Nikon Malaysia is currently promoting the Nikon Show at Mid Valley Megamall as the Nikon’s highlight event of the year. There will be many activities and also a photo contest for all photography enthusiasts. There’s even free photography talks by a few professional photographers but for me, the best reason to drop by Nikon booth is the chance to view or maybe touch and feel the beautiful Nikon D3s. The D3 has proven to be the most awesome digital camera to hit the market for professional sports and news photographers and has taken a big chunk of market share back from Canon 1 series camera. You just need to look at major sports event like the Beijing Olympics and football matches. Previously you could only see Canon trademark white L lenses along the sidelines but in recent years you could see a mix of black and white lenses. This is a major coup for Nikon and for Canon to catch up, they really need to come up with some really earth-shattering technologies that might give Nikon a run for their money.
As a Canon 1D Mark III user, I can vouch that the latest Nikon D3s is really tempting me to beg, borrow or steal just to get my hand on one of this baby. The newly redesigned image sensor of the new Nikon D3s will take the concept of “low light photography” to a completely new level and maybe Nikon might even create a new niche in photography which is close to “No Light Photography”. I can just imagine using the latest Nikon D3s with the new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens. With the D3s capability of an ISO value of up to 102,400 and the ‘VR II’ lens claimed benefit of 4 additional stops, anything is possible.
My Nikon D700 is way more advance than my 4-year old Nikon D2Xs and I can only expect the very best from the latest Nikon D3s. Although camera is just a tool for the professional photographers, it never hurts to have the latest and greatest. The Nikon D3s will definitely be on many photographers’ shopping list this coming Christmas.
Of all the digital cameras that I owned, my favorite go-to-camera of all times is still my Canon 5D Mark II. Although the carry-over 9-point focusing system from the older 5D is nothing to shout about, this camera can really resolve the details at up to 21 megapixels of quality shots. The colors from the 5d Mark II (closer to Nikon colors) is nothing like the older Canon series and it is really positioned on a league of its own. The capability to take true 1080p HD video is also one of the attraction of this camera and with the latest Nikon D3s offering of only 720p / 24fps motion capture capability, the Canon 5D Mark II is still king of the hill when it comes to capturing professional HD quality video. Besides this small disadvantage, the latest Nikon D3s is really way up there, mingling with the god of cameras. Canon, where are you?