Sun 04-Nov-12 05:35 PM | edited Sun 04-Nov-12 06:37 PM by rosewood_ltd
Just got mine about a month ago. I had precious little time to "get acquainted" - just a brief foray into my backyard and a quick trip to a local regional park. Then I had a trial by fire - took it on vacation to NorCal and Oregon, went to Mt. Shasta, Burney Falls and Crater Lake.
I'm still getting used to the beast. I have had to revisit all of my basic techniques, compared to my D700, as the 800 does not suffer fools gladly. My technique is "re-improving" as I go, but it's proving to be more of an adjustment than I anticipated. It's been amazing and fun, but it has also made me again appreciate what a fantastic camera the D700 is. The flexibility and relative forgiveness of the 700 makes it almost seem like a "point and shoot" by comparison.
In the end though, I think that the demands that the 800 places on you, in terms of attention to all aspects of proper technique, is a good thing. Some day, maybe I'll do justice to this amazing instrument.
The first shot is from my backyard. The second is just above Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Number 3 was taken on the Rogue River about 30 miles from Crater Lake. The next is from the slopes of Mt. Shasta at about 6000' elevation, just after an October storm. The next image is of the north side of Shasta, taken just south of Yreka. The next one is of Manzanita Lake in Lassen National Park, at sunset, with Mt. Lassen in the background. The park closed the next day when a storm dropped about 4 ft of snow at the higher elevations. The past photo is of Burney Falls.