Never say never…

Trey's D3x was a terrific tool that captured photos like this.

Trey Ratcliff, the HDR whiz and founder of Stuck in Customs recently tempted the fates with a bold statement and is now paying the price.  Earlier this year, Trey declared DSLR’s are going the way of the floppy disk and stated he wouldn’t be buying the then-upcoming Nikon D4 or D800 (my take on that can be found here).  Of course that meant that on a recent shoot in Hawaii, his D3x got ruined.  Ouch.

Make no mistake, I’m a huge fan of Trey’s work, so I’m not implying I’m glad it happened, but I can barely utter a hopeful word about traffic without regional gridlock descending on my route to work. Trey waved a red cape at a bull named Karma, and everyone knows what happens when you do that!

But seriously, Trey put more miles and good use on that D3x than just about anyone, and I’m bummed to hear about the camera giving up the ghost.  I’m sure he looks at it pragmatically:  it is a piece of equipment.

The question is, what tool replaces his D3x?  He’s made a few possibly joking references to trying out Canon, but the additional cost of lenses and the interchangeability factor make that unlikely.

Personally, I think Trey is the perfect customer for a D800 – it is a lot closer to his D3x in terms of what he’s interested in (high megapixels, core ISO performance, etc.) and it will save him a fair bit of weight in his bag, too!  The D4 is really more of a replacement of his backup camera, the D3s – the low light performance and somewhat larger resolution probably aren’t what he’s looking for.

If I were in Trey’s shoes, I’d probably be tempted to do both – the D800 to replace the dead D3x and the D4 to replace the D3s, just to lighten his load a little further and have the improved video capabilities.  It is always easier to spend other people’s money… 😉

I’ll be interested to see what he decides!  What do you think he should do?

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2 thoughts on “Never say never…

  1. I hadn’t heard that Trey lost a camera. I don’t actually follow him as I tend to not like the over-cooked HDR that he does. I still think he is onto something about the DSLR becoming all but obsolete though.

    • I think Trey has a lot of work that is terrific use of HDR – some of his shots are so striking and memorable. HDR has the ability to convey a mood or sense of the moment, and I think he uses it well. I don’t love everything he does, but some of it is just terrific.

      As far as DSLR’s being obsolete, I agree they’ll fade and ten years from now we’ll look at them like people look at film cameras now. But it will probably take that long.

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