My D800 pics Lots of images

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Lance B
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My D800 pics Lots of images
Apr 18, 2012

Just picked up my D800 today.

Seems as though the AF works perfectly so far. Even used it on my 85mm f1.4G and every shot was spot on focus using either a left or a right or a middle focus point. Happy with this.

There does seem to be a very slight green tinge to the rear LCD, but I am actually thinking this is an auto WB issue as the photos did need a bit of WB correction. I will have to investigate this further. Maybe a firmware upgrade to fix this very minor issue (if it is indeed an issue).

First thing I noticed was that you can feel that it is much lighter than the D700, yet with the same solid feel like the D700. Happy with this.

Shutter noise is more subdued than the D700, more like the D7000 but with extra damping. Happy with this.

AF does seem faster and more precise as I didn't have any misfocus issues that could be attributed to the camera. This is great news especially under the adverse conditions. Very happy with this so far.

Here are a few shots. I normally use Capture One Pro to convert my RAW images, but as they do not have the RAW file for the D800, I decided to convert them to TIFF through NX2 (I don't like NX2 workflow) so please bear with me as these are quick conversions to show the capabilities of the camera.

These were taken at Sydney's Taronga Zoo on possibly the worst day of the year as it has been pelting down with rain most of the day and been very gloomy and dull. Still, it doesn't put off someone with a new toy to test.

Many were taken at ISO6400, noise reduction has been used on some images (Noiseware Professional) some were taken with the 300 f2.8 VRII (first pic with 2x TCIII), some with the 85mm f1.4G and some with the 70-200 f2.8 VRII, but EXIF is included for your information. Most are shown for their high ISO results and crops of them for closer scrutiny.

Model NIKON D800 + 300 f2.8 VRII + 2x TCIII
Focal Length 600 mm
Exposure Time 1/200 sec
Aperture f/6.3
ISO Equivalent 6400

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 300 mm
Exposure Time 1/200 sec
Aperture f/8
ISO Equivalent 6400

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 300 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/8
ISO Equivalent 4000

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 300 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/3.5
ISO Equivalent 720

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 300 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/4.5
ISO Equivalent 800

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 85 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/4.5
ISO Equivalent 4500

Model NIKON D800
Flash Used No
Focal Length 130 mm
Exposure Time 1/250 sec
Aperture f/5
ISO Equivalent 6400

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 130 mm
Exposure Time 1/250 sec
Aperture f/5
ISO Equivalent 6400

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 122 mm
Exposure Time 1/250 sec
Aperture f/5
ISO Equivalent 6400

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 112 mm
Exposure Time 1/200 sec
Aperture f/5
ISO Equivalent 6400

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 300 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/5
ISO Equivalent 1600

Crop of above

This is with the left AF point on the 85mm f1.4G
Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 85 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/2.8
ISO Equivalent 800

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 300 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/5
ISO Equivalent 6400

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 300 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/4
ISO Equivalent 900

heavy crop of above

Model NIKON D800
Focal Length 300 mm
Exposure Time 1/320 sec
Aperture f/5.6
ISO Equivalent 5000

crop of above

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Wow!
In reply to Lance B, Apr 18, 2012

Wow.

Just...

Wow!

I think I injured myself those are so sharp.

Nice photos man, really great!

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Amazing clarity and sharpness but the lion looks like a pupet?? Good luck with your new toy. I'm waiting for mine to arrive in a few days. Would like to see some indoor portraits with flash fired off the ceiling.

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Ease up on the sharpening.
In reply to Lance B, Apr 18, 2012

Your heavy handed sharpening makes for very unattractive aliasing in the hairs and feathers, making for very coarse details.

Will be much more attractive when you use less or a better sharpening technique.

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InTheMist wrote:

Wow.

Just...

Wow!

I think I injured myself those are so sharp.

Nice photos man, really great!

Thank you very much for your nice comments.

