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Handholding Test of a Nikon D800. How does it do?

DigitalDarrell

Knoxville, US
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DigitalDarrell Team Member Founding Member of the Nikonians writer Guild. Author of most of the NikoniansPress books. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Charter Member
Wed 11-Apr-12 02:18 AM | edited Thu 12-Apr-12 05:21 PM by DigitalDarrell

I was sitting in my chair in front of my computer reading all the threads about lenses for the D800, fear of blur, and all sorts of wonderment. It suddenly occurred to me to do this highly scientific test:

Scientific Method
1. I used a Nikon D800
2. AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens at f/4
3. ISO 100
4. Standard (SD) Picture Control
5. Used built-in Speedlight
6. Used a camera JPEG with no postprocessing
7. Saved for web in Photoshop CS4 after cutout
8. MANUAL exposure mode (of course)
9. Handheld the camera (most important scientific step)

Here is the main image with the area marked off in red (see arrow). The following pictures are a little over 800 pixels wide at 100% from that small red area. (big file!) This is my map of Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

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Next is the cutout at 100% with the camera handheld at 1/6s:
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Next is the cutout at 100% with the camera handheld at 1/10s:
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Next is the cutout at 100% with the camera handheld at 1/30s:
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Next is the cutout at 100% with the camera handheld at 1/60s:
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Next is the cutout at 100% with the camera handheld at 1/125s:
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Next is the cutout at 100% with the camera handheld at 1/250s:
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My Opinion?
I can shoot with cheapo lenses on this camera and get great results. I can handhold it at ridiculous shutter speeds and get good results. All the negative talk is inevitable, I suppose. However, once this camera hits the market in full force and people see its real capabilities, it will simply change 35mm photography as we know it. Mark my words!

My cheapo lens test:
https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=226&topic_id=40629&mesg_id=40629&page=2

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UPDATE: April 11, 2012
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Since there were objections to my use of fill flash, I reshot this series with a different subject and a single external light source. See below!

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UPDATE: April 12, 2012
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Please realize that I am NOT recommending that anyone walk around shooting images at 1/6s or 1/10s. It is impossible to handhold a camera and consistently get sharp exposures with any camera at those shutter speeds. I am doing this entire series merely as a curiosity that shows it is possible to handhold the D800 and get sharp images. If I can get somewhat sharp images at 1/10s, then surely anyone with careful handholding techniques can get sharp images with faster shutter speeds, varying with lens focal length, of course.

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Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com
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