Nikon D2Xs SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Nikon D2Xs SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Nikon D2Xs SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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  • 12.4 Megapixels
  • DX Format CMOS Sensor
  • 2.5" LCD Display
  • 11-area AF System
  • 1,005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  • Expanded Color Rendering
  • Reliable Shutter Unit
  • Weather Resisitant Magnesium Alloy Body
  • GPS, IA, & Wireless Options
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Nikon D2Xs Overview

  • 1Description

While the Nikon D2xs Digital SLR shares many features with its predecessor, it boasts an array of refinements that enhance performance and improve the user experience. Such features include, refined viewfinder performance; a Large LCD with a wide viewing angle; significantly increased battery life; and a wide range of firmware enhancements.

At the heart of the system is a proven 12.4 million-pixel image sensor producing high quality images that can be captured in JPEG or RAW file formats at a rate of up to five frames per second in continuous shooting mode. The powerful advanced image-processing engine and optimized systems blend high levels of resolution with superb image quality, pure color rendition, and class-leading speed. The 11-area AF system is tuned to deliver even finer precision and higher performance, and an improved view in High-speed Crop mode makes composition easier. The host of enhancements also includes significantly increased battery life per charge, an improved menu interface, and a color calibrated 2.5-inch LCD with ultra-wide viewing angle.

Professional photographers will appreciate the ability to select Adobe RGB in any of three color modes, making it possible to work with a wider range of colors that complement various working environments. Furthermore, in-camera creative possibilities are extended with the addition of a new Black & White (sRGB) color mode. The D2xs maximizes the potential of Nikon's Creative Lighting System, delivering high-precision flash performance including i-TTL flash control which supports Nikon's Advanced Wireless Lighting system. The latest high energy EN-EL4a rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides enough power to support shooting of up to 3,400 images on a single charge, can be recharged at any time and features a handy "fuel gauge" which displays remaining charge by percentage, the number of shots since last charge and overall battery status.

