Hello, I'm coming into the D800 fold. My 1st full-frame DSLR! So excited!

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huyzer
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Re: Welcome!
In reply to Grevture, 11 months ago

Grevture wrote:

A good friend of mine got one of the very first D800's to be delivered over here. As it turned out, it has the left AF point issue. But he has never bothered to fix it, he can see it when specifically testing for it, but he feels it has no discernible practical effects on his photography anyway

Yes, true. It's good to know in practical terms, that it doesn't seem to worry some. I don't know if I could do that myself. We'll see I guess. Also, it will depend on how bad it is. I guess, for me, on the matter of principle alone, a product (especially one this expensive) shouldn't be defective from the start.

And besides that, it seem to be fixed by now.

You put a finger on something which is somewhat problematic for the manufacturers - since a few years back we have reached a plateau of performance where it will take something rather extraordinary to get photographers to replace their cameras as often as has been the norm during the first ten years of digital DSLR's (2000 - 2010).

I shoot a lot of sports and PJ work, and for me my two D3 cameras and one D3s feel very much up to the task still, in spite of my oldest D3 camera turning six years old later this autumn. As much as I would love to have a couple of D4's, the D3 and D3s gets the job done at a much lower cost ...

Wow, you've got amazing cameras, and so many, too! I would not mind that setup at all. haha! Then I wouldn't have to change any lenses! I'd probably have to change out my neck, though, due to all that weight, if I were to carry it all day. I've done two Nikon F5 cameras for a very long wedding once (from early morning, till midnight), with big lenses, and boy, was my neck killing me towards the end. I don't even know if it's possible to walk around with three cameras without adversely affecting your movement, and the cameras (from banging on each other).

Actually, the difference will very probably be less substantial then you think. The S5 Pro has rather massive raw files in relation to its megapixel count (my files from it seem to average around 25 megabyte), while Nikon is pretty good at keeping raw file sizes down, as a rule of thumb Nikon raw files seem to average about 1 megabyte/megapixel, or around 36 megabyte in the case of the D800. So it will probably not be as taxing on storage as you might think

Yes, true. Those .RAFs from Fuji are quite big. I average about the same 25 megabytes, plus the Fine/largest jpeg out the camera. I'm thinking, at least for now, I'll probably only show RAW + smallest jpeg for the D800. I'm thinking maybe having the jpeg available for when I want to "chimp" a shot to verify exposure, it might be quicker(?) due to having the jpeg (unless they convert the .NEF on the fly).

I'm not sure what your experience has been like with looking at the previews on the S5 Pro, but in my case (using my older CF Sandisk Extreme III 20MB/s, and the newer Ultra I bought 30MB/s), there is that lag that's annoying long, from pressing the "Play" button, to when the image finally shows up. I haven't had faster cards than these, so I can't verify if it's instant, or if it doesn't matter with that camera. In relation to that, is the review on the Nikon D800 laggy, also, with it's big files?

Thankfully, as part of a package that I got for the D800, I'm getting a Lexar 32GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 600x UHS-I, which has 90MB/s read, and 45MB/s write speeds.

It usually takes a little while to adjust one's workflow and habits, but the D800 files really are nice to work with - albeit large and it will stress your computer - but they can take a lot of post processing without giving up quality. And while it might take you a short time to get used to the exposure system of the D800, it is worth the effort. It works really well once you get to know it.

That's so great to hear, that "..they can take a lot of post processing without giving up quality".
One thing I discovered about the S5 Pro, is how colors reacts differently in LightRoom's Camera Calibration.  Of course that's a given, but what I mean is that if I use anything new: Process 2012 (Current) & Profile Adobe Standard, it really deadens skin tones, especially the lip colors.  This is if it's a wider angle shot, and the person's face is smaller, thus making the lips thin in comparison to the image area.  I think it may be partly due to the fact that the newer process does so well in removing noise, that it inadvertently removes colors from the lips.  Perhaps it's also because of such the unique sensor the S5 Pro has, Adobe doesn't know what to do with it, correctly (like Fuji would).
I'm hoping that above effect won't translate in using the D800 files.  I really want to use the newer calibrations Process, as they have what seems to be better features, and better Profiles, I would think.

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Thank you for your detailed replies!
Take care,
Huy

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