Hey everyone, wanted to thank everyone here for all the great info about the nikon D 800. I have owned Nikon digital cameras since the Fuji S1 and finally I am picking up my D 800 tomorrow.
Looking forward to capturing beautiful sharp images like the ones everyone here has posted.
Just curious, as to what else I may need as additions to this new way of shooting with full frame cameras.. I know I now need FX lenses, and high speed flash and sd cards.
I was wondering if anyone has tested which flash units work best with this camera. Had a sb 900 but got rid of it because of overheating issues and have been using an old Lumedyne from my wedding days.
Thanks again, and would appreciate any tips on additional equipment I should add to my camera bag to make for a smooth transition to photographing with full image, high resolution cameras.
#1. "RE: What Else Do I Need To Know About Nikon D 800" In response to Reply # 0 Thu 30-Aug-12 04:33 PM by DigitalDarrell
I would buy an AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G prime lens and have some fun with your camera. Take it back to basics and force yourself to use the 50mm for a week. It's fun, relaxing, and will help you learn your new camera.
#2. "RE: What Else Do I Need To Know About Nikon D 800" In response to Reply # 0
hi welcome. It would help if we knew what lenses you currently have. Good suggestion by Darrell on the 50mm 1.4G I use that combination and it works very good for party pictures and walk around pictures when I want to get back to basics. Sorry, I don't have any suggestions as to nest flashes.
#3. "RE: What Else Do I Need To Know About Nikon D 800" In response to Reply # 0
Cape Coral, US
If you've had a lot of Nikons it's just one more in most ways. I came from the D300, and it was very natural, with a few quirks. Auto-ISO and flash work differently for example. Then there's video if you are interested in video, which is a whole different world. I try to ignore that they do video, I don't have time for a new hobby.
As to lenses, I started thinking I would reuse my DX lenses and haven't. They work fine, the D800 improves them, and the resolution is such that the DX image from a D800 is better than almost any other DX camera with the same lens (maybe excepting the D7000). However, I very quickly became FX addicted. Just having the wider frame (while being able to crop anywhere on it) is very nice.
But the DX lenses DO work just fine. So I'd keep them handy until you fill out your bag with FX. THe 10.1 fisheye is a great example of one I probably will not replace.
You said fast SD and CF cards -- depends on if you feel a need for both, and if you do a lot of bursts. Probably more important than faster is bigger -- the images are VERY large in comparison. But even very slow cards are fine for most shooting (one annoying issue is if very slow and you try to hit display immediately after a shot or worse a burst, it takes a while). The buffer is more than adequate for most shooting with slow cards, since it shoots slow.
You may need a faster computer, with bigger disks.
I very much like my SB800's, and am glad I skipped the SB900. You might look for a used one.
Do fine tune your lenses.
Don't think a softer image at 1:1 than you are used to means it isn't working. Remember 1:1 is so much higher magnification.
Do try the new auto-auto-ISO (where it changes min shutter speed with lens focal length), one of the very cool features.
When using live view make sure it's in still mode. If you are in movie mode and hit the shutter release it takes stills, but isn't "real" live view.
#4. "RE: What Else Do I Need To Know About Nikon D 800" In response to Reply # 3
Thank you everyone for the great tips and ideas. I am going to spend the day shooting tomorrow with a few of my DX lenses and I am thinking of renting the 28-300 and 16-35 FX lenses to see if I like them as they seem to be what a lot of people here recommend. I think I may even try the 50 1.4 that Darryl recommended. I have never rented lenses before but did see a company recommended in here someplace so I will contact them. Thank you Ferguson for all the tips and help, it is much appreciated. I photograph mostly high school seniors so maybe the fast cards are not as important, but I still photograph a few weddings here and there so I may pick up a couple of 32 gig cards that read at 100mbs.I have a couple of fairly new macs, so I think I am ok there. Any suggestions on storage, is the Drobo a good option and which one if so? I use 1 terabyte Lacie Disks right now, but I don't think they would last long with such big files, especially since I would like to do a lot of HDR photography.
#5. "RE: What Else Do I Need To Know About Nikon D 800" In response to Reply # 4
Cape Coral, US
>I am thinking of renting the 28-300 and 16-35 FX lenses to >see if I like them ..... I still photograph a >few weddings
Don't rent the 24-70/2.8 and the 70-200/2.8. If you do, you will buy them instead. The extra light for dark weddings, and extra sharpness in general will really annoy you (if you rented and and have to give them back that is).
Not that the other two are bad choices, just saying...
#6. "RE: What Else Do I Need To Know About Nikon D 800" In response to Reply # 5
I just bought a D800 and I am having a riot with it all my glass seems to be working great with it. The 50 G 1.8 is a great combination nice and light and killer IQ. I really like the 28-300VR on it as well great combo too.
#7. "RE: What Else Do I Need To Know About Nikon D 800" In response to Reply # 6
I have been shooting all day with my DX lenses and I can not believe the quality of the images, can't wait to use FX lenses and get the full effect. Linwood, thanks for the lens tip, of course my wife will shoot me when she sees the price of the 2.8 FX lenses.