Switch to d800 = bad idea

Started Feb 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Johan01
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Switch to d800 = bad idea
Feb 17, 2012

As a full-time landscape shooter, I was really excited that I got one of the first d800e orders in on the 6th.

After thinking it through, going to the d800 from my 5d2 and 60d setup would be detrimental.

  • no 70-200 f4 (less weight = more food for campouts)

  • 17-35 is very outdated

  • 16-35 has crazy distortion (6+%) correct it and lose fov.

  • 14-24 has a very limited filter selection. My work requires filter variety.

  • 14-24 is very limited in the types of shots it can excel at.

  • if a wide fov and high detail are needed just stitch shots together.

  • canon takes Nikon lenses if I want 14-24.

I've done 180mp+ HDR stitch shots with my 60d that turned out great. 36mp isn't going to help me much. A shot must be a mandatory single exposure at optimal settings to make use of 36 mp.

I think a lot of people are going to get a big reality check if they think landscapes will be better with the d800. If you take single exposure shots with no filters, then maybe it will work better, but those are going to be some boring shots with lots of boring detail.

I have yet to see a single sample where one couldn't use stitching to match or easily exceed the d800 with a 5d2 setup.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 60D Nikon D800 Nikon D800E
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