>Like many of you, I bought the D800 with high >expectations. 36 MP! Wow! This is going to be great. I can >crop, use multiple FX filters or just use unsharp mask until >can I see the threads on a $1 bill from 100 yards.
>But if you are completely honest >and can forget the money you spent: Are you really happy with >your D800?
I can honestly say yes. But, you are right, the camera is a drill sergeant when it comes to taxing your photo-taking skills.
I luckily got a chance to take one of the Nikonian Academy classes on the D800 a few months back, and the instructor said something that really stuck with me....the 36MP is a double edged sword. Yes, when you nail the shot, the image looks outstanding...but when you don't, the same resolution that makes your pictures great will also make your mistakes stick out like a sore thumb. He explained that we were probably making these tiny mistakes while we were shooting on our previous DSLR models like the D7K or D300 or etc.., but those mistakes often were not as apparent because of resolution & MP, and so the pictures looked better. If we kept making those mistakes with the D800, they will become glaringly obvious.
Like I said, that really stuck with me. So now I am trying to figure out these mistakes I am making and improve my technique even more. It's work, but that's what makes it fun. I know you were expecting a deluge of negative responses, but I hope you found some of them to be supportive enough to make you consider giving your D800 another shot to impress you.
If you do end up throwing it off a bridge, would you mind telling me when and where? I'd like to try and catch it before it hits the ground