> have you really given the D800 a good trial for your shooting?
No, not really. On the other hand, this isn't a murder trial, where justice must prevail! My rationale isn't entirely laid out, but I think it's fairly complete:
- I prefer the large bodies to the smaller ones. - I prefer to keep the batteries the same and not have to use two different sets of chargers, etc. Besides, the EN-EL4a's are really good. - Frame rate; I'm not dependent on it, but I prefer more to less. - Control system.
> I know you are supremely skilled, and I think you would adapt to it in short order. I move between the D3s, D800, and D600 with no issues at all.
I'm not so sure I'd agree with the first part, particularly on this. I am particularly sensitive to control system issues, just as some folks are sharpness freaks and I am not. Part of it is that I often use two bodies at the same time, and my fingers just do what they need to do, without particular thought. I am definitely goofed up when I switch from the D2x to the D100 in such cases. OK the D800 is probably not quite as far away as the D100, but it's a clear indication. Also, I'm pretty sure that you use a camera a considerable amount more than I do, even though I'm fairly sure that I have more practice than some of the other amateurs.
*Could* I adapt? Yes, I'm sure I could. A D3 is pretty different than either an FM2 or an FA, and I seem to get along with the digital bodies without any trouble. But do I *want* to bother with a D800 if a D3x is available to me and suits my needs better? (And by the way, it's also cheaper.) No, not really. If a D4x - or better yet, a D4-dx - that had other things that I really wanted, I could be motivated to adapt.
Finally, since I don't pay the mortgage with my photography, I have the luxury of not having to compete with guys like you, and I can use whatever I bloody well feel like using! I can afford to be pig-headed and irrational and that's OK!
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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