"Would D800e add anything to my type of work?" Sun 26-Feb-12 08:33 AM by baseelo
I wanted to take the experts' opinion on this issue.
I use a D7000 at my pediatric office to take photos of lesions of skin, eye, etc. I mainly use my Nikkor 105 f 2.8 VRII and R1C1 lighting system. The reason for taking these photos is to publish them on my medical/educational website and possibly publish a book in the future, so high quality of the photos - including a lot of details - is a priority. So I keep an eye on tools that help in that regard, and that's why the introduction of D800e is interesting to me.
I have been doing some calculations and these are my conclusions, and please correct me if I'm wrong.
1) My D7000 is obviously a Dx camera so the area of its sensor is about 44% of the sensor of theD800. (The area of the Fx sensor is 864 mm2 and of the Fx 384mm2 approximately).
2) If I take only 44% of the pixels on the D800 (36mp) I get 15.8 megs (Please notice that I'm talking in approximate numbers just to simplify).
3) If my calculations are right, then -talking pixel per inch- the mighty new D800 is not superior to my humble D7000 that does a great job for me at the office. Please notice that since I mainly do close-ups of fairly small lesions, I don't have a need for a big sensor, as a matter of fact, most of the time I do cropping of my images . I use Capture NX2.
Now my questions are: 1) Are my numbers right or am I missing something?
2) If the resolution per area is almost the same in these two cameras, then is there any difference in the QUALITY of their images....like different quality of the pixel itself or a better dynamic range etc?
3) Does the fact that one of the two pass filters is removed from the D800e add to the quality/clarity of the image ?
#1. "RE: Would D800e add anything to my type of work?" In response to Reply # 0
The title of your post refers to the 800E. Do you mean the 800E specifically or the 800/800E generally? In either case, it is unlikely that you will see a significant improvement over your current D7000 in your professional work. Web images are restricted to about 1 megapixel and books to about 7 megapixels (assuming 8 by 10 inches at 300 pixels per inch). In your professional work, what you gain is convenience and maybe speed. This is so because when you mount your 105mm Micro-Nikkor, its field of view is larger on the D800 by a factor of about 1.5, as compared to the same lens on the D7000. The benefit is that you can fire away without thinking about compositing, framing or precise cropping. Unless you plan to print very large pictures (over 20-30 inches), you may have a hard time justifying the acquisition of the D800(E).
As a purely amateur photographer, I have a luxury that professionals lack. I don’t have the base my photographic acquisitions on rational grounds. I ordered the D800E within days it was announced. Why? Because I’ve been a Nikon user for about 40 years and for decades I’ve been watching as Canon makes cameras with better nominal specs (that don’t necessarily translate to better pictures). For me, owning the camera that is arguably the best camera ever for landscape and wildlife photography is reason enough for me.
#2. "RE: Would D800e add anything to my type of work?" In response to Reply # 0
St Petersburg, RU
The lens you are using is very good, the camera is much higher in resolution than you will be using so about the only areas that can always use improvement is lighting. A good ring light is probably already being used, if not, get one and be done with your kit. The FX mode will have a narrower depth of field at any given focusing distance so you might be better off the the DX crop sensor with easy of focusing. What you images would benefit most from would likely be post processing in Photoshop to have access to channel manipulation to make the targets stand out more. Stan St Petersburg Russia
#3. "RE: Would D800e add anything to my type of work?" In response to Reply # 0
Your numbers are basically correct. I seriously doubt that you're going to experience much improvement. Perhaps, but not likely. You didn't mention that your current setup makes it impossible to do this or that type of analysis due to the lack of resolution, so it seems to me that strictly for this purpose, a D800 would be an unnecessary expenditure.
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