>Wow, thanks for the detailed answer, Perrone! > >It looks like the D800 is going to be a lot of file >management.
The D800 doesn't represent any more file management for me than any other camera I own. Workflow is supposed to be camera independent. And on any given shoot I may have any combination of D800, D3s, D2x, D2H, D7000, or D200. The workflow and file management does not change one bit.
>I have to say it's making me question even more >if it's a good camera for me. My current computer drags a >little when I arrow through the images within Lightroom, so I >may need to buy a new computer and external disks along with >the bigger cards, extra battery, vertical grip ...
If you are living on the edge with your current setup, then yes, the D800 might be the proverbial straw.... I made the decision to upgrade all gear last fall. New iMac, new MBP, cameras, studio gear, the works. I'm set for the next 5-10 years. I may upgrade camera bodies, but I'm set for computing, glass, lights, etc.
>Geez, maybe that D3S isn't so expensive after all! (It won't >require new cards, an extra battery, etc.)
You can't just upgrade one piece of the puzzle if everything is maxed out. So you're at a tipping point. I needed a system that would allow me to edit 1500 RAW photos at a time without breathing hard. That decision is now paying dividends.