Clyde Thomas: DPReview... This is NOT a lens problem. Three different lenses all showing blurry on the right side. Someone fingered up the SLT mirror. Check your camera. It has be sabotaged. Look at the landscapes taken with a99.
70-400G The entire right side of image is blurred. Center very sharp. Left sharp enough.
16-35 ZA Entire right side of image blurred crazy. Sharp center and left.
ZA 24-70 Wild field curvature on right side. Front grass on right is sharp. Center sharp. Trees at top rear peak sharp. But trees at top right blurred. They should be sharp, being centered between rear trees and forground grass. Image left side is sharp within focus plane.
You're not looking at your samples close enough. Something is wrong here. These misrepresent the camera. Check the SLT mirror and chip for finger smudges. Someone dabbed the mirror or chip with grease. Some previous tester passed along a sabotaged camera to you.
The JCANSSS, the Joint Canon and Nikon Secret Saboteur Society is behind it!!
May be right about the mirror but Sabotage just made me smile...
Tape5: Nikon is the king of resolution and also punches hard at the ISO credentials of Mark III and its video capabilities. This is why people are drooling out there. If it matches Mark III at ISO 12800 or not is irrelevant. It is bad enough that people have to peep to work this out. The brilliant camera that D800 is with resolution, Mark III is not with ISO. But this does not make D800 an instant king of FF photography.
The better camera has always been and will always be the one that is in the hands of a better photographer. Professional photographers here have the upper hand by a massive margin and if they choose the Mark III predominantly, then Mark III will score higher, in that it will be the camera that is more likely to create a larger body of good work for anyone concerned.
This is how the question of which camera is better becomes nonsensical.
Sorry to say but D700 and D3s flew of the shelves where I live. In fact, up until recently, whenever NikonRumors posted that B&H or Adorama had D3S / D700 in store, they went out of stock within a day or two.
ThomasSwitzerland: <reconstructive surgery no matter how 'rudimentary' their 'image' may seem>
Excellent contribution. So we must look to make better pictures and not to buy the gimmicks of industry. Please, who needs Megapixels. We need more devotion to views and perspectives. But anyway, I personally stopped at 16-20 MP; continue to look and try to make better photos. Can also be done quite simply. If we make poor pictures, they even will look worse with 800E or else – what a joke.
I don't want to come across as rude or even want to bash the 5D. Both cameras would do fine in any aspect of photography. To me the D800 with high MP has an edge for wildlife because getting closer isn't an option a lot of times. Carrying larger lenses neither because you often have to crawl to get in position.
A lot of people are impressed with the D800 crop ability and yet, they'll probably never use it beyond reframing their kids in their pictures...
As a Nikon user I'll get a D800 when it becomes available to me but that doesn't mean its the best camera for everyone...
You obviously haven't done enough wildlife shots. Bigger glass is a pain to carry through tundras and swamps. It is much more efficient to have high MPs as long as the quality is there. To me, there is no doubt the D800 will win a lot of wildlife / birding fans. The 5D is awesome but I think the D800 is well suited for those tasks... And landscape. OTOH, I'd probably buy a 5D for weddings.
Sylvain Larive: Please, lets not get this into a D800 vs 5d MK III fanboys (on both sides...)
What value is the 5D if you're a Nikon shooter? What value is the D800 if you're a Canon shooter? Nobody is switching brands and rightfully so, if you've got 3 grand or more invested in glass. Both cameras will be fine and provide great opportunities for their respective owners.
That aside, I'm impressed by the high ISO of the D800. I was expecting the worst and while there will be better cameras for high ISO, it looks like it will be a very good high ISO camera in the end.
Worried mildly about the file size but for longer shoots it might end up being problematic. I've got the computer to handle such files.
My only beef is I'm not sure I will use the extra megapixels. I don't do large prints over 11x14 typically. Not a huge cropper either. I think I'll end up passing over this upgrade but I'll keep my options...
This is typical of all the latest chips using Sony Exmor technology. The D7000, Pentax K5 also had terrific DR. I shoot 99% of my shots between ISO 100 to ISO 800 but there is value for a lot of folks for High ISO shooting and that's fine. The MK III looks like it will win the ISO war this time.
