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Good: Incredible ISO, Full frame, Big LCD screen with cover, Works with any lens, Well structured menu, Long-lasting battery
Bad: Heavy, Minimal software, Need to use Nikon Software to do download pics (unless you use a CF reader)
Comment: I've been shooting for over 30 years, shooting Nikon, Canon, Leica and Olympus. I'm a believer that the photographer is far more important than the camera, and I can pretty much get great results from any camera. But this camera simply stands out from the pack. It is nearly perfect. And I say that as someone who usually gets professional cameras.
After living with this camera for 9 months, I have lost all desire for any other camera. I'm a gear-head and love to get my hands on new equipment. I love getting new cameras and always figure out what I would improve on it. But this camera just does everything and I (this amazes me) just don't care what else they come out with. The feel, the controls, the image quality and overall performance is simply amazing. It is nearly perfect - so what are the "flaws"?
Well, I wish I could lock the shooting banks. The camera lets you set it up and store your settings in a "bank". This lets you rapidly change to a particlar bank to load your settings. You might have one bank set for sports, another for night time shooting, another for multi-flash lighting, etc. The flaw? Any change you make changes the bank. So your bank changes as you change the camera. That nearly wrecks shooting banks for me. The workaround is to set your banks, then save them to a CF card (I use that old 1GB card I had laying around). Before a shoot, I pop the card in and reload all the settings. I just with I could lock the banks and not have to carry that card around.
And you can't combine the mirror-up mode with the self timer. You either have to use a remote release (another thing to carry) or let it time out (it fires after 30 seconds with the mirror up).
That's pretty much it. Well, it is not cheap, but considering you get the same performance as the Nikon D3 for half the price, this is an amazing deal.
If you want a suggestion, consider this camera with the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF-D. This combination makes some jaw-dropping images and every girl loves it.
*** P.S. If you will buy this camera I suggest at: amazon.co.uk/dp/B001BYMC5K/?tag=reviews.cnet.co.uk-21
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