From D800E user need advice

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Parry Johnson
Parry Johnson Senior Member • Posts: 1,971
Re: From D800E user need advice

BrownieVet wrote:

Parry Johnson wrote:

Another thing to consider is lenses. When I upgraded from a D300/D300s to the D800, I spent another $5000 in new lenses (and another $2000 in computers and software). That was a big difference; and although the step isn't as great to the 46MP D850, if you still haven't upgraded older lenses then you will need to do that for sure.

I'm sure you were aware that the DX lenses you used with your D300 are compatible with your D800, although crops to DX format by default.

The majority of my lenses were older FX lenses at that time.  Although they worked well on DX bodies (I still used film cameras as well), they showed limitations or I didn't have "equivalent" lenses for FX format.  E.g. My Tamron 17-50 f2.8 VC was not like the 28-105D I was using with my D800, so I bought the 24-70G.

While you could disable the Auto-DX and shoot in FX format with your DX lenses, you elected to buy FX lenses. Since D800 and D850 are both FX bodies, all the FX lenses you have for your D800 are 100% compatible with the D850, and possible the successor to D850.
As for your computer hardware and software, it depends on what you had before acquiring the D800.
More often than not, many individuals overlooked or ignored the possibility of increasing the RAM and / or avoid running too many multiple apps in the background. Sometime, clearing the cache is a quick remedy to slow computer.

Nope.  Although my old computer worked well for Capture NX2 and PS4 (the programs I had for the D300/S), those software didn't like my D800's big raw files.  I needed an i7 processor and more disk space.  Those programs worked well after the upgrade, and I haven't had any problems since.  (Plus, it was a good excuse to get a new computer.  😉)

Sadly, some computers older than 10 years cannot take the newer (latest) Operating System required by the latest updates to the photo editors. That is a bummer that forces computer hardware upgrade.
I was forced to abandon my Nikon Capture NX-2 when it became incompatible with the OS upgrade to my Apple Mac. But that is another issue separate from the OP's objective.

That's a good reason to try other computers and operating systems such as Linux.  Sometimes the basics programs are all you need, and old standbys like Bibble 5 still work great through Linux.  It depends on your needs.

No matter what, there will need to be changes beside just the body if choosing to get a D850 -- XQD memory cards, card readers, disk space/backup storage...  Prepare to spend more than you might expect.

 Parry Johnson's gear list:Parry Johnson's gear list
Nikon D800 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon D7100 Nikon 1 V3 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF +21 more
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