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D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report

hrbaan

Kockengen, NL
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hrbaan Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Thu 23-Feb-12 07:37 PM | edited Thu 23-Feb-12 07:46 PM by hrbaan

Hi all,

As a Nikon Professional Services member I had the unique opportunity to hold Netherlands' only D4, D800, and D800E cameras in my hands today. Truly remarkable beasts!

I've posted a full report on my blog. Please feel free to comment/ask questions.

Enjoy, and start saving


Hayo Baan
Head Instructor, Nikonians Academy Europe
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adcam

Portland, US
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#1. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 0

adcam Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2007
Thu 23-Feb-12 07:02 PM

Nice report, thanks for sharing!

kotapb

Powell, US
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#2. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 0

kotapb Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Mar 2003
Thu 23-Feb-12 07:20 PM

Thanks for the report Hayo.

Very well explained on D800 versus D800E section.

Prasad

PerroneFord

Tallahassee, US
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#3. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 0

PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Thu 23-Feb-12 08:21 PM

"For the D4 I would really have loved to have had even higher frames per second. 10fps is only one more than the 9 I now have, and that definitely isn't always fast enough, so likely 10 isn't fast enough either. I had hoped for 12 (like the latest Canon 1Dx)."

How fast, is fast enough?

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gqtuazon

FPO, US
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#4. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 3

gqtuazon Registered since 18th Nov 2009
Thu 23-Feb-12 10:17 PM


>How fast, is fast enough?

I agree. If you can't nail it with 10 shots, something is wrong. I think most users will be happy with a more robust and accurate AF at 10/11fps.

Thanks for posting your user impressions though. They didn't allow me to use my CF cards either when I used them at the CP+ in Yokohama, Japan.

Regards,

Glenn

hrbaan

Kockengen, NL
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#5. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 4

hrbaan Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Fri 24-Feb-12 06:23 AM

From my experience with shooting e.g., flying birds and running animals (but I'm sure the same holds true for e.g., football and other sports), even at 9fps, the position of the wings/legs isn't always pleasing in the resulting shots. This is especially true when shooting more than one animal in the same frame. An intermediate shot many times would have been the better one. Perhaps I'm being picky about this, but I like my shots to be as perfect as possible…

Anyway, hence my request for even more fps. And, yes, how fast is fast enough is a tough question. Perhaps even Canon's 12fps isn't enough. But as they have it (actually up to 14fps without metering and AF), I had kinda hoped for a more dramatic increase with the new Nikons.

Thanks for commenting!

Cheers,


Hayo Baan
Head Instructor, Nikonians Academy Europe
e-mail: hayo.baan@nikoniansacademy.com
web: http://www.nikoniansacademy.eu


Hayo Baan – Photography
e-mail: info@hayobaan.nl
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blog: http://blog.hayobaan.nl

K64drb

Blacksburg, US
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#6. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 0

K64drb Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2012
Thu 23-Feb-12 10:43 PM

Hayo,
Thank you for a great report. I have preordered a D800 and the information you shared reaffirmed that I made the right decision for my personal needs.

Dave

mrpenguin

Windsor, CA
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#7. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 6

mrpenguin Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012
Thu 23-Feb-12 11:03 PM

Thanks, that was a great read! Cant wait till the D800 is in stores !!!

pechacek

Hanover, Maryland, US
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#8. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 0

pechacek Registered since 11th Jan 2011
Fri 24-Feb-12 01:15 AM

Well done. Thank you for your report.

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hrbaan

Kockengen, NL
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#9. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 0

hrbaan Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Fri 24-Feb-12 06:29 AM

Armando, Prasad, Perone, Glenn, Dave, Jaques, and Glenn,

Thank you all very much for your comments!

Let's keep the discussion going

Cheers,


Hayo Baan
Head Instructor, Nikonians Academy Europe
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web: http://www.nikoniansacademy.eu


Hayo Baan – Photography
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dankeny

Roland, US
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#10. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 0

dankeny Gold Member Nikonian since 29th May 2006
Fri 24-Feb-12 08:13 AM

Okay, Hayo, you sold me. I'm getting one (800e). Oh, wait, I already ordered it. Maybe I'll order another.

David

gqtuazon

FPO, US
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#11. "RE: D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report" | In response to Reply # 10

gqtuazon Registered since 18th Nov 2009
Fri 24-Feb-12 08:30 AM | edited Fri 24-Feb-12 08:32 AM by gqtuazon

One of the worse feeling is to return both cameras after using them. It was like someone took a candy from a baby.

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They even taped the card access cover so that no one could use their own memory card. Both were just a joy to use but the D4 won me over. Side by side with the D800 (left) and my D700 (right).

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Regards,

Glenn

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