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My experience with Nikon batteries has been excellent. I have the 8800, D200, and a D700. My oldest camera batteries were made in 2005, and they still take and hold a charge.

Along the way I bought 2 knock off (made in china) brand EN-EL3 batteries that did NOT last 12 months. Both batteries are useless; I can't throw them far enough to reach the landfill.

Naysayers are welcome to their opinions, but my observations support Nikon only batteries. Priceless, albiet higher cost.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2012 at 02:50 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
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Upadhya: Hi Folks, I have a question for all the experts out there.
I am an amateur waiting for my new D800. I currently shoot with a D300 and wanted to upgrade to full frame. Since I wanted full frame with video, D800 is my choice. With that said, I am not a big fan of 36MP. I am in fact a little concerned about the file size. I mostly shoot Jpeg. The biggest two reasons for my upgrade to full frame is better ISO handling and a larger angle of view.

Here is my question:
Since I shoot mostly JPEG, I know I can reduce the file size by reducing the picture quality. But, does reducing picture quality affect ISO? Please advise.

ISO is unaffected by changes to picture resolution.

ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed each play a vital part in determining how much light hits the sensor, and how the final image looks from an artistic viewpoint. The total amount of light determines whether the exposure is within a proper range. Typically, we do not want too much overexposure, or underexposure. However, this is just a standard rule of thumb. Artistic goals often cause a photographer to bend, or even break these rules.

Lastly, spending $3,000 to shoot ONLY Jpeg is to waste a lot of money. You would be wise to build your skills, and experience with a D700, which I have used very successfully for low light, i.e., HIGH ISO shooting for over three years. I don't expect ISO performance to get much better in the D800. Both have excellent ISO processing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2012 at 20:22 UTC
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Buyer beware:

An expensive camera will NOT guarantee better pictures, unless ALL the necessary skills are brought together - alongside a complete set of imaging tools. Invest some money in training workshops, books, and/or other video training materials. Time and practice are obvious requirements.

I can still take excellent pictures using my D200. I have taken about 70,000 pictures - 3 1/2 years with the D700. I've posted about 3,500 good quality images on my website.

That being said, I am waiting for a package containing my new D800E.

Reading Dpreview reviews, and comments from my fellow photographers is getting long in the tooth. Now, I have worries about the autofocusing problems that some have discussed, and how the 36MP resolution and how that will impact my workflow. I always shoot RAW/NEF and will continue to do same.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2012 at 05:47 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies
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munro harrap: Mine has to go back due to serious autofocus problems. The AF is all over the place and taking out of focus pictures of trees with the 14-24 f2.8 when they are 50 metres away and counting is just not funny at all. My focus unit is not doing the face recognition at all either, and I am not alone, so before you pay out the cost of a round the world trip, or two years in India and Nepal, or your kids fees, PLEASE force the retailer to run a series of checks with you there. Snaps of people moving around with Auto AF and 3 dimensional subject matter of a complex kind because it does test cards and walls perfectly! so beware. Mine focusses behind most of the time, or so much in front that nothing is ever quite sharp. Using manual lenses and their distance/depth of field scales though, results are stonkingly good, very good colour. VERY. AF toggle options non-existant-one point, one move at a time, the grouping of D200 days gone, so perfect AF NECESSARY for 100% prints etc. Spock out

I had the same experience with my D700, until I learned how to perform autofocus fine tuning and save the adjustments in the camera body for each lens used. If you do this same homework assignment, you will learn how to fine tune the focus for all of your lenses.

Furthermore, a periodic recheck is advised, especially before important events, or travel plans. Lenses contains electronics and high precision servo motors that need ocassional fine tuning to perform consistently well on each camera body. This must be done for every lens and camera body combination used.

I am betting that you will have tears of joy, after this work is completed.


Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2012 at 18:31 UTC
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