Landscape Photography: With D3 and D300 (Winter Wonderland)

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I had the opportunity to go out this weekend to test my two cameras (D3 and D300). Even though it’s been more than a month since I’ve had the D300 and one week with the D3, I didn't get a chance to try them out until this weekend.

I used the Nikon 12-24 @12mm with the D300 and Nikon 14-24 @21mm with the D3. Weather conditions were not perfect. It was about 10 minutes apart between the two shots.

Also I used grad ND filter for the D300 shot while the D3 shot were without any filters.

Post-process was similar for both shots: Capture NX and PS CS3.
I would appreciate your comment and critiques.

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These are so beautiful. I've been going back and forth and forth and back trying to figure out which I prefer. There are elements of each that I can't live without (the red sky in 1, the color and detail of the mountain in 2, for example), so I just can't choose a favorite. Bottom line is these are just absolutely gorgeous.
 
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This is an excellent test for all of us to see and the question now is wich is which? I think the last one has a nice glassy effect, so I think that is the D3 image. Now the real question is how much does the glass affect this? I guess the debate can rage on that question, but they are both very nice images!

Well done!
 
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Those are both beautiful shots- I love the color in the reflections on both. So which pic is which camera?
Ah.. you posted while I was asking.
 
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I also vote for 1 is D300 and 2 is D3. Actually, there's no doubt in my mind, number 1 had a variable ND filter, number 2 did not.

Very nice. I like the extended dynamic range look of one. But the increased detail and clarity of two. But I also like the somewhat darker look of two. So, what help am I? ;)
 
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I like the second one better, not because it is from the D3, but because I don't like the usage of the ND grad filter in the first image. It gave the snow a muddied look halfway up the image.

Great composition and image!
 
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Picture Management Settings

Were both cameras set to the same Picture Management settings? Number 1 looks like Vivid and Number 2 looks like Standard or Neutral.
 
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This is an excellent test for all of us to see and the question now is wich is which? I think the last one has a nice glassy effect, so I think that is the D3 image. Now the real question is how much does the glass affect this? I guess the debate can rage on that question, but they are both very nice images!

Well done!
I need more testing. I have used two grad ND filters with the Nikon 12-24. This may have some effect...
First one is from D300.
Thanks.
 
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Were both cameras set to the same Picture Management settings? Number 1 looks like Vivid and Number 2 looks like Standard or Neutral.
Both cameras were set to Standard. Changed them both to vivid at post processing.
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