#16. "RE: Wow, a D700 only forum" In response to In response to 0 Fri 04-May-12 09:36 AM by Hektor
I’m also considering the D800/D800E (D800,) but one of my problems are the file sizes. It is not the 75 MB RAW files (14-bit uncompressed,) 36 MB (12-bit lossless compressed,) or the 16 MB JPEG (Fine) it is the ~ 250 MB TIFF files coming out of Photoshop CS6 that is the problem (4 photos = 1 GB.) The only way for me to get the D800 (without upgrading my PC) is to come out of CS6 with a JPEG file (16 MB + 35 MB DNG = 50 MG per photo.) At this time I produce 16 MB DNG + 90 MB TIFF (16-bit) = ~ 100 MB per photo. In order to get the D800, I will have to alter my PP workflow:
1. Import the images to LR 4 (LR.) 2. Select the photos. 3. Use Bridge or MiniBridge (MB) to start with ACR. 4. Take the photo into PS to use the plugins and the many tools. 5. Save the photo in JPEG and import it back into LR. 6. Finish the PP in LR. 7. Publish in SmugMug.
I am in the process of analyzing the new workflow and so far it has not been successful, but needs further experimentation. The same photos using Tiff files (even 8-bit) look so much better. It could be my fault, though.
I realize that I need to upgrade my PC. I have a Dell Tower XPS with dual-core Intel 3 GHz and 8 GB RAM. I’m also running Windows 7 64-bit. I need a quad-core I-7 with at least 16 GB RAM. My motherboard only recognizes 8 GB RAM. IMHO, this is not the time to upgrade when 128-bit bus and processing is just around the corner (if not Win 8, certainly Win 9.) In addition, Solid State Drives (SSD) are coming into their own. If I upgrade now, I will definitely have to upgrade again (128-bit) in two or three years. My only reason for this double upgrade would be the D800. Otherwise, I have more than I need with my present system.
Lastly, to finance the D800, I will have to sell two of my three cameras and it won’t be the D7000 (the one that makes the most sense, but it won’t happen.) Therefore, it has to be the D700 and the X1. There is no way I’m selling the X1. Period. In other words, I will have to sell the D700 and finance or find the money for the remainder.
One powerful reason for getting the D800 is my macro/tabletop, which I consider a complete different system. The D800 would produce stunning results. To me tabletop is inside photography as opposed to outside photography. If I cannot get out, I bring photography in. I’m getting up there in age (63) and my health is not what it used to be. I have diabetes type II with bilateral neuropathy (internal and external.) It is not a big deal, but it makes me, sometimes and not all the time, a bit unstable especially on uneven ground. I did rush the Gitzo 1541 as a consequence and I hate tripods.
Lastly, the D800 seems to excel in B&W. There is no need to get a monochrome only sensor camera.
I won’t do anything before this September. I have to see what Leica will do with their rumored mirror-less camera and new lens system that will be priced between the X1 and M9 - also the rumored Nikon D600. On the other hand, I do not have to do anything. My beloved D700 is better than good . In other words, I’m very lucky and fortunate to have the D700, D7000, and X1. Instead of wishing, lusting, and praying for the D800 (especially the M9 with only three lenses ,) I should thank my lucky stars.
For the above reasons, I do not want to visit the D800 forum. It is hard enough for me without reading, time and time again: “WOW, what a camera, look at the details, best decision I ever made, best camera in this universe and the next one.”
THANK YOU FOR THE D700 FORUM!!!
PS: I forgot to include the following, which I consider very important. There is another way that I will get the D800: if Nikon introduces Capture NX3. It was rumored a year ago that NX3 would include all the Nik Software plugins except for Color Efex Pro 4, which would be sold separately. I would be able to handle NEF files without getting out of NX3. However, I gave up. NX2, LR2, and CS4 were co-generational. We now have LR4 and CS6 and still NX2, which is completely dated. NX2 is basically built on Viveza 1 and Viveza 2 is superior. IMHO, Nikon has to support NX or get out of the software market making NEF open-architecture, like Leica with DNG format and LR. The latter is Leica's Raw converter.