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Marc Kraig wrote:

Amazing clarity and sharpness but the lion looks like a pupet?? Good luck with your new toy. I'm waiting for mine to arrive in a few days. Would like to see some indoor portraits with flash fired off the ceiling.

Thank you very much for your nice comments.

Not much of a flash user and no takers for portraits in my house.

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brightcolours wrote:

Your heavy handed sharpening makes for very unattractive aliasing in the hairs and feathers, making for very coarse details.

Will be much more attractive when you use less or a better sharpening technique.

Looks fine to me. Must be your screen.

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In reply to Lance B, Apr 18, 2012

Cool shots.
The lion shots look they are fakes i.e. dead and stuffed

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In reply to Bright Angel, Apr 18, 2012

I want one!!!!!!!!!! Images look excellant on my screen. Boy, the heavily cropped images look imazing to me, I want one!!!!!!! Looks, wet, like in Oregon at this time ugh!!!!! I'm always setting iso of 1600 it seems to get decent shutter speeds. Take care Lance.

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Bright Angel wrote:

Cool shots.
The lion shots look they are fakes i.e. dead and stuffed

Thank you for your nice comments, Mark.

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larrywilson wrote:

I want one!!!!!!!!!! Images look excellant on my screen. Boy, the heavily cropped images look imazing to me, I want one!!!!!!! Looks, wet, like in Oregon at this time ugh!!!!! I'm always setting iso of 1600 it seems to get decent shutter speeds. Take care Lance.

Thank you very much for your nice comments, as always, Larry! Much appreciated!

You take care also, Mate.

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In reply to Lance B, Apr 18, 2012

The 6400 ISO shots are just amazing!
I guess you can even see your self in the animal eyes reflections, can you?
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Had you not included the exif and had me guess what ISO these were shot at, I would have guessed around ISO 800 based on my D700 experience.

I have to run to the drugstore now for band aids.

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dnorth12 wrote:

Had you not included the exif and had me guess what ISO these were shot at, I would have guessed around ISO 800 based on my D700 experience.

It's quite amazing, isn't it!

I have to run to the drugstore now for band aids.

Sorry for the blood sport!

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Cool shots, very well done.

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Ok, that is funny. If your screen does not show the coarse over sharpened aliased structure, it must be really bad. I'm serious, you oversharpen a LOT. Which is not doing the quite nice photos any favours...

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sbill wrote:

The 6400 ISO shots are just amazing!

Not bad, eh?

I guess you can even see your self in the animal eyes reflections, can you?

I might be in there somewhere:

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brightcolours wrote:

Your heavy handed sharpening makes for very unattractive aliasing in the hairs and feathers, making for very coarse details.

Will be much more attractive when you use less or a better sharpening technique.

I was thinking the same thing about the sharpening. In these images, the high sharpening gives the fur a brittle, coarse look.

Of course PP is a personal choice. Less is more, for me. And I only really sharpen to offset softness introduced in resizing an image. I never try to give more acutance than the lens actually produced.

A sharpening technique I've been using is, in the Photoshop menu I select:

  • Image > Mode > LAB color

  • In Channel Palette, I select Lightness

  • Apply Unsharp Mask no more than 50%, with Radius setting varying depending on output size

This article details LAB color sharpening.

http://photo.net/learn/digital-photography-workflow/advanced-photoshop-tutorials/sharpening-in-lab-color/

Anyway, the images themselves are wonderful. Excellent captures, beautiful animals.

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brightcolours wrote:

Ok, that is funny. If your screen does not show the coarse over sharpened aliased structure, it must be really bad. I'm serious, you oversharpen a LOT. Which is not doing the quite nice photos any favours...

LOL. Nothing wrong with my screen and it seems everyone one else seems to like them too.

I use less sharpening on these D800's than I normally do with my D700 and D7000 and they also look fine and nobody comments on them being oversharpened either.

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Cool shots, very well done.

Thank you very much.

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