Thu 22-Aug-13 01:26 AM | edited Thu 22-Aug-13 01:36 AM by RJLOMMD
Based upon the advice and suggestions offered here I stopped in at the photo store I've been dealing with for years equipped with my Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 and my Nikkor 105 f/2.8 lenses and after an hour testing and speaking with the salesperson, walked out with my new D800 minus a traded in D300 (I've kept the D300s, however).
And all of what was offered to me here was absolutely true. I'm amazed by what I'm I'm getting. I haven't even set up one bank and just shot away. Here are two of the first images made with this outstanding image capturing machine:
The night shot (shot around 10:35PM) is exactly out of the camera --nothing except size, of course, has been changed. (f/4, 1/6, ISO 1600, 70mm, AF-S, Center Weighted exp., Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VR) Not too bad for handheld! I think the detail is pretty amazing! The 2nd is a crop with just a little tweaking via Capture NX2 (same lens at f/4, 1/50, ISO 200, 70mm, AF-S Center Weighted exposure --forgot to turn it back to matrix after the shot the night before!). If this is what I get just out of the box, I can't wait until I've got it set up completely and I'm more comfortable with it.
Thanks for the "congrats"! This acquisition is similar to the quantum leap I took when I went from the N80 to the D200. What I'm getting is just so much better. And one of the key factors in my saying this is the decrease in the time (and mouse movements) I need to make in Capture NX2 for PP work! About all I did to the "portrait" was add a little contrast and Mike Hagen's sharpening set and "Save As...jpg"
Oh, James--I, too, have a very special soft spot for Border Collies! We've had them since 1980. My two (human) sons were raised with a marvelous BC. However, the photograph is not of a Border Collie. Rather this is an Icelandic Sheepdog we got after one of our Border Collies passed as a companion to the remaining one. I'm attaching a couple of images of them. The "portrait" of the BC is one of my favorites capturing the intensity of his concentration. The Icelandic is in the foreground of the other image.
But enough, I've got to go out and, as another Nikonian says, "shoot, shoot and shoot some more!" with this D800!
Congratulations from my side, and I also got myself just recently the Tamron 24-70. I chose it for the good image quality according to some tests, and the VC, and I think it is a very good and useful lens.