A Week with my D800 ...

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A Week with my D800 ...
Jun 14, 2012

Last Thursday I put my new D800 on our lab copy stand and shot targets. Today I used it as a backup to my D700 and then took it to the Botanical Gardens (with a tripod!) Some conclusions:
1. The lab work showed that (at the close focus distance of the copystand)

  • manual focus with my Zeiss 100mm was difficult. I needed to use liveview.

  • when I used liveview the camera had excellent resolution.

  • that autofocus with my 24 - 70 mm was right on - and the results were excellent.

  • with either lens, a slight bit of overexposure resulted in significantly lower

resolution. (Both visually and on SFR computations.)
2. The event showed

  • I needed to be much more precise if I was to get even acceptable results -

very few D800 shots were usable.

  • Although I remember it took me awhile to learn to use the D700, now I

get excellent results with little effort. NOT so with the D800.

  • An occasional good picture showed the problems was me, not the D800.

3. At the botanical gardens I learned

  • On a tripod with great care, the D800 camera with Zeiss 100mm can give

superb results.

  • It seems to confirm than any overexposure results in a visible loss of


When I have time I'll post of series of shots on my web site.

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