This is Not a Nikon D3x Review. It’s Just Me and Scott Talking.

[Update: the video hummed along nicely for about 24 hours, however sometime late Saturday/early Sunday the embedded video stopped playing here, presumably due to Facebook bandwidth constraints/large traffic volumes. We reposted and it was just more of the same. They’re still serving it to my Facebook page if you’re interested in checking it out there.]

Whew! Just wrapped the first ever (I’m told) national ad campaign shot with the Nikon D3x. What an absolute beaut of a camera. I’m smitten.

Hopefully you were able to follow along via Twitter and my Facebook Page for the play by play. I can’t share all the details of what I was working on (see my earlier post for why), so unfortunately no sample pics just yet, but this here lo-fi vid cut and pasted from my Facebook gives the quick and dirty about Nikon’s new, bad-ass, flagship camera.

Now back to my edit and sipping on Robitussin ;)

[RSS and email subscribers click here to see the vid.]

PhotoRunner says:

I really appreciate your sharing. Cool historically with a new way to share information as you get it, about a thing that is normally reviewd in a big chunk. Thanks!

Bruno Pires says:

Try #2:

As a user of both media, what’s your thoughts between a D3X file and a MF Hasselblad?

Thx again, BP.

Chase Jarvis says:

Hope y’all saw the Update at the top of the post. Seems that Fbook’s servers aren’t happy. If you visit my Fbook page, you can check it there. If you’re not already an Fbook friend, I’ll approve your requests fer sure.

Anonymous says:

Just peeked at my @chasejarvis tweets. awesome play by play. thank for the insight. I’m one of the guys for which this camera makes a lot of sense.

Chase Jarvis says:

Petr: two final images for the campaign.

batgeek says:

Vid not working.

Anonymous says:

I want to see the video, but it does not seem to be working.

Andreas says:

Dito. Loads and loads and loads but no playback, FF 3.0.5

petr says:

just out of curiosity – how many final pictures (roughly) are you handing to the client from the 4 day shoot?

thanx says:

Video doesn’t work for me either (OS X 10.5, Firefox)

Anonymous says:

Nothing streams here. It sticks at “Loading…” with no data transfer.
I guess this’ll make it to your Itunes feed eventually, so I will wait for it there.

Anonymous says:

I like the idea of this anti review. Just opinions. There is wisdom in that alone. Thanks for keeping it fresh. Hope your head cold is on the downturn by now.

Chase Jarvis says:

@kevin arnold. right on – sound like we had similar experiences…

The video fail.
Upload it in YouTube please.

Kevin Arnold says:

Hey Chase, Hate to rain on your headline, but I also shot a national ad campaign with the D3x that wrapped last week in Florida. Sweet machine for sure.

Henry Sherman says:

“I’m not a camera reviewer” “I’m not a camera reviewer”

OK. We get it, dewd. But wait…what about the D90 video? UH. Oh well. You’re a photographer. Cool! You’re a good photographer, but a better self-promoter. Kudos.

Anonymous says:

Ditto the workflow vid! That would be awesome.

First of all thanks for all the great info, not only on the D3x but on all the things related to your work!

I find it interesting how you keep mentioning that you are not a camera reviewer and therefore can’t give a review of this camera… I don’t know about other people, but when buying any tool, I tend to listen to the opinion of guys that use the tool all day long instead of guys that spend their day writing about it.

Of course I’m not in the market for a D3x, but there a many things that I can pick up anyway that will help with deciding on what (cheaper) camera I will go for next. (Seems I’ll end up with a D90…)

So, thanks for your kind of review, I prefer it to any lab review any day!


Rockhopper says:

Hey cool, thanks for sharing, hope you get over your man flu.


blabpictures says:

Chase I’m a little intrigued, is that a Canon PIXMA Pro9000 in the background behind you and Scott?

I’ve been thinking about one of these for quick proofs, i hear the Canon guys say it was faster than the Pro9500. Any chance to share something about your printing needs or workflow in the future?

Dave Taylor says:

Any chance you’ll post some more of your “older” shots in your portfolio (or perhaps an archive section of your site). I’ve seen a bunch of your images in slideshows or vids that aren’t in your current portfolio, and I’d love to get another look at them. Especially thinking of some of your “running” shots with the gorgeous backgrounds – not sure if they were part of your REI campaign or not – but they were amazing.

James Cheng says:

Great stuff Chase, can’t wait to see the results, I’m sure it’ll be amazing as usual. A aperture workflow video would be amazing as well. Keep it up! =)

jon says:

Would like to see an Aperture workflow post and video. :)

Bruno Pires says:

Hi Chase!
I’m a PJ from Portugal where (unfortunately) there’s not a lot of business for Medium Format (MF) jobs, but considering its (MF) unquestionable quality, my question is:
Owning a D3 (as I do) for sports and regular PJ work, and considering a future investment for commercial and advertising work, where do you (as an HD1/2 owner) think the D3X stands “against” the Hasselblad and Mamiya files? My doubt relies on, having seen images from the D3X and comparing them to my D3 (fabulous) results, the only “major” difference I see is output size, not reaching (and this is where I ask for your Hasselblad Master experience) MF depth and image quality.
Correct if I’m wrong, and enlighten me if you can.

Thanks and hope to see the results soon.

Bruno Pires

PS: This comment was written listening to “Don’t Bother Me”, so here goes extra-thanks for the tip for a great XXI Century song (I was born in 1976, and Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing” is my life song.)

Anonymous says:

thinking of 25MPixels at 1600 and my brain fries. that is way excellent.

Chase Jarvis says:

@nikonrumors. I didn’t experience any unjust noise at 800 with properly exposed images. 1600 even looked nice. I ultimately might be willing to shoot the D3 at higher ISO than the D3x, but that’s really transcending what the D3x is meant for… Compared to other cameras at that D3x res, even 800-1600 is a total score.

so I guess you did not have any noise level issues with the D3x?

Shelby White says:

I think most of us are waiting to see the campaign shots =)

Any of the crew or blog readers going to the Miss Aniela photo event at Pravda Studios tomorrow?

Anonymous says:

Honestly, I appreciate that kind of an opinion more than a big, technical review. Thanks. I’ll be looking to invest.

Chase Jarvis says:

er…ah… not MY first national campaign ;) first one for the D3x we’ve surmised… I’ve also learned that there are several others underway, which is nice for nikon, and for those shooters!

Jay says:

Aperture workflow vid would be great!

Ed Z says:

Supercool… new toys are always fun…

I am totally curious to see the shots now – you’d better post them once the veil of secrecy is lifted :-)

JRS says:

Hey Chase, I can't wait to see the images. Funny you should mention Ken Rockwell at the end of this clip. He took his D3X back. He liked it but kinda slammed it for being so expensive given that about the only thing different between the D3 & D3X is slower frame rate and bigger sensor.

I wish you guys would do a vid sometime about your Aperture workflow. I would love to see kinda how you guys use it.

Anonymous says:

1st National ad campaign! Congrats on that.
Can’t wait to see the pics. 2 months…. :(

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