I have sold images through iStock, Getty Images, for many years. In the beginning I was using a 13 MP camera of a competitive brand with their best zoom lenses. My batting average getting images accepted by iStock was around 40%. Some images were rejected in spite of repeated attempts to make improvements to the image quality in accordance with iStock's suggestions. The process was actually quite frustrating making me feel inadequate.
I later used a 21 MP camera and the same zoom lenses. My batting average for image quality acceptance increased to around 65%, but to me that was still not satisfying.
So I stopped bothering with iStock for a few years.
I have now used a D800E with 35 mm and 85 mm primes since February 2013. And I have started submitting images to iStock again. I am happy and proud to report that my average acceptance rate is now 100%.
I wish I could say that I have become a 2½ times better photographer in a few years but I know that is not true. It's the Nikon D800E with the best available prime lenses that hovers above the rest, just like DxOMark suggests.
Thu 20-Jun-13 08:52 AM | edited Thu 20-Jun-13 02:56 PM by Bengt Nyman
>This is quite impressive. Do you get the same success rate If you use zoom lenses on the D800 ?
I do not know. My plan is to keep my Nikon production as detailed and sharp as possible. I do not plan to acquire any Nikkor zoom lenses since their DxOMark data do not compare well to the primes. I am eyeing the Nikkor 300 and 500 primes for the day when I sell off my other brand. I find that shooting primes and cropping in post, if necessary, gives me the best results.
------------------- they had in their current stock -3013769 and was wondering if your serial # was higher or lower. Still nervous over focusing issue, was hoping you could share your serial # with me and date of purchase, to help me know if their camera for sale is old or new stock! -------------------
Hey Bob. You didn't ask me, but i just received my D800e this week (monday). Bought online from Cameta and mine is 30135xx.
I imagine Cameta goes through stock pretty quickly, so would also assume it to be the latest version.
>... they had in current stock -3013769 and I was wondering if >your serial # was higher or lower.
Hi Bob, I purchased number -3011561 in the US in February this year. I had been waiting for quite a while because I was also uncomfortable about a possible focusing problem. I must admit that I have not gone out of my way to test for any possible extreme left focusing deviation. However, I tested my D800E for center focus with two lenses; Sigma 35mm 1:1.4 DG A and Nikon AF-S 85mm 1:1.4 G using an optical interference target where the camera and both lenses tested spot on without the need for any in-camera micro adjustment. So far my D800E has been focusing flawlessly.