D800 examples from D700 users's perspective (180 2.8, 50 1.8D)

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D800 examples from D700 users's perspective (180 2.8, 50 1.8D)


Picked up the D800 today. I'm still working on how to get the most out of these files, but I can say this, personally:

1) We already know about the need for high-resolution lenses to maximize pixel-peeping-potential - what we also need to talk about is processing . I'm finding that my usual sharpening and PP routines need to be pumped up a bit, and that the D800 allows much more headroom in both sharpening and NR, at the same time. With the D700, I could sharpen a bunch, but not apply too much NR at the same time, or vise-versa. The D800 takes me up a bit higher with each.

2) " Handheld won't cut it any more " assertion is mostly false (as I suspected it would be.) If you feel shutter-speed constrained, bump ISO and continue to handhold. The files hold up very nicely to NR, as the noise is finer-grained.

3) Good/great lenses on the D700 are still good/great on the D800, and every lens will resolve more - how much more depends on if it's a great, or just good lens.

4) Working with these files isn't as painful as I feared it would be, but they do bring a slowdown to your workflow.

5) I'm finding that motion blur is a bigger threat to IQ on this sensor than one more stop of noise - a very welcome discovery

6) Flickr's changes suck. Color posterization, slight detail muddling - Perfect timing for me, start sucking when I need them the most for detail retention (Grr!)

I'll post more shots & thoughts as I get more time in with the camera. Below is the first set.

About the 4th snap I took with the camera - 50 f/1.8D wide-open , a tad softer than f/2.8, but still impressive - no AF problems that I can detect, no AF adjust needed with the three lenses I tried:

( he's tired of modeling! )


Below is the 180 f/2.8 AF-N , wide-open, handheld, ISO 560. A lot of the portrait shots you've seen have been tripod, studio lighting, f/5.6, f/8, ISO 100, etc - I'm very, very happy with these "real world", handheld results:


Now, below is something I have a harder time doing with the D700 - get detail at distance, at less than ideal ISO, wide-open - the detail just doesn't hold up to NR as well as this:

180mm f/2.8 ISO 1600

Larger, desat - the individual hairs at that distance, the wrinkle pattern in the clothes - tougher to do at f/2.8 with that lens from that distance at ISO 1600 on the D700:

More examples, all f/2.8:

f/2.8 ISO 320


ISO 900:

ISO 1800

Below is about a 40% crop, f/2.8 ISO 1000



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---> http://www.flickr.com/photos/95095968@N00/sets/72157626171532197/

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