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First shots with my D800


Lorton, US
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Thrillington Registered since 05th May 2008
Sat 19-May-12 01:33 PM

It finally arrived! In the middle of working three back-to-back projects on the road, I received a call from Arlington Camera that my D800 had arrived. After arranging to have it shipped to the house so that I would receive it during the 2 days that I'd swing by the house, I unboxed my baby and boarded my flight to LA.

Since we went straight to work as soon as we landed, I had literally no time to play with the camera. I managed to squeeze in shooting some trash frames around the hotel space but that was about it until, a few days later, when I decided to take it to an evening social event with me. As luck would have it, I arrived to find a band had been hired to do a three set gig for the social.

Unfortunately, I only had my 70-200/2.8 VRI and 16-35/4 with me. I still have a great deal to learn about the new body and definitely need to improve my technique. I mainly shoot travel and candid/street but have shot a few concerts in the past. I was pretty happy with the results. One of the crew approached me a few minutes after I had pulled the camera out and asked if I would mind posting my shots up so the production company could see if they wanted copies. I took that to mean "there's no three song limit for you, buddy" and shot away throughout the performance. The band didn't seem to mind and mugged for me quite a bit.

I've posted the shots up on the SmugMug account that I am in the process of getting up and organized. I see no reason to upgrade my 70-200 to the VRII model based on what I see. I did not use the 16-35 much as the sun went down quickly and the lighting made it difficult to shoot with that lens.

The short of it is... I love this camera. I've noticed none of the problems that others have mentioned. My two year old 2.66 GHz Core i7 MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM is a tad sluggish post processing with Aperture but is more than sufficient. Yes... storage is an issue. I filled a 32GB card over the length of the performance shooting RAW+jpeg. Honestly though... the jpegs out of this camera are gorgeous. I can easily see setting up a workflow working primarily with those and storing the RAW files for serious editing/printing on select images. Which makes the combo CF and SD slots a perfect configuration.

The shots are at http://dfattahian.smugmug.com/Events/NRG-Performance