2010 Christmas holidays was one the greatest, at least for me. Got a slightly used Nikon D3 for a remarkably low price from a local second hand shop in Tokyo. Just around 40% off of its original posting price. Great, eh? I was eyeing this one for two weeks hoping and hoping that since it was the holidays, they would somehow offer this for a lower price. And they did. For just a day. Went straight of course. Armed with a couple of Japanese lines for asking more discounts and freebies, finally got this low-light beast with a Nikkor 50mm 1.4D for free! Still second hand though but no matter, no matter. This was beyond what I could hope for, you know. An instant nightvision kit.

Nikon D3 + Nikkor 50mm f1.4D; 1/40 @ f4 @ ISO 6400 (straight from camera)

ISO 6400 test shot. Very usable if used carefully. We were on our way to Minatomirai, Yokohama for the New Year countdown. Straight from camera. Really impressive ISO performance.

Nikon D3 + Nikkor 50mm f1.4D; 1/200 @ f2.2 @ ISO 200

Taken on our way to China Town, Yokohama. Meet my friend here, Chyll. Took this test shot to see the lens’ bokeh talents. Not really very promising but not bad either. Applied some layers for skin tone enhancements and a wee bit of vintage look to it.

Nikon D3 + 50mm f1.4D; 1/125 @ f2.8 @ ISO 200; China Town, Yokohama. (straight from camera)

Nikon D3 + 50mm f1.4D; 1/40 @ f2.8 @ ISO 560 (straight from camera)

The Minatomirai strolling group on our way home. A blessed new year to everyone. God bless.