Just a share - I had my D700 in the shop for the weekend to fix a dodgy flash. Other than that I've been perfectly content with the D700. No sooner did I check it in and my son wanted shots for an engagement Save the Date - So I figure this would be a perfect time to try out the D800. I rented it for the weekend. To say I'm floored is an understatement. This camera brought me back the joy. In fact I'm starting to think there may be something wrong with my D700. I have not had as many consistently great shots - ie clear, and in focus in a long long time. With the D700 I might get 1 out of 30 where all the stars align. Confession, I am a pixel peeper. The d800 - every shot was at least in focus. composition and other issues aside. I read about this, but had no idea until I saw for myself. Byt the way same lens. Mostly the 24-70. So whats a girl to do? I'm going to get me one of these D800's before the special deal runs out this Sunday.
Besides that the decision has been made is there a way to test if there is something wrong with the D700?
#2. "RE: OMG! This is sharp." In response to Reply # 1
Monterey Bay, US
Sounds like the D800 is made for you. My son had a similar experience with the D3 and I with the D4,
I would back up your rented D800 settings to the flash card and your computer. You can then transfer them to your new D800. I would also copy them down from the camera to paper. It took me several weeks to dial my D800 in when I got it.
#4. "RE: OMG! This is sharp." In response to Reply # 3
Jersey City, US
JM3 - yes i am having that learning curve too!. I had trouble getting them into LR3. But the loaner came with a Capture NX disc, so that's where the photos are sitting right now. Might need to upgrade the puter system too.
#5. "RE: OMG! This is sharp." In response to Reply # 3 Thu 31-Jan-13 03:40 PM by mawyatt1
>I finally got to play with my new D800 at the Rolex 24 Hours >of Daytona this past weekend. > >To say the “joy is back” sums it up nicely. > >Haven’t had/taken the time to dial it in yet, but was still >very impressed with the results. > >Now, if I could just open the RAW files with CS6… Oh well, >latest version of Lightroom will be here Friday. >
I wanted to go to the race but couldn't (watched on Speed), so I'll try Sebring. Hope to use the D800 there. Please show some of your results and what lens and settings you used. I used the D7000 at Sebring with the 70-200 VR1 and 1.7TC, and the Sigma 50-500 OS....so itching to try the D800 with these.
#7. "RE: OMG! This is sharp." In response to Reply # 6 Fri 01-Feb-13 06:11 PM by RRRoger
Monterey Bay, US
>RRRoger, >Exactly which settings did you have to dial in to make you >happy with the D800? >Quote<<<
First off "Disclaimer" these will not work best for everyone and I do adjust these for special circumstances.
1. I will start with the shutter button = take photos in picture mode start movies in movie mode 2. Mode button = Aperture priority 3. EV = 0 most of the time 4. Release mode dial = CL 5. Focus mode selector = AF 6. AF mode button = AF-C & d9 Shooting menu 7. File naming changed to my initials 8. Primary Slot = (SD 64GB 95s card) for stills 9. Secondary slot, Video and overflow (CF 32GB 1000x) 10. Image Quality = Fine 11. Image area = DX crop off and FX 12. JPEG compression = Optimal quality 13. I only shoot NEF as a backup at Weddings 14. White balance = Auto 1 Normal 15. Picture Control = SD Standard with sharpening increased to near 0. 16. Color space = sRGB 17. Active D lighting = Auto 18. HDR, Vignette control, Auto distortion control, long exposure NR, High ISO NR, Multiple exposure, internal timer, time lapse = off 19. ISO sensitivity settings = 100, ON, Max 6400, Min shutter 1/640 20. Movie settings = 1080P @ 30fps, High quality, Auto mic.
Custom settings menu a1 AF-C Priority = Release a2 AF-S priority = Focus a3 Focus tracking with lock on = 1 short a4 AF activation = off (AF-ON only) a5 AF point illumination = on a6 Focus point wrap = off a7 Number of focus points = 11 a8 AF assist = off b1 Sensitivity step value = 1/3 b2 Exposure control 1/3 b3 Exposure/flash compensation = 1/3 b4 Easy exposure = off b5 Center weight = 8 b6 Fine tune exposure = none c1 Shutter release AE-L = off c2 Auto meter off = 6s c3 Self timer = 10s c4 Monitor off = 10s d1 Beep = off d2 CL mode shooting speed = 5fps d3 Max continuous release = 100 d4 Exposure delay = off d5 File number sequence = on d6 Viewfinder grid disp0lay = off d7 ISO display = on d8 screen tips = off d9 Information display = B manual dark on light d19 LCD illumination = on e1 Flash sync = 1/250 e2 Flash shutter speed = 1/60 e3 Flash control = TTL e4 Model flash = on f1 switch = on f2 Multi selector button Shooting = highlight active focus point Playback = magnify medium Live view = zoom medium f3 Multi selector = do nothing f4 Assign Fn button = access top item my menu f5 Assign preview button = virtual horizon f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L button = AE/AF lock f7 Shutter spd & aperture lock = off f8 Assign BKT button = BKT f9 Customize command dials = Aperture setting on the rest off f10 Release button to use dial = off f11 Slot empty release lock = enable release f12 Revers indicators = + on right f13 Assign MB-D12 = AF-ON
Movie mode g1 Assign function button = view shooting info g2 Assign preview button = view shooting info g3 Assign AE-L/AF-L button = AE/AF lock g4 Assign Shutter button = take photos Setup menu Monitor brightness = auto HDMI output = auto Flicker reduction = 60 Hz Auto image rotation = on Image comment = off Copyright = on
I am interested in other settings that D800 owners are using for different serenades. For instance, I shoot Video in manual but still use AF-ON when I refocus.
#10. "RE: OMG! This is sharp." In response to Reply # 8
Daytona Beach, US
Realized last night that I misspoke yesterday saying that I’m unable to open D800 RAW files with CS6. Should have said CS4, the version I currently have, which is no longer supported by Adobe. My operating system is not supported with the CS6 release.
#12. "RE: OMG! This is sharp." In response to Reply # 0
Pixel density on the D700 is significantly lower so you could expect to see the D800 delivering more detail with top lenses (among which the 24 - 70 is one).
Good comment re being a pixel peeper. To the maximum size of presentation most people want to prepare (or are even able to) I doubt very much there is significant visible difference between a D700 and D800 image. Up to an 11 X 17 print or even a bit larger the D700 should have no problem providing everything an inkjet can render, to say nothing of even a high definition monitor which typically has only about 100 pixels/inch (at 100% you would have to massively scroll the image to see all of it).
Where the D800 really shines is when you start printing at 24 - 30 inches on a side or if you need to crop. That's when it pulls away from the crowd and invades medium format territory.
The D800 has made a digital believer out of me, coming from medium format film. It has proved worth every penny, making possible what I had thought digital could not deliver for a long time yet. It's an extremely enjoyable and in some was liberating product, making photography that much more fun. Beware the principle down-side (according to some)which is a rather low burst rate although I find it plenty fast enough.
The D800 also raises the bar on dynamic range. Last summer I shot an entire wedding at ISO 4000 (no flash allowed, even for the pro) and every image was stunning - sharp and noise free to the extent no one except a pixel-peeper would spot it.