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Additional Nikon D800/D800E coverage

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Some additional Nikon D800/D800E coverage from around the Web:

  • Another promo video shot with a D800:

  • More D800 hands-on videos:

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  • PixPix

    Well i am puzzled because this D800 is at the same price level (or close) to a second hand D3S.. I do mainly street photography (documentary) and travel pictures (candid portraits). D800 seems to have a nice AF system and correct ISO (i don’t need HDVideo) and D3S is still a killer beast. What you think?

    My initial thought was to buy a D800 which was a “limited” D4 but now ..i am with a D3x against a D3S .

    • http://StevenGeorges.com Steven Georges

      D3.
      I’m not aware of any D3s’ (in good condition) that are going for anywhere near $3,000. (U.S. dollars)

      The decision is simple

      D4 – Unreal high ISO quality – high fps – great follow focus at 10 fps – in a rugged body that will see fewer trips to the repair shop.

      D800 – More that twice the MP’s – less than two thirds the price of a D4 (with grip) – in a smaller lighter body.

      There are many other features not the least of which is XQD vs. SD, but I think those are the highlights.

      The D3x & D3s (last week and today) are both overpriced compared to the D4 and D800. What will they be going for next week/month? Who knows.

  • Matteo

    I have to say thank you NR for the impeccable way in which you have kept track of the whole D800 story from its origins till now that the waiting is over and my dream has come true. You’ve done a great job!

  • sgts

    I will be having ice cream and jelly when i get my d800

  • maaggy

    O.K. Nikon, now I want D800s – 17MP sensor !

  • http://blog.adambavier.com Adam Bavier

    Who shoots NEF files uncompressed? There is a lossless compressed option that doesn’t slow the camera down and there is no loss in data. Atleast this is how it works on my D300S. Since the lossless compressed is less data, the buffer clears faster and is a benefit when highspeed shooting and in getting more photos per memory card.

    Just questioning the need to even state this specification of 75MB for uncompressed NEF.

    • Richard

      Adam,

      There are occasions when you simply have to rebalance your choices. I have a D7000. As I recall it, it will do 10 frames before the buffer fills when set to 14-bit lossless compression and 15 frames before the buffer fills when set to 12-bit lossy compression. When shooting an air show I feel that I need the extra frames because you don’t get a lot of chances when the aircraft comes by at 500 knots and there is less compromise than shooting JPEGs and greater flexibility in post. Even when an aircraft is not moving that rapidly, the right moment is very fleeting and so frame rates and buffers do matter.

      Cheers

      • STRB

        I think you misunderstood Adam. He was asking about “uncompressed vs. lossless compression”, and not about “lossy compression vs. lossless compression”.

        • Richard

          STRB,

          I understood that his comment was about uncompressed NEF files compared to lossless compressed files. I was simply observing that the throughput of the camera may suggest different choices in different circumstances. In Adam’s example there really is no penalty that I know of for using the lossless compression and benefits to be had.

          With my lesser camera I was forced to choose between a 12-bit lossy compression or an 8-bit (even more lossy) JPEG to get the frame rate up for an air show. It was a matter of being able to get the shot without “hitting the wall” on buffer fill.

          Thanks and regards,
          Richard

          • http://www.seanmolin.com Sean Molin

            According to Thom Hogan and my own observations, there is NO… not a SINGLE advantage to using lossless over lossless uncompressed.

            As far as 12-bit vs 14-bit… Anytime I’m shooting a subject with smooth gradients (sky) I can most certainly tell a difference. I will leave it at 14-bit unless I absolutely need the extra buffer. On a D700 this was a non-issue, but the D300/s slows down to 2fps at 14-bit.

            • http://www.seanmolin.com Sean Molin

              …and of course I meant “lossless over lossless compressed.”

            • Rob

              And how do you print 14 bit images?

            • Zeppo

              A bit at a time.

            • Charlie’s Brother

              Charlie bit me!

            • TheInconvenientRuth

              I saw what you did there :D

            • Jesus_sti

              Rob

              Epson and canon say they can print 16 bit color format … they say I never see the difference.

              But 14-bit is more info for your post editing process. You know almost every times your’e doing womething on photoshop it scrap a little bit the image. So more you have info at the begining more you can do a better photoshop work.

              Sorry for the my english

      • Adam Bavier

        Richard,

        That is an excellent reason to use the lossy raw option, because it is better than the JPG option and gets you a few more frames in the buffer!

        My comment boiled down to, “Why even have an uncompressed NEF option when there is lossless compressed?” I think it is a remnant of the programmers keeping it there from a time when the compression wasn’t an option. I can understand the TIF or JPG because it can be immediately loaded up, but as soon as you use NEF you have to go through the raw workflow. With NEF, I feel it should be lossy or lossless compressed.

        • Richard

          Adam,

          I completely agree with you. The uncompressed NEF was probably just left there because nobody thought about it. If it gets dropped no one is harmed, the performance of the camera is improved (presumably the lossless compression will be the default setting) and there is even a little bit of firmware space left over for those crafty engineers to use for some other neat feature.

          Cheers!

          • RK

            The uncompressed raw files are actually tiff files (as tiff is kind of like a container format such as mkv for videos). The difference between un-comp. NEF and the tiff option primarily being that the one labelled tiff has been demosaiced. Doesn’t quite explain the purpose of the file un-comp NEF type but makes it seem slightly more logical.

            • Pdf Ninja

              Every RAW file that I’ve seen is based on the TIFF file format. RAW is basically a modified TIFF. That includes Nikon (NEF), Canon (CR2), Sony (ARW). The TIFF container is used as a skeleton, to encapsulate tagged directory entries. Of course the interpretation of the data inside is proprietary and different than vanilla TIFF. Image representations are very different, images are not RGB, but Bayer arrangement, and the white balance data are encrypted (in NEF). But still, each RAW has an embedded JPEG inside, which makes the file like a JPEG TIFF, if you will.

        • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

          “My comment boiled down to, “Why even have an uncompressed NEF option when there is lossless compressed?”

          Adam,

          There are basically two reasons:

          1. Safety / Insurance

          Nikon compression is not lossless. It is ‘visually’ lossless. Meaning it is lossy, but not lossy enough to be noticed by the normal human eye.

          Nikon is understandably very conservative about discovering years down the road that ‘lossless’ wasn’t quite as lossless as they thought.

          Or that it has some other problems unforeseen at the time. It’s much better to have uncompressed available for any customers that have more peace of mind when using RAW files if they don’t want to take any chances.

          2. Standardization

          Compression, be it lossy or ‘visually lossless’, varies from image to image. An uncompressed RAW file is one standard size frame to frame. A compressed file can be a wide range of sizes from one frame to another depending on what you’re shooting. Not all subject matter compressed equally.

          • Zeppo

            Robert Ash said: Nikon compression is not lossless. It is ‘visually’ lossless.

            This statement is only half true. There are three selections: uncompressed (lossless by definition), lossless compressed (the data is compressed – using huffman coding – and there is no loss at all when it is uncompressed) and lossy compression (where a non-linear curve is used – similar to a gamma curve – to reduce the number of bits needed to code for a given dynamic range). The third option is the ‘visually lossless’ one.

            • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

              Cool. Thanks for clarifying.

            • Richard

              RK & Zeppo,

              Thanks for the explanation.

      • Henri De Vreese

        I think you missunderstood the D7000 thing, my D7000 can shoot 60 frames @ 6 frames /sec in NEF, it is just your SD card that makes the difference, I have a Sandisk Extreme Pro 32GB (45MB/sec) and it is the best SD card on the market and worth its money.

  • Hermann Kloeti

    Nikon has offered us a super range of fabulous tools, I don’t understand why there’s such a lot of whingeing. Go and buy whatever model suits you and then BLOODY WELL GET ON YER HIND LEGS and go and take those pics. Cause that’s what it’s all about.
    On a slightly more lugubrious note: Anyone else out there whose RAM is not up to the task any longer? Lockstep progress…..

  • GEO

    nikon d800 L- 36.2MP M – 20.3 MP ? ?? ( M-18MP) S-9 MP

  • Levi H

    Could downsampling the image to a lower MP count actually reduce noise at higher ISO? Someone mentioned it earlier and I’m wondering if that even makes sense. If it does, that’s pretty good news to me!

