D800 Concerns

Started Sep 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ed Kalama Regular Member • Posts: 169
Re: D800 Concerns

lturnerwa wrote:

Like a number of users out there I'm coming from a DX (D300) to my first FF camera. I have shot test files (in the store) with both D800 and D600 (raw) and worked with them in both LR and PS 6 so I'm aware of the size issues.

I'm a pro-sumer, which means I don't make my living with my camera, however I expect professional results. I shoot everything, landscapes, people, travel, some action like kids playing, birds and animals, not to much sports.

I'm considering renting one for a day but it about $250 a day, it might be money well spent.

You actually sound like me. Even your lenses are pretty much the same as mine. I also upgraded from a D300S to the D800E.

I agree with everything mentioned here. It took me about a week to get confident about using the D800E at the same comfort level as my old D300S. With my D800E it's simply getting the best results with proper techniques, which many times I took for granted when I was shooting with the D300s. The camera literally forced me to go back to the basics and pay attention to anything that would give the best of the best from it.

Here's something I also noticed with the D800E, my need for post processing has somehow declined because I am getting awesome quality straight from the camera. I usually use LR4 to start and then do the finishing touches on my NIK plugins. This time around I can easily get the final processed image just on LR4!

I considered the D600 briefly but knowing myself I would always be asking myself "maybe I should have gone for the D800" BTW, I didn't plan on selling my D300s but guess what, it's been in my camera bag since I received my D800E.

Go for it, if money is not a problem. Eventually you would want the top of the line! Don't waste your money renting the D800. A day with the camera will not help you decide whether you would like it or not.

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