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SolonPhotos7 Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Dec 2005
Tue 05-Jun-12 08:35 PM

My D-800 arrived from B&H just in time for an 8-day safari in Tanzania.

The camera was spectacular ! I have 3,500 images to edit.

I uploaded one image to my server - I used a 70-200 mm VR f/2.8 lens with a 1.7X teleconverter - both Nikon. The 70-200 is the earlier version I of the VR. I wished for a Nikon 500mm lens!

I used "spot" focusing and I moved the red rectangle where I wanted to focus.

The linked image was taken at f/5.0 and 1/500 sec at ISO 400 - about 80 feet from the lion - at 340mm. The lens is resting on a bag of beans draped over the edge of a Land Cruiser.

The image is NOT sharpened - it's just a jpeg from the NEF raw file.

The focus was on the lion's nose - and it is razor-sharp. Check out the flies. The ear behind is soft - as is the grass in front - a limited depth of field at f/5.0 with the teleconverter and the 70-200 mm f/2.8 (wide open the combination is an f/4.8 lens).

The D-800 had no focus issues for me.

Dick Sjolund

Here is the image:

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