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D800 versus D7000

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Gardnerville, US
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RWSTARRETT Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Feb 2009
Fri 19-Oct-12 11:13 PM

Hey guys, I see a lot of posts about supposed focusing issues with the D800. Mine arrived without any problems I could appreciate by focusing on test patterns. My wife and I recently took our cameras to photograph the Fleet Week activities on the San Fransisco Bay. It was a pretty challenging photographic problem, given that we were on a moving boat and trying to photograph stuff that was flying past us at hundredds of miles per hour. My 500mm F4 lens on a D800 made pretty nice images, but was hard to focus and pretty impractical for the fast moving aircraft. My plan for that lens was to photograph the Americas Cup sail boats. My wife's D7000 with a 300mm f2.8 lens was way more successful at photographing the aircraft and I cannot really appreciate a huge difference in image quality between the two. I don't doubt that the D800 provides really superior images in terms of detail, but nobody should discount the abilities of a very good APS-C sensor to create great pictures. Please see my website:

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