Thu 13-Jun-13 12:57 AM | edited Thu 13-Jun-13 07:11 AM by DaddySS
With the news of the D400 coming out in the fall or next spring, I decided that I will need (want) both the D800 and the new D400 - each for different types of shooting - so I took the plunge and picked up the D800 over the weekend. The transition to the controls from the D300s was simple and using the settings sheet I got it all set up. Now I have a great deal to learn to really get the image quality it is capable of.
Looking forward to continued learning and hopefully some good results......
Richard - I think you will find the D800 to be an amazing camera. I'm about 1200 images into it now and combined with the RAW converter in CS6, it is just simply amazing. The sharpness is already legendary, and then the ability to add a bit more sharpness and decrease noise to almost nothing with CS6, is really remarkable. I don't know what the D400 is going to provide, but you're going to be wowed by the D800. I think most of the trepidation early on was based on wondering how 36mp could possible be a tolerant of noise as the 12mp D700. Then the matters of not being able to hand hold it, diffraction, etc., made many afraid to try it. It demands good technique, but it rewards that same effort.
Thanks Alan. I don't have CS6, running CS5 and I think you need to subscribe to the CC to get 6.
I'm expecting the 400 to give me the DX reach, frame rate, and better high iso performance than the my venerable D300s.
I am just getting started with the D800, and I have not been able to improve my hand holding steadiness but I continue to work on it. I just got my plates so I can now start working with it on the tripod. It's been raining or I've been busy at work for the past week but I plan to dedicate some time to it today!
> " I don't have CS6, running CS5 and I think you need to subscribe to the CC to get 6."
Actually CS6 is the last version you *can* get without CC. Highly recommeded. Not so much for the features you can point a finger at, but for overall "just do it" improvements, like vastly improved speed in certain functions (eg liquify).
I found the transition from D300 to D800 almost seamless in terms of controls but there are quite a number of additional features with D800. Not the least of which is the Auto ISO feature now very much better than before. It has the option to adjust the minimum allowable shutter speed based on lens focal length. Very useful when shooting with a zoom.
The other big learning issue for me was that even with the same lens, effective depth of field is shallower with the larger format. This affects your aperture choices, especially for landscape shots. For landcapes I am now using about 1 stop smaller apertures than were necessary for the same field of view on DX.
Hi: The D800 is a gem. I'm not sure there will be a D400? Nikon cycle for a new camera has passed for this device. Personally, I think there is a need for a D400 (and I would buy one to complement my D800), but doubt Nikon is listening. Do you have some info about a D400?
New D800er here as well, looking forward to honing my technique to get the very best out of this incredible machine. I'm curious about one aspect of D800 ease-of-use...
I use my camera for some business-oriented work (primarily architectural shots). We don't need or want huge files, and I won't do much post-processing either, so I'll probably shoot most of that work in Small JPG mode, perhaps even Basic.
Am I right in assuming that will lessen the need for a tripod and/or Mirror-Up shooting? If I'm shooting at significantly less than maximum resolution, that will mask camera movement, right?
And as for those higher-resolution opportunities, would it be fundamentally a better idea to bias myself toward using a faster shutter speed when it's practical and does not adversely impact depth-of-field, required ISO, etc?