Thom Hogan D3X review

Started Jan 12, 2009 | Discussions thread
Thom Hogan Forum Pro • Posts: 13,659
Re: Thom Hogan D3X review

pablo162 wrote:

I agree with this to an extent, but then I suppose there are some
considering buying a D3x as an alternative to buying an expensive MF
digital back or renting the same for each job.

I think McNally said it well: "The detail of the D3X for me, obviates the need for a medium format approach to just about anything I would tackle." But note that he gave his loaner D3x back and apparently is still shooting with a D3.

But again, if quality is the
absolute ultimate issue for someone, they should probably be thinking
about MF anyway.

That was my conclusion, as well. At least at base ISO and slower shooting speeds.

My mind goes round in circles on this issue, I am
not 100% sure who this camera is for, given the really high price.

I think Nikon had a hard time with that, too. They didn't put much marketing muscle into the launch. It'll be interesting to see what they do in the coming months with advertising. It really is tough to wrap one's head around the D3x, as you suggest. What I've shot so far I'd have to say is giving me very nice files that will take my work a bit further than before (caveat: remember most of the work I care about is base ISO wide angle work). But it doesn't take it into the MF realm.

I should point out that MF is a mess for me, which is why I've avoided it so far. Most MF is to 645 or 6x7 as DX was to 35mm: a crop. But there doesn't seem to be a lot of rhyme nor reason to the crop choices, nor are the lenses available really making up for the crops for my type of work.

Anyway, I am still getting superb low ISO images from my D2x and
amazing (to me) higher iso images from my D300,

This is why the "value" aspect comes so much into play. Nikon has created five 12mp cameras that do quite well for most people. Nothing about launching a new camera stops that from being true. Worse still, the D2x-> D3-> D3x body/features are essentially the same (okay, we've got a crippled Live View now). Thus, everything falls on the image quality.

-- hide signature --

Thom Hogan
author, Complete Guides to Nikon bodies (19 and counting)
http://www.bythom.com

Post (hide subjects) Posted by
Mel
Mel
CRH
CRH
Mel
Mel
Mel
Mel
Mel
MOD TOF guy
Mel
C_4
Mel
Mel
Mel
Mel
Mel
Mel
HAE
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow