D3s vs D800 storm braining

Started Jul 21, 2012 | Discussions
retrogal60s
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Re: What is your need for these camera's?

hi, the video capabilities of the D800 has never for one moment entered the equation in making the decision for me. Not a video fan, do that with my HTC sensation which goes to say it's not my thing. But I can related to your wishes. I am going the D800 way.

chicagois2 wrote:

I'm in the same boat. Looking to upgrade the D700. Currently considering the D800 and the D3s.

I would prefer both.
My wallet does not.

I like the pro build and fast FPS of the d3s.

I like the newness and video features of the D800.

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Re: D3s vs D800 Brainstorming Guidenet

I wish I could see those images. I bet they are stunning. Like I said, I loved my D200 as well. I'm sure the quality is much more the photographer than the lens or camera though.

I kind of chuckled when I read about the privacy agreement. Years ago, I had my attorney brother put together a rather generic contract I still use today. It was created prior to the internet but has a clause in there that says I'll not display any images they've paid for to anyone other than the payer.

So here it is years later and I've got over 500 images on my gallery here, mostly birds and such, but not one of what I do most of the time which is corporate events, properties, and corporate portraiture.
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Re: D3s vs D800 storm braining

anotherMike wrote:

In the "whoa / didn't expect this" column, I'm finding as well that I do LESS work in post than I ever had to before - the ability to pull shadows in the D800E files is nothing less than freakishly amazing, and the sense of life the files have is a breath of fresh air. Didn't expect this aspect of the camera at all, and thus, I'm a happy camper.

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ralphcramdon Senior Member • Posts: 1,170
Re: D3s vs D800 storm braining

AF and dr are noticeably better on the d800

The d3s is better at very high iOS, > 6400

KennethKwok Contributing Member • Posts: 998
Re: D3s vs D800 storm braining

Would someone comment on the "green" LCD please?
Is it really that bad on D800?

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Re: D3s vs D800 storm braining

KennethKwok wrote:

Would someone comment on the "green" LCD please?
Is it really that bad on D800?

I just watched a video of a Canadian wedding photogrpaher who thought the D4 green screen was enough to switch systems. I am pretty sure the D4/D800 have the same screen. If you shoot raw I can't imagine how this would really matter, but I suppose it would be frustrating when looking at your photos during a shoot.

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calson Veteran Member • Posts: 8,578
Re: D3s vs D800 storm braining

Having shot with a D3 for several years and having replaced it with a D800E I can state that the D800E with the battery pack grip is better in every respect except the fps and buffer size in terms of shots that can be stored before writing to the CF card.

That includes the internal commander flash which I love. It is great to be able to trigger a remote flash without having to mount the SU-800 and carry around special backup batteries for it.

With the D800E I can shoot 15 RAW image files before filling up the buffer at which point it takes 15 seconds to clear as the dumb firmware will not let me shoot until the buffer is completely clear again. Hopefully Nikon will fix this in the next release of the firmware for the camera. Personally I never shoot at more than 5 fps and do bursts of 10 shots or less. It is a royal pain to sort through dozens of identical images later and better not to take so many in the first place.

In terms of image quality I was surprised to find that I could shoot JPEGs in high quality with the D800 and enlarge them to 90% of the amount I could do with a D3 RAW file. That makes JPEG's a lot more viable in some settings. It also takes away the fps and buffer limitations of the camera when shooting.

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