There was a rumor that the D800 would not be PC-E compatible but it has been laid to rest since.
One interesting tidbit is that Samyang will actually come out with a 24mm TS lens. It won't be typical Samyang cheap but quite affordable. Enough for me to consider purchasing one. If it follows the quality of recent Samyang releases, we may be in for a treat!
Please, lets not get this into a D800 vs 5d MK III fanboys (on both sides...)
No offence but why are people who are not going to buy a D800, plan on ever upgrading to a D800 or any Nikon for that matter all over this thread??
Don't you have anything better to do?
How many people really are interesting in selling 4-8 grand worth of lenses and gear and make the switch to the other brand? Not a lot I'll wager. So please keep the comments to what THIS (In case you've forgotten, this is the D800 samples thread) camera can do or not for potential and current Nikon users.
I'm sure there are tons of great posts concerning the 5D MK III discussing the qualities of that camera.
We get it, you feel the need to reaffirm your commitment to some corporation (Nikon or Canon all the same) and bow down to their supremacy. Good for you, please do it somewhere else.
Stanley zheng: At the very beginning I honestly think of getting Nikon d800 because it gives me a little bit better resolution than canon at a cheaper price, but after reading all your nikon fan boy comments, i rather get something else, I am ashamed to be associated with you nut case Nikon Fan boy....
Rest assured, my friend, that Fanboys, no matter their allegiance, are usually idiots. Apple, Android, Nikon, Canon, Samsung... You name it, I'll show you tons of idiocies from their fanboys.
I guess you're only kidding but I dearly hope you're not deciding which camera system to invest 5k, 6k or more dollars based on forum fanboys...
Also, this certainly ain't news to you if you are a strobist, but not all lighting systems are the same... Nikon's CLS is very well regarded as it matters to flexibility, integration and features. Canon just put out new flashes with expanded wireless functions, not exactly sure what they are, I don't own a Canon, sadly (if I could buy all of these cameras I would :P).
pacogwapo: Here's the reason all those canon users are jumping ship. DxO Mark rate and score all Camera's on the market and the No.1 camera is the $40K Phase One IQ180. The new D4 is only loses out by 1 point and the out dated D3x follows the D4 by just one more point. The D3x leaves them all for dust, even the Phase One when it comes to Dynamic Range with an outstanding 13.7 stops, and from what I have researched, the D800 will beat them all for Dynamic Range. So come on over Canon users, the water is great :)
While sensor technology has a bearing on AF accuracy, I don't think it has a huge impact. If Sony P&S do not focus accurately, it isn't because of their Exmor sensors but a poor implementation of AF algorithms and hardware. Nikon has superb AF and they use Sony sensors in many of their designs.
As far as DR go, yes a lens can affect DR, but at heart I believe this is a sensor attribute. Most reviewers will state a DR for each camera, not a camera/lens combo. Obviously DR is affected by ISO settings and other things.
Correct. The value of DXOMarks is there because it is a composite of many different, imperfect scores. I've always felt the overall score is a bit of bragging rights to a lot of users. BTW, I am a Nikon user with a Camera with one of the top scores.
Still, they deserve credit for having their score encompass all major aspects of photography. WAY too many people are blinded by ISO numbers.
Sony deserves some credit for their Exmor Sensor technology. All cameras based on their design have tremendous DR and overall image quality.
Alejandro del Pielago: Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!
I don´t have to switch to Nikon !!!
The only thing that remains is the 5DIII AF. I hope it be really better.
Beside that, IT´S OBVIOUS that the D800 and its 36MP don´t work. Look also at imaging-resource the comparison between 5DIII and D4. The 5DIII ISOs are very clean; impresive !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (And before you Nikki-fans check the samples release your livers...),
Trying to justify yourself a bit much? The MK III Samples so look nice but one can't say its D4 quality. The loss of details and mostly DR at 3200+ is quite evident compared to the D4!
Not saying the MK III won't be good. The samples show it will be great but there's a bit of hype going here a bit....