Perrone: after viewing your gallery, please accept my heartfelt condolences and sympathy for having to subject yourself to the use of such an obviously inferior product. If I were in your shoes, I'd chuck the darn thing!! Richard
PS: please feel free to chuck it my way. I'll pay the shipping.
Perrone, thanks for all the information you have provided on the D800. I am waiting on delivery of mine, hopefully in the next week or two. I have used film and digital cameras for sports and hand held pictures and I adjusted to the frame rate and other camera limitations (also my limitations) to get the pictures that the customer required. Would I like a high. ( 4+ ) frame rate, yes - would I use a high frame rate, sometime - do I need a high frame , no. Thats just my take on fps, I think I will be satisfied with having 4fps. Others my need more , if so buy a camera with more.
I hear ya. But as viewers go through these images, I'd like them to keep something in mind. NONE of these images are shot on motor drive. These are all single shot. And it goes back to my thoughts on shooter vs camera. If you know how to shoot, the D800 is a FINE camera. Clearly it's not perfect. But if you can't get compelling photos with it, check your ego at the door and examine your technique.
>Perrone, thanks for all the information you have provided on >the D800. I am waiting on delivery of mine, hopefully in the >next week or two. >I have used film and digital cameras for sports and hand held >pictures and I adjusted to the frame rate and other camera >limitations (also my limitations) to get the pictures that the >customer required. Would I like a high. ( 4+ ) frame rate, yes > - would I use a high frame rate, sometime - do I need a >high frame , no. Thats just my take on fps, I think I will be >satisfied with having 4fps. Others my need more , if so buy a >camera with more.
We must keep in mind that every camera is a compromise of performance attributes. Every engineering feat is a choice between conflicting parameters. If you want fast frame rates, you have to give up resolution. If you want high resolution, you have to give up speed. Noise and pixel count work in opposition to one another. If you have vastly different photography needs, you need more than one camera. Nikon obviously built the D4 and the D800 for different applications. If you can have only one camera, you will have to choose one whose performance specs fall somewhere in the middle - a compromise. It makes no sense to judge a camera's performance in an application for which it was not designed. Why do you think there is a D3x and a D3s?
in the end it's all about marketing and getting your money, we have to decide what works best for us.
Skill and knowledge are your best tools. They can overcome many limitations of equipment, whether those limitations are placed by the manufacture or the consumer. Which I think is the point of Perrone's post.
Perrone, do you consider imitation a form of flattery? I hope so. Finding absolutely nothing interesting yesterday at the beach to shoot, and needing something to do with the new camera, your shots combined with a flyer for a local minor leage team, and I went last night to shoot some evening baseball shots. This is the first time ever shooting baseball (and only second time at a non-little-league game).
At night under lights I was shooting mostly F4 and some F2.8, and trying to keep the shutter speed up, so a lot of shots are in the 1200-3200 ISO range. Here is one at 2800 ISO, and there's quite a bit of noise in it (and a bit of action blur), but still a lot of good dynamic range left (those shadows were pretty dark, like on the ump's leg, but there's detail in them).
If anyone would like to see more (and I welcome criticism of how to shoot sports):