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HELP: First day with D800 and already in panic!

ericbowles

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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Thu 27-Dec-12 11:52 AM

Congratulations on the new camera.

Your comment about DOF possibly being an issue is important. Moving from DX to FX, you are losing about 1 1/2 stops of DOF. That's good if you want a soft background, but bad if your depth of field goes from 8 inches to 4 inches.

The D800 will reveal any softness in your choice of camera settings. The D7000 had a bit of this issue as well - thus the early complaints about softness. A 10-12 megapixel camera may not outresolve your lens, but a 36 megapixel camera is much more likely to show a clear difference based on aperture selection, lens quality, and use of teleconverters.

Don't get into the trap of automatically viewing images at 100%. It's okay, but when you look at just 1000 pixels of a 7200 pixel width, and blow it up to a 15 inch wide display - you are looking at the equivalent of a 7 foot wide image from just 18 inches. Viewing at 100% is okay - but slightly soft images can look just fine sized for normal use.

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