Interesting concept, and nice to see people are still thinking out of the box in a field that could easily be considered 'wrapped up'.
I'm not overly convinced about the long-term value of the camera in this form, but the science is quite fun. Be good to see what they can achieve when they have more resources - for that alone, I hope it does well.
RubberDials: The first paragraph of this report contains a number of inaccuracies: the first EOS camera was the 650, not the 620 and Canon users may wish their brand had set the blueprint that 'all successive camera systems have followed' but the reality is that it was Minolta who did this two years earlier with the 7000, the first camera to integrate AF, auto advance/rewind and full electronic input of settings.
The Minolta in-body screw AF was also considered superior at the time to the use of motors in the lens which is why Nikon, Pentax and others adopted it and not the Canon system. The all-electronic lens mount with iris motor was developed in the early 1970s by Rollei and has had a slow evolution despite its obvious advantages.
I went to college with that camera & lens (7000). I remember all the other students looking at me like I was some kind of spoiled kid, which I wasn't - I just splurged like any irresponsible student does when they see something shiny, and then starved for a few weeks! :)
Roberto Mettifogo: Extra MP of the D800 are very good to keep resolution high even with DX lenses. That's the main reason the extra MP are there, this allows people coming from DX format Nikon cameras to switch to FullFrame without having to change all DX lenses and always shooting with lot of MP, more than any previous DX Nikon camera.
For videomakers the only real missing part in my opinion is the uncompressed output to be used with external recorders such as Ninja. MP4 is longer to elaborate in post production, and some major color correction / grading software such as DaVinci Resolve crashes when working with MP4. (so far).
I love the in-camera HDR, because I shoot 50% hdr imagery for work. I don't remember if this is available in the D800.
No mention about the video datarate ? how many mbps are there?
No ethernet port ? (no).
We need to see the video results but so far I'm much more impressed by the D800 (for both video/stills use).
Well with a bit more digging, it doesn't look so bright for the D800. According to Nikon's website, the PC-E range aren't compatible with the D800 body.
Which is very strange given that some of the samples (such as the link below) are very obviously taken with a TS lens.
(And why do manufacturers always put such poor quality samples up?)
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I'm a 7D owner, and I resisted the 5D Mark II because a friend had one, and wished he'd waited for the 7D himself. Now, I love my camera - the only thing I generally want to improve is the ISO performance and add full frame, so on paper this looks almost perfect for me. Most of my photography is landscape, and I do a lot of texture photography (3D artist by day).
The D800 has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works though, as that extra MP could prove a bonus for the texture work. The only thing holding me back is glass...I don't mind buying new lenses, or even living in both Canon + Nikon ecosystems (not a fanboy). However, I've been planning on buying the 24mm TS-E II lens. I've scoured the net for reviews and opinions, and it seems there's nothing even close for Nikons (top-level sharpness across the frame is a big attraction for detailed texture sourcing). Is this still the case?
Thanks for the links - I've looked at that lens too in my searches: It's a really tough call, the Canon lens is a bit more flexible and there are more samples available. The Nikkor, despite being slightly cheaper, is extremely rare in comparison. I think it's more a case of confidence... the Nikkor only works with a few bodies too, so getting demos of it is even harder again.
Oh well, I have a month or so to decide. I secretly want to get a D800 over the 5D III because it seems to be more progressive, but it's always that question: "what am I missing". I think I'll be patient and decide based on the final camera reviews.
What I'd *really* like to see is a WIFI SDK/API. But that's another topic entirely...
Re. HDR... looks like a naff Photoshop preset. Surely it has customisable tone mapping? (I don't consider this to be a major thing anyway, I prefer to create my HDR images on a big screen w/calibration).
I'm quite curious about the suggested additional processing by the new chipset, i.e. CA reduction, and if that offers greater benefit than the extra MP resolution, but I guess the only way we'll get answers is when we see get to samples. Might mean nothing for video of course (the description /seemed/ to imply the improvement was for jpeg shots only).
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