12.4 Megapixel Nikon DX Format CMOS Sensor
The DX Format CMOS sensor captures 12.4 million effective pixels per image, producing 4288 x 2848-pixel images with the high resolution and sharp detail needed for commercial assignments. High-speed 4-channel independent data output contributes to impressive levels of image quality and system speed.
Extensive Selection of Compatible Nikkor Lenses
The Nikon F lens mount assures unprecedented compatibility with the expanding family of digital dedicated DX Nikkor lenses as well as Nikon's comprehensive lineup of AF/AF-S Nikkor lenses long favored by professionals for their outstanding auto focus performance, superb color, high contrast and smooth rendition of out of focus areas in backgrounds.
High-performance, High-resolution Image Processing Engine
Nikon's most powerful image processing engine to date combines color independent analog pre-conditioning with improved digital image processing algorithms. This innovative system delivers images with a natural and appealing look that benefits from faithful color reproduction and realistic transitions between areas of different color and tone.
Advanced Noise Reduction Options
Real-time noise reduction that can be applied during image processing may be augmented by long exposure and high ISO noise reduction options, available via menu settings.
1,005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Nikon's exclusive light metering technology intelligently evaluates numerous elements beyond simple brightness and compares its findings against an onboard database of reference images. Complex and otherwise time-consuming exposures are determined instantly, resulting in consistent and dependable digital imaging exposures. Advantages of 3D Color Matrix Metering II are now provided in the High-Speed Crop Mode, while also optimizing the areas calculated for using Center-weighted metering and i-TTL Flash Control.
Proven Shutter Unit for Reliability and Speed
Mechanical systems throughout the camera are enhanced to fully support the speed, precision and durability required by professionals. The double-bladed shutter unit, refined from the field-proven systems on high-end Nikon SLRs, is tested to well over 150,000 cycles. It employs a mirror balance mechanism that completes its motion cycle and reaches a full stop with virtually no mirror bounce, achieving maximum stability and speed as well as smoother AF detection.
High-Speed Crop Function with Automatic Mask Feature
Continuous shooting at a rapid 8 frames per second is possible when using the High-Speed Crop mode that records the central portion of the frame at 6.8 megapixel resolution. What's more, the viewfinder has been enhanced to provide an automatic mask that actives when the HSC mode is set for simpler accuracy in composition.
11-area AF System with 9 Cross-type AF Sensors
Updated to perform even faster and with greater precision in the D2Xs, the 11-area AF system employs Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 2000 AF Sensor Module. Of these 11 widely spread AF sensors, 9 are cross-type sensors positioned in the logical rule-of-thirds array. All 9 cross-type sensors remain active when using High-speed Crop mode.
Fast Response with a 37ms Shutter Release Time
Instant startup and a class-leading shutter release time lag of a mere 37 milliseconds combine with optimized systems throughout to maximize all-round performance and deliver the response needed to handle even the most challenging professional assignments.
Full Integration into Nikon's Creative Lighting System
When used in combination with SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 Speedlights, the D2Xs supports the Nikon's Creative Lighting System with high-precision flash photography using i-TTL flash control, unlimited creativity through Advanced Wireless Lighting, and functions such as FV Lock and Auto FP High-Speed Sync.
Expanded Color Rendering Options
Nikon's advanced color reproduction system combines 3 available color modes and corresponding color profile choices to offer a range of color treatments to match specific assignments and workflow environments. Adobe RGB profile (Color mode I and II) as well as the option of the sRGB profile enables photographers to set the best color mode based on their shooting needs. Additionally, a Black & White capture mode is now available.
Flexible and Accurate White Balance Control
Advanced Auto White Balance (AWB) and Auto Tone Control (ATC) systems effectively handle complicated lighting conditions, achieving optimum white balance along with refined color and tone reproduction. Manual white balance mode selections include Color Temperature mode for directly setting Kelvin color temperature from 31 values between 2,500K and 10,000K. Preset mode provides quick selection from 5 white balance settings that may be saved to match the lighting conditions in known venues.
Image Overlay and Multiple Exposure
The Multiple Exposure function creates a single image from up to 10 exposures. The D2Xs also offers an Image Overlay function that merges selected RAW (NEF) files already stored on the CF card to create a new image file within the camera.
Magnesium Alloy Body with Enhanced Sealing System
Housed in a lightweight yet highly durable magnesium alloy body, the D2Xs is built to perform reliably under the tough working conditions of professional photographic assignments. Nikon's enhanced sealing system protects every possible seam and exposed part, making the body resistant to dust and drops of water. Furthermore, a locking mechanism holds the USB cable connector securely and prevents it from being accidentally pulled out of the USB port.
Ergonomic Design and Button Layout
The size, layout and operation of each customizable button, control and function is designed for intuitive operation and feedback, minimizing the need to remove the eye from the viewfinder while shooting. This combines with instant, predictable response to free the photographer to concentrate on composition. Operation remains consistently comfortable for either horizontal or vertical orientation. The convenient Function button on the front of the body can be programmed for simpler switching such as in and out of High-speed Crop mode when using continuous shooting.
Bright and Clear Viewfinder
The eye-level viewfinder features frame coverage of virtually 100% and a 19.9mm eyepoint. Information bars along the bottom and right edges display the current white balance mode, image quality and size settings, ISO setting and more. Updated for the D2Xs, the viewfinder also features an improved view within the High-speed Crop mode frame for faster and easier composition.
Sharp, Clear 2.5" TFT LCD Display
The D2Xs incorporates a large 2.5-inch 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD monitor display with an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle for clearer viewing. With up to 27x image magnification, the LCD permits effective evaluation of sharpness, expression and exposure, and quick confirmation of exposure using the Histogram or RGB Histogram displays. The color-coded menu displays and large type have been refined for easier recognition and access. The top and rear control panels are also designed to convey essential status and settings information at a glance.
Menus that Maximize Practicality and Versatility
Custom Settings menus are grouped according to basic features for fast and easy access. Up to 4 complete selections of Custom Settings can be stored in the camera's memory bank, allowing instant switching to the optimized selection for the given assignment. A menu option also allows camera settings to be saved to or loaded from a memory card, making it convenient to share settings between D2Xs cameras that will be used in similar conditions.
In-camera Image Trimming
RAW, TIFF and JPEG images taken using the D2Xs can be trimmed within the camera to produce images of reduced display sizes ranging from 640x480 to 2560x1920 pixels. The smaller files that result can help improve workflow efficiency by eliminating the time required to download and perform software editing within a computer.
Lithium-ion Battery System with Even Greater Power
The EN-EL4a rechargeable lithium-ion battery retains the same form, but features significantly increased capacity that delivers enough power for up to 3400 shots per charge. The system's real-time status display gives accurate feedback on the percentage of remaining battery charge, the number of shots taken since the last charge, the overall status of service life, as well as notification when calibration is recommended. Furthermore, the Battery can be recharged at any time or any level, features extended service life, and performs well at low temperatures.
Support for Capture NX (optional)
Capture NX offers exciting potential for Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) files, as well as JPEG and TIFF images. Refined through revolutionary U-Point technology, it greatly simplifies the selection of objects, colors or areas that support highly accurate alterations to myriad image elements, while preserving the integrity of the original image data.
GPS support (optional)
With the optional MC-35 GPS Adapter Cord, location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and heading (direction) can be transferred from a GPS device and recorded with the shooting data for each image.
Image Authentication (optional)
Nikon's Image Authentication function offers image authentication for digital image files to protect the integrity of valuable data. Indication of whether the actual image has been tampered with is provided along with any changes that have been made to date and GPS information.
Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A (optional)
The Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A supports IEEE 802.11g for maximizing transfer speeds while maintaining backward compatibility with IEEE 802.11b. It may be configured for a wide variety of network and security protocols, and also enables wireless control of the camera from a computer via the Camera Control Pro software option. Versatile operation means that it is possible to automatically transfer each image as it is shot, or manually select images for transfer. The transfer proceeds invisibly as normal
In the Box
Nikon D2Xs, 12.4 Megapixel, Interchangeable Lens, SLR, Digital Camera
  • EN-EL4a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-21 Quick Charger
  • UC-E4 USB Cable for Nikon SLR Digital Cameras (5')
  • EG-D2 A/V Cable for Select DSLR Cameras
  • BM-3 LCD Monitor Cover for D2H & D2X Digital Cameras
  • BL-1 Battery Chamber Cover
  • Type-B Focusing Screen III
  • BF-1A Body Cap (Bayonet)
  • AN-D2Xs Camera Strap
  • PictureProject Software CD-ROM
  • User Guide
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Nikon D2Xs Specs

