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Test shots with my new D800

Arkayem

Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
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Sat 24-Mar-12 01:42 AM | edited Sat 24-Mar-12 01:12 PM by Arkayem

The first image is a jpeg shot of my house.

The 2nd image is a crop from the first image of the flag in front of my house. This demonstrates the excellent cropping I was hoping for with 36MP of resolution! This was a hand-held large standard jpeg at f/2.8, 1/1250th, ISO 100, using a 24-70mm lens at 24mm.

The 3rd image is indoors without flash handheld, raw, ISO 6400, 70mm, 1/60th, f/2.8.

I have done no pp on any of these.

I think these demonstrate the exceptional accuracy of the exposure and excellent jpeg processing in the camera. I could see very little improvement with raw images over jpegs.

Also, the noise at ISO 6400 is lower than I thought it would be.

Russ
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Robman3

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#1. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 0

Robman3 Registered since 12th Apr 2010
Sat 24-Mar-12 01:06 AM

Nice Sears and Roebucks mantle clock, images look great.

Thanks,

Rob

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Arkayem

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#2. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 1

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Sat 24-Mar-12 05:55 PM

>Nice Sears and Roebucks mantle clock, images look great.
>
>Thanks,
>
>Rob

LOL - I had no idea the clock is a Sears and Roebuck. We bought it at an antique auction.

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jpFoto

US
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#3. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 0

jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010
Sat 24-Mar-12 03:12 AM | edited Sat 24-Mar-12 03:13 AM by jpFoto

Russ

Those are very impressive examples. Would you consider posting the same shots with your D3 just for comparison?

jP

outdoors4me

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#4. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 3

outdoors4me Registered since 16th Nov 2009
Sat 24-Mar-12 10:02 AM

Thanks for the shots. Can't wait!

Beck

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gmth

Lewisville, US
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Sat 24-Mar-12 10:53 AM | edited Sat 24-Mar-12 11:33 AM by gmth

Russ,
Great shots...
I am trying out my D800 for the first time this morning and am getting a very slow image playback. After pressing shutter, it's around 3-4 seconds before the resulting image is displayed.
Are you experiencing this? I should mention that I'm using a Lexor 32gb Platinum II SDHC - 100x (class 10) card at the moment. Acquired the D800 sooner than envisioned and have not yet bought a CF card.
Thanks,

Glenn

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Arkayem

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#6. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 5

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Sat 24-Mar-12 12:10 PM | edited Sat 24-Mar-12 12:13 PM by Arkayem

>I am trying out my D800 for the first time this morning and am
>getting a very slow image playback. After pressing shutter,
>it's around 3-4 seconds before the resulting image is
>displayed.
>Are you experiencing this? I should mention that I'm using a
>Lexor 32gb Platinum II SDHC - 100x (class 10) card at the
>moment. Acquired the D800 sooner than envisioned and have not
>yet bought a CF card.
>Thanks,
>
Hi Glenn, Yes! With slower cards the wait is very long. Lexar is an excellent brand, but I don't have any fast Lexar cards to try. I do have Transcend 16GB 400X cards and they work great. The delay is very short.

I've used Transcend cards in my D3 for years, and they have always worked perfectly, and are always less than half the price of an equivalent SanDisk.

I have ordered a Transcend 32GB 400X CF card as well as a Transcend 32GB SDHC 10 card to use in my D800.

I do wish that both cards were CF, but on the other hand, the SDHC cards are half the price (at least in the Transcend brand). I like that you can pick which card you want to be the primary, with the SDHC card primary by default. If SDHC proves reliable, I will probably leave it as primary.

Yes, I will try taking the same pictures with my D3 and see how they compare.

However, the thing I was really trying to prove to myself is that you don't have to use a tripod to get sharp images, and that jpegs are good enough for non-critical wedding shots (receptions). The D800 focusing system is fantastic, and if you use good handholding techniques, and a good lens, you will get sharp images. And the jpeg conversion in-camera is superb.

Russ
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ctadin

St Louis, US
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#7. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 6

ctadin Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2008
Sat 24-Mar-12 02:05 PM

Russ,
Yes, thanks for sharing. Even though I don't own the D3, I also would be curious to see side by side comparisons between the D3 and the D800.
Congrats on your purchase.

Cheryl

gmth

Lewisville, US
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gmth Gold Member Awarded for sharing his excellent work and continued contribution to the forums, most notably at the Aviation forum. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 10th Feb 2012
Sat 24-Mar-12 04:38 PM

Thanks Russ,
I appreciate the information...

Regards,
Glenn

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PerroneFord

Tallahassee, US
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#9. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 5

PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Sat 24-Mar-12 06:01 PM

I shot this morning with Sandisk Extreme Pro's in both the CF and the SD card slots. Playback was instant.

-P

>Russ,
>Great shots...
>I am trying out my D800 for the first time this morning and am
>getting a very slow image playback. After pressing shutter,
>it's around 3-4 seconds before the resulting image is
>displayed.
>Are you experiencing this? I should mention that I'm using a
>Lexor 32gb Platinum II SDHC - 100x (class 10) card at the
>moment. Acquired the D800 sooner than envisioned and have not
>yet bought a CF card.

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K64drb

Blacksburg, US
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#10. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 0

K64drb Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2012
Sat 24-Mar-12 06:29 PM

Thanks for the post Russ, images look great. I'm still waiting on my D800, and it's reassuring to know that it will be worth the wait.

Dave

picmax

Boise, US
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#11. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 0

picmax Registered since 02nd May 2007
Mon 26-Mar-12 12:11 AM

Russ,

When you got a chance to test out the iTTL flash please let us know if it behaves differently compared to older Nikon DSLR cameras. I suspect we may see some differences.

Thanks.

Max

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mrpenguin

Windsor, CA
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#12. "RE: Test shots with my new D800" | In response to Reply # 11

mrpenguin Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012
Mon 26-Mar-12 12:18 AM

I am very happy to hear the Transcend cards work with the D800 as I have a few 32GB 400x cards here for my Canon XF100 video camera.

G