Pros Sharp, accurate, high res photos; Amazing focus and metering; Great ergonomics; F5 like!
Cons Fill the view finder with wider view prism
Summary What do you get when you combine the best that Sony CMOS has to offer with the best in pro camera design? Nikon D2X! Very smart play Nikon teaming with Sony for sensors. Sony dominates digital CMOS/CCD technology in the high-end markets (Motion Picture and Studio)
Getting ready for investment in a digital SLR. Rented D2X and 1Ds Mark II from local pro shop. Honestly, No question, D2X! Better where it counts -- Sharpness/clarity, color accuracy, focusing, metering and ergonomics; and of course $3,000 cheaper.
For those techno idiots lamenting about the lack of 35MM sensor size, what a joke. Acutally, ideally, I'd prefer my sensor to be a 2.5 X 2.5 CMOS sensor at 64 megapixel. Good grief. These are the same people that would have you believe that their $500 stereo producing 1,000 watts and with blinking console lights is the best Hi-FI or that their 300 horsepower Chevy is better than european performance. Its not about size, its how you use it!
Just as in HI-FI, trust your ears. In digital photography, its about what you see. If you try this camera, you will see!!
My opinion, and I had no bias toward either manufacturer, this is now the best digital SLR there is. Nikon is a smaller compnay that is focused on one bread-and-butter business. I'm glad to see the little guy come back on top, that I admit. In the end, we consumers need competition to generate innovation. We should all be happy that Nikon just raised the bar.
"Own and Love It"on by robpgreer
Pros This camera is fast. At 8 frames a second is sounds like a silenced machine gun. The AF is remarkably fast as well. The handling is to die for and the photo quality superb.
Cons This first downside is cost, but I do feel it’s a great value for the money (but out of the range of most amateurs). The other problem is file size of RAW images. You’ll need a beefy computer.
Summary Unlike many of the wingnuts who have posted negative reviews thus far, I actually own this camera. You’ll note that the negative posts all pre-date the actual release of the camera (February 25, 2005). What can I say about the D2x? Flawless. Perfect. Couldn’t be happier. As a Nikon shooter, this is the best camera money can buy and it feels that way when I press the shutter. Over the years, I’ve owned a few Nikon consumer SLRs (film). Then I moved to the D70 and digital photography got hooked on the hobby. I began shooting so much, I started to realize the limitations of the D70 (and there aren’t many). I decided to upgrade to the D2x and I’m certain it was the right decision! Just make sure you’ve got great glass to go with it.
Pros Superior contrast range, speed, focus, lens availability....
Cons Sensor conversion factor
Summary This is by far the best professional digital SLR out. I did a comparison with the 1Ds MkII, and Nikon won out in both print size/quality, and color rendition. It is by far superior in contrast range, and it gives you a two for one option with 12.4 mp at 5 fps, and 6.8 mp at 8 fps. Tested it for sports and nature photography, and if you know your lenses, the autofocus is unbeatable. I can see that amateurs are having trouble with lens choices, so they cannot use the autofocus as well, and some are simply not bright enough to figure out the conversion factor of 1.5X, which allows for a 16mm equivalence for wide angle. If you know your lenses and your math, this is as good as it gets.
You also have image layering, up to 9 layers, which allows for some amazing shots in the most difficult of environments.
People who have given this camera a negative review do not know what they are doing with the camera. Buy the proper lenses and accessories and let this baby take you to new heights.
Pros Pro build. Solid and excellent balance. Focus Speed. Unreal color rendition. Pro features. Multiple Exposure. Shutter speed. Viewfinder and its data. Focus points. Wireless Option. GPS Option.
Cons Focus system complexity and thus learning curve for some more novice or intermediate users.
Summary I will begin with the con. The complexity of the focus options might be a bit confusing for the novice. Pros will have less of an issue and a shorter learning curve. Having said that, once you have control of it... the options are AWESOME.
As a pro shooter (70% portraiture of some sort and 30% on other photography) I am truly impressed by this camera. I mentioned the pros above but in particular I find some items to stand out and I will mention those because a "full review" here is impossible.
First is the viewfinder which is 100% and with all the info I need. Great. Any photographer will love it.
Second, the speed. At 5 fps for a 12MP image you can't go wrong. Few if any dSLRs can do this. The ones I compared cannot. The 8 fps 6.8MP mode is amazing as well. The buffer is good.
Ergonomics are great. The buttons are where they should be and even easy to get to. The "Func" button by the lens (below the DOF Preview) is great and you can toggle various options to it.
Color rendition and color space options are great. Simply stunning results with the camera. Both with studio strobes and ambient lght. Best skin tones I have seen.
Selectable White Balance to specific Kelvin Temps. Great.
Multiple exposrue overlay. You can overlay or multiple expose. Talk about a throwback to film. Awesome and it gives you some real nice options for creativity.
Next to no noise at all ISOs up to 800. Nikon is on the mark here. Awesome.
Write speeds. Currently 9MB/s with a Sandisk Extreme III CF Card. Fastest on the market by 50%. Period.
Overall the camera is excellent and exceeds what I expected based on the marketing. Nikon deliverred the goods with this one. I cannot really find anything at this point to complain about. Even the price point is below where I anticipated it to be.
The only issue I have and the reason I don't give it a 10 is that I think Nikon Pro Cameras should ALL come with Nikon Capture. I personally do not use it, but the packaged software with the camera is surely simplistic, at best. However, this is a non-issue if you buy this camera because I would imagine most potential customers of this camera already have some higher end photo processing solution.
Pros Excellent colour & contrast; great tonal range; full details in both shadow & highlights; superb handling; beautiful skin tones; and speed to die for.
Cons Few but the cost.
Summary Why all the complaints about the small sensor size. In the film world, even the best 35mm or medium format was no match for larger format, but few complained. Now the bar has been raised by a range of digital camera manufacturers. Would the "Moaning Minnies" who have been complaining on the blind, now do as I have done. Go out and buy the D2X and get your eyes opened. It's a revelation.