I found this Night Heron in Central Park a few days ago. A beautiful bird.
The file has a remarkable vibrancy, dynamic range and color rendition, at least to me. I loved using my D700 for birds, but focusing with a 200-400 lens with the new 2X extender was always a challenge. The 800E image has almost a three-dimensional look to it.
I see what you mean Jim (the 3d "effect"), and I agree. Whatever it is, it's a wonderful effect - great image.
So... Since you brought it up, I've been debating the value of the 800 over the 700 (even though my 800 is already on its way to my front door), and my next question is whether to sell the D700 to offset the cost of the D800. Your comment tells me that you are in the latter camp. Did you sell (or otherwise "trade" your D700 for the D800E)?
So tell us, ignoring the increase in resolution, was capturing this image any more difficult than what you would have done to achieve the same image with your D700?
To answer your question, Tom, I have kept the D700, and will use it as a second camera when I need it.
It was actually a bit easier with the D800E. The central focusing point now locks on with the lens and extender. That new focusing feature (down to an F8.0 combo) was definitely one of the selling points for me, and it works.
>It was actually a bit easier with the D800E. The central >focusing point now locks on with the lens and extender. That >new focusing feature (down to an F8.0 combo) was definitely >one of the selling points for me, and it works.
Jim, That is really good to hear! I will look forward to that capability *tomorrow evening!!!*