DPR publishes Nikon D3 preview

Phil Askey and the good folks at dpreview.com have published their hands-on preview of the Nikon D3. The report covers the specifications, which by now are practically holy writ to some, as well as a the body's design, handling, and user interface.

dpr d3 preview

One area of coverage that interested me was the AF coverage diagram, which shows the 51-point CAM3500 AF system that Nikon is using in the D3 and D300 alike. With the same AF sensor for both FX and DX formats, the D3's AF coverage is noticeably smaller than the same implementation in the D300, with a more narrow spread.

However, the coverage does seem slightly better than similar DSLR offerings with a FX-format sensor, like the Canon 5D and Canon 1Ds cameras.

Check out the full preview here:

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.


Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.


Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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