In support of a lazy photographer

Hi. I know not much is happening around here. Did you check out the techniques already?

I can be one lazy photographer.

But you know what? Some of my favourite shots I took right here, at home. In my apartment. Or I took two steps out onto my balcony and let my camera capture the scene I saw, right there and then. When nature gives you gifts like these amazing dramas in the sky, and litterally drops them in your lap, its just a matter of being mentally prepared to capture them – both with your mind and with your camera. I call it calculated luck – but you may call it lazy photography.

Nikon D3X announced

As you may know by now, Nikon announced its new flagship camera, the Nikon D3X, on December 1.

As soon as the news broke, official Nikon sites across the world were bogged down and became unavaliable. However today this situation has been resolved.

Nikon D3X

Here’s the salivation inducing data:

  • Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor with 24.5 effective megapixels
  • Exceptional noise control from ISO 100 to ISO 1600
  • Fast 14-bit A/D conversion incorporated onto the image sensor for high signal-to-noise ratio and low power consumption
  • Nikon’s EXPEED image-processing system, utilizing a supremely powerful CPU with 16-bit image processing
  • Near-instantaneous shutter release time lag of approx. 0.04 second
  • 5-frames-per-second continuous shooting in FX format and 7 fps in DX crop mode
  • 51-point Multi-CAM3500FX autofocus system
  • Scene Recognition System for more accurate AF, AE, and AWB results
  • Active D-Lighting for complete control over highlight and shadow detail
  • Picture Control: Standard, Vivid, Neutral and Monochrome (Landscape, Portrait and D2x Modes I, II and III are available free via download)
  • Live View mode for shooting handheld and with a tripod
  • High-resolution (approx. 920k dots), 3-inch VGA-size LCD monitor with tempered glass
  • Durable, lightweight magnesium-alloy construction and comprehensive weather sealing against dust and moisture
  • Intelligent power management that lets you shoot up to approx. 4,400 frames on a single battery charge
  • (From Nikons website)

    I must say that the sample images I’ve seen so far (shot in controlled environments by highly skilled photographers) rank amongst the best image quality currently available in a DSLR – the files frankly looks like medium format digital, with very crisp detail, great colors and exceptional tonal range. When that’s all said, Nikon has priced its new flagship at $8000. Thats eight thousand dollars. The Sony A900, based on a very similar chip, is priced below $3000 and so is the Canon 5D Mark II.

    Read all about the Nikon D3X, view sample images at Nikons site