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Update...My New Nikon D800

Benjamin Kanarek

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Benjamin Kanarek Registered since 05th Aug 2013
Sun 08-Sep-13 09:37 PM | edited Tue 10-Sep-13 10:20 AM by Benjamin Kanarek

Update: Finally went with the Nikon D800

Well, after testing both the D600 and the D800. I decided to opt for the D800. I was able to return the D600 for my new D800 which I just got today. Because I am shooting primarily models in studio and interior location, I couldn't ask for a better format than that offered by the D800. Although the D600 is amazing, the D800 allows me to crop after the fact with greater confidence as well as allowing me to choose several crop formats from the onset.

The output is absolutely astounding and the AF is ultra rapid to say the least. I have no problem with the 4 fps High Speed shooting rate. Will be using for my up and coming shoot very shortly.

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/2013/07/28/nikon-d600-canon-6d-question/

Best

Ben

DaddySS

Woodcliff Lake NJ, US
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#1. "RE: Update...My New Nikon D800" | In response to Reply # 0

DaddySS Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 26th Dec 2006
Sun 08-Sep-13 07:48 PM

Congrats on the D800, it really is pretty amazing.

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Asgard

East Frisia, DE
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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004
Sun 08-Sep-13 07:53 PM

Congratulations on your new D800

Enjoy.

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
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K64drb

Blacksburg, US
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K64drb Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2012
Mon 09-Sep-13 11:02 PM

Hey Ben, congratulations! Your amazement with the D800 is just beginning! Enjoy!

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Benjamin Kanarek

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Benjamin Kanarek Registered since 05th Aug 2013
Tue 10-Sep-13 07:43 AM

>Hey Ben, congratulations! Your amazement with the D800 is
>just beginning! Enjoy!

Thanks a lot…Can't wait to use it for my next shoot for Harper's BAZAAR

davepmyoung

Robertsbridge, UK
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davepmyoung Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Dec 2008
Tue 10-Sep-13 08:06 AM

I think you now have the best camera that Nikon have ever made, from a quality of image point of view. I use my D800 for Motor Sport, up grading from a D300s. 4FPS is perfectly OK as it actually gives the camera time to re focus (well it seems to). Togs with a D4 generally get a 50% good focus rate with rapid fire on an incoming car at high speed> 10FPS, I get nearer to 80% success. Sadly I now use my D300s as a lens holder most of the time!

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Benjamin Kanarek

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Benjamin Kanarek Registered since 05th Aug 2013
Tue 10-Sep-13 08:34 AM

>I think you now have the best camera that Nikon have ever
>made, from a quality of image point of view. I use my D800
>for Motor Sport, up grading from a D300s. 4FPS is perfectly
>OK as it actually gives the camera time to re focus (well it
>seems to). Togs with a D4 generally get a 50% good focus rate
>with rapid fire on an incoming car at high speed> 10FPS, I
>get nearer to 80% success. Sadly I now use my D300s as a lens
>holder most of the time!


Glad to hear!

FFN

Hudson, US
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Fri 13-Sep-13 10:00 PM

Ben,

We had the same testing journey - 5D MKIII, D600, and finally D800e. Although I was died in the wool Nikon, I wanted to try out the Canon. It was a major disappointment in image quality. Had I seen the DXO scores, I would have understood but I was trying it before DXO tested it. The focus system on the D600 was not good enough and the D800 was great.

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Fri 13-Sep-13 10:37 PM

Congratulations it is a great camera – Welcome to Nikonians!

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Rickjobson

Windsor, AU
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Rickjobson Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Dec 2012
Sat 14-Sep-13 01:46 AM

Hi Ben,
I also did a similar exersice, and now have 2x d800's. Use mainly for macro Jewellery photography, but i have done a few shoots with models for posters. The D800 really gives heaps of flexibility as you suggest with cropping and resolution. If you don't have the grip yet maybe get a couple of spare batteries. Good luck with the up coming shoots.

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Benjamin Kanarek

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Benjamin Kanarek Registered since 05th Aug 2013
Wed 18-Sep-13 03:13 AM

>Hi Ben,
>I also did a similar exersice, and now have 2x d800's. Use
>mainly for macro Jewellery photography, but i have done a few
>shoots with models for posters. The D800 really gives heaps of
>flexibility as you suggest with cropping and resolution. If
>you don't have the grip yet maybe get a couple of spare
>batteries. Good luck with the up coming shoots.

Thanks a lot for your comments. I did get a grip for the D800 and appreciate how well it adds to the ergonomics.

Best
Ben

MEMcD

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 18-Sep-13 08:35 PM

Hi Ben,

Congratulations!
I am sure you will be as happy with your D800 as I am with mine.
Enjoy!

Best Regards,
Marty

John M

Newport News, US
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John M Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Oct 2003
Tue 24-Sep-13 12:49 PM

Congrats! Enjoy the camera and the results!

John M
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Bill Kennedy

Christiansburg, US
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Bill Kennedy Gold Member Nikonian since 17th Jan 2013
Tue 24-Sep-13 01:08 PM | edited Tue 24-Sep-13 01:08 PM by Bill Kennedy

I'm curious about your comment on IQ of the 5D MKIII (I have never even held one let alone used one). Canon has a super reputation, great lenses and the IQ fell short for you in what way?

I am a Nikon guy since college, having started with a Nikon F about 1965. But every time I go to a sports event and see all those photographers with their L series lenses I wonder if I should have switched.

Have the D800 and it is fantastic, but I have come to realize that truly optimizing photographic performance is a lifelong journey, which is not a bad thing! Also use a D7100 for my grandsons sports for the extra reach and have been satisfied with the results.

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PhotoByKim

Canning Vale, AU
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PhotoByKim Registered since 17th Oct 2011
Wed 25-Sep-13 05:19 PM

Congratulations on getting the D800. I have both the D800 and a D3s. These IMHO are the best two cameras ever made. I have recently done a trip through Scandanavia, Russia, Iceland ending up in New England before heading back to Oz.

I only took the D800 with a 28-300 zoom. No other lens or body. I am still amazed how well the camera and the resolution, sharpness and handling. It a real pleasure to use, having taken in excess of 2500 pictures. My only problem is going to be which ones to put in my book.

I would strongly suggest getting a shoulder strap and ditch the neck strap.

You will soon realise what a special camera this really is. Good choice and just enjoy the ride.

Cheers

Kim

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