Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Funny bird

D3 tests 3, originally uploaded by gugs.

I found this duck pretty funny... taken with the 70-200VR lens on a D3

Friday, March 21, 2008

Wide D3 shot

103_1075, originally uploaded by gugs.

A simple vacation shot, taken with the cheapo 28-105 full frame lens on the D3. The image quality you get with that lens is exceptional for the price. Some people find it stupid to put a cheap lens in front of a high end camera, I don't.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Real estate

MAR_2454, originally uploaded by gugs.

This was a simple test at a colleague's apartment to see if I had the right combo to start real estate photography. I put the Tokina 12-24 lens, a very wide angle zoom made for DX (crop factor) sensors, on the D3 FX (full frame sensor) camera. There is a DX mode on the D3, allowing to use the DX lenses, but in low resolution (5.1 MP instead of 12MP). Since resolution is not that important for real estate (pictures published in small format in a magazine or on the web), this does the trick. The D3 gives a huge advantage in terms of sensitivity, allowing to shoot hand held (no tripod) with available light. There is some distortion but nothing exaggerated. In fact I had a confirmation by several people on the net, this is just the right combo for real estate photography.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Nikon D3 review

Nikon Gear 37, originally uploaded by gugs.
After testing the D3 for a few weeks, I posted my detailed review based on practical experiences. A number of links to more technical references are also included.

First part:
Second part:

Sunday, March 2, 2008


mart 2008 23, originally uploaded by gugs.

just for the colors... shot from the airplane bringing me back home...

Saturday, March 1, 2008

ISO 25,600

105_1714, originally uploaded by gugs.

This picture has been taken hand held, without flash, in a "black hole". I used the highest ISO possible on the D3 camera (currently highest on the market). Even if noise is visible in the picture, it is amazing that the details in the textures are preserved, exposure is correct, and focus was not an issue, even in the dark. Amazing technology....