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The “kit”: D3, 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8

You’ll have to forgive me this post because it’s probably going to get very technical.  This weekend I’ve rented what I consider to be the “wedding kit” – a full-frame body with excellent low-noise high-ISO capacity – here the Nikon D3.  This combination of lenses totally blows me away compared with what I normally use.  I have a nickname for my regular gear, too – my “bang around” stuff.  Not that there is anything wrong with the Nikon D80.  In most cases, you wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference between the two cameras.  It’s when things get tricky that the camera really shines.  Like here:

christmas wreath on our door
ISO: 3200!, 1/25 s, f/2.8, 70mm

This image would probably not happen at all with my D80.  It’s just too dark in my apartment hallway to get something sharp.

wreath detail from the hallway

70mm and 24mm of the same scene:

mm examples

I walked the camera around.  It’s cold out!

shirlington house apartments

shirlington house apartment building

And yes, I can’t help myself.

self-portrait with the d3

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