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And Wed Was Nikon Day – A Full Frame Nikon!

August 24th, 2007

It’s that time of the year- Wed Nikon announced 2 new bodies and several new lenses. For interior shooters the most significant announcements have to be the new full frame D3 and the Nikon AF-S 14-24 mm F2.8G ED

I’ve always felt that Nikon would eventually break down and offer a full frame DSLR. I’m just puzzled why it took them so long. The combination of the 14-24mm and D3 looks like a sweet combination for shooting interiors.

Notice that both the D300 and the D3 have CMOS sensors similar to the D2X. The Sony/Nikon relationship where Sony is making the CMOS sensors for Nikon must be working well.

Update on 8/25: According to Ron Galgraith, Nikon designed the D3 sensor but won’t reveal who it’s manufacturing partner is… maybe Sony, maybe not.

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8 Responses to “And Wed Was Nikon Day – A Full Frame Nikon!”

  • More goodies to spend money on! That 14-24 sounds like a great lens even paired with the new D300. The self-cleaning sensor sounds interesting also.

  • The D3 and the 14-24 will cost around $7,000 but sounds like something I need to have. Then again the Canon 5D and 14mm will only cost around $4,500 but I really like the Nikon stuff.

  • The 14-24 f2.8 looks very juicy indeed!

  • So much for the full frame argument….

  • Actually, why bother spending money on the new 14-24 lens when you can reuse an older wide-angle lens with the full-frame Nikon DSLR? Still, having a true 10-20mm w/the Sigma will be really sweet!

  • You’d have to get the sigma 12-24mm to use on the D3 as the sigma 10-20mm isn’t designed for full frame sensors.

  • The new CMOS chip Nikon is using in the D3 wasn’t made by Sony. From what I have read it’s a Nikon-developed CMOS sensor. Nikon also uses it’s own chip technology in the D2H and D2Hs according to dpreview.com. So this should be interesting. I have also read that in the D3 noise is almost undetectable until you get up to about ISO 6400! Sounds too good to be true.

    I recently switched from Nikon to Canon for 3 reasons. 1. Full frame 2. Canon’s 24mm TS-E lens, and 3. Low image noise. If Nikon can provide me with a better solution than Canon I will gladly switch back but I really like Canon’s 24mm TS-E lens and Nikon doesn’t offer a wide angle Tilt Shift lens.

    David

  • I have read that in the D3 noise is almost undetectable until you get up to about ISO 6400! Sounds too good to be true.

    I recently switched from Nikon to Canon for 3 reasons. 1. Full frame 2. Canon’s 24mm TS-E lens, and 3. Low image noise. If Nikon can provide me with a better solution than Canon I will gladly switch back but I really like Canon’s 24mm TS-E lens and Nikon doesn’t offer a wide angle Tilt Shift lens.

    David

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