V1 vs D800 moonshot with same lens

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wornish Regular Member • Posts: 118
V1 vs D800 moonshot with same lens
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The Nikon 1 sensor might be small but it sure is good.

Here are two shots taken over the last two nights using the same lens 80-400mm AF-S set at F8 and 1/200 sec.  One with the V1 + FT1 adapter and the second using my D800.   To be fair the sky wasn't quite as clear on the second night with the D800 but even so the V1 sensor is amazing.  What do you think?

V1 400mm F8 1/200sec

D800  400mm  F8 1/200sec

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MPg1 Regular Member • Posts: 152
Re: V1 vs D800 moonshot with same lens

I think that lens is very good!

The V1 with electronic shutter has a clear advantage reducing vibrations, but to compare really fairly you need to shoot both with the same sky.

I once made an HD video with the V1 and a 500mm lens fixed on a tripod, you see the moon crossing the frame from two opposite corners. Nice and fun to make (had to make a few trials to figure out the motion direction).

Congrats,

Marco

André BARELIER Veteran Member • Posts: 7,173
Re: V1 vs D800 moonshot with same lens

Impressive, albeit the first one is oversharpened IMO, while the second one seems very slightly blurry, or is it my monitor?

I agree that the V1 sensor is really good.

Thanks for sharing.

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JP Scherrer
JP Scherrer Forum Pro • Posts: 10,161
Did you reduce the V1 image....

....or enlarged the D800 one, as in you exemple both images are of the same size, which is not the reality !

Very difficult to compare images that have been manipulated !

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gvk Forum Member • Posts: 66
Re: V1 vs D800 moonshot with same lens

You should be able to get better results using the D800 with that lens. You are correct that the higher pixel density of the V1 will record even more detail with the same lens. Here is a comparison of 100% crops from images that I took a few months ago with the V1 and D800E using a 300 mm f/2.8 with TC-20E III. The V1 shot was taken at ISO 100, 1/80 and f/6.3. The D800E at ISO200, 1/160 and f/6.3.

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wornish OP Regular Member • Posts: 118
Re: V1 vs D800 moonshot with same lens

As I said in my post the two shots were taken on consecutive nights and there was some high thin cloud when I tried with the D800 so I think that was a factor in losing a bit of detail.

I am surprised that even with the TC-20E III you still managed to get superb detail, maybe my next buy.  Although I read that the 80-400 is great with the TC-14 but loses a bit with anything higher.

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