NASA is sending 11 Nikon D3s bodies and AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm F/2.8G ED lenses into space. They will be used to photograph and document such things as maintenance and inspections within the International Space Station. NASA already has several Nikon lenses and older Nikon D2XS’s on board.
Nikon purchased 76 D2XS and 64 SB-800 flashes in 2007, not all went into space, some were for on-ground training and etc.
The Nikon D3s will shoot at a fast 9 frames per second. The camera has a 12.1 megapixel sensor and has a 4256 x 2838 max resolution. Nikon has a suggested retail price of $5,199.95 for the D3s body.
The Nikon vs. Canon debate has been ongoing for years and each camera has its own merits to stand on. In the Popular Photography magazine one die hard Nikon fan has tattooed a D3s camera on his arm. Popular Photography is requesting photographs of anyone with Nikon Tattoos on their body to be sent to this email address.
Nikon released a new Nikon D3x camera body; the price for it is $7,999.00.
One point here to make is fancy cameras, and the higher priced Nikons and Canon’s are certainly fancy, do not necessarily take great pictures, they just make it easier. You can make great photographs with any camera from the least expensive to the highest priced ones. If you can afford the best, have fun, but make no mistake about it, you do not have to have the best and greatest to take fabulous photographs.
As one of the great websites http://www.kenrockwell.com owner puts it this way and gives great advice “Avoid the friend, neighbor or co-worker who works in computers, science or engineering and always talks about cameras. These people's passion is usually just for the cameras or computers themselves, not about photography itself or art or expressing their imagination visually. Watch out for people who prefer to talk about tools instead of actually making photos. There are thousands of people who watch sports on TV and can talk endlessly about sports stats for every one athlete who actually plays professional sports. You want to talk to the rare guy who actually does it.”
One of the best ways to make great photographs is to study composition and art books. Research the web on these subjects. Look at objects and scenes and try to visualize them in your mind as a finished photograph.
Practice makes perfect.