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How Are You Primarily Using Your D800 or D800E?

Starius

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"RE: How Are You Primarily Using Your D800 or D800E?"

Starius Registered since 20th Sep 2003
Fri 16-Aug-13 01:57 AM

I totally understand your reasoning for not having a video option in this poll. I mean, Stills and Video really are kind of a "Apples and Oranges" sort of comparison here.

Though I felt that I should add that with the very nature of video production, you need all those (or at least most of those) additions no matter what video camera you're using. Audio is usually recorded externally and synced up to camera audio, you sometimes need as many mics as you have talent on screen, you have different lighting considerations, etc. That's just the nature of the game there. It's not as "freeing" as just picking up a camera and clicking away at shots - which I do find more instantly gratifying.

When I previously mentioned "jack of all trades," I think that perhaps it was misleading from what I was inwardly thinking. What I was really meaning in retrospect was "jack of the two trades that I personally care about."

I have a good idea of what I'm getting into with the D800 for video. I have a list of about $10K worth of video gear I'm working towards, the D800 is just $2.4K of that mental budget. It's the core of what I'm wanting to work with. I'm not made of money, I just sell contractor grade tools by day. But I don't have much in the way of expenses and I think I can have it all acquired in a year or two.
People could argue from now till the end of time about what would be the best gear to get with that budget, but I know what is best for me personally with my own skills and limitations. I don't make these decisions lightly, when I get something I use it for a very long time. I just got rid of my old car after driving it for 18 years. I'm still using my D100 after having it over 10 years. I just used it for a wedding photography job last weekend, I'm currently processing the pictures now. That was a $400 freelance job, and one that the D800 probably would have made more enjoyable for me. (Wedding photography always drives me nuts, why do I keep saying yes to that stuff? Well, the 400 bucks helps.)

Anyways, I guess what I'm trying to get at is that sometimes you just know when something is going to work for you. The D800 is, in some respects, a near medium format camera with all those megapixels. I never questioned whether it wouldn't be a good still camera for me.
As for video, I knew instantly that it would work for me after I saw this video from Nice Lady Productions https://vimeo.com/62571696 and this video from Philip Bloom https://vimeo.com/42065372
And that's the two things I need from a camera right now. I need good stills. I need good video. I can express my creativity with both. And, also importantly, I can keep using everything I've gotten for my D100 over time.

I do apologize for contributing to the derailment of this thread, because I know it was never really about video in the first place. My only point was the fact that it's video capabilities was the key aspect in my purchasing decision. But that being said, I will now vote in the poll with purely still photography in mind.


-Starius

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