FWIW I have prepared a page of D800 commentary based on personal experience. This is followed with a half-dozen snapshots. The camera is so new I have not had time to do more than take a few dozen shots altogether. I'll post more images later.
The page is not really a review - just some hastily compiled observations and snapshots. To summarize, a truly amazing photographic instrument. There have been some early reports of a few problems such as amp noise but cannot duplicate any of this. In strenuous tests, not even one dead or stuck pixel. This is unprecedented and possibly just a matter of good luck. Anyway,it is now up to me to become a photographer good enough to fully utilize this superb camera. Worth every penny of the cost.
Thanks for your thoughts Garth. Interested to hear more.
I remain pretty amazed anytime I see crops from a D800. Very impressed!
And one use is cropping if you happen to shoot any action, need off-centre AF points, but the size of the AF area constrains one on FX from allowing you to place the AF point in an extreme top/bottom/left/right position. What I do with the D700 currently is I have to shoot looser and then crop in post to achieve the desired tight composition. The D800 provides substantial flexibility in this scenario based on how your crops look!
Excellent and thank you for the first "User Review" I've seen which begins to help me no end.
<<Note that sensor absolute resolution is almost identical to that of the D7000. Where you actually pick up extra resolution lies in being able to use longer focal length lenses to compose on an FX sensor the same field of view requiring a shorter focal length on a DX sensor. (I will be preparing a long article on resolution subjects later.>>
I for one will certainly look forward to that, as the D800 in DX is a very viable alternative to my D7000 DX pixels wise and 6fps in DX mode makes it no slouch and certainly ok for me.
Terrific real world review, look forward to the next installment.
Thanks to so many for visiting my simple review and for commenting here. If you are interested in more, bookmark the page and return once in awhile as I will be posting more images almost daily for a couple of weeks and possibly some additional commentary.
The place where I buy has a "no questions asked" returns policy effective for 2 weeks so I have been under no obligation whatsoever to keep this purchase or defend it. Suffice to say I will not be returning the D800. It is an astounding camera if your priority is image quality. It is the first digi I have owned making me seriously think it is time to dump my m/f film system although the D7000 comes very close.
I always enjoy "hands on" reviews that make sense to me. I shoot only RAW. My current camera is the very capable D7000 and I am transitioning to the D800, so this is particularly relevant and interesting espeically high ISO, cropping, accurate auto-exposure and overall image quality when compared to the D7000. Thank you. All the best.
My page has been updated with a couple of images obtained using the Nikkor 24 - 70 mm I purchased at the drugstore this morning. Astounding. We are truly in a new photographic world where it is up to the photographer to show us what s(h)e can do with this remarkable technology. There are no significant constraints.
As of today you will find another High ISO (ISO 8000) shot and a bit of analysis. I am not much interested in this but the results are surprising (in the sense of being so excellent). There's noise visible in even-toned areas but it is what I call "high quality noise" ... very tight, fine grain. No blotches, blobs or other hard to deal with artifacts.
It will be very interesting to read what dpreview, Thom Hogan and other pros have to say about the performance of this sensor. IMO we may be experiencing a real break-through but then, I am not much of a pixel peepe
Best $3000 I ever spent. This camera is actually fun ... very liberating. Combine this with good glass and you may be set for life.