My last digital body was a D200 and when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday I told him that I would love a Nikon D800 camera. For over a month I read almost every review on the Df and I thought I wanted one. I've always wanted the full frame D700 but couldn't justify the cost. I've waited 8 years for a new DSLR and can't wait to use my 24mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 on a full frame body. I love the look of the Df but felt I would get more bang for the buck with the D800. Thank you for all your informative posts. They were very helpful in my decision to purchase the D800 which will most likely be my last camera purchase.
Congratulations!!! You are going to love the camera! I am so happy with my D800, if Nikon never came out with an upgrade, I can't imagine what about this camera I would ever grow dissatisfied with. The image quality is stunning, it has incredible dynamic range, and I love having every one of those 36 megapixels to work with. I think you will too!
Happy birthday Mary, and welcome to Nikonians and the D800/E Forum!
Thanks, Dave. I can't believe I am actually going to own one. I am looking forward to using ff again. In the meantime I am going to transfer my existing picture files to my external storage to make room for the larger files.
First, welcome to Nikonians. Your transition to the D800 will be eased by the help the wonderful people here will give to you.
I'd recommend getting "a book." Darrel Young or Tom Busch both have very good ones. In fact, get both if you can. Either or both are how Nikon wishes they had prepared their inscrutable manual.
You have made the right choice, I think. The transition from the D200 to the D800 will be easier than to the DF. I don't own the DF, but I can tell you that there are a lot of similarities. There are a lot of differences as well -- thus the book recommendation.
Wait to be absolutely WOW'd. Going from the D200 to the D700 was truly a revolutionary versus evolutionary step. While the D800 is not quite so big a leap over the D700, it is very much better, and having skipped the D700 you are going to cry tears of joy!
I'd be inclined to get them both. You don't have to read them all the way through before unpacking your camera. There's a quick start section in each one. I just like the different explanations of some subjects. I keep them on my night stand and am inclined weekly or so to grab one and just open it -- I pick up something every time.
One part of both books, is an explanation of all the settings and recommendations for a starting set up. They both are excellent -- they both have their fans.
And oh -- get a second battery. The batteries last a good long time, but nothing is as frustrating as waiting hours for a battery to charge while life and pictures is flying by!
Fri 21-Feb-14 01:24 AM | edited Fri 21-Feb-14 01:26 AM by fivesense
If you decide to go the route in getting both books, and you have a Kindle or an iPad, I recommend getting the Kindle versions of the books. It will be much easier to keep both handy, and it will be easy to go to the sections you need when browsing sections. Plus, it will be lighter to carry both books around.
The added bonus of getting one or both e-books is that you can have them immediately and make Sunday come faster!
Tue 18-Feb-14 02:42 AM | edited Tue 18-Feb-14 02:44 AM by GiantTristan
I believe getting the D800 was the right choice. The ergonomics and the "feel" of the camera are quite similar to your D200 and the transition will be very easy. You have two excellent prime lenses and you should be getting spectacular results.
It's here, it's wrapped, and I can't wait until Sunday to play with it. I have downloaded Darrel's Mastering the Nikon D800! and I have begun reading it. I want to learn everything I can about this camera. Looks like I need a tutorial in editing Raw images to get the most out of this camera. I have mostly shot in Fine JPEG, optimum quality.
Happy birthday indeed - I presume that's why you have to wait until Sunday to play with it? I have to say that waiting that long would drive me nuts, but I'm positive you'll find the wait was worth it. I came to the D800 from the D700 which was an awesome camera, but the D800 is triple awesome! I predict you'll absolutely love it. The D200 was (and is) a fine camera, but the D800 is better by many orders of magnitude. May you have many happy years with your D800 (and many more happy birthdays!).
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Thank you, Artimus, yes, Sunday can't come quick enough. I bought the F5 & F6 new but really never used them as much as my N90s or D200. I could never sell them because I paid so much and it just wouldn't be worth it to me to give them up. And they are literally still brand new. I still plan to use them, velvia for the F6 and some portrait work with the F5. But I am really so excited about the D800. My first camera was a Brownie, my first slr was the Minolta xg-1. I've been taking pictures since I was seven. I never ever thought I would be the owner of a D800. Retirement is only a few years away and I plan to take pictures every single day! All I need now is the rv to head ot across country.
Mary - When I came back from Iraq in 2003, where I served with the Army Corps of Engineers, I had a virtually new F5 hat I left at home. I could have gotten maybe $800 for it then. I figured I'd shoot some ektachrome with it soon, and like you, hung on to it.
But a year later, as I shot with my D100 every day, I looked at the F5 and realized it still had a roll of Fuji 400 in it that I had forgotten about. I rewound the film, took it to my processor and came home to realize I would never use that camera again. So I sold it to KEH for $325 and never looked back. Trust me -- when you start shooting the D800, you never will either, unless you are about cameras like some people are about old cars they take out in the spring and drive them just to show they can be driven.
Rethink the F5 and F6 sitting in a drawer -- they represent a nice tripod, or maybe a new monitor, etc.
Thank you for the advice, Alan. Those cameras cost well over $4,000 and I'd rather keep them than give them away for next to nothing. They were gifts and I am very lucky to have a husband who appreciates my passion for photography. Just one more day to wait and I feel like a little kid.
Jgrobitaille, thanks for the birthday wishes and you are a lucky man to have such a sweet partner with whom to share your life. Mary
I absolutely love this camera. My pictures have a 3d look to them. I cannot believe the detail when I zoom in to a small section of the picture shot from forty plus feet away using a wide prime. I couldn't be happier!