    Camera Type Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor 23.7 x 15.7mm 12.84 Megapixel CMOS
    Effective Resolution 12.4 million pixels
    Color Depth 36-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Adobe RGB (mode I & II), sRGB, Black & White
    Image File Formats NEF (12-bit uncompressed or compressed RAW)
    TIFF-RGB (uncompressed)
    JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
    EXIF 2.21, DCF 2.0 and DPOF compliant
    Recorded Resolution Full Image
    L (4288 x 2848)
    M (3216 x 2136)
    S (2144 x 1424)

    High-speed Crop Image
    L (3216 x 2136)
    M (2400 x 1600)
    S (1600 x 1064)

    Video Recording No
    Audio Recording WAV Format (monaural)
    Automatic or manual recording at shooting or playback
    Up to 60 seconds record time
    Lens Mount AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type)
    D-type Manual-Focus, AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type, AI-P Nikkor, & Non-CPU AI Nikkor lenses are compatible with restrictions
    Focal Length Multiplier Full Image: 1.5x
    High Speed Cropped Image: 2x
    Optical Image Stabilization Supports Nikon VR lenses
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Nikon Multi-CAM 2000 TTL phase detection autofocus module
    Focus Modes Single Area AF, Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF, Group Dynamic AF, Focus Lock, Selectable from 11 focus areas (High Speed Cropped: 9 focus areas)
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity ISO 100 - 800 (HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1 and HI-2 available)
    Shutter Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
    Shutter Speed 30 - 1/8000 second (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Exposure Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering system
    3D-Color Matrix Metering II (D-/G-type Nikkor lenses)
    Matrix Metering (AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support)
    Center-Weighted Metering
    Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes [P] Programmed Auto with flexible program, [S] Shutter-priority Auto, [A] Aperture-priority Auto, [M] Manual, Exposure Compensation (+/-5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments), Auto Exposure Lock, Auto Exposure Bracketing (1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps, 2 to 9 frames)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Manual (6 steps with fine tuning), Preset (5 settings), Color temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31 steps), White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps)
    Scene Modes No
    Built-in Flash No
    Effective Flash Range Not Applicable
    External Flash Connection Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safely lock
    ISO 519 standard terminal with lock screw provided
    External Flash Control -TTL Balanced Fill-Flash (Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV Lock, Auto FP, Auto WB, HS Flash Sync, Modeling Flash)
    D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash (3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Standard D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash)
    AA (Auto Aperture-type) Flash
    Non-TTL Auto Flash (A-type Flash)
    Range-priority Manual available
    5 Flash Sync Modes (Front-curtain sync (normal sync), Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync, Rear-curtain sync)
    Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/250 second
    Start-Up Time 2 seconds
    Shutter Lag 0.037 second
    Time Between Shots 1 second
    Burst Capability Continuous high shooting [CH] mode
    Full Image: 5 fps
    High Speed Cropped Image: 8 fps

