Quick test of manual controls on Nikon D3s - just shot it in the backyard during a break last summer. Was incredibly bright - and didn't have a stack of NDs with me so just made do with one ND and a circular polariser in the Genus MB to try and get some nice DOF on the new 70-200 2.8 VRII (and the Micro 105 2.8 VR). Everyone knows that the D3s is incredible in low light (at least for stills) so thought I'd give it a go in extreme bright light!

Was still too bright with ND in most shots so went for Lo ISOs and a few faster than ideal shutterspeeds on some shots to get something to look at. Manual controls were simple to use and LCD is very clear. 70-200 VRII is a sensational lens - shame Nikon still doesn't have decent 1080P on any DSLRs to take advantage of it...

Update: just added some footage from the D3s shot in slightly different conditions - also from last summer (at the coast - so much greener!) These were shot as part of a test alongside the Canon 5D2 and 7D to see what might work best with fine, hairy foliage and flowers - which often produce distracting aliasing on line skipping DSLRs. Aliasing is not great on the D3s and compression tends to hammer some smooth backgrounds.... but in some shot things can look pretty good.

These shots were all made with the 200mm Micro Nikkor IF-ED 1:4

Edited in CS5 PPro and AE + Magic Bullet Looks.

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