Nikon D3 out in the box for a test drive

Testing is a word I like to use and it’s how I operate. Maybe it’s those days of being a Boy Scout back in Kentucky but I like to be prepared and I don’t like surprises. When I get a new piece of gear I take it out and shoot on my own long before I use it for an assignment—usually.

The day after the big box of Nikon gear arrived I had an editorial assignment for The Financial Times of London. I almost didn’t take the new stuff with me because I knew it would be very temping. I’m a big boy I thought. I’ve shot hundreds of these types of assignments so against my better judgment I brought both systems with me. I’m very comfortable with my trusty Canon cameras. I carry the 1DS Mark II in a Pelican case along with a 24mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 and the 135mm 2.0. These lenses on the full frame camera are really wonderful. They produce super sharp pictures with that nice soft out focus area that I like. The very short depth of field help isolate the subject from what is often an ugly environment.

I’m not doing a very good job of hiding where this story is headed. Yeah, I break all my rules of survival. I barely touched the trusted Canon stuff and shot 97 % with the Nikons with out even reading the manual

Watch the video and you might just learn a thing or two…..

First Test Drive with the D3 from Scott Robinson on Vimeo.

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