Last year when I shot the Chicago Bears, I was literally the only Nikon shooter on the sidelines (believe me, I checked). It was a sea of gray glass, so I stuck out like a sore thumb. When I shot the Tampa Bay Bucs a few months back, there was actually one Nikon shooter out there, so I wasn’t totally alone (but almost).

But last Sunday I was at the Bucs vs. Giants playoff game (my buddy Dave bought me playoff tickets for Christmas; 35 yard line—2nd row. It made our embarrassing loss even more vivid—kudos to the Giants though, who played a really great game). Anyway, it was about 15 minutes before kickoff, and two photographers were standing just off to our right, and son-of-a-gun if both of them weren’t shooting Nikon D3s (with long glass). I had to point it out to Dave, because this was 100% more Nikon shooters than I had seen just a few months before, and while Dave and I were pointing in disbelief, another guy toting a D3 walks by. We were just about speechless.

Of course, a few minutes before game time a sea of gray Canon glass began to form, and soon greatly outnumbered the Nikon shooters, but there’s a bigger point here—there were Nikon shooters shooting the NFL! In fact, at one point I saw a Canon shooter walk by with a gray Canon 400mm f/4 lens on a monopod, but he had a Nikon D3 around his neck (with some shorter glass). Again–stunned.

Now, this isn’t a scientific study by any means—-just an observation, but I could see that the D3 is already starting to have an impact. Anyway, just sharing what I saw at the game (I haven’t gotten to shoot enough with my D3 yet to post a full review, but as soon as I get a chance to shoot in some serious low-light situations, and put a few thousands images through it, I’ll give you my full report).

One last thing; I know that in the headline above, it really should read “Nikon D3s” (plural) instead of “Nikon D3’s” (possessive), but when I wrote it, it looked like the name of the camera (like a Nikon D2Xs) instead of just being plural, so I broke the rule (which drives my Editors crazy, but at least by now they’re used it).

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Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for Photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books.