#11. "RE: Nikon D800 orders 'unprecedented' & Hands-On Review" In response to In response to 7
>Right - a few of the Canon guys. Agreed. Seems nutty, >especially considering that all of these new cameras are >superb.
"superb" still comes with caveats.
>I was poking around in the DPReview Canon forums and a few >other Canon forums too over the weekend. The hand-wringing and >gnashing of teeth over the 22mp 5D MKIII vs. 36m Nikon D800 is >hilarious. There are no appreciable differences between the >two cameras. They are both incredible photography tools. >People who think that technical measure-baiting will somehow >reveal differences visible in the real world any more than a >fraction of 1% of the time are deluding themselves.
For some of us, it will make a significant difference every single time the camera is fired.
>So let's see now . . . if the D800 is $3100 + a $450 grip >(Yikes!) - that would be, um, $3550. And if the 5D MKIII is >$3300 + a $250 grip (better), that would be, um, $3550?
Honestly, the price is the LEAST of my concerns.
>I think I can hear some Canon guy getting angry at me >somewhere in far distance because the D800 I have on order has >more megapixels than his 5D MKIII on order. Or is that a Nikon >guy getting angry at me because I discussed a 5D MKIII in the >Nikonians D800 forum? Or are both of them getting angry at me >because I refuse to agree to anything other than the fact that >both cameras are terrific?
Again, "terrific" comes with caveats. The -2EV focusing which will play a role in about 25% of my photography. The clean HDMI video out which alone will drive more sales of the D800 than any of it's still features. To some, these are not only substantive differences, they are buy/don't buy type features.
People have been groveling at Canon's feet for over 3 years for clean video out on their DSLRs. Canon has refused. Then they released the C300 for $20k. Now Nikon has answered that pent up demand in a $3k camera.
>And how about that (current) $450 price for the MB-D12? >Yowza!! After all the grief I've given other Nikonians over >the years about purchasing third-party grips of questionable >quality containing marginal electronics, I'll tell you right >now that I'll never pay $450 for an SLR battery grip. >Are they nuts? This is how Nikon is recovering from sales lost >to natural disasters in 2011? One grip at a time?
Meh. People have a hard time paying $450 for a grip that can double the shooting time, but will gladly $550 for an on-camera speedlight (SB-910)? Half of my studio strobes don't cost that much.