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D800 Weight and Structural Strength

Jim Mohundro

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Jim Mohundro Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Jul 2008
Wed 26-Jun-13 01:31 AM

I'm a D700 and D300 owner and have gingerly contemplated the possibility of "upgrading" to a D800 and either retaining one or both of my other two bodies. As I've read in this forum much good information and candid comments on the functionality of the D800 and simplistically compared its specs to the other two bodies, I've found to my surprise (at least based on the stated measurements reported in DP Review) that the D800 is about 150 grams lighter than the D700 and, remarkably, with the D700. Lighter than the D300. Should this be a concern given the reputations of the D700 and D300 for structural integrity and just plain sturdiness?

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dm1dave

Lowden, US
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#1. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 0

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Wed 26-Jun-13 12:44 AM | edited Wed 26-Jun-13 11:36 PM by dm1dave

The D800 is every bit as well built as both the D300 and D700. All three have the full magnesium body and feel very solid in hand.

I just check the manuals for all three cameras and they list the D800 as effectively the same weight as the D700 and about a third of a pound heavier that the D300.

D800 = 900g (1.98 lb) or 1000g (2.20 lb)with battery
D700 = 995g (2.19 lb)
D300 = 825g (1.82 lb)
D300s = 840g (1.85 lb)


Edit to add:

The weight listed on DPR for D300 & 700 match the manual – The D800 they list only 900g including the battery – that must be a typo.

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Jim Mohundro

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#2. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 1

Jim Mohundro Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Jul 2008
Wed 26-Jun-13 03:36 AM

Thanks, dm1dave.

The DPR numbers must be a typo. Logic would dictate no other conclusion.

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icslowmo

Surprise, US
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#3. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 2

icslowmo Registered since 01st Jan 2012
Wed 26-Jun-13 01:30 PM

Ken Rockwell weighed the D800 with different cards and with and without battery, this is what he came up with:

http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/d800/specifications.htm

35.075 oz. (994.3g), measured with battery and a CF card.

34.805 oz. (986.7g), measured with battery and an SD card.

35.140 oz. (996.2g), measured with battery, a CF card and an SD card.

34.740 oz. (984.8g), measured with battery but no cards.

31.675 oz. (897.9g), measured completely stripped.

3.065 oz. (87.0g), battery alone.

Nikon rates it at 35.3 oz. (1,000g or 2 lb., 3.3 oz.) with battery and SD card.

Nikon rates it at 31.7 oz. (900g or 1 lb., 15.7 oz.) stripped.

Hope this helps

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dickiederson

San Francisco, US
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#4. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 3

dickiederson Silver Member Nikonian since 09th May 2009
Wed 26-Jun-13 11:24 PM

It's built like a tank, at least as good as the D700!

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agitater

Toronto, CA
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#5. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 0

agitater Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007
Thu 27-Jun-13 09:59 AM | edited Thu 27-Jun-13 10:10 AM by agitater

Don't mess around with third-party sites for technical specs when you can go directly to Nikon.ca, Nikonusa.com, Nikon.co.uk, etc., etc.

Anyway, product weight is not a specific indicator of product quality or structural strength.

From Nikon USA:

D800 - 31.7 oz. (900 g)
camera body only

D300s - 30 oz. (840 g)
camera body only

D600 - 26.8 oz. (760 g)
camera body only

D700 - 35 oz. (995 g)
camera body only

The D700 is the heaviest. My conclusion is that it's about darn time that Nikon started focusing on weight reduction without compromising structural integrity, weather resistance and materials quality. The D800 is every bit as solid, weather resistant and well made as the D700 and all preceding DLSR bodies.

More to the point, weight and other technical specifications comparisons carry less importance than field use comparisons. I've used my D800 for over a year in exactly the same way I used my D700 - in every sort of wet, rainy, snowy, dusty, hot, cold, dry, humid and generally miserable conditions you can imagine. Not even the slightest problem. Not even a hint of a problem. My D800 has been dropped, booted, bumped, banged, scratched, abraded, grabbed, and carried on an UpStrap for a total of hundreds and hundreds of kilometers of walking, exploring and wandering. When not hanging on a strap from my shoulder, my D800 has been stowed in a Billingham f/Stop 1.4 shoulder bag and has travelled tens of thousands of miles with me. The bag (with the camera and other gear inside) has received the same use and abuse as the camera. Again, not even the slightest problem. Not even a hint of a problem. There's nothing more I can expect of a camera.

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ajdooley

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#6. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 0

ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 27-Jun-13 10:08 AM | edited Thu 27-Jun-13 10:14 AM by ajdooley

And I hope the D800's hot shoe is sturdier than that on the D700! I have two D700s and am en route to replacing a third hot shoe before I got smart enough to take the load off it and start using a flash bracket. FYI, I have been using SB-800 flashes. In my first two months with my D800, I have found no evidence it is not every bit as solid as the D700. I've never even had the opportunity to touch a D300 -- so no opinion.

Also FWIW, in addition to shedding the 95 grams on the D800 body, I am working on shedding several thousand on my own body!

Also -- the 95 grams compares to the weight of $1.95 in 5 gram American nickels -- almost half a roll of them -- so it's not a completely insignificant weight saving, especially at the end of a long day and if you are old!

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jamesvoortman

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#7. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 0

jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Thu 27-Jun-13 06:17 PM

I have D300 and D800. The D800 is definitely heavier and sllightly larger than the D300 body. I would say the build quality is at least as good, if not better. There are many small improvements.

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Buzz Fisher

London, UK
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#8. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 7

Buzz Fisher Registered since 02nd Mar 2013
Thu 27-Jun-13 06:46 PM | edited Fri 28-Jun-13 05:48 AM by Buzz Fisher

As already stated by others the D800 is a solid beast. I think in both normal and rough use it will still be going strong long after you are going to want to change it

JPJ

Toronto, CA
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#9. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 6

JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009
Fri 28-Jun-13 04:17 PM

>And I hope the D800's hot shoe is sturdier than that on the
>D700! I have two D700s and am en route to replacing a third
>hot shoe before I got smart enough to take the load off it and
>start using a flash bracket.

It is, all my flashes fit tighter in my D800 than my D700 and after thousands of flash photos I am yet to have the misfire problems I have had with my D700 (on 2nd hot shoe).

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MEMcD

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#10. "RE: D800 Weight and Structural Strength" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sun 30-Jun-13 10:07 PM

Hi Jim,

I have all three bodies and the D800E is as strong and robust as the D700 and D300.

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