iPad 3 Wallpapers from Nikon D800

I decided to post a couple of iPad 3 (a.k.a. the “New iPad” or just “the iPad”) wallpapers taken by the Nikon D800 while I am working on the upcoming Nikon 85mm f/1.8G lens review. I am hoping to publish it within the next few days, so that I could start working on reviewing the Canon 5D Mark III and some high-end Canon lenses. These images were requested by our readers in higher resolution and since the new iPad has a whopping 2048×1536 pixel retina display, I thought it would be better to extract them in a bigger size. They should also work as wallpapers for the original iPad and iPad 2, but obviously the images are not going to be as detailed…

iPad 3 Wallpaper 1

NIKON D800 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 27mm, ISO 100, 1/250, f/5.6

1) Click here to download the wallpaper version in 2048×1536 resolution

iPad 3 Wallpaper 2

NIKON D800 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/200, f/8.0

2) Click here to download the wallpaper version in 2048×1536 resolution

iPad 3 Wallpaper 3

NIKON D800 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 45mm, ISO 100, 1/200, f/8.0

3) Click here to download the wallpaper version in 2048×1536 resolution


  • http://www.BogdanSandulescu.Ro Bogdan Sandulescu

    Thx, first one is on my desktop already. ;)

    • https://photographylife.com Nasim Mansurov

      Nice, glad you like it! :)

  • Jeff

    Very nice! I think the resolution for wallpaper is suppose to be 2048×2048 though.

    • https://photographylife.com Nasim Mansurov

      Jeff, the wallpaper on iPad either goes vertical or horizontal – it does not rotate together with the icons, so the resolution is 2048×1536. If the resolution is 2048×2048, the image will have to be cropped either vertically or horizontally…

  • Eric

    Yes, it should be 2048×2048, due to how the iPad handles portrait vs landscape.

    • https://photographylife.com Nasim Mansurov

      Eric, please see my response to Jeff above :)

      • Eric

        Not sure if there’s a problem with yours, but mine certainly does rotate together with the icons, hence the 2048 x 2048 size. And yes, it will need to be cropped to work properly.

        • https://photographylife.com Nasim Mansurov

          Eric, you are right, darn! Not sure if I can crop so much to be able to do 2048×2048. Will go back and later and give it a try. Sorry about that!

          • Che Ibarra

            One solution would be to go back in the field and re-shoot the shot with the idea of cropping square when you frame it in the viewfinder….come on Nasim you KNOW you want to go out and SHOOT again :)

  • Kendell


    In this case you are mistaken. Think of it like this — the wallpaper remains in a fixed orientation and as the user rotates the ipad different parts of the image become visible. Unfortunately, this means that there are 4 corners of the full 2048×2048 image that will never show up when the image is used as a wallpaper. The user will either see a large horizontal slice or a large vertical slice. A quick google search will turn up a bunch of explanations, such as this one http://www.desktop4ipad.com/index.php/news/why-the-ipad-wallpaper-resolution-is-always-1024×1024/

    That article is for the old iPad, but if you double all the numbers the same thinking applies. At one point I had a nice diagram showing this, but I was unable to find it quickly. If I come across it I will comment again.

    • Kendell

      This isn’t the best diagram, but it will suffice. http://escfactory.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/iPadScreenTemplate.png

      • https://photographylife.com Nasim Mansurov

        Thank you so much for the information Kendell! Ouch, that means an image would have to be cropped in square format, which obviously cuts off too much information :(

        Will go back and see what I can do with 2048×2048!

  • Andy

    The wallpapers look great on the new iPad! I have a D7000; if I want the pictures I take to be optimized for the retina display, what settings should I use? (RAW, compression, quality, etc?) I already tried putting in a NEF file and it wasn’t that clear. Also, will you be posting any more pictures that can be used as wallpaper for the new iPad? thanks.