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D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld

covrc

Boston, US
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covrc Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Mar 2004
Fri 28-Dec-12 02:55 AM | edited Fri 28-Dec-12 02:56 AM by covrc

Hi and Happy Holidays.

Today was day one of my new D800. I already have a D700. I shoot mostly concerts and some landscape/street stuff.

I struggled with the choice of another D700 or D600/800.
I knew what I already had in low light performance with the D700 and knew either the D600 or D800 would be a step up in high iso performance.

I did become a little anxious about all the conversations about the D800 being a challenging camera to use handheld in low light.

Well, tonight's first shots was a series of existing light shots of holiday lights and my outside lanterns.

Camera was set to manual, ISO 500, RAW, No focus assist light, AF 51 points, High ISO NR set to Low.

Lens Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VR II VR set to 'On'.
no tripod, no bracing.

Most of you on this board are much more savvy and experienced with this stuff, this is just my efforts to convince me that this camera is not too much of a challenge.

Thanks Rocco






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1/40 f3.2 ISO 500 140mm

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1/100 f5 ISO 500 70mm

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1/100 f4 ISO 500 200mm

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1/100 f4 ISO 500 200mm

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1/60 f2.8 ISO 500 70mm

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1/40 f2.8 ISO 500 70mm

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covrc

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#1. "RE: D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld" | In response to Reply # 0

covrc Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Mar 2004
Fri 28-Dec-12 10:27 AM

.....and then my Nikonian brethren said..... "Rocco, you made a fine choice, good show, great decision. I guess that de-bunks the 'hard to handle' myth".

Loving the D800 so far.

Your gonna miss 100% of the shots you never take, so keep shooting.

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LMMiller9

Potomac, US
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#2. "RE: D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld" | In response to Reply # 1

LMMiller9 Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2005
Fri 28-Dec-12 01:48 PM

I think they are terrific. And, yes, they debunk the hard to handle fears that have surrounded this camera.

Also... much of the credit for the clarity of these photos must go to the lens, at least as much as the camera. On this camera in particular, VRII really makes a difference. I'll bet that if you had taken the same shots with the VR off... not so good.

Larry Miller, Potomac, MD
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covrc

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#3. "RE: D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld" | In response to Reply # 2

covrc Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Mar 2004
Fri 28-Dec-12 03:47 PM

Ya Know, Larry, I wish I had thought of turning the VR off. I may re-shoot and see what happens.

Thanks Rocco

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danshep

Olympia, US
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#4. "RE: D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld" | In response to Reply # 3

danshep Gold Member Charter Member
Sat 29-Dec-12 01:43 AM


Rocco-

Your quote, "Your gonna miss 100% of the shots you never take, so keep shooting." made me think of an event I had today.

Driving along, minding my own business, and I saw two bald eagles on a snagged tree, not far off the road. With a D800 and a 70-300, I would have been able to get a shot with them filling the view finder.

Alas, no camera with me. Not even a Coolpix.



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Henry64

DK
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#5. "RE: D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld" | In response to Reply # 4

Henry64 Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Jan 2008
Sat 29-Dec-12 01:54 PM

Congratulations and welcome in the D800 club of proud and happy owners


Just wonder, since you bothered to mention it, if the High ISO NR is of any relevance at all? I mean, you shoot RAW and you ONLY shoot at ISO 500.

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covrc

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#6. "RE: D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld" | In response to Reply # 5

covrc Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Mar 2004
Sat 29-Dec-12 02:58 PM

Hey Henry,
ISO was just a random choice. I was trying to see if handholding the setup was going to be a trainwreck or not. It was not.

The NR was on low because I did not see an 'off' choice.

Next to try shooting a show with it.
Wish I had this 2 weeks ago when I shot the Rolling Stones instead of the Olympus OMD E5. I used the E5 with a Lumix 100-300 which was a 200-600 on the MFT. Had I had the D800 I could have cropped and still had tight images.
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Rocco
Thanks Rocco

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kamputty

Santa Cruz, US
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#7. "RE: D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld" | In response to Reply # 6

kamputty Registered since 04th Jan 2007
Sat 29-Dec-12 04:37 PM

Holy #### Rocco, how many musicians have you seen?! I was just checking out your site...

~Kam

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RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
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#8. "RE: D800 First Shots Low Light Handheld" | In response to Reply # 7

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Wed 02-Jan-13 02:49 PM

Very nice considering ISO 500
The scene would have been considerably brighter at higher ISO.
I have my D800 set for AUTO ISO 6400 for stills and it works even better still for Video in the dark.
So a manual setting of 3200 probably would have been enough to "light it up".

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