    The best features on this camera is the new focusing / metering system from the D4!

    • big m

      I was wondering the exact same thing. Anyway, I have just pre-ordered my D800E

    • STRB
      • Richard

        STRB,

        That’s an interesting article and a good find. Thanks for posting it.

        I think the “!” somehow dropped off of the active link and so I will try reposting it here.

        http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Publications/DxOMark-Insights/More-pixels-offset-noise!

        • Richard

          No luck.

          Just copy and paste to include the exclamation point and it will work.

      • iamlucky13

        I fully believe their conclusions for luminance noise and the resulting preservation of fine details and dynamic range at high ISO’s. Indeed, that is exactly the case DXOmark’s article and math address.

        However, I’m still uncertain whether that claim really holds for chroma noise, which that article does not address at all.

        The effect on details from the chroma aspect of noise is not theoretically any worse than of the luminance aspect. However, it does affect the color rendition, with randomly thrown in points of red, green, and blue causing color fields to tend towards grey or brown as chroma noise increases.

        If you merely resize, without attempting to reduce chroma noise, you therefore end up with worse color fidelity from the camera with a higher pixel density, even though the effect on resolution is smaller.

        Where my uncertainty lies is whether it’s theoretically possible to reduce this color muting effect using noise reduction algorithms to result in better overall chroma control in the higher resolution camera.

        My gut says the same amount of photometric data should be there, simply divided into better spatial measurement, so it’s just a matter of extra processing. Indeed, the bigger advance in noise performance over the last 4-5 years seem to be in correcting chroma noise rather than absolute signal-to-noise ratio.

        But I’ve never seen a detailed analysis of resolution vs. the chroma aspect noise confirming this, as DXO does with luminance noise.

    • yo
    • http://www.seanmolin.com Sean Molin

      Just here to throw another “correct” on the fire.

    • big m

      just one more question:
      are we talking about post processing downsampling on a computer or about downsampling by choosing the m or s option in the camera and thus creating 20.2 or 9 MP pictures in the first place?
      Would that “in camera” downsampling improve ISO performance (i.e. less noise or light sensitivity) at hight ISO values? I’m not sure I understand this correclty.

  • Been there guy

    For those whiners, if D800 didn’t shut your pie hole, you need to move to the moon.

    You are not welcome at NR!

    If 36mp is too much file for your little 10 years old computer to process, its time to upgrade them too!

    If you worry about the motion blur from D800, then its time to horn your skills!

    If you worry about the moire, don’t buy the D800E!

    Now, the rest of us just cannot wait to have our packages shipped.

    • 12yo probably

      *giggle* “packages shipped” *giggle*

    • PeterO

      No matter what, there will always be whiners – especially the ones who think that Nikon should be building a camera to suit all of their wants or they will be disappointed.
      (PS It’s hone not horn)

      • Been there guy

        You are right.

        Those are not photographers, they always will complaint about missing that one illusive museum piece because with whatever gears they got, they just can’t quite get it right! Today, it is Nikon D800, it cannot do what they wanted it to do for them. Tomorrow, it will be a Canon that couldn’t quite match their needs!

        Those are a day late, a dollar short type of people.

        Anyway, I am done with NR for now, I got what I was looking for, and wishing the whiners find their match sometime between now and forever.

        • btdown

          ok..but come on… 4fps? That’s flat-out ridiculous…That alone is a deal killer. And for me, the D4 is overkill. So, wtf do I do now?

          • Rob

            Buy a used D3

          • mikils

            buy the battery pack and shoot in DX crop; who’s going to notice?

            And besides, how spoiled are we become? We deem fit to complain about a shot every 0.25 seconds? come on!

    • shay

      “horn your skills” ????? ba hahahaha

    • Anonee

      Horn or Hone?

  • http://www.giulianoottaviani.com giuliano

    is there anyone how know or can figure out the compatibility between this body and the pc-e lenses?

