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O.K. You are making me want it even more. I think I just turned green with envy now.
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Brilliant thread LF!
Incredibly informative - confirms why I want one of these beasts.
Only trouble is I've already sold both legs, one eye, one and a half lungs and a kidney to get the D300 and its little helpers
There's always my wife of course.....
Since the D800 was announced, there has been a lot of discussion (and even some people sounding worried) about whether the high resolution sensor demanded better lenses.
There is actually a good article on this subject (not relating specifically to D800) in the most recent magazine of the Royal Photographic Society that dropped through the letterbox this morning.
The scientific explanation concerns the relationship between pixel size on the sensor and the minimum circle of confusion of a particular lens at a particular aperture.
It all sounds very convincing - but probably totally irrelevant to the majority of keen amateur photographers who are finding that their D800 cameras and existing Nikkor lenses are producing a level of superb image quality they could only dream about less than a year ago.
I do not think higher resolution sensors demand better lenses, in fact when you get enough resolution you can use the extra resolution to improve the image from the lens, for example removing optical aberration is easier.
Its when you try and create larger images at higher resolution than you used to that problems occur
A couple of examples of misty night shots taken hand-held at ISO 6400:
By the way, on my way home from Venice on Sunday I noticed that Dixons in Gatwick airport were selling the D600 at £1470 which, for a tax-paid UK price, seems to bring a decent price differential between the D600 and the D800, which they were selling at around £1950.
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