    Continuous low shooting [CL] mode
    Full Image: 1 - 4 fps (Rate selectable in menu)
    High Speed Cropped Image: 1 - 7 fps (Rate selectable in menu)

    Up to 21 consecutive JPEG or 17 NEF images for Full Image mode
    Up to 35 consecutive JPEG or 28 NEF images for High Speed Cropped Image mode

    Self Timer 2 - 20 seconds (user programmable)
    Interval Recording No (Possible with Timer Remote)
    Date & Time Stamp No (Recorded onto image data)
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards CompactFlash (Type I & II)
    File Size
    RAW (NEF) RAW + JPEG (Fine) RAW + JPEG (Normal) RAW + JPEG (Basic)
    Full Image
    L 19.2MB 25.1MB 22.6MB 20.7MB
    M - 22.2MB 20.9MB 20.0MB
    S - 20.7MB 20.1MB 19.6MB
    High-speed Crop Image
    L 10.9MB 14.2MB 12.8MB 11.8MB
    M - 12.6MB 11.9MB 11.4MB
    S - 11.8MB 11.4MB 11.2MB
    Battery Type EN-EL4a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (11.1v)
    Power Adapter EH-6 AC Adapter (optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
    FTP file transfer and PTP/IP camera control with optional WT-2/2A Wireless transmitter
    Direct Print Capable No
    Remote Control 10-pin remote terminal
    Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
    System & Software Requirements Windows System
    • Pentium Processor
    • Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP
    • 64MB (128MB with RAW images) or more recommended
    • 60MB Hard Disk space required for installation
    • USB Port
    • 800 x 600 Display with 16-bit color (full color recommended)
    • CD-ROM drive required for installation

    Macintosh System

    • PowerPC Processor
    • Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later)
    • 64MB (128MB with RAW images) or more recommended
    • 60MB Hard Disk space required for installation
    • USB Port
    • 800 x 600 Display with 16-bit color (full color recommended)
    • CD-ROM drive required for installation
    Viewfinder Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism with built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1)
    Uses B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen III & Type B Screen (Interchangeable with optional E-type finder screen with grid)
    Viewfinder Info Focus indications, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure indicator, Exposure compensation, Flash output level compensation, Frame count, etc.
    Depth-of-Field Preview Yes
    LCD Display 2.5" Low-temp. Polysilicon TFT color LCD with white LED backlight (230,000 pixels), Brightness adjustment available
    Information Display Top LCD panel:
    Exposure value (shutter speed/aperture), exposure mode, exposure compensation, exposure compensation value, aperture/ shutter speed lock, flash sync mode, focus area, exposure bracketing information, electronic analog display, battery power, CF Card confirmation, number of shots taken, number of shots remaining, frame number at playback battery power for built-in clock, date/time.

    Rear LCD panel:
    Number of shots remaining, sensitivity, white balance mode, image quality mode, monochrome mode, CF Card status, Custom function, number of pixels.

    Language Options English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese
    Playback Options Full frame, Thumbnail (4/9 segments), Zoom, Slideshow, RGB Histogram indication, Shooting data and Highlight point display, Text Input (Up to 36 alphanumeric characters - stored in EXIF header), Delete functions (Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete)
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 5.9 x 6.2 x 3.4" (150 x 158 x 86mm) without lens
    Weight 38.4 oz. (1070g) without battery or lens

