Excellent, Eric. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the camera. See if you can make any moiré, for instance. What do you think of the amazing depth of resolution. How do your older lenses perform?
This is one exciting camera, isn't it?
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Mike - I was about 15-17 feet away from the cardinal and just had time for a quick shot before it turned its head. Focus was actually missed a little bit as the shoulder and feather detail is the area in perfect focus. But this is representative of all the images - I'm seeing textures and detail from much further away. Even pixel peeping to a 200% crop leaves pretty clean detail.
The shutter click is normal - not really dampened very much. One thing I did notice is that it is very crisp even with just a single frame.
I've been contunuing to use the camera today with the 105 f/2.8 VR for some macro work. Light conditions and wind were less than ideal but I was pleased overall. The camera handles very well.
I have the grip for the camera as well. I'm still debating whether to keep the grip. Build quality of the grip is significantly more robust than the grip for the D7000 which I find plasticy. In contrast, the D800 grip is very solid.
This thread is hurting my brain ... I definitely love the increased sharpness of the D800e ... but I have seen other posts that show massive color artifacting and some moire problems under specific circumstances.
But ... like you ... the sharpness is SO much better than the 800 shots I have seen, it is making me reconsider my pre-order of the D800.
I will most likely stick with the D800 .. but damn if I am not torn.