I stepped off the cliff today. I ordered a D800 to come live with my two D700 cameras. I have vacillated for months, but came to the conclusion that criticisms built on the need for only the best lenses, on arguments about the impacts of diffraction, on the need to shoot everything with the support of a heavy duty tripod, etc., are somewhat like the debates centuries ago about the number of angels that could stand on the head of a pin. Just like when we saw a steady procession of better and better films pass our way in the 20th century, we are now seeing better and better sensors appear. And in each case, flaws in our techniques that were covered up by inferior optics, inferior emulsions and inferior processing, became more easily seen. I have decided that the D800 is inherently outstanding and it is my tasking to strive to use its capabilities rather than griping because it may expose my flaws. I hope I can live up to ITS expectations!
I think you have made the correct analysis. All my lenses are a generation or two (or more) out of date. I've learned that the images I get from my D800e regardless of the lens used are so much better than I was ever able to do before. I made a bigger jump than you, I came from a D300. The higher resolution is great, I'm now able to make larger prints or deeper crops than before. To me the gain in dynamic range is an even more significant improvement. Where before I would think HDR, I'm able to just increase "Shadow Protection" instead.
It shouldn't take you very long to confirm that you made a good choice.
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You will love this camera. I still use my D3 and D700 constantly, as multiple bodies are very helpful in my work. I'm finding, though, that more and more often the lens I expect to need most for a shoot goes on the the D800. My poor D3 must be feeling lonely and unwanted...
Mon 29-Apr-13 11:54 PM | edited Tue 30-Apr-13 11:23 AM by mklass
Welcome to the club. (At some point you'll learn the secret handshake.)
As long as you don't expect miracles out-of-the-box, you will be very happy with your D800. Adjust your technique as you find where you are having problems. I think patient self-criticism is the key to success. But once you figure it out, your D700 shots will be better, too.
Good point!! I made pretty much the same decision but I also decided to concentrate more about the learning curve and shooting than the hysteria going on about this and that.... And I have been happy ever since!!!
Thanks to all for supporting my decision as I try to continue to stomach the dent in my credit card while awaiting the camera. Over the past several months I have just about ordered a D800 to add to the family several times, but every time I have gotten close, there has been a flurry of criticisms that have caused me to sit back and wait. Finally the $200 instant rebate helped me make my decision. One dealer also offered a 6% store coupon, and when I asked my favorite seller to match that versus their 2% credit, they did. So I just ran out of excuses. I think my technique is pretty good -- but we'll sure see this time!
- Cannot take hand held photos - Can only take hand held photos - Should always use a tripod - You can opt not to use a tripod - Only used approved glass as all others won't work - All glass should work - won't focus fast enough - blazing fast focus - the sensor always gets dirty - the sensor stays clean
hmmm...what else is wrong about the camera...!!!
Enjoy the camera..its awesome!
And yes, the secret handshake paperwork will arrive in the mail...
Alan - My congratulations. It may interest you that I followed your example and bought a D800. Since I use more and more MF primes, I got somewhat frustrated with the limited LiveView capabilities of the D700. In fact, my MF lenses give better captures with the D800, even without using a tripod. If you are familiar with the D700, there is basically no learning curve. While the battery was charging, I set up the camera, studied how to adjust the diopter and how to display the virtual horizon. The most difficult procedure for me was the removal of the battery from the charger...