Hello, I'm Rick from the Southern Tier of NY. I've had a D300 for a number of years and even so I'm a total newb when it comes to photography. Case and point. I wanted to photograph wildlife in our area so I bought the 80-400 lens. I could not understand why the new 80-400 was not bringing me much if any closer to what I wanted to photograph as my 18-200 did. After talking with a few people I found out what all of you know, that the D300 is a DX and the 80-400 is FX. Duh. So I ended up buying the D800e so I could get the full use out of the 80-400. Anyway, I hope to learn a few things from the members here. Thanks.
Welcome to Nikonians! Thanks for the intro and your support. Glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your new D800E. I am sure you will be as happy with it as I am with mine.
The focal length of a lens is the focal length of the lens regardless of format (DX or FX body or lens). On the D300 the 80-400mm has the Equivalent Field of View as a 120-600mm lens mounted on your D800E. The 18-200 on your D300 has the EFoV of a 27-300mm lens on an FX body though since it is a DX lens it will vignette significantly when mounted on an FX body.
Since the D800/E has more pixel density than the D300 it provides the ability to crop a little more.
Images from a D800 will look like you're further away than will images from a D300 using the same focal length lens on each of them. The "few people" you talked to were not correct. I'm sure if you took a photograph with the D300 and the 80-400mm at 400mm and one with the 80-200mm at 200mm and compared them side by side, you would see that 400mm does "bring you closer". Expensive mistake, unless you were just looking for a reason to buy a D800.
Marty, thank you for the welcome and for the information. As I said I'm just a rook and that was my main reason joining the site was to get somewhat educated. I figure with supporting the site it will be well worth it with the knowledge I gain. Thanks again.
Alan, I took a photo of the back of our property at 200mm with the 18-200 and then with the 80-400 at 400mm. It seems like the zoom was only about 6-8 feet or so further with the 80-400. I understand the principle that the 800 has a higher pixel density and therefore you are able to crop a little more like Marty said. I guess I assumed incorrectly that there would be a much bigger difference in the zooms. As you can see I'm a greenhorn. I've taken a few photo's with the 800 and it seems like it's a great camera so I'm not disappointed in buying it. It's nice to have an FX body. Thank you for the welcome, I appreciate it.
Gerold, thank you for the welcome, I appreciate it. I'm more than happy to help support the site. Thanks again.
I've got to search the site because I'm unable to upload the firmware update for the 800e. When I downloaded the update it's a VLC file and I'm unable to copy it to the CF card.
>WOW! Quite a jump from a D300 to a D800 ... and the >"e" version at that! > >Well welcome aboard. I'm actually jealous... I went from the >300 to the D700 (and never regretted it at all!!!). I'd love >to have an 800 or 800e, but can't see giving up my 700 yet! > >Enjoy the new gear and keep us posted on any updates!
Thank you for the welcome. I went back and forth on whether to get the D700, D800 or D800e. I like shooting sports photos and used to shoot the NY Giants at Training Camp when they were in Albany, NY. I really liked the 8 fs. Since then we've moved out in the country. I also like shooting wildlife and the Giants no longer head to upstate New York for training camp so I decided to get the D800e with the 36 MP over the D700 which is much quicker. We've got a lot of deer and turkeys along with the regular coons and opossums. We have an occasional fox and fisher along with coyotes we hear but never see, even with security lighting. I ended up getting a trail cam because the two I want a photo of the most are the bears that come through a couple times a year along with a couple of mountain lions. I ended up buying a tripod so hopefully that will help a great deal with any camera shake with the larger lens.
>If you get any pictures of your bear, that would be a great >post! > >Thanks and play safe!!!
LOL. I sure will. I want to actually see him/her. One of the neighbors saw him walking up our driveway but unfortunately we missed him. Another neighbor thought it was her husband coming home from work, looked out and it was one of the bears. They bent three of our shepherd hooks with bird suet completely in half along with knocking over a metal garbage can that had never been used. I assume it was familiar with garbage cans and food. I don't know how I did not hear that. I'd much rather get a photo with the D300 or D800 but if it's only the trail cam that will work too.