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That's very helpful. It looks like the D800 is a winner. Better save a bit harder now! Your hands on review is terrific, I think I can understand how much you are enjoying using this camera. Great images as well.
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I have also use almost of the "pro" cameras, when I worked for press.
Not only my compact one.
For my personnal use, I have the 600d, and various lenses. But always in the pocket, the compact, yes!
The 36Mp is impressive, of course for details.
Quote: For my personnal use, I have the 600d, and various lenses. But always in the pocket, the compact, yes!
I imagine many members of EPZ are in the same position: interchangeable lens camera (DSLR/CSC) + compact + camera phone... for when you forget the compact.
I don't have phone!
Actually used my camera on my phone yesterday. It's OK for a bit of fun. Tried the video as well, that was more fun! I've had the phone 18 months and can't say it is an essential, must have feature for me.
Just a wee bit of a downside - well, maybe not a real downside, but a consideration.
Because the resolution of the Raw files from the D800 is so much greater than we have been accustomed to, a new dilemma raises its head:
When I import all my images into Lightroom and evaluate them onscreen (which used to mean deleting about 50% in a series of purges), I now have an extra consideration.
Each image, as framed in the viewfinder, presents one possibility. But, because of the high resolution, there are several alternative crops available, all of which need to be evaluated. Already I have discovered that a large number of exposures, that I might on the D300 or D3s have summarily dismissed as being of no further interest, have offered alternative possibilities by cropping to 50% or maybe 30% of the original image area. The "downside" I mentioned is that it all takes time.
As an example, I have just submitted seven "different" images, all cropped from the same exposure, to seven different websites/competitions.
So not only do I only need to use one wide angle lens on a D800 at a wedding I can get away with just one photograph and busy myself with cropping .......
Quote: So not only do I only need to use one wide angle lens on a D800 at a wedding I can get away with just one photograph and busy myself with cropping .......
Any negatives with this camera are blown out of the water with the positives,it is simply a dream of a camera especially for Landscape and studio work. The results are simply wonderful and the ability to draw amazing amounts of detail from a raw file is just superb. Another surprise with the high resolution is the noise, It is even better controlled up to 1600 iso than my d700 amazing!
Quote: Another surprise with the high resolution is the noise, It is even better controlled up to 1600 iso than my d700 amazing!
I think that is simply because it is a later generation camera with a more modern sensor and a more modern processing engine. I find that mine is even better, noisewise, than my D3s was up to ISO 6400 - but then it does fall away more sharply. But one of the (many) reasons I decided to swap my D3s for a D800 was that I very rarely used it above ISO 6400 anyway.
My apologies if this has already been covered but I wondered what cards are you using in the camera. I am led to believe cheap CF's and SD's just don't work. Wondered if this is because cheaper cards are slower to write to or is it something more technical.
Don't know why there should be a problem with any particular cards - and haven't seen anything on any of the specialist forums about this.
The cards I use are all perfectly satisfactory. Currently I have a SanDisk Ultra 30Mb/s 32Gb SD card and a SanDisk Extreme 60 Mb/s 16Gb CF card loaded.
I do wish they had settled for two slots of the same type. (preferably SD as they are much cheaper!! )
My first impressions of the D800 have been very positive overall. I have come from another system and have found TTL exposure (flash and ambient) more to my liking in terms of accuracy and consistency. I love the amount of detail and think this is the camera I have always wanted (but found lacking in other brands).
There is a certain amount of system switching difficulty as you become used to the way another camera works and find things like the on/off switch and the review magnifier in the wrong place - but that's just a matter of conditioning myself. I find the size of the actual camera just a little too big (minor thing really) even though I would consider myself to have big hands. The other issue is that I'm going to have to buy a new computer as my current system won't support a more recent version of Lightroom and I don't want to use the Nikon software. Also a faster processor will no doubt be a real boon with these big files!
Overall, I'm absolutely delighted with my camera choice!
Just as an aside on this thread. I think we have been lucky in UK compared to USA.
If you look at some of the American online forums and Flickr groups, they seem to still be having supply problems and it almost looks as if Nikon sent a couple of bad batches to USA early on from the number of faults you see being discussed. Thankfully, none of those problems seem to have affected batches sent to UK or Europe.
It does seem, though, that in their hurry to get the model to market, some of their QC was not as rigorous as you would expect.
Quote: I think we have been lucky in UK compared to USA.
Not so lucky compared to Asia though.
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