D3s testing with Stephanie

Generally, camera reviewers get brick walls and test charts out to test new cameras. I’m a bit more distractible than that, so I took the fantastic actor Stephanie Danielson out for a shoot. Shooting actors is different than shooting for Photoshop-crazy magazines — they need photos that show how they actually look, and aren’t about the photographer going nuts. Perfect for me, since I needed photos that show what the new Nikon D3s can actually do.

Of course, as the sun went down and we kept shooting away, it got a bit more creative so we could show the kinds of things you can do with a camera that can see in the dark as well as the D3s can. And I took the opportunity to do some “Brenizer Method” photos, which will be clearly marked. Also, the post “Feeling Festive” was from this shoot.

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ISO 200, 85mm, f/3.2, 1/125th

091204-154041 85.0 mm f_1.4.jpg
ISO 200, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/500th

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ISO 1600, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/250th

“Brenizer method” (17 shots) ISO 1600, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/160th

“Brenizer method” (8 shots) ISO 1600, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/160th

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ISO 12800, 52mm, f/3.2, 1/50th

ISO 4000, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/160th

ISO 3200, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/125th

“Brenizer method” (18 shots) ISO 4000, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/100th

And of course, since we’re interested in the video capabilities as well, here is a short clip of Stephanie taken at 85mm f/1.4, ISO 3200:

Eric - I really like these Kind of tests. Thank you.

daniel stark - awesome, awesome, awesome! did you use your lowel light for the last one?

great work!

Rob - Your reviews have really helped me decide on the D3s over the D700 and D300s as a back up.

karthik - this is fantastic,

The fourth one is my favorite. I simply love it.

Rachel Perry - That is awesome. Someday….

Paweł Słowik - Great pictures, and in few days i will be testing my D3s :)

Dewayne Christensen - Nice. Me want. (The camera that is; I already have a wife.) #haitirelief

Barry John - I had my D3s delivered in Dec 2009 and own the 85mm 1.4 I agree the combination is awesome !!
Your work is inspirational Thank you
Barry John

Anna Kowalska - What a beautiful story captured. Nice shots ! Thanx a lot. Also visit my website – blog http://zaczarowanachwila.pl