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#1 Mart61

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 12:50 AM

And only posted this a couple of hours ago!

http://forums.dprevi...essage=24736304

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 03:07 AM

I don't know of the author (Ed Betz) but that's quite a positive review, strike that, it's an amazingly positive review - and from a Canon man too. Can't wait to get my hands on one. Adey

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 04:48 AM

The usual bla-bla on dpreview - appart from Osaka Games no other D3´s are handled to anybody, appart from the beta-testers. He´s for sure no beta-tester otherwise posting this fact on dpreview would cost him a lot ... not to speak about his status as a beta-tester for Nikon! Even the reviewers (i´m in touch with two of them) haven´t got theirs yet. But at the end the positiv comment of this guy doesn´t hurt :)
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 05:36 AM

Actually Nikon USA headquarters is down the road from NYC oh 30 minutes maybe a tad more and Nikon USA is a huge sponsor of the NY Mets you always see several Nikons signs at the Mets games. JIm

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 07:20 AM

Thanks for the inside info, Jim. Will you be going to the next Mets game? Mule
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 01:50 PM

I have just received the latest Nikon pro magazine this morning. It has illustrations claiming to be actual size of the D3 and D300. If the scaling is correct both are now virtually the same height and width, the pro camera being virtually the same dimensions as the prosumer one within about 3/8". Comparing my D200 with them both, it is pretty well the same width but about 1.1/4" lower in height. I don't know how the D3/D300 dimensions compare with the old D2H/D2X range? Whether the prosumer D300 has grown to the old pro size, or if the D3/D300 have met somewere in the middle between the old pro dimensions and that of the old prosumer D200? I make the D3 from the illustration about 6.1/4" high to top of pentaprism and about the same in width. D300 same height but around 5.7/8" wide. Dave Whiteley.
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 01:53 PM

Nikon has trended to scale the size down some the D80 is a tad smaller than the D70 and of coarse the D40 is alot smaller than the D50. The D3 seems slimmed down compared to the D2X but the D300 looks similar to the D200 but photos and ads can be deceiving, either way they are darn good looking cameras. Jim

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 02:25 PM

Under the D300 picture Jim is printed "actual size" so I presume the scaling is correct. That being so I placed my D200 on it and the D200 is around one and a quarter inches less in height but the same width. The D300 looks like a D200 with one of the old film camera separate motor drives bolted on, but then fared into the same case. Just as the old Pro Nikon DSLR's did. Dave Whiteley
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 05:17 PM

I agree Dave and I am a fan of the bolt on method to be honest the F6, F4, F3 etc were all bolt on winders/battery packs etc. The D300 falls in that mode but I here many who prefer the D1/2 and F5. So the D300 is a tad larger than the D200 hmm it seems the D300 is closer in size to the F6 I guess the D300 is truly a PRO level camera but as Mule said already its spec scream pro! I like the add on method best if I need to go small I can etc. Jim

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 05:45 PM

I just realized who that was that's Ed Betz he is one of the top if not the top AP sports and news photographer in NYC. Plus he was at last nights mets game shooting the game here are his shots.

http://sports.yahoo....nyeb108&prov=ap

(look in the back hmm more intrigue)

http://sports.yahoo....e5m0qnDp9S4u7YF

Could these be D3 shots and we just don't know, hmm.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:45 PM

If one read far enough down the line... Ed said he had used PS on the D3 images. So, at least he took them home. In another reply, he satates he promiused not to put them on the net as a review. So, maybe some are, who knows. The rumor is that at the China games going on now, some of the photog's are using the D3. So who knows. come turky day... you all should know.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 02:51 AM

In case I mislead you, or anyone Jim, the D3/D300 does not have a bolt on motordrive it just looks like a D200 with one on, hence the extra one and a quarter inches in height as used to be added to the original film cameras like the F2 when you bolted on an accessory motor drive. I don't think any modern cameras now have bolt on motordrives, they are all built in. The only bolt on accessories with modern DSLR's seem to be the hand grip/accessory battery packs. Dave Whiteley
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Posted 09 September 2007 - 11:52 AM

I understood ya Dave I was commenting on the look and feel of the bolt on winders for the older cameras and the bolt on battery packs for the new DSLR's they give the same feel and look but of coarse the new ones are only battery packs and sometimew wifi transmitters to. Jim

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