    Nikon D2Xs Reviews

    D2Xs SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nikon D2xs A Great Camera The Nikon D2Xs is a pro body that allows you great tweaking in-camera of your pictures, or snapshot-like photos without the worry. The 3 banks of settings are a godsend for photographers who shoot in multiple conditions (portrait, scenery, etc.). The controls are logically placed on the D2Xs and are very sturdy. The camera itself feels (and is) rugged and exudes a sense of robustness. The D2Xs' price is relatively high, but that old adage applies here - you get what you pay for. Problems Encountered: I have no problems at this time. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: D2x, D100 ,D70,F5,Pentax 6x7,F100 Items I Recommend: SB800 SPEED LIGHT,VR ZOOM 70-200,50MM 1.4,
    Date published: 2007-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 67,000 and still going I have been using this camera professionally for nearly 3 years. I have over 67,000 actuations on the shutter and the camera is still going strong. The menu is easy to use with a little experience and the feel of the camera is amazing. You can't let go. It is solid and feels like an extension of your hand. I don't believe it can be topped. I have created custom curves with Nikon software and I use them for commercial and wedding work. With some minor adjustments it has low noise capability. The color that comes out of it is fantastic. Very true to life. The buttons are right at your finger tips for quick access. I even shot in the pouring rain (not recomended) but the gaskets kept the water out. Truly an outstanding camera!!!!!!!!! Expertise: Professional Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Hasselblad, Nikon f5, D200, F3, Leica m6 Items I Recommend: Lexar professional 133x 2G or 4G
    Date published: 2007-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A PRO'S CAMERA This camera exceeds all expectations. A joy to use and never let's you down. If you're charging top dollar for your work, stop using anything less than a pro model Nikon/Canon. The differencesare instantly noticable. The camera is important and the glass is important. Go into debt if you have to. Expertise: PRO Previous Equivalent Item Owned: S3 Fuji, RZPRO MAMIYA 4-LENSES Items I Recommend: SB-800-- 17-55mm-- 200mmF2
    Date published: 2007-11-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spectacular all-around performer I have owned 2 earlier and less expensive DSLRs. I do photography for my full-time real estate work, as well as professional portrait photography and landscape shooting.My purchase of the D2Xs was motivated primarily by a desire for speed and accuracy. As I started shooting more critical jobs, especially weddings, I became frustrated with the slowness and focusing inaccuracy of the Fuji S2 Pro and the D70. Many would think of the ultra-fast focusing mechanism as being useful primarily for sports shooting, but the exceptional speed also makes a huge difference in the ability to capture a high percentage of keepers in virtually any setting where subjects are not static.The D2Xs met my high expectations. I would not say that it has exceeded them, as the auto-focus system can still be fooled occasionally. Even this camera cannot offer mind reading capabilities to focus on what the operator has in mind 100% of the time. But this camera focusing system both speed and accuracy are exceptional and have made a major difference in my ability to capture important images.The combination of a top-quality viewfinder and LCD screen make a noticeable functional difference over my earlier cameras. When I can see better (and with the viewfinder offering true 100% coverage), I am much more likely to get precisely the composition and framing that I intended. And a high quality back panel LCD helps me more accurately figure out if I achieved correct exposure, focus, and composition. With my real estate work, this has significantly reduced the amount of time I must spend in Photoshop after each shoot. Before the D2Xs, I was not seeing 100% of the image frame. When shooting architectural subjects, it is critically important to be able to see horizontal and vertical lines near the edge of the frame. With my older DSLRs, I would finish shooting a property, and then realize when reviewing images in Photoshop that many images needed to be rotated by a few degrees or corrected for unwanted perspective distortion and then cropped to compensate for issues that I simply could not see in the inferior viewfinders.The continuous shooting mode works beautifully as advertised. As is the case in so many other respects, this camera offers great flexibility with continuous shooting options. There are two continuous shooting speeds, selectable from the main shooting mode knob on the top of the camera. But through the cameras menus, many more options are available, allowing the user to specify speeds ranging from 1 frame per second to 8 frames per second.Image quality is generally excellent. The cameras auto-white balance is often spot-on. I frequently shoot under mixed lighting conditions when I shoot home interiors, dealing with a combination of daylight, flash, incandescent and fluorescent lighting all in a single image. I always shoot in RAW mode with auto white balance, leaving myself the ability to tweak white balance later in Photoshop if needed. But the images frequently come right off the camera with white balance perfect, even in complicated situations.As one would expect, noise is a non-issue at ISO 100 or 200, and just barely so at ISO 400. ISO 800 has some noticeable grain, but is still very pleasing. I recently shot an image at ISO 800 that was subsequently printed at 48 x 48, and it looked spectacular. I avoid ISO 1600 and 3200 whenever possible, but I do not hesitate to use 1600 if doing so lets me get the shutter speed fast enough to ensure that motion blur will not be an issue. Avoiding a grainy image is pointless if the image is blurry from a slow shutter speed.Battery life is simply spectacular. I easily made it through a 1,200 image wedding day without depleting the battery. Expertise: Serious enthusiast, occasional professional Problems Encountered: Virtually none. High-ISO images show somewhat more noise than Canon image samples that I have reviewed. