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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
Wed 12-Dec-12 07:59 AM | edited Wed 12-Dec-12 08:02 AM by PerroneFord

>Then explain why Nikon states that a shutter speed faster
>than the general rule of the focal length is recommended?

Likely to stave off the AVALANCHE of complaints they got after releasing the D7000 when users complained that the cameras must be faulty because they couldn't get solid files. Problem is exactly the same.

>They don't state this for the D7000 and yet it should have the
>same susceptability. In fact the Nikon tech guide for the D800
>advises using a tripod and live view for best results - live
>view means no mirror shake. See page 6 of the technical
>guide.
>http://www.nikonusa.com/en_US/o/Y6wrkA9OU_z04IreazIXl_22UII/PDF/D800_TechnicalGuide_En.pdf

Yea, I read the guide before the D800 was released. It's good advice. But I don't think a tripod and mirror up are going to help me at the basketball game on the baseline.

>Are you using heavy lenses? Perhaps the total mass of the
>camera and lens does some dampening?

I've shot everything from my 50mm 1.8 to a 300mm/2.8 on my D800 without issue. I remember when people were reading that same technical manual and everyone was talking about how the D800 would demand the very best lenses in order to get viable files. People were putting up their AF-S F4 lenses and trying to get into the F2.8 zooms. I went into my room put a lens on my D800 and snapped a photo. Then asked people's thoughts. Everyone marveled at the detail. As it turned out, I had attached my 1965 Fuji 55mm/F1.4 lens. The oldest and cheapest lens I own. I did the same with an old 28-80mm kit lens. Everyone swore the pics looked great.

The OP said his files looked great on the tripod. Well here's some news for you. The hands do a much better job of damping camera vibration than a tripod does. And neither of them do a thing to dampen mirror slap.

Again, it's NOT the camera.

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