Sun 09-Dec-12 08:41 PM | edited Sun 09-Dec-12 08:43 PM by Unavailable
>Craig, First, I could not be more happy with my D800. I am >not a pro, but a reasonably knowledgeable amateur (my father >was a professional photographer and I grew up with a darkroom >in our house) and I went from a D200 to D300 to D700 to D800 >with no problem at all.
I appreciate the request for analytics. I find metrics more convincing than simple opinion. My small sample is, of course, pathetic.
Here are some attributes:
Lenses (all Nikons): 12-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 VRI 2.8, 105 2.8 VR, 500 1.4 AF-S. 10.5 DX Fisheye 2.8. All lenses are generally the same although I must admit fewest complaints about the 12-24 and no concerns whatsoever with my remaining DX lens, the 10.5 fisheye.
I change focus mode with every scenario. The focus mode button is certainly the button with the most wear on my D800
Default mode for general use is AF-C auto. I confirm the focus points highlighted by the camera and then take the picture.
For people and children I routinely use AF-C d51, manually moving the focus point.
For sports, I have been happiest with AF-C auto. I had great hopes for AF-C 3d but had too many misses to use it much these days.
For close-focus and macro, AF-S S has worked best.
Default ISO for me is 200. 1600 is common for sports and low light. 100 ISO on occasion in bright light.
I don't use Auto ISO much. Auto ISO is better on the D800 than previous Nikons since it uses focal length in its minimum shutter speed threshold calculation - including all my current zoom lenses. Inexplicably Nikon didn't include VR in this calculation! Maybe the D900 (which I will never buy) will get this simple feature right .
I hand hold 95% of my shots using the '1/focal-length' shutter speed limit that I have used since the beginning of time. I recently added a shutter stop this threshold on my D800 . Results so far are inconclusive. I do this under protest (see below).
Here's my primary unresolved concern that can explain some of my complaints: Many people say the D800 needs a higher handheld shutter speed than other cameras. You are going to have to explain this one to me. Why does the D7000 with the same pixel density NOT require an extra stop? Neither does the Canon 5D MkIII. Only the D800 has this restriction. Is sensor density relevant here anyway? A digital sensor either records images in real-time or it doesn't (and then you get rolling shutter artifacts). I suspect there is some serious rationalization going on here. Why do so many people, including smart photographers like Ming Thein and some in this thread, think a higher minimum shutter speed is normal or even OK?