure it has some areas where it still lags, and some areas of uncertainty... but Nikon and Canon haven't had this sort of dead heat in terms of features and hopefully performance overall in years.

    The killer app for me on this camera isn't high iso: Unfortunately, Nikon neglected to update several of their key fast primes to modern AF-S designs, or even autofocus at all, so the only ultra fast lens I'd be using this with would be the 200mm f/2 VR again, but rather the 3" screen.

    I have a 3" screen on my 1D mark III, and while the size is certainly nice, the color accuracy and especially the resolution coming from Nikon (and Canon) cameras with identical resolution on a much smaller screen is disappointing. I even voiced my concerns to Canon Customer Relations. I knew the next Nikon would have a 3" screen at at least 300,000 px resolution to keep up the quality LCDs I trust on my nikons, but this is just ridiculous. 920,000 pixels......is.....AMAZING.

    I had grown tired of waiting for the Nikon pro camera and lens lines to catch up, hence my purchase of a Canon system to supplement my NIkons. I was preparing to sell off a good deal of my remaining Nikon equipment, sticking with 3 or so lenses, a D200, flash, and my D1 UV/IR. I was literally going to do this in November when I went home for thanksgiving, I was going to go one-system again. Now? I'm selling all the AF lenses, the 2nd d200, and getting the flash repaired. Why? I bet you're thinking 'wait a minute, he said he loved it!'. I do. I'm not going to preorder and buy from the first shipment- no, I've been burned by that on my D200 and my 1D mark III alike. But once it's proven itself and i get a chance to try it out... expect to see a Nikon D3 in my camera bag sometime between spring and summer of 2008, along with the new 14-24mm, possibly the 24-70mm, another 200 f/2 VR, and down the line I'll see about one of the new VR super teles. Unfortunately, the FF sensor wasn't what I really wanted, but if it gets me usable ISO 25,600 who am I to complain... I'll just need longer lenses, that's all.

    Nikon and Canon must have some sort of really crazy plan together here, because I can't think of a time when their high speed bodies complemented one another so nicely. What one lacks, the other makes up for. In some ways, they're truly a perfect team... and I hope I get to prove it to myself as well as you
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    I'll buy your 1D mk III
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    I still need to shoot it for the rest of this year, Paul, the D3 (along with the D300, 1DsIII, etc. etc.) won't be out till November. They must really like November.

    If Nikon updates their fast primes soon though you can have the mark III
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    I'll buy your 1D mk III
    Whoops. How did I accidentally delete Paul's post

    Yeah, about your Mark III, Harrison. If you want to sell it. I'll give you $500. It is used.
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    I think you forgot the third zero at the end, PJ ;)

    If you do want it though, I give you good price!

    Now how about getting me a D3 or D300 prototype to Pro Review for ya! Just make sure they send the new lenses too...you can mention where I'm going to school and that i'll be doing sports photography. It would be nice to have some more black lenses on the sidelines....
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Why go to a full frame sensor? I thought all the new current lenses coming out from nikon were designed to use the smaller sensor, the APC size? That would mean people buying the new lenses can't use them with this new camera right?
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Not all at all, Mongoose. There's only been three pro-grade DX lenses so far: the 17-55 f2.8 DX, the 10.5 DX Fisheye, and the 12-24mm DX. The 12-24 DX is covered and then some in the new 14-24mm f/2.8 (a stop faster, 14 degrees wider FOV), The 17-55 DX will still be used on all the D1 and D2 series cameras, and it's still the best lens available in the normal zoom range for the D300, D200, D100, D70, 80, 40, 50, 40x, etc. and the 10.5 fisheye is the fisheye for the entire DX line. The rest are all consumer lenses: 18-55, 18-135, 18-70, 18-200. And one of the features is the FX format sensor automatically reduces its image size when a DX lens is attached, allowing compatibility with DX lenses- thus maintaining Nikon's tradition of compatibility. Really it's quite neat. You can also engage DX crop manually for higher frame rates.

    Both of Nikon's new wide/normal lenses announced today, all of their long telephotos, and the recent 105mm VR Micro, 70-300mm VR, and other recent lens releases have been for Full Frame as well. Now you can cover 14mm to 200mm at f/2.8 without overlap in 3 lenses, or 14 to 400mm at f/2.8 through 200mm and f/4 afterwards with just 4. (14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 VR, 200-400 f/4 VR)
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Hell, I'll write to Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the lottery commission (since they seem to be as reliable as the first two), etc to get on those wish lists. John, if you need someone more mature to test a sample, you can always send it my way.
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    That's good to know. In the future if more Nikon cameras go with a full size sensor, that means my wide angle 18-35mm lens will really be 18mm again in the future!
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by mongoose
    That's good to know. In the future if more Nikon cameras go with a full size sensor, that means my wide angle 18-35mm lens will really be 18mm again in the future!
    True, but look at the two new DSLR's just announced. The 1.5x version is $1800 and the full frame is $5k. I have a hard enough time separating myself from $1800, let alone $5k - photography is only a hobby for me.

    If you really miss having a "real" wide angle lens as I did, sell that lens and buy either the Nikon 12-24 or the Sigma 10-20. I have the Sigma and it's been very good. This isn't the same as full frame but after working with it for a few years, I don't personally need it. My guess is that DX will stay around for quite a while - just like Canon with their 1x, 1.3x and 1.6x.

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    Photo-John asked me to write up my take on the D3 (as well as the D300 and lenses) and the overall state of affairs for Nikon for the PhotographyReview articles page, so if you want to take a look, Just Click on This Link!

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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Maybe I missed this in all the excitement, but ...

    HOW MUCH?

    $$$$$
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    Maybe I missed this in all the excitement, but ...

    HOW MUCH?

    $$$$$
    $5000.

    $5000

    $5000.

    (Sorry the web site says the message was too short with just the figures)
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by deckcadet
    Photo-John asked me to write up my take on the D3 (as well as the D300 and lenses) and the overall state of affairs for Nikon for the PhotographyReview articles page, so if you want to take a look, Just Click on This Link!

    Your input is appreciated.
    In the third paragraph your phrase "Nikon realized this, and the D3 is a across Canon’s bow." is missing the word "shot".

    I've seen the 12-channel readout details on the APS-C sensor (which was anounced by Sony) but I've seen no details of the technology on the D3 sensor. If it's the same then I guess that Sony make the D3 sensor.

    What puzzles me is why Canon didn't put a 24x36 sensor in the EOS 1D Mark 3. It's only $500 cheaper than the D3.
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    Charles, on my original copy here the "shot" is there :-)

    I do believe however the D3 sensor is not made by Sony. Rumor does have it that Nikon is playing this one like the D2H and will not reveal any details on this sensor's manufacturing partner. One credible source at the event has mentioned something about the possible recycling of Nikon's LBCAST technologies to some extent.
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    Re: Nikon D3 Full Frame Digital SLR - Press Release

    i honestly wouldn't want to shoot sports with a full frame body. the 1.3x isn't a big jump in focal length, but it most certainly is a boost. Only having a 300, I prefer all the extra length (yes, i know it's not really any longer) that I can get. Just my opinion...

    it's frustrating shooting with a 35mm body and not having the extra reach that the 1d gives me. I'm pretty sure canon KNOWS that sports shooters like this feature, and most of us would be up in arms if canon ever switched the 1d line to a FF body.

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