CP+ 2012 News and impressions
The main objective today was to get some hands on with the new D4 and D800 cameras at the Nikon booth. You were able to walk up to the cameras on Thursday but today the lines were over 90 minutes at the hands on corner for five to fifteen minutes with the cameras and lenses and over 45 minutes for the main stage area with the models for a three minute shoot. Luckily we were able to spend about forty five minutes with the cameras in various states trying on various lenses including the 300mm and 400mm lenses as well as shoot D-Movies at the Grass Valley booth within the Nikon booth who were demonstrating their Edius 6 nonlinear video editing software and Storm Mobile capture box and Rexceed M7500 editing workstation with the D800. The auto focusing in movie mode felt a bit clunky but maybe that's my inexperience with the D800 camera and I felt a lot more comfortable in manual mode for movie taking. Being able to switch between FX and DX formats is great!
The D800 felt a lot more ergonomic than the D700 with the controls at more accessible angles for your fingers and thumb including the front dial and back dials as well as top buttons. These slight differences greatly contributed to the feeling that the D800 was smaller than the D700 but still had a very solid feel to it. We tried the D800 with the newly announced MB-D12 battery pack and the additional buttons and slightly angled front dial was nice for vertical shooting. Putting a EN-EL15 pack inside will effectively double your frame shooting to 1,800 frames and up to 1,900 with the AA battery holder, a welcome addition for us time lapse photographers! The price for the MB-D12 will be 42,000 yen retail but is showing at 37,800 on the Nikon Direct shop, the same as the MB-D11 for the D7000. The eight AA battery holder option will retail for 3,700 yen for those with tens of rechargeable Eneloop AA batteries.
We got a chance to shoot with the new 85mm f/1.8 lens which will be a great lens for portrait photographers. And at almost 1/4 the cost compared to the 85mm f/1.4, should be a welcome addition to many photographer's arsenals!
We spent some time at the CaptureNX2 software station with the newly upgraded version since we've never played with it and it was interesting to see the Control Point features in use for color and selection editing in real time. Just by clicking and making several different points on an image, you are able to change the brightness, contrast, and saturation with sliders in real time. Also the selection control points let you select areas with a click, change the size of the area selected and apply enhancements like unsharp mask and lighting with the click of a mouse and sliders. We missed the new moire reduction feature that is supposed to be implemented for the D800E.
Also I'm glad they're sticking to SD and CF for memory for the D800. We really don't need another memory format with all of our investments in SD and CF cards.
The large format print outs from the D4 and D800 throughout the booth looked absolutely stunning.
Really looking forward to playing with the D800 later next month!