I just upgraded to the D800. I have had the D700 since 09 and loved the camera. D200 prior to that. I convinced my wife to let me have the camera early, prior to my retirement. I retire in 8 days with plans to continue the photography full time now.
I bought 2 SD's @32 GB and 2 CF's (Primary) @32 GB. A Really Right Stuff "L" bracket and second battery. After reading the forums the GGS glass backs. It all dribbled in last week and I went out Sat like a kid with a new toy just to try. Even in the poor lighting much better than before. Sat evening I got some some good AV lighting shots of the I have been wanting to capture. Really pleased with the results.
Here is a funny for you, leaning against a pole in Yorktown looking for a screen in the menu's that moved going I know it's here and I cannot find it! Need to finish Darrell's book.
#8. "RE: Just Upgraded to the D800" In response to Reply # 7
John, congratulations on your retirement and getting the D800. That was my plan when I retired last January at 55, to get the D800. But here it is eight months later and I'm still on the fence. I'm not too sure what to do. I really like my D300s but would like a camera with more resolution for my landscapes. I've even been considering the D7100 but am afraid I've been spoiled by the build and features of my D300s.
#9. "RE: Just Upgraded to the D800" In response to Reply # 8
Newport News, US
Mike Thanks very much. I am 58 and have 39 years 11 months federal service. Looking forward to Next Friday and my last day . I understand on your jumping up. I went from a D200 to a D700 in 09. I had worked a lot of hours extra so I was able to put some money away to afford the D700. Here I am getting paid for 340 hours of vacation hence I could afford to spend a few dollars toward the D800. The rest will go toward my daughters collage bills.
I just came back from a shoot with the 800 & 700 I really like the results I got with the 800. the images are crisper due to the more info, i was doing long exposure shots and landscape pictures and the previews look great. I just took over 150 shot this AM. I will admit it is hard to step back in features. I have a D200 and when I borrow that back from my daughter to use a a backup when I had the 700, there was a big difference between the two. I really preferred the 700 over the 200. Now using the 200, helping my daughter with a school project, I can really see the difference in the 2 camera's. I am not firmular with the 7100 so I cannot comment. I have been considering D5100 for my daughter as my D200 is old with a lot of clicks on the shutter
#10. "RE: Just Upgraded to the D800" In response to Reply # 9
John, I also retired form Federal service-Treasury-but with 32 years including my sick leave credits. Our child is grown and our house paid off, so I figured I would get out while I could and still be young enough to enjoy retirement. I received a lump sum payment too for my unused leave and have the money put aside for the camera!
#11. "RE: Just Upgraded to the D800" In response to Reply # 0
You and I followed somewhat of a similar path. I did 31 years in the Navy (and am one of only a few who never served in the Norfolk area in that long a period!) Then I worked in PA for the Army Corps of Engineers for 10 more years before finally calling it a day on federal service. And I progressed from the D1X, to the D100, D200, D700 and now the D800. I was absolutely blown away by the D700. That was a revolutionary vs. evolutionary leap. The D800 is far superior, but not quite the astounding leap from the D200 to the D700. For weeks with the D700, every new image elicited a "WOW!!!" Now with the D800 it's often a "wow" too, but in lower case.
Congrats on retirement -- and as many say -- don't waste it. Of course, share it with the spousal unit and other loved ones, but now you will have time to devote to something you love (as opposed to SOMEONE -- there needs to be time for her too!) -- and that will never be a job. God bless!
#12. "RE: Just Upgraded to the D800" In response to Reply # 10
Newport News, US
Mike - Alan Thanks! Getting ready to turn in this laptop (Work)4 days left I am CSRS working for the Army. My wife works on the same installation. She has a min of 3 years to work before she can go (FERS). But do not worry we have things planned out and I will take care of my spouse!! I actually have a D100, this was my 1st entry into the digital world. I used the 700 & the 800 Friday taking shots. I had the ultra wide on the 700 and the 24-70 on the 800 doing long exposure shots off the water. Love the 36MP results.
Thanks again guys. Looking forward to the end of the week and more time behind the camera.