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Nikon D3x

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Review Date: Nov 23, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $7,150.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Superb resolution and overall IQ. Surprisingly good high ISO performance for such a high pixel sensor. Top build quality and a really top quality pro camera.
Cons:
Auto WB a little warm. High price but getting better.

I have owned every pro Nikon body since the D1 and also own the Canon 1DS MK II. The Canon is a great camera but the D3X is by far the best high res camera on the market today. I find the HI ISO performance nearly as good as the D700 up to 1600. It is much better then the D300 by a considerable amount. I very frequently shot at ISO 6400 and make prints up to 13x19 without noticeable noise (depending on the subject and out of focus area). The noise pattern is more like medium fine film grain at ISO 200 at the higher ISO's. This body has just been a joy to use. Highly recommended.

 
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 23, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,299.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, very light weight, easily hand held, reliable.
Cons:
None. I would normally list price as a negative but in this case you get what you pay for.

After searching for the perfect birding lens I settled on the 400mm DO. I originally tested an older, used lens at my local camera shop and found the contrast to be low. I then tried one of the shops new lenses and found the contrast was much higher then the used one I first tried. This lens has very high resolution and contrast. I use it with a 50D because of the 1.6X crop factor but I also use it with a 1DS MK II. I've had the lens for 3 years now and it has never failed to please. I'm primarily a Nikon shooter but Nikon has nothing to offer in this category that I'm comfortable hand holding for any length of time. A truly great lens.