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: None. It has operated flawlessly. Items I Recommend: Nikon SB-800 flash (or several of them, since the camera supports multiple flashes)
    Date published: 2007-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best DSLR This is an excellent camera; I was along time Minolta man, from the X370 to X700 to the Maxxum 7. I needed a good DSLR to speed up my workflow, not to mention saving money on film. Its an expensive piece of equipment, but if you use it; it should pay off in no time. I personally think that its a better camera than the Cannon Mark II s even with 12.4 MP. It feels like a dream in your hands, I highly recommend this camera for Advance and Pros. And please for the love of god DO NOT BUY IT GREY MARKET. Problems Encountered: None as of yet. Items I Recommend: 85mm f/1.8 105mm f/2.0
    Date published: 2007-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nikon D2Xs meet my expectations. I have had this camera for about two months and the pictures are fantastic. The auto focus is tact sharp. The renditions for flesh tones are fantastic. I do not have to do many adjustments in Photoshop. I considered getting the Canon, but it was too expensive. I am glad that I opted for the D2Xs because I can use all of my Nikon lenses. Problems Encountered: The only problem that I encountered is that you really need an excellent quality compact flash card. I had the camera freeze during one session in which I inadvertently used a cheaper compact flash card. I would recommend that you purchase the Sandisk Extreme III or IV and purchase the 4 mb variety. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: D1X and the F100 film camera Items I Recommend: Get the 70-200, the 28-70; the 17-35 lenses and the SB 800 flash.
    Date published: 2007-02-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Over 35 years and counting I have been a professional photographer for over 35 years starting out as a combat photographer in the USMC back in 69 I used a Nikon Nikkormat FT in 1964 when I was first published and I still rely on Nikon today in my travels shooting Fashion in over 96 countries around the world. The Nikon D2Xs is just another example of its true reliability to the professional in this demanding industry.I own 2 - Nikon DX2s which is now my main gear and being back-up all the way to my film cameras including the F6 and F3HP.SalvatorieSalvatorie Studios, Intl. Problems Encountered: None yet... and shoot nearly 5 days a week which includes my traveling Previous Equivalent Items Owned: all back to the Nikkormat FT Items I Recommend: Depends on your shooting schedule
    Date published: 2007-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nikon D2Xs is worth the investment Ive always been a fan of Nikon since working at Ehrenreich Photo Optical Industries (EPOI) when I was a student in college a long time ago. Over 35 years of photography, Ive used a number of camera including Konica-Minolta, Yashika, Canon, Olympus and, of course, Nikon. My switch from film to digital was from Canon to Nikon. I recently upgraded from a D70s to the D2Xs. The D2Xs is just an awesome piece of professional gear. I do a lot of low light shooting and rarely get bothered with noise even at very high ISO. My favorite lens is the 18-200mm Nikkor VRII. Although its not the fastest lens, the VRII works extremely well and I can get 2 to 4 stops improvement with this lens. The D2Xs is built very solidly and its ergonomic design makes it very easy to handle. I find it easier to get to the most critical settings than my D70s, and far easier than my Canon EOS 850 (which was very limited). The autofocus is very fast, regardless if Im shooting with my 500mm Sigma or my most used 18-200 zoom. I almost never touch the auto white balance and my shots are perfect. I used to use custom white balance a lot, but just dont need it much any more. With Apple Aperture I almost never use Photoshop CS2 to make exposure, saturation or shadow-highlight and longer, and I dont bother with any of the Nikon software (e.g., Capture) at all. This is truly a professional photographers dream tool, and the D2Xs deserves all the great reviews it gets. Expertise: Very advanced amateurProblems Encountered: You will need some big and fast CF cards, especially if you always shoot RAW (NEF) like me. Don't bother with an extra battery, this camera goes forever between charges. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Nikon D70s, Canon EOS 850, Olympus C3030, Konica, many othersItems I Recommend: High speed compact flash (CF) cards
    Date published: 2007-06-17
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