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Current Production D 800's

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Thu 18-Oct-12 08:10 AM | edited Thu 18-Oct-12 08:19 AM by km6xz

hi DGS2
SF? I got all my gear up in Sacramento, either Action Camera or Pardee's but mostly from Action in Roseville. My Ca. home is located in southern Marin County however, just a few miles from you.
I got my first DSLR only 4 years ago, when the D90 came out. I had shot Canon film cameras for a long time(A1). I really like the D90, a lot of camera for the money at the time. Adding the grip made a big improvement in handling. I added a D7000 and use it alongside the D800 at events but most frames are with the D800. A recent wedding was a good workout for both and it remembered why I liked the D7000 so much. The bride's favorite candid was with the D7000, a natural skylight in the wedding venue but the D800 is so darned easy to get what is intended that it is hard not to pick up every time for any purpose. I have a grip for all 3 but my GF likes the D90 without the grip attached. A lot of my frames are vertical orientation so the grip is essential.
I have used everything from D100 to D4 and the D800 is more like the D200/300/700 but feels a little chunkier, thicker because of grip area reshaping. It, and the D3/4 are the best holding of any. Without a grip the d800 is still, in my tastes, a good handling camera whereas the D7000 is too small for comfort until the grip is added. The D7000 with grip is actually a little taller than a D3. Yesterday I got to hold a D600 for the first time. It feels larger and stouter than the D7000 but does look very familiar with the controls.
The only minor complaint about the D800 is the stretch needed to reach the Mode button for exposure. I really like the most maligned change from other semi-pro bodies, the AF mode button/command wheel function introduced in the D7000. Once you get used to it, it is faster and more versatile than the old lever switch.
You will feel right at home coming from a D200.....except for file sizes. If you are like me, you will be aware in the back of your mind just how much card space and processing time is involved the each shutter release and not take as many shots. In a way that was a big help in slowing down and thinking each shot through a bit so keeper rate is much higher. Another real improvement is how well all the image related subsystems work so it is almost hard to take a technically bad shot. Just keep the shutter speed up higher than you are used to if hand holding.
Stan
St Petersburg Russia

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