D700 - Where to go next?

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Re: The OP's lenses would disagree with that...
In reply to bobn2, 4 months ago

bobn2 wrote:

fPrime wrote:

bobn2 wrote:

You talk about the extra 'shot discipline' required but that's about you, not the D800. So, if your shot discipline is good enough for the D700, the D800 is only going to produce better results than that - they might not be all the D800 can deliver, but there'll still be more in the file than the D700 delivered. Improve your 'shot discipline' further and you find the D800 delivers quite astonishing amounts of detail in the file, which in turn gives you more leeway in PP.

Then again, in 1.2x crop mode, still giving a 25MP file, the D800 is a 5FPS camera, same as your D700 without the grip, plus the AF is probably better.

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Bob

I have to disagree with your assessment about AF for the D800 probably being better here. The OP said "new body will be used with 24-70, 14-24 and 80-200 Nikkor zooms, and a 50 1.4D and 85 1.8 AIS". The last two are ultra-fast primes which both professional reviewers and users alike have reported that the D800 PDAF system is inconsistent with.

Well, if 'professional reviewers and users alike' say it, it can't be wrong. can it? On the other hand, it would be a bit strange if Nikon took the Multi CAM 3500 and did a worse job with it after four years, wouldn't it? Have you evr heard of expectation effect?

I'm sorry, Bob, but this is just wrong. If you know anything at all about software development, you should have no doubts whatsoever that a subsequent software release can indeed be much worse than the preceding one, and by improving one thing it is quite easy to break inadvertently something else. So, all these claims about "improved" AF should be taken with a big grain of salt until proven otherwise in practice. It is quite conceivable that the "improved" CAM3500 code branches out into some piece of functionality where the original CAM3500 code never went. We'll most certainly never know, and it is not a given that anyone at Nikon knows that either.

If the OP was doing studio or landscapes with CDAF I'd have no concerns about the D800. But for weddings with fast lenses the focusing capability of the D800 is simply not up to par with the D4, D3s, D3, or even his existing D700.

I don't believe that to be the case. I'd like some hard evidence of it.

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