Saturday, March 8, 2008

Wrestling: 2008 ACC Tournament

On Friday I got together with a Nikon Professional Services representative and he offered me a D3 to demo this weekend and for a little bit this upcoming week. I was very excited to take advantage of the offer especially given the subject matter I planned to photograph this weekend: wrestling.

The 2008 ACC Tournament for wrestling was held in College Park and I was looking forward to being a part of it. I've gone to a few duals at Maryland this winter and have had trouble working with the light. Greg shoots a D3 and he reports you can get very good performance at high ISOs.

I was very impressed with the D3. I was able to shoot 1/500th of a second at ISO 4000 and not have to do any lightening in my post processing. I used auto white balance and the shots came out a little weird. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's saturation though...

I had a great time shooting the D3 on my 70-200mm lens. It was sharp as a tack at 200mm and I was very happy with it. During the consolation games I snuck out and did a softball game. The 400mm performance on the D3 was incredible.

Please go read my article that reports on the 2008 ACC tournament results and includes photos of all the matches.


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