Nikon D3X Samples

First published on: Monday, 1 December 2008

Last update (Apr 23, 2009): RAW / NEF & JPEG review samples at PhotographyBlog.

This page is a collection of photo samples taken with the Nikon D3X digital SLR camera, plus related image galleries, user pictures and other examples that I’ve come across in forums, online communities, blogs and related websites.

This should help in determining if the image quality of the D3X meets your expectations.

Bear in mind that the majority of these photos are re-sized, and may have gone through post-processing, retouching or other edits. I just thought that it would be interesting to see, at a glance, what Nikon D3X DSLR owners and users are shooting with their camera.

Full-sized images, where available, will assist with judging the image quality.

Full attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

D3X RAW / NEF & JPEG review samples at PhotographyBlog

D3X RAW / NEF & JPEG review samples at PhotographyBlog

You can download 45 full-resolution JPG images and 12 RAW / NEF files for closer scrutiny.

From the EXIF data, the main lenses used for the shoot were the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S.

Sample bird photo with a Nikon 70-300mm VR Nikkor lens

HK Low has posted a brilliant image taken with the 70-300 VR mounted on the Nikon D3X.

Sample bird photo with the Nikon D3X plus Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens, by HK Low

View the entire image, as well as a 100% crop.

I find the bokeh very pleasing.

Official Nikon D3X Samples

Official Nikon D3X Sample Photos

Some comments:

  1. Image 1: Studio fashion shot, photographed by Frank Wartenberg, with a Nikon 60mm f/2.8G AF-S Macro at f/8. This head-and-shoulder portrait of a female model is just stunning. Colors, tonality, detail and sharpness are just perfect.

  2. Image 3: Lady with an umbrella in the rain, photographed by Frank Wartenberg, with a Nikon 200mm f/2.G AF-S VR lens wide-open at f/2.8. The amount of detail in this shot is simply unbelievable. Her face only occupies a small portion of the frame, yet you can see the fine hair and skin texture.

  3. Images 4 and 5: A Mustang, photographed by Tim Andrews, a car photographer who used the Tatsuo Iizuka with a Nikon 24-70mm AF-S and Nikon 500mm f/4G VR lenses for the shots. Tim’s opinion on the D3X was quoted in a Nikon D3X piece titled “Manager for professional products Robert Cristina on the cost/convenience of medium format versus D3x” (read this forum post for details) that’s extracted from the Nikon Pro magazine (pages 4 and 5):
    Motoring specialist Tim Andrew was one of a number of photographers to work on the D3X brochure. It left a dramatic and lasting impresion on him. He found it gave him ‘medium-format looking’ files with all the flexibility of the Nikkor lens system he aleady owns. Images with the X-factor, you might call them.

    … and …
    So go ahead, download the sample files and see for yourself what the D3X could mean for your career prospects, and your clients.

  4. Images 8 and 9: Reflections on a lake, and Autumn foliage and snowy mountain landscape, photographed by Tatsuo Iizuka with a Nikon 24-70mm AF-S at f/11 and 50mm f/1.4G AF-S lens at f/10 respectively — beautiful, clean colors and tones. He has posted a blog entry on this photo (here’s the Google English translation).

Fashion samples by Marcus Bell

Nikon D3X fashion samples, resized and crops, by Marcus Bell

Marcus was one of the few select photographers chosen to shoot with a pre-production model of the D3X. His samples, though not full-sized, are stunning in terms of color and tonality. The images were shot with the new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S lens.

Nikon D3X sample photos by Aleksandar Dunkic.

The link to Aleksandar’s gallery was posted on DPReview prior to the official announcement of the D3X. As you can imagine, there was no way to download the photos given the huge traffic spike to the site.

The gallery has nine images, and the thumbnails look like this:
NIKON D3X SAMPLE PHOTOS by Aleksandar Dunkic

For now, I’ve resigned to letting the Folx handle the downloads of the 9 files. The progress rate doesn’t look good at all, and I’m not sure how soon the downloads can complete.

Mirrors of the images can be found at:

  1. RHL Pedrosa’s D3X Flickr set — make sure you click on the All Sizes icon above the thumbnail, then click on the “Original” link.

    You can see the EXIF data for one of the photos which was shot with a Nikon 70-200mm VR lens at ISO 1400 here, the full-sized photo is this one.

Nikon D3X samples at

These JPEG pictures have gone through processing in Adobe Photoshop CS3, and the portrait is in the Adobe RGB (1998) colorspace, so be sure you open that photo in a color profile aware application.

Female portrait, a full-sized Nikon D3X sample by Exposure Bias Value: 0 Exposure Mode: Manual exposure Exposure Program: Manual Exposure Time: 1 / 125 Flash: Flash did not fire Aperture: f/16 Focal Length: 70mm ISO Speed Ratings: 100 Lamborghini Gallardo, a full-sized Nikon D3X JPEG sample by Exposure Bias Value: -1 Exposure Mode: Manual exposure Exposure Program: Manual Exposure Time: 1 / 160 Flash: Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, return light not detected Aperture: f/13 Focal Length: 32mm ISO Speed Ratings: 200
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