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Are you happy with your D800?

lukaswerth

Lahore, PK
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"RE: Are you happy with your D800?"

lukaswerth Registered since 24th May 2012
Sat 08-Dec-12 05:04 AM

I come from a very different side of photography, so I don't know whether my post will help you. Still, here it is:
My d800e is the first DSLR I own. Before that, I have had compact cameras, and my expressive photography I did - and do! - analogue: large format, some medium, pinhole cameras, such like. I wanted to get a DSLR to do also pictures I like in an easier, mainstream way, and above all, to do color photography: particularly where I live, using color film has become forbiddingly difficult.
As you may imagine from my history, I have no problem to use a tripod wherever possible. And out of my 5 lenses (all primes), 3 are manual (the wide angles, and I use mostly these).
I have done for a long time everything by the book: medium apertures, short exposures (for a 35 or 50mm, at least 1/200 sec, preferably shorter, life view whenever advisable.
Frankly, I have been quite overwhelmed by the technical quality of the pictures. I want to make large prints which should be sharp from a short distance, and I feel that this camera offers a deal in this regard which I did not think was possible. Add to this the excellent dynamic range, the way you may dig into the shadows of a raw file!
However, I had ordered along with the body 2 medium speed memory cards, and the camera indeed takes a long time to write. I have now ordered 2 high-speed cards (90/95 MB/sec), will get them when I visit in a few days my home country (Germany, I live in Pakistan), and I hope this issue will become better.
However, there is another point: I think that the technical quality of the images has indeed somewhat overwhelmed me, and I want to try now, in some of my work, deliberately disregard the technical optimum: work with highest or smallest f-stops, don't mind some blur in the the image - I think the large 14bit image file still gives an advantage in tonality. Let's see.
To cut a long answer short: If you don't like the camera, by all means get another one. But perhaps you just might want to forget about what is possible, or whether your files look really that razor sharp at 100% in Lightroom, and focus on what you really want to do with your pictures.
I don't know whether this will help you, but still, another view...

Lukas


Trying to be a keeper of the light

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