D800 as a vacation cam?

Started Apr 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jim Trainor Regular Member • Posts: 270
Re: D800 as a vacation cam?

I'm saying YES to your question. I have a D800, which I am now using with my 70-200 VR, 17-35 2.8, Tokina 28-80 2.8 and Nikon 105 2.8 micro. I also have a compact system of a D5100, Sigma 10-20, 50 1.8G, and 18-105. Frankly, for most photos in good lighting you'd be hard pressed to see a difference between the systems.

But the D800 system is the one I'll take on my upcoming vacation to Algonquin Park in Canada, in spite of its greater bulk and weight. Here's why: 1) all the FX advantages (e.g., that big viewfinder delight, after peering down the tunnel on the D5100); 2) big files for beautiful macros; 3) great high ISO capability in dim interiors; and more. There is also a big intangible. The D800 makes me take photography more seriously, challenges me to learn more, makes me willing to lug that tripod around, makes me want to strive for great photos like some of the ones you see here on DP Review. OTOH, with the D5100 I find myself being a more informal snapshooter.

In other words, the D800 offers some real photographic advantages over a more compact system like the D5100, but perhaps more imporantly it's giving me a new outlook on this hobby I love.

 Jim Trainor's gear list:Jim Trainor's gear list
Sony RX100 II Fujifilm X-T1 Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS +1 more
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