Just one portrait photo with the D800

Started Mar 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
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AndreasE
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Just one portrait photo with the D800
Mar 25, 2012

Had a chance to pick up my D800 today.

Given all the theoretical discussion around the "increased" requirements some posters would like to attribute to the 36MP Sensor of the D800, I thought about sharing only one picture from today.

Taken with all the "bad" things which had been discussed at length:
1) a zoom: AFS 70-200mm/2.8 VR II - "Only primes will deliver"

2) aperture: This one is shot wide open @f2.8 - usually the weakest aperture setting
3) soft at the long end: Zooms tend to be softer at the long end. 180mm
4) Handheld: 36MP require an absolutely a sturdy tripod. Not used here

5) shutter speed: Should be higher than the classic reciprocal value. It was 1/125sec here with a 180mm focal length

One group of people on the internet tend to agree that the combination of all those factors above would limit the benefits of the D800's high resolution sensor. I wouldn't be so sure about the practical implications.

So here we go. This image has been taken with all the settings mentioned above. It was not postprocessed in CNX2, only converted from RAW to JPEG.

Full size (20 MB !): http://www.pbase.com/andrease/image/142263337/original.jpg

Enjoy your self assessement.

rgds,
Andy

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