Best body for birding.

Started Oct 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
engbert Senior Member • Posts: 2,588
Re: Best body for birding.

Some people have guessed that if you crop a d800e to DX size, either in camera or later, then you have the same image as you would have captured with a d7000.

This is not true.  The sensor in the d800 or d800e is much more advanced, and I get a much better picture with my d800e.

The AF, especially for birds in flight is much better, and even if you plan to crop the extra field of view helps catch the bird.

The high iso performance is astonishing, so that you will routinely use iso 3200 or 6400 for wildlife.  Auto iso is also very useful.

I usually use the full FX mode and crop in Lightroom, but if storage is a problem you can set up one of the programmable buttons - AE lock, preview or function, to allow you to switch quickly in the field, and in menu reduce the 5 choices for the button to the formats you are likely to use.

I would recommend the d800e before your trip!

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