After months of questioning and savings, it finally made its way to me last week; my brand new camera!
I though about going Full-Frame (for the non-photographers; this means a bigger sensor and therefore better pictures) since a little while now but I ended up with a different camera than the one I had first predicted. I was keeping my pennies for the new D800 (for the non-photographers; B-grade camera, recently announced but yet to be available). But the brand new D4 (for the non-photographers; A-grade camera, recently announced but yet to be available) got announced first. I can’t afford a D4 and don’t need one anyway. However, one could not help but notice that the price of the second-hand D3S (for the non-photographers; A-grade camera currently available. The D4 will “replace” it when it comes out.) was getting low…
Then the D800 got announced. 36 megapixels! Since I don’t do much commercial work, I do NOT need 36 megapixels AT ALL. That is even too much for me!!! For me, a D800 meant buying not only plenty of far-from-cheap memory cards but also plenty of costly hard drive space!!! The price of the camera seems fair, but the price of getting that camera, on the whole, was too much for me. It was actually cheaper to get a good second-hand D3S. And this is exactly what I have done! ;)
I am in love with my new toy!!! I was still shooting with a D200 (C-grade camera, now getting quite old. The current C-grade camera is the D300 and an announcement for the D400 is expected anytime now…) and was regularly cursing (in my head) every time I had to shoot in low light conditions. Since I have several professional gigs coming up, I had to upgrade fast! Renting equipment is good, but renting for too long can get costly…
The D3S is AMAZING for taking pictures in low light. It’s got a way better dynamic range than the D200, although I still have to test its limits properly. I did have to buy extra memory thanks to the D3S dual memory cards, but it’s all good. I can now save photographs on two memory cards at once, protecting me against card failure. It is also amazingly cumbersome to format both cards in camera. I first found this mildly annoying but soon figured out that it is actually an amazing security feature; it makes close to impossible to accidentally erase the wedding ceremony pictures you just shot… (or something along those lines)
Other perks includes a quiet mode (great for wedding ceremonies, but also for sleeping babies!), amazing battery life and high speed burst shooting. And it is close to indestructible, although I won’t dare testing this for myself!
Despite all this, I must admit that the camera used counts for a relatively small part in making great pictures. The lens used is much more important!!! (Watch this if you want a laugh, although it is not recent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk5IMmEDWH4&list=UUuw8B6Uv0cMWtV5vbNpeH_A&index=179&feature=plcp) However, the D3S does allow me much more flexibility and reliability in my photography. However, having less restriction makes it much easier to achieve professional results. And I can’t possibly express how much of a difference the ISO capability makes! With this camera, I feel very ready for all the next few months have is store for me! ;)
Let’s face it; I have never been someone who gets all excited by “gear talk”. Despite this, I am madly in love with my new toy! ;)
Event the box is impressive!
Here's the boy!
Cheap camera strap until I buy a decent one. But hey, it days D3s on it! ;)
Quiet mode that is actually quieter.
Yes, ISO 12800, and it can go even higher! ;)