    • Ebzzt

      no tilting / shifting according to this page:

      http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d800/compatibility02.htm

      • sand

        PCE lenses do not meter, autofocus and are completely manual focus with all the cameras including D800. SO nothing new here. Only thing needs to know is whether complete vertical motion is still problematic which will be known when people start using it.

        • Ryan

          I’ve been trying to compare images from dpreview for the d700 and d800 and I’m not seeing much if any extra clearance. Maybe 1mm. I’m a little disappointed because I love my 24mm PC-E on my D300 and was looking forwards to using it on a D800.

          • Luis

            My 24 PC-E on my D700 works ALMOST perfectly. The only time it touches the prism housing is when it is shifted all of the way and you rotate it. It could use about 1 more mm of clearance.

            Looking at the D800 photos it appears that the prism housing is placed just a tad farther from the lens mount. If it has even 1 more mm of clearance over the D700 then the 24 should work unhindered on it.

      • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

        If you look on that page in that table under Focus > M (i.e., Manual) it looks like the PC-E Nikkors are compatible. And manual metering as well, it seems.

        I certainly hope so, all-manual is fine with me. if the lenses can be used, period. I intend to check w/ Nikon (or rent a PC-E lens and try it myself w/ a D800E).

        Thanks for bringing up this topic.

        • Richard

          We will have to see, but the metering should work accurately in manual before the lens is tilted/shifted. Once the lens is repositioned meter readings are generally no longer accurate. I hope there is sufficient clearance to all full movement of the PC-E lenses.

  • geo

    AF Area Mode Selector mising ?

  • gnk

    Admin, can you confirm that the D800 is indeed manufactured in Japan ? Various Internet sources seem to say that manufacturing is in Thailand.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I was told it’s made in Japan

  • broxibear

    Maybe the D800 isn’t being made in Sendai but a different Japanese plant ?…
    “Nikon UK has said that the D800 will be made at a single factory in Japan, but has not yet confirmed where in the country the plant is based.
    Last year Nikon was forced to shut down its production facilities in northern Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disaster.
    Nikon’s plant at Sendai is famed for producing flagship DSLRs such as the D700.”
    http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/Nikon_confirms_D800_and_D800E_to_be_made_in_Japan_update_845pm_news_311332.html

  • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

    We will need 2-3 times more the hard disk space for those pixels….75mb for one .NEF O_o;

  • Chandra

    Amazon is not taking pre-orders anymore. WOW!!!!

  • scott

    Is the D800 as good for sports as the D700 was?

    • mikils

      Sport is actually one of the very few activities where a requirements of more than 4-6 fps is justified. D4 is the one, or just buy a D3s. No, I won’t sell you mine!

  • Up $#!t’s creek!

    just told my wife what i ordered…. she just justified her next shopping spree :(

    • kevin

      I havnt order it yet, my wife is already yelling at me!

  • alvix

    I didnt see the 85 1.4G in action with the portraits…I’d really like to see its behaviour…better for sure then 24-70 @70 .. (?)

    • http://www.seanmolin.com Sean Molin

      While it totally depends on your subject, a longer focal length tends to be more pleasing for portraits because it compresses facial features. I much prefer 85 to 50 or even 70mm.

      For my style, I need the larger aperture of the f/1.4. The 24-70 is f/2.8 is both two stops slower and doesn’t give that ultra-dreamy look that looks good on women.

    • Jabs

      Look here for some 85mm F1.4 portraits

      http://cliffmautner.typepad.com/

      • ykh

        Download those pix and look at the metadata, you’ll see they were not shot by 85mm f/1.4G. The focus length used was 190mm. it was probably 70-200mm.

  • R!

    This grandpa think is cool or what pfff!!!!!!

  • Please Tell Me

    Admin is there any under 30mm 1.8 AS-F primes in the future?
    Particularly a 20 or 24 1.8.

    Thank you.

  • http://jaysonknight.com Jayson Knight

    Can someone tell what the advantage of having 2 different types of storage media cards is? E.g. this camera has 1 SD and 1 CF slot. I am not a pro, I shoot on a D7000 which has 2 SD slots, which seems like a better solution since CF format is older and slower (from what I’ve read at least). It just seems more logical to use the same format cards for dual card bodies. Many thanks.

