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Offline Jonathan

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Getting to like my D3S....
« on: September 09, 2010, 08:30:12 AM »
Mmm this is a fun camera.

1. Check out my first wedding with it - http://peoplebyryan.com/weddings/a-full-wedding-at-westenhangar-castle Lead shot is at 12,800 ISO.  I'd set lights and stuff up but I just wasn't loving the frame.  I knew this would be a candidate for final shot of the album so needed to look good at double page.  Flash off, ramp the ISO and shoot.  It will need some work for double page but it will be fine.  It looks OK full screen here.

2. The video's more fun than you might think.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjctex3Itxc (click 720 and hit full screen)

It's a month old.  Has only 3K clicks on it (that's gonna change significantly in the next week...) and I'm starting to trust it.  Still need to look more closely at flash sync speed though.  It may need a tweak from Nikon.

But definitely a keeper :)
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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2010, 09:24:16 AM »
Can't be bad if you rate it after using the Blad. Cracking series of shots JR.  :tup:

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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2010, 10:12:24 AM »
In my limited experience of this level of kit I think its amazing, the problem is the better the kit you buy your expectations are pushed up and you could find it hard to down grade, its gone beyond taking a good image because most DSLRs will do that, its the facilites and the way it handles and the quality of build. The high ISO capability and taking movie clips extends its appeal.

That's a great wedding album Jonathan, I love the B&W of the bride and groom.
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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2010, 10:52:50 PM »
Question for you Jonathan. Is there any shots that you couldn't have got with any other camera? With the exception of the lead shot?
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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2010, 08:00:26 AM »
Question for you Jonathan. Is there any shots that you couldn't have got with any other camera? With the exception of the lead shot?

Not yet ;)

It's like a new car.  I've pottered around town in it.  Now I'm enjoying the daily drive a little bit more than I did before.  But soon I'll take it on a track and thrash it :)

Have I taken shots with the D3 that I (personally) couldn't take with any other camera?  Loads.  Outrageous high ISO + lightning AF + excellent flash system + every button is exactly where I think it is = I pretty much hit what I aim at.

Not certain if any other camera could do the underwater stuff I did - very low light for autofocus plus some were taken by pool light only.  That's pretty tough conditions.
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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2010, 04:53:48 PM »
 Iv'e not done any gigs yet with the D3s, but the new "Season" is about to begin and Iv'e got artists as diverse as Motorhead and Manic Street Preachers, through Kate Rusby and Elkie Brookes onto
 The Treorcy Male voice Choir and JedWard....(Yes JedWard!)
     I'm looking forward to using settings other than 60th @ f2.8
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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2010, 05:59:35 PM »
It's like a new car.  I've pottered around town in it.  Now I'm enjoying the daily drive a little bit more than I did before.  But soon I'll take it on a track and thrash it :)
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Oh, I can relate to the Car thing!

I'm just getting used to mine  :tup:



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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2010, 06:46:05 PM »
Cracking set of shots Jonathan....very envious as usual (as I am of your work full stop) ever thought about doing a spot of teaching on the side? There's a lot of keen "rank" (I include myself in this) amateurs who could learn a lot from you.... :)
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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2010, 09:19:03 PM »
Iv'e not done any gigs yet with the D3s, but the new "Season" is about to begin and Iv'e got artists as diverse as Motorhead and Manic Street Preachers, through Kate Rusby and Elkie Brookes onto
 The Treorcy Male voice Choir and JedWard....(Yes JedWard!)
     I'm looking forward to using settings other than 60th @ f2.8
                     Graham. :tup:

I had mine before the end of last seasons rugby, the games started at dusk most of the time and mine was the only camera that was getting anything like usable shots.
These were taken under very poor flood lights, no flash when your shooting sport !, the D3s is king of low light. Others will do this soon I'm sure but for now...............


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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2010, 09:36:16 PM »
Great shots. What was the iso?
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2010, 09:42:06 PM »
Sorry, just seen the shots on the gallery. Are they straight out of the camera or did you use software to reduce the noise?

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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2010, 08:06:58 AM »
Cracking set of shots Jonathan....very envious as usual (as I am of your work full stop) ever thought about doing a spot of teaching on the side? There's a lot of keen "rank" (I include myself in this) amateurs who could learn a lot from you.... :)

Nobody wants to pay for training any more.

Zack Arias is in London today.  He's charging about £400 for a FULL day of his time (14 - 18 hours) and limiting it to about a dozen people.  There are angry threads all over the internet about "how dare he" charge so much.  5 grand for what will effectively be at least a week's work isn't that much for somebody of his international rep.

@Bob - top shot + B&W = as Zack would say "the bomb"
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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2010, 08:31:39 AM »
@Nick,  it was at night I used Auto WB so a little WB adjustment but no other adjustments made, its a great camera but then it should be at the price.

Bob

PS I have a few on flickr that you like to look at from the game, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/4428259758/
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Re: Getting to like my D3S....
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2010, 08:44:43 AM »
Cracking set of shots Jonathan....very envious as usual (as I am of your work full stop) ever thought about doing a spot of teaching on the side? There's a lot of keen "rank" (I include myself in this) amateurs who could learn a lot from you.... :)
Nobody wants to pay for training any more.

Maybe the real quote should be "nobody wants to pay for anything anymore".
It's certainly an observation that seems to be becoming more prevalent in our society...

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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2010, 10:53:02 PM »
Cracking set of shots Jonathan....very envious as usual (as I am of your work full stop) ever thought about doing a spot of teaching on the side? There's a lot of keen "rank" (I include myself in this) amateurs who could learn a lot from you.... :)

Nobody wants to pay for training any more.

Zack Arias is in London today.  He's charging about £400 for a FULL day of his time (14 - 18 hours) and limiting it to about a dozen people.  There are angry threads all over the internet about "how dare he" charge so much.  5 grand for what will effectively be at least a week's work isn't that much for somebody of his international rep.

@Bob - top shot + B&W = as Zack would say "the bomb"

Yes, people seem to think that the trainer starts work on arrival at the venue - they forget the preparation time. I've done training for work and preparation is everything!
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