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ericbowles

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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Tue 01-May-12 11:53 PM | edited Tue 01-May-12 11:55 PM by ericbowles

This afternoon I received my D800E from Berger Brothers. All I can say is Wow! The level of detail is unbelieveable - far better than anything I have seen from the D300 or D7000.

Here is a sample shot from today taken with my 600 f/4. This is ISO 2000 - straight form the camera. Standard Picture Control and converted in View NX2.

The first is a full image of a cardinal - uncropped.
The second is a 680 pixel wide crop (nearly 200%) of the wing. The feather detail is incredible.

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walk43

Pennsylvania, US
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#1. "RE: D800E - Wow!" | In response to Reply # 0

walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Tue 01-May-12 10:12 PM

Congrats Eric....welcome to the fan club!! Can I borrow your 600?

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jpFoto

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010
Tue 01-May-12 10:31 PM

Very nice Eric!

Congrats!


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nwcs

Knoxville, US
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nwcs Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Registered since 15th Jan 2006
Tue 01-May-12 10:32 PM

That is VERY impressive! Also a testament to your shooting technique and the 600/4's ability.

outdoors4me

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outdoors4me Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Nov 2009
Tue 01-May-12 10:59 PM

Very Nice ! Congrats.

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pjr

Manotick, CA
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pjr Registered since 26th Dec 2005
Tue 01-May-12 11:00 PM

Congrats, Eric! That is, indeed, incredible detail!

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Marmion4

Near Sacramento, US
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Marmion4 Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008
Tue 01-May-12 11:07 PM

Sweet!

Amazing rich detail.

Congrat Look forward to more of your shots!

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walkerr

Colorado Springs, US
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Wed 02-May-12 12:56 AM

Nice shot and impressive results. I have a hunch you'll love the camera.

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DigitalDarrell

Knoxville, US
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Wed 02-May-12 03:09 AM

Excellent, Eric. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the camera. See if you can make any moiré, for instance. What do you think of the amazing depth of resolution. How do your older lenses perform?

This is one exciting camera, isn't it?

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ericbowles

Atlanta, US
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#9. "RE: D800E - Wow!" | In response to Reply # 8

ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Wed 02-May-12 08:30 AM

Thanks everyone - I'm definitely going to like this camera.

I've got plans for some intense bird photogrpahy over the next week and will be able to conclusively speak to moire issues.

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DVDMike

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#10. "RE: D800E - Wow!" | In response to Reply # 0

DVDMike Registered since 25th Mar 2003
Wed 02-May-12 08:24 AM

How far away were you? Amazing detail.

ericbowles

Atlanta, US
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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Wed 02-May-12 08:29 AM

Mike - I was about 15-17 feet away from the cardinal and just had time for a quick shot before it turned its head. Focus was actually missed a little bit as the shoulder and feather detail is the area in perfect focus. But this is representative of all the images - I'm seeing textures and detail from much further away. Even pixel peeping to a 200% crop leaves pretty clean detail.

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Henry64

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Henry64 Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Jan 2008
Wed 02-May-12 09:30 AM

Nice, I whish..... I wonder if I should go for the big E and cancel my order and position in the queue to get such detail level

How did that little fellow respond to the shutter click, is the shutter sound lower that the D700?

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yunjo

Portland, US
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yunjo Registered since 06th Jul 2008
Wed 02-May-12 11:13 AM

Wonderful picture. Detail looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing other bird pics in the coming weeks.

profpb

Venice, US
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profpb Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2010
Wed 02-May-12 05:41 PM

I ordered the D800 Feb 7th and April 16th changed to the D800e at Adorama.

The order date still says Feb 7th and my position in either line was never to be known. Nevertheless, I am waiting for the 800e and your images are just another confirmation of a good choice.

I'm going to Yosemite next week with my D7000 but someday I'll be happier capturing images that are even better.


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MEMcD

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 02-May-12 07:34 PM

Hi Eric,

Congratulations!
Looks like the D800E and 600mm f/4 are a killer combination.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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Marty

newbird

Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
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newbird Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006
Wed 02-May-12 11:31 PM

That is quite impressive Eric!

Hope to receive my D800 soon now !

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ericbowles

Atlanta, US
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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Thu 03-May-12 12:55 AM

The shutter click is normal - not really dampened very much. One thing I did notice is that it is very crisp even with just a single frame.

I've been contunuing to use the camera today with the 105 f/2.8 VR for some macro work. Light conditions and wind were less than ideal but I was pleased overall. The camera handles very well.

I have the grip for the camera as well. I'm still debating whether to keep the grip. Build quality of the grip is significantly more robust than the grip for the D7000 which I find plasticy. In contrast, the D800 grip is very solid.

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mdonovan

Mahwah, US
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#18. "RE: D800E - Wow!" | In response to Reply # 15

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Thu 03-May-12 01:52 PM | edited Thu 03-May-12 05:21 PM by mdonovan

This thread is hurting my brain ... I definitely love the increased sharpness of the D800e ... but I have seen other posts that show massive color artifacting and some moire problems under specific circumstances.

But ... like you ... the sharpness is SO much better than the 800 shots I have seen, it is making me reconsider my pre-order of the D800.

I will most likely stick with the D800 .. but damn if I am not torn.

beautiful pictures btw.
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JiangMX

Singapore, SG
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JiangMX Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 02nd Apr 2004
Fri 04-May-12 02:01 PM

Eric,

What a shot! Loves the details. Making me consider for an upgrade. A little expensive at the moment. Will wait for the excitement to settle down before I get one probably end of the year.

Jiang

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