D800 = Jack of all trades?

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Tony Beach
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D800 = Jack of all trades?
Mar 15, 2012

Ace of none:

  • Landscape : Medium Format will be better.

  • Low light : The D3s or D4 will be better.

  • Telephoto reach : The D7000 or (hopefully) a "D400" will be better.

  • Compactness : Mirrorless will be better.

Add to the above overly large FX files for a lot people, lowish fps for some people, and it's not an inexpensive camera either; and you have a camera that is a less than an ideal choice for most photographers. However, lets look at this another way:

  • Landscape : The D800 will be better than every other FX, DX, or Mirrorless option.

  • Low light : The D800 will be better than Medium Format, DX, or Mirrorless options.

  • Telephoto reach : The D800 will be better than Medium Format or any other FX options; but DX and some mirrorless options will likely be better.

  • Compactness : The D800 will be better than Medium Format and D4 or D3s; but DX options will be better (though wide angle primes could trump DX here too, and you do get over 15 MP in DX crop mode).

If you play your hand well, a Jack can be a very good card to have, and I would rather have four Jacks than one Ace. For me the D800 will be the most versatile camera ever, and it could stay that way for a long time.

Nikon D3S Nikon D4 Nikon D7000 Nikon D800
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