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.]

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

  1. Anonymous January 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

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

  2. JRS January 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    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.

  3. Ed Z January 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    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 :-)

  4. Jay January 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    Aperture workflow vid would be great!

  5. Chase Jarvis January 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    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!

  6. Anonymous January 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

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

  7. Shelby White January 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    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?

  8. January 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

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

  9. Chase Jarvis January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    @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.

  10. Anonymous January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

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

  11. Bruno Pires January 30, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    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.)

  12. jon January 30, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

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

  13. James Cheng January 30, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    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! =)

  14. Dave Taylor January 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    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.

  15. blabpictures January 31, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    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?

  16. Rockhopper January 31, 2009 at 1:20 am #

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


  17. Bruno Axhausen January 31, 2009 at 4:19 am #

    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!


  18. Anonymous January 31, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    Ditto the workflow vid! That would be awesome.

  19. Henry Sherman January 31, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    “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.

  20. Kevin Arnold January 31, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    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.

  21. fotoaficionado February 1, 2009 at 4:42 am #

    The video fail.
    Upload it in YouTube please.

  22. Chase Jarvis February 1, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

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

  23. Anonymous February 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    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.

  24. Anonymous February 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    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.

  25. February 2, 2009 at 2:21 am #

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

  26. petr February 2, 2009 at 2:37 am #

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


  27. Andreas February 2, 2009 at 3:12 am #

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

  28. Anonymous February 2, 2009 at 4:54 am #

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

  29. batgeek February 2, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    Vid not working.

  30. Chase Jarvis February 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Petr: two final images for the campaign.

  31. Anonymous February 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    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.

  32. Chase Jarvis February 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    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.

  33. Bruno Pires February 3, 2009 at 2:28 am #

    Try #2:

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

    Thx again, BP.

  34. PhotoRunner February 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    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!

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