Thom Hogan D3X review

Started Jan 12, 2009 | Discussions thread
X-Sync Senior Member • Posts: 1,110
To D3x or not to D3x....

Nikon might have priced this camera at a point that puts it out of reach of the masses. But then the masses are looking at this body like another 35mm based DSLR. Nikon seem to think of it as the 35mm answer to medium format bodies and backs. From that standpoint the D3x is cheap.

Personally I see the D3x as neither one thing or the other. It doesn't have the high ISO performance or frame rates of the top flight DSLRs. But then its diffraction limited at F11 and has sensor capable of revealing weaknesses in the best 35mm lenses available. Not a problem many MF digital users suffer with at 24mp.

This camera will appeal to the few who will see it as a cheap alternative to MF digital and can live with its shortcomings. The D3/D700 owners wanting more pixels with similar performance will have to sit this round out. Fortunately there is a space in Nikon's line up for a 24mp sensor in a D700/300 body that would satisfy a greater number of people (from a price perspective at least).
On the bright side, the price of the D3x can only go down after release...

Simon

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