POLL - which D800 model would YOU buy

Started Jan 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
Teila Day
Teila Day Veteran Member • Posts: 4,678

CriticalI wrote:

This forum is ample evidence that varied requirements and desires exist for low res, high res, video and non-video solutions. We are all different. People bought lots of D700s (even after video became common) and people bought lots of 5Dmk2s even though the AF was, er, pants).

However, if Nikon could hypothetically make four 800 mark cameras for the same price of say $3500 by mixing and matching parts already developed, which would you choose....?

D800xv: 36MP, 5fps, HD video, D3s metering and AF
D800sv : 16MP, 8fps, HD video, D3s metering and AF
D800x : 36MP, no video, D3s metering and AF, built in GPS, high speed tethering
D800s : 16MP, no video, full D4 metering and AF

Assume build quality similar to D700 and 2 card slots and slower burst rate for x vs. s models because of file size.

Please reply using one of the above model numbers as the subject title. Some of you may want something different but humour me - just list what would be closest to the one you want, and qualify your response in the text.

For printing large 40mp is pretty much the demarkation line to get you into the ballgame if you want to print close to a 280-290 ppi file. This is the area where you hear a lot of people using adjectives instead on quantifying what they consider a "great" print. I like numbers because it cuts out all the bs and gets straight to the point.

36mp will give about 24x16 at 300ppi. Not quite 20x30, but getting there. When printing a photograph of a family of six, their two dogs and a cat, an 8x10, or slightly larger just doesn't give the same impact and is so small for a framed family portrait .

Compare a family portraits printed large (20x30 starts large prints in my mind) taken a larger format camera compared to a D3x, 5d2 or 1DsIII (let alone a D3) and you'll see a difference.

This camera would give a real-world six inches of cropping latitude over a D4. Why not get the shot "right" in the first place correct? (ridiculous argument if I ever heard one) Because I don't want to have to switch lenses while hanging in a harness about the courthouse steps, shooting a bride in her dress with several lenses... not when I can shoot relatively wide, and crop in if needed for composition and still get near 300ppi for the result that prints roughly the size of what I'd get if I used a D4 or 1Dx AFTER cropping. But that's real-world and not forum fodder.

Video clips? Whether location or studio are great selling points as friends/family will look at the results of the shoot... but will watch the actual vid clip over and over again of the strobes popping, the "clack" of the shutter, the fans blowing the model's hair, the various outfits, makeup artists, model getting her hair prepped, etc.. So yes, I want the video as it's worked great for us with the 5d2. The power of video can't be denied as far as I'm concerned.

Metering? I mostly do it with a handheld meter so it's not at all critical for what I'd get this camera for and AF from the D3s would be just peachy for this type of work.
Teila K. Day

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