800 arrives tomorrow - Need help to set-up & test!
D- 800 questions: Unit arrives Tommorrow!
Finally! I bit the bullet thanks in part to wonderful assistance & sage advice from D-800 & 800E online owners and my first FX body should arrive in the morning! I'm grateful to apparently by accident get in on the last day of B& H's 6% rewards because now it's only 2. I'm hoping that this inquiry will not only continue to guide me along but also to serve future purchasers who will or are currently going through similar decisions & learning essential facts.
Mission: To set-up and prep the unit properly so it can be quickly determined if there are any issues lurking inside. I don't want to miss anything crucial.
Upon arrival I will:
Promptly take a shot & check the shutter count and otherwise make sure it's a new unit & install the latest firmware. Beyond that, please I'll need all of the advice & direction you're willing to offer.
a) Straight out of the box what stock/factory settings need to be tweaked or improved?
What did you do? Can one save customized settings?
b) Not a techno geek by any means. Without photos and charts how do I "tune" (is that the right word?) my 2 FX (24-120 f4 and 70-300VR) lenses to the AF system? Coming from a D-90 background, the concept of left, center and right AF points is almost totally foreign to me. What values/results are deemed acceptable for both b) and c)?
c) How does one easily determine if one has the infamous left focus issue or not?
What are the steps/procedure that a FX newbie can digest? Forgive me if my terms are not 100% accurate. I'm not eager to spend another $75-150 on specialized focus/tuning software which may or may not be reliable, accurate or provide a definitive answer.
d) I bought an extra battery however I'll need to get another card. Can't justify the $100 & up kind, however there must be a 32-64 gig SD card range for say 50 bucks that would be a reasonable compromise. Since it's for casual/travel use, speed isn't that crucial. My computer doesn't have USB 3.0 capability.
e) Any recommendations for a reasonably priced bag ( carry, not a backpack) that would:
1)Carry 2 extra lens in addition to ones mounted on the D-90 and D800 or:
2) Would comfortably accommodate the D-800 and its' two lens (1 mounted) by itself?
f) Any of you use a monopod in lieu of a tripod? Make & model appreciated. All suggestions welcome. Collapsable? Double as a hiking/walking stick?
g) Same for a tripod: Strong, durable, fairly with a head that will lock in the DSLR & keep the frame absolutely still.
Please help ensure that I know if my unit is issue free.
Thanks for you help.
#1. "RE: 800 arrives tomorrow - Need help to set-up & test!" | In response to Reply # 0vladiator Nikonian since 01st Jan 2009Tue 16-Apr-13 02:36 AM
A few weeks ago I also moved to D800 from D90.
The first thing I did was to buy Thom Hogan's guide to D800 and read it in front of the camera. This way I could learn how the camera operates and what each setting does/infludences and then decide which combination suits best for my type of shooting.
I chose Thom Hogan's book because I previously used his D90 guide and found it helpful. But I am sure reading the manual or D800 books written by other authors would be just as helpful.
I will let more experienced members to answer your questions in detail.
#2. "RE: 800 arrives tomorrow - Need help to set-up & test!" | In response to Reply # 0james90402 Registered since 14th Apr 2013Tue 16-Apr-13 02:57 AM
I recommend that you view Ben Long's course on the D800 on Lynda.com. Congrats, it's an amazing camera.
Bags: view Ben Long's course on Lynda.com on bags & accessories. Lenses: Ben Long has two courses on Lynda.com relevant to this topic -- Lenses & Specialty lenses.
You just bought one of the finest video cameras.
Cheers, James Jordan
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#5. "RE: 800 arrives tomorrow - Need help to set-up & test!" | In response to Reply # 4venusian Registered since 17th Dec 2008Wed 17-Apr-13 12:28 PM
Good luck with your new camera!
I highly recommend that you do some simple tests with the center, left, right, most upper, and lowest center focus points. You can go through some of these pages to find out how to do the more simple tests (viz. star charts or some simple but reliable smooth surface target with sharp edges). The manual will show you how to set the focus points.
I hope you purchased the camera from a reputable company that has an e.g. 30-day return policy. If you have the dreaded left focus issue, Nikon repair for this problem is a ####-shoot at best. The wisest choice is to return the camera for another within the 30-day grace period.
Nick (Roxbury, Connecticut Nikonian)
#6. "RE: 800 arrives tomorrow - Need help to set-up & test!" | In response to Reply # 2
Bags are a personal thing, but I have owned Billingham bags, large and small, and one is over 25 years old. It has been all around the world, survived use in 'access photography', been scraped up rock faces, been heavily rained on, stuffed in overhead lockers, and protected cameras and lenses in some very hostile conditions.
Last year I was able to buy new internal padding for it; how good is that?
Very expensive to buy initially but very good value in the long run.