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Are you happy with your D800?

DAJolley

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DAJolley Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2007
Mon 10-Dec-12 01:51 AM | edited Mon 10-Dec-12 01:58 AM by DAJolley

Take a look at the Nikon Technical Guide that came out back in February when the D800 was first announced.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en_US/o/Y6wrkA9OU_z04IreazIXl_22UII/PDF/D800_TechnicalGuide_En.pdf

The first thing you’ll notice is that Lesson #1 is :Use a tripod

Then, on page 9 in the section on shooting hand held portraits it says “Choose a speed a bit faster than the limit for camera blur. The superior resolution of the D800/D800E makes small amounts of focus blur more obvious. Select a shutter speed slightly faster than you would choose when photographing the same subject with other cameras.”

On page 11 it goes on to say “With the D800/D800E, you will notice that photos seem to have less depth of field than pictures shot with other cameras under the same conditions, and that focus consequently requires more attention. As can be seen from the examples below, changing the focus point even slightly can blur important details.”

Nikon really tried to warn potential users that this camera was so demanding that it might not be for everyone. There was a lot of discussion about this earlier in the year; many people felt Nikon was trying to scare them away from buying the camera because it was going to require sophisticated technique to get high quality images.

I was just watching a video by Michael Reichman of the Luminous Landscape and his recommendation for hand held shooting with the current crop of high end DSLR's is to use a shutter speed 3 times the reciprocal of the focal length.

Dave Jolley

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