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Just Upgraded to the D800

John M

Newport News, US
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John M Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Oct 2003
Tue 10-Sep-13 12:30 PM

I just upgraded to the D800. I have had the D700 since 09 and loved the camera. D200 prior to that. I convinced my wife to let me have the camera early, prior to my retirement. I retire in 8 days with plans to continue the photography full time now.

I bought 2 SD's @32 GB and 2 CF's (Primary) @32 GB. A Really Right Stuff "L" bracket and second battery. After reading the forums the GGS glass backs. It all dribbled in last week and I went out Sat like a kid with a new toy just to try. Even in the poor lighting much better than before. Sat evening I got some some good AV lighting shots of the I have been wanting to capture. Really pleased with the results.

Here is a funny for you, leaning against a pole in Yorktown looking for a screen in the menu's that moved going I know it's here and I cannot find it! Need to finish Darrell's book.

John M
NN, VA
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tekneektom

Kohler, US
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#1. "RE: Just Upgraded to the D800" | In response to Reply # 0

tekneektom Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Winner in the Annual Nikonians Best Images Contest 2015 Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011
Tue 10-Sep-13 11:01 AM

John,

You'll love the D800 - sounds like you already do - and retirement.

Tom

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Ineluki

Nuremberg, DE
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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011
Tue 10-Sep-13 11:25 AM

Congrats on a very good camera. Have fun with it.

Egbert

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K64drb

Blacksburg, US
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K64drb Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2012
Tue 10-Sep-13 01:40 PM

Hi John,
Congratulations on both retirement and your D800! What a great way move into retirement. You are going to love the camera and the images it produces will blow you away.

And also. welcome to the D800 club!!!

Dave Badger
Blacksburg, VA
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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
Tue 10-Sep-13 05:31 PM

Congratulations on your new D800

Enjoy.

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
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John M

Newport News, US
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John M Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Oct 2003
Wed 11-Sep-13 10:00 AM

Thank you all very much for the comments and the welcome.

John M
NN, VA
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winclk

philadelphia, US
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winclk Registered since 15th Jan 2007
Thu 12-Sep-13 01:43 PM

Congrats on the D800 and retirement. You're going to love them both.

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John M

Newport News, US
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John M Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Oct 2003
Thu 12-Sep-13 07:44 PM

Thank you very much! Looking forward to both!

John M
NN, VA
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F2AS

Washington, US
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F2AS Registered since 23rd Nov 2005
Fri 13-Sep-13 01:12 AM

John, congratulations on your retirement and getting the D800. That was my plan when I retired last January at 55, to get the D800. But here it is eight months later and I'm still on the fence. I'm not too sure what to do. I really like my D300s but would like a camera with more resolution for my landscapes. I've even been considering the D7100 but am afraid I've been spoiled by the build and features of my D300s.

Mike

John M

Newport News, US
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John M Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Oct 2003
Fri 13-Sep-13 03:12 PM

Mike
Thanks very much. I am 58 and have 39 years 11 months federal service. Looking forward to Next Friday and my last day . I understand on your jumping up. I went from a D200 to a D700 in 09. I had worked a lot of hours extra so I was able to put some money away to afford the D700. Here I am getting paid for 340 hours of vacation hence I could afford to spend a few dollars toward the D800. The rest will go toward my daughters collage bills.

I just came back from a shoot with the 800 & 700 I really like the results I got with the 800. the images are crisper due to the more info, i was doing long exposure shots and landscape pictures and the previews look great. I just took over 150 shot this AM. I will admit it is hard to step back in features. I have a D200 and when I borrow that back from my daughter to use a a backup when I had the 700, there was a big difference between the two. I really preferred the 700 over the 200. Now using the 200, helping my daughter with a school project, I can really see the difference in the 2 camera's. I am not firmular with the 7100 so I cannot comment. I have been considering D5100 for my daughter as my D200 is old with a lot of clicks on the shutter

John M
NN, VA
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F2AS

Washington, US
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F2AS Registered since 23rd Nov 2005
Fri 13-Sep-13 10:39 PM

John, I also retired form Federal service-Treasury-but with 32 years including my sick leave credits. Our child is grown and our house paid off, so I figured I would get out while I could and still be young enough to enjoy retirement. I received a lump sum payment too for my unused leave and have the money put aside for the camera!

Mike

ajdooley

Waterloo, US
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ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Sun 15-Sep-13 04:56 PM

John --

You and I followed somewhat of a similar path. I did 31 years in the Navy (and am one of only a few who never served in the Norfolk area in that long a period!) Then I worked in PA for the Army Corps of Engineers for 10 more years before finally calling it a day on federal service. And I progressed from the D1X, to the D100, D200, D700 and now the D800. I was absolutely blown away by the D700. That was a revolutionary vs. evolutionary leap. The D800 is far superior, but not quite the astounding leap from the D200 to the D700. For weeks with the D700, every new image elicited a "WOW!!!" Now with the D800 it's often a "wow" too, but in lower case.

Congrats on retirement -- and as many say -- don't waste it. Of course, share it with the spousal unit and other loved ones, but now you will have time to devote to something you love (as opposed to SOMEONE -- there needs to be time for her too!) -- and that will never be a job. God bless!

Alan
Waterloo, IL, USA
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John M

Newport News, US
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John M Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Oct 2003
Mon 16-Sep-13 10:57 AM

Mike - Alan
Thanks! Getting ready to turn in this laptop (Work)4 days left I am CSRS working for the Army. My wife works on the same installation. She has a min of 3 years to work before she can go (FERS). But do not worry we have things planned out and I will take care of my spouse!!
I actually have a D100, this was my 1st entry into the digital world. I used the 700 & the 800 Friday taking shots. I had the ultra wide on the 700 and the 24-70 on the 800 doing long exposure shots off the water. Love the 36MP results.

Thanks again guys. Looking forward to the end of the week and more time behind the camera.

John M
NN, VA
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MEMcD

US
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 17-Sep-13 10:07 AM

Hi John,

Congratulations on your new D800 and Retirement.
Enjoy!
All the Best.

Best Regards,
Marty

drakonian

voorhees, US
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drakonian Registered since 18th Jul 2013
Tue 17-Sep-13 10:02 PM

Hello John

Good luck, just got my D800 a few hours ago. First picture, Photo-Me:
actuations 1.

good shooting and enjoy.

Mike

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