Got my D800 yesterday and took it out for a spin this AM. Love it. Also made extensive use of Live View which was also a pleasure. The LV in my D300 is too cumbersome (IMO) to use in the field. What looks sharp in the D800 viewfinder needs fine tuning at max magnification in LV. Warning though, I was out for a couple of hours using LV most of the time and when I finished the battery chg was at about 50% so it does eat battery power. Attached are different versions of one of the shots I took with different levels of processing. I think the detail in the sharpened 100% crops is quite impressive.
D800, 300f4 with 56mm of extension, 1/6s, f8, ISO 100, tripod, LV, cable release
1. As shot with no pp except WB and resizing. Vignetting on FX due to 56mm of extension on the 300f4. Didn't notice that when shooting have to be mindful of that when framing. On DX there's no vignetting with that extension.
2. PP and cropped
3.100% crop, no pp except WB and resizing
4. Same as #3 except sharpened
5. Another 100% crop, no pp except WB and resizing
Wonderful shots, John. I have just decided to order a D800, but am now giving myself a headache trying to decide between the D800 and D800E, with macro photography in mind. From your shots I can see that very fine detail can be obtained with the D800!
Incredible detail in your images! I was shooting w/ a polarizing filter on this week & got the dreaded vignettiing in all 4 corners- any way to avoid that from happening w/out going to DX mode? Thanks for sharing.
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Very nice! You must also have a fine tripod! Excellent detail. I'd say that your sharpened images might be sharpened a tad too much for my taste, but you can definitely see that a lot of detail can be obtained from this camera on tiny subjects.