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Are you happy with your D800?

PerroneFord

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"RE: Are you happy with your D800?"

PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Mon 10-Dec-12 01:02 AM

>Hi Perrone,
>
>If I remember correctly, you previously indicated that you did
>not think the D800/E was a good sports camera. Has your
>experience with the camera changed your opinion?

It's a bit tricky. I still would not classify the D800 as a "sports camera" in the traditional sense. I've enjoyed it tremendously over these last months because I tend not to shoot sports "traditionally" a lot of the time.

>Obviously the
>D4 is better suited for that use due to fps rate and low light
>qualities.

If FPS is important, then yes, the D4 is going to be better. The ISO performance is close. Certainly close enough for me. And unless you are shooting in very dark conditions, this isn't much of a factor. I am able to shoot my D800 at ISO 3200 and am VERY comfortable with the results. In fact, I am currently processing some ACC basketball I shot tonight on the D800/D600 combo at ISO3200.


>However, I am not able to afford a D4. I do want
>the D400 as a replacement for my D200 if/when the D400 is
>produced with pretty much the rumored specs.

I've all but given up on the D400.

>In the meantime I
>am considering the D800E as a multi-purpose camera to pretty
>much replace my D200 (except in those situations where I think
>I need the extra "reach/composition" capabilities of
>the DX camera.

Take a long and close look at the D600. To be honest, if I wasn't doing studio work, and didn't have either the D600 or D800, I'd do the D600 for sports. It has really become my go-to camera for nearly everything.

>I bought one of the defective D800Es and have been waiting to
>get comfortable that Nikon has fixed the problem. Now that a
>lower price is rumored to be effective on 12/15 I am probably
>ready to buy another D800E that will hopefully be trouble
>free. Now if Crutchfield will just have another double points
>special for Christmas that will definitely make it an easy
>choice.

Again, if the D600 will meet your needs, I'd say go that direction. It may not. I know people like to badmouth the D600 in relation to the D800, but for sports work, I think it's better. Consider this... I shot ACC basketball tonight. The two cameras in my bag were the D600 and D800. Neither of my D3s cameras even got packed. I left them home. That should sum up my feelings on the capability of the D600 and D800 for sports work.


-P

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