Alex Mustard: the D300 out guns the D2X

Some thoughts by Alex Mustard about the Nikon D3 and the D300 posted here including several test pictures:

“I would also add that I think that the D300 also out guns the D2X. It is a big step on from the D200. DPReview said that the D300 is as much as a step over the D200 as the D200 was over the D100. I am inclined to agree. Although the FX chip D3 is getting all the attention, it was the D300 that really exceeded my expectations.”


“From shooting it today I would say that ISO 6400, 3200 and 1600 on the D3 all looked better than ISO 400 on my D2X”


“I also tried the new 14-24mm – wow. This lens seemed to show sharper corners – possibly because it has been designed for digital, unlike my old 17-35mm? It is also really, really wide. I was testing this with an architectural photographer who is very sensitive to distortion. His comment was that the 14-24mm had slight barrel distortion compared to the slight pincushion distortion of the 12-24mm and 17-35mm.”

Many more samples

 A new comparision between D200 and D300 (70-200/2.8 at 200mm, ISO1600).

Some new D300 and D3 samples.

And additional ones from a Paris show

Comparision D200/D300 and more D3 pics

To bridge the time until D3/D300 are delivered here is a comparision D200/D300 on a Czech site and some more photos made with the D3

The photographer answers some questions regarding his comparision at the Dpreview forum in this thread.

Nikon 14-24 sample pictures, taken with a D200

Fredrik A. Rasmussen has done some sample pictures with the new 14-24/2.8…
Nikon 14-24/2.8

not only with the D3 (currently not shown on his site due to restrictions by Nikon) but also with the D200. He states:

“I did test the lens on the D3 and it’s simply amazing, this lens is wide! The lens is virtually free of distortions. On the D200 with the 1.5x crop the lens is 21-36mm, still wide, but compared to the D3 with it’s FX(full frame) sensor it’s just sad.”

Continue at his site