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Nikon D3000

posted Jul 30, 2009, 12:27 PM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Jul 30, 2009, 6:58 PM ]
[Edit] I apologize to my readers. I should've read the sensor data more closely. It appears that the D3000 sports a CCD sensor, not a CMOS Gen2 sensor, like what's in the D90/D300/D5000. As a fellow photog on Flickr mentioned, unless Nikon improved the noise capabilities of the CCD, the D3000 is no different than a D60.

It's still cool that this camera takes the same batteries as the D40/x/60 cameras, and it looks like they also share the same focusing screens.

Below is a quick comparison of the focusing screen specifications from DPReview:

D3000
Viewfinder• Optical fixed eye-level
• Penta-mirror type 
• Built-in dioptre adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5 m-1)
• Eye point: 18 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
• Frame coverage 95% (approx.) 
• Viewfinder magnification approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
• Focusing screen: Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets

D40X
Viewfinder• Optical fixed eye-level
• Penta-mirror type 
• Built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5 m-1)
• Eyepoint: 18 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
• Frame coverage 95% (approx.) 
• Viewfinder magnification approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
• Focusing screen: Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets

They look identical. What this means for MF/non-cpu nuts like myself, and those other MF/non-cpu nuts over at Flickr is our Katzeye focusing screens, as well as the Hoada Fu and other alternative screens are already available. That is awesome. I think I know what I'll be buying next summer...unless, of course, Nikon finally brings out the mythical $1500, no-frills, FX camera.  

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A small update on the bees. We found a park that has thousands of cosmos...no sunflowers, but plenty of cosmos. It looks like there may yet be hope for my bee pictures this year. I won't get a chance to venture over there till the afternoon, but that's perfect as that's when the bees really come out en masse. In any case, I so look forward to shooting some more pictures of bees.
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