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August 23, 2007

Treatment Needed for Acute Nikon Acquisition Syndrome

I need a prescription for my Nikon Acquisition Syndrome after today's announcement of the Nikon D3 and Nikon D300.

While the D3 is full frame it smartly nixes all my full frame fears by not playing the marketing game and going with more needless megapixels. Instead it's offering a more advanced sensor that offers more sensitivity and speed with much less noise! It also adds live view so you can make lighting adjustments and see the results immediately on the 3" LCD, a computer, or HDTV. Impressive.

Even more impressive is the D300, it's specs, and D200 like price tag. It's essentially a compact D3 but priced at only $1,800. It can do 8fps with the battery grip and also shares most of the same features and components of the D3. Most importantly the same auto focusing system and live view like it's big brother.

If that's not enough to get you drooling Nikon also released three new telephoto lenses (AF-S 400 mm F2.8G ED VR, the AF-S 500 mm F4G ED VR and the AF-S 600 mm F4G ED VR) and the pro class F2.8 12-24mm and 24-70mm lenses that offer a huge field of view for the FX format D3.

The 12-24mm and 24-70mm are also backward compatible with the DX sized sensors of the D300, D200 and their brethren. I'm anxiously awaiting their pricing to be announced, though I can't help but wonder why they don't have VR.

I'm heading down to Calumet tomorrow to get my name on the wait list for a D300 and the F2.8 12-24mm and 24-70mm lenses even though I don't know how much they'll be. I decided against a D3 for now, mostly because of it's higher price and because a full frame sensor isn't a necessity for my business right now. But I have a feeling my needs will change once I start reading the reviews. :wink wink:

Posted in Photography , Product Reviews & Purchases by usrbingeek at 2007-08-23 17:01 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink



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