Blown away, a work of art to create art.
As I try to sit down and write a review I find myself asking questions of why I purchased this piece of equipment?, well in a nut shell from starting out in the Digital world with a Nikon D70 to a D200 then D3 and now D3x I find myself with a camera that has pretty much covered all the requirements needed to have in a photographers hands a portable Photo Studio and Lab, coupled to Nikkor Stellar Glass it is a winners combination in a DSLR 35mm format.
I find myself having a little complaint with ISO that it falls short in the higher ranges above 600 starts to get pretty noisy in my opinion when trying to shoot natural light night short shutter duration shots, in that my older D3 out performs the D3x in higher ISO non noise issues but sacrifice the mega pixels that the D3x out shines in, if Nikon could have had the same ISO range as the D3 or the D3s has, this review would be much shorter than it is.
I have had my D3x for just over a year and my D3 since April of 2008 and these two cameras are very well constructed tanks, yes tanks! they are very well constructed and will take some abuse in rigorous shooting conditions, from weddings to mountainous landscape shooting, and from very cold temps to very warm, and haven't had any issues with slow dragging shutters from the cold or electronics failing from heat issues.
The controls are pretty much laid out great and if you have had any other Nikon Digital SLR's then navigating the external controls are no real issue, but sub menus are somewhat different then lets say a D200, the D3x just has more of them and choices to make in exposure and metering with to many to list here type of controls that will make you stumble backwards in a cold sweat at first trying to remember what control you just changed and were it was? lol but in no time it's easy to learn sub menus and how quickly they are to pull up.
I cant wait to see the next line of Pro range camera bodies to show up in the line up, since the introduction of the D4, I wonder if a D4x will pop up with 32 mega pixels and frankly I really don't see a need to go to far beyond the 24 the D3x has, I am not into having video in my DSLR's but that is my opinion and don't see the need in this high end of a camera but for those who do, I think a D4xs version might be a good idea then?
I can't say enough about this Camera body that others have already said, but if you want one powerful tool in your camera bag then this is the one.
February 1, 2012
Incredible Image Quality & Wonderful Ergonomics
Nikon user for nearly 30 years. I just love this camera, absolutely love it. Already owned a D3 when I bought the D3x, I find I only use the D3 now in extreme low light situations or when I need a super-high fps rate.
Images are super-clear with minimal noise, even with 30sec or longer exposures. It is great for studio work, great for landscapes....... basically I have not found anything this camera does not excel at unless you cover something like sporting events where a fast frame rate or high ISO is needed. Image quality is second to none. In fact, as rated by the largest software developer of lens correcting software, only the highest resolution (costing $40K+) medium format backs score higher for image quality. This is an incredible camera!
January 30, 2012
D3X is easy to operate
The D3X produces film quality. The image size is mind boggling and the ease of operation is so simple. I can operate the D3X easier than a P&S camera. Along with the use on Nikon Capture NX2 to process the RAW NEF captures is unbeatable. The D3X is as close to using a view camera as I have ever experienced. If were to compare the D3X to an automobile it would have to be compares to a 12 cylinder Mercedes Benz with all of the features in that high end model.
September 22, 2011
NIKON, GOTTA LUV EM' BIRTHING THE D3X!
Once again, after 25+ loyal years owning/using and breaking Nikon cameras, Nikon delivers a gorgeous bombshell of a camera that Eva Gabor would be proud of! The D3X has given me another reason to officially retire my film bag, divorce my F4S and upgrade. After a two week crash course studying the manual and video tutorials, I used two D3X shooter on a five hour event assignment this past weekend and was amazed!! The sync ratio was seamless with my Acute 2400 lighting system and pocket wizards. I boldly used the N24-70/2.8G ED-If AF-S lens and couldn't put it down. My partner used the dedicated N180/2.8 ED, both cams mounted the SB900 which has great output in TTL mode and literally blew out the event room in M 1/1, I kept it dialed down to TTL and bounced. You may think it necessary to have a mechanical/electrical degree from MIT after reviewing the 400+page manual, but I assure you after focusing on the essentials you are in store for a pleasant foto session. Be aware of charging batteries on the rapid charger, proper storage (32gig compact flash cards are not cheap!) and mindful of your file format. I used Jpeg Fine M-medium and I'm extremely pleased with the file format outcome. I recommend using RAW only if you're session requires high quality low capacity shooting up to or slightly beyond 250 images on 8gig CF. Stay dedicated to your ISO and study your functions, preprogram you camera, test, test and test again before taking to an assignment! You’ll have WONDERFUL visuals and clients extremely pleased - All the Best Nikonites!!!
August 8, 2011
Best bang for the buck
When you are looking for top notch gear for photography in the DSLR world, the D3X has no match.
It allows you to work with very high resolution on a true 35 mm format, with all the perks of a medium format and with the affordability of a SLR.
This is a professional camera, so its price tag is not for the occasional shooter, its for real high end productive photographers.
Use it, and you will never consider anything else to work with.
July 8, 2011