A&P NASA buys 11 D3s and 7 14-24s

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  1. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Nikon announced today that NASA has placed an order of 11 D3s full-frame DSLRs and 7 Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lenses. The bodies each retail for about $5,000 while the lenses cost about $1,800 apiece, so NASA spent about $67,600 on this gear purchase. NASA’s budget is currently over $17 billion, so they spent roughly .0004% of their annual budget on this camera gear.

    The unmodified equipment will be sent up to the International Space Station (ISS) to document the various activities that go on inside.

    If you’re wondering why they purchased 4 fewer lenses than camera bodies, it’s because the ISS already has over 35 lenses on board for photography both inside the space station and out in space.

    Nikon has a relatively long history with NASA, first providing the agency with Nikon Photomic FTN cameras for the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, two years after NASA first photographed the moon with specially modified Hasselblad cameras.

    There are all sorts of reasons being suggested on the web for why NASA chooses Nikon gear over Canon gear in the DSLR era, but it would be interesting to hear the exact reasons straight from the horses mouth.

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1261411366.html
     
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    idmcore New Member

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    Shoulda never stopped using Hasselblad.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    14-24 ftmfw
     
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    My god. Can you imagine the creamy, epic goodness that would result in taking some H3D-50's up to the ISS? mmmmmmmmmm.
     
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    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    You can blame the Hubble Telescope for that.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    my father in law works for NASA... maybe I can have one of the bodies "drop off the back of the truck".
     
  7. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    just have them accidentally order an extra, nasa is famous for that.
     
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    Should've gotten the 18-200
     
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    They both start with "N" :dunno:
     
  10. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    PS I copy and pasted that article. I agree, though. That and the fact that they've been invested with Nikon for quite some time.
     
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    theres poor lighting in space ?
    ken rockwell is actually an alien??
    a nikon salesmen knew someone that worked at nasa, landed the contract and is now living off of his commissions in the form of residual income?



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