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D800 Handholding Shutter Speeds

Jim Mohundro

Seattle, US
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Jim Mohundro Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Jul 2008
Wed 06-Nov-13 07:09 AM

I'm getting how the best glass is a serious requirement for use of the D800 (in my contemplated move from my D700, I've posted on this forum that I would keep and continue to shoot with my 24-120 f/4 VR and 28mm f/1.8G, but perhaps unload my much older AI-s lenses, the 105 f/2.5 and 135 f/2.8). At least one poster here has supported the notion that these older AI-s lenses can still produce quality work on a D800, but given the substantial weight and majority opinion here about what appears to be an absolute necessity that top-end glass must be used, I suspect my appropriate move is to sell the AI-s lenses (perhaps to a new Df owner) and replace those lenses when I can afford to do so.

That was just the background intro to my quandry about how one must work much more carefully with the D800 to secure quality images. Thete is frequent mention of tripod use (whenever possible, it appears, for example. With the D700 and previous camera bodies, both digital and film I've always tried to be one step more conservative with shutter speed, so at, with a 50mm lens, I'd use a shutter speed of 1/125 or faster, ISO and aperture permitting (i.e., 1 divided by the product of the lens focal length and 2). using the D800, would I need to use an additional faster increment of shutter speed, say 1/250 insyead of 1/125 in the example above? Or even 1/500 to be safe? Especially with the D800e?



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