    • Zeppo

      Having two cards in different formats does a couple of things.
      It saves internal space inside the camera body (CF cards are huge compared to SD). This leaves more space for electronics.

      Having two formats allows the photographer to shoot NEFs on the CF card and JPEGs on the SD card. Many laptops will support an SD slot but not so many support CF. Reviewing shots in the field is easier with SD and JPEGs. CF cards are available at higher capacities than SD cards due to their larger internal volume. CF cards are faster and are available at 100 MB/sec for transferring huge NEFs.

      • http://jaysonknight.com Jayson Knight

        Thank you for that explanation…I thought CF was slower than SD (I usually shoot my D7000 with RAW+JPEG for convenience, but for paying gigs I shoot the 2nd SD as backup for redundancy). I’m assuming that since the D800 body is larger, they use the CF slot b/c they have more room…this would not be practical in a DX body, though IIRC the D300s also has CF + SD instead of 2 SD’s). I’ve been shooting for decades (35mm and MF) but just got my first DSLR about a year ago, learning all the tech behind it is a painstaking process…and I’m a software engineer by trade! I’m amazed at how technical shooting is now, but am enjoying the learning curve!

        • http://jaysonknight.com Jayson Knight

          Btw, replace SD in my above posts with SDHC, but I’m assuming the benefits of CF still hold true even against SDHC. I use class 10 SDHC cards, and when shooting in RAW, my buffer gets full very quickly. Is there a way around this w/o having to shoot JPEG?

          • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

            No. The only way to help is shoot smaller images, e.g. shoot compressed, shoot in DX mode or 4:3 (assuming the D800 crops in-camera) or JPEG, etc. The buffer in a camera is like the buffer in any other computer – it has a hard limit.

            “…learning all the tech behind it is a painstaking process…and I’m a software engineer by trade!”

            I feel your pain. That’s my background too. And if you think this is complicated, just wait until you want to get better at Photoshop :tongue:

            • http://jaysonknight.com Jayson Knight

              Yeah photoshop is giving me fits, but am very comfortable in lightroom (since most of the concepts transition nicely from working in an actual darkroom for many years)…I do about 90% of my post-processing in lightroom. I use PS for HDR stuff and some lightweight pixel manipulation. I miss film, and of course have taken a ton of P&S digicam photos. Old dog, new tricks. Even though I’m not that old. Just wrapping my head around all the new technology, and the acronym soup.

              Admin (et al): Is there a way to get email updates to responses on comment posts, i.e. I don’t have to manually check my comment posts to see if someone has replied? I’m new on this site, so forgive me if there is something like that in place and I don’t see it! And if there isn’t, there should be.

          • Jabs

            @Jayson Knight

            When you post look below the Window for – Notify me of follow up comments via e-mail

            Nice discussion too!

  • ericnl

    wow, really? not we have users telling others “you are not welcome on NR”, just because they were hoping for a different type of camera?

    the upgrade that “the whiners” were hoping for was a 24MP camera, with modern tech and video capabilities that had improved ISO over the four year old D700.

    I know that there is the D4 for that. the only problem is that the D4 might be too big, too heavy and too expensive for those that were hoping for that D700 upgrade.

    yes, even with the massive increase of pixels the ISO of the D800 seems to be on par with the D700 and the D7000 (as in: it is not worse), but is it weird to hope that after four years of development we’d get at least another stop on top of the D700′s iso range??

    if the D3s could do that, why can’t the D800?

    • Rob

      Exactly

      All my Nikons I have either bought a battery pack or the camera came with a grip. And there was this big camera bag which contained all the lenses which were never all used.

      Now when I use the cameras without any extras to reduce the weight. Take 1 or 2 lenses to cover the job and travel with a bum bag to carry the extra lens.

      For one I am glad there is now a 100g lighter.

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      Soon, my impatient ones. Soon…

      Just 3 more months and you’ll be jumping through the roof ;)

      • ericnl

        are you talking about the illustrious “D700s” that some people have reported having seen in real life?? (somebody here on NR even claimed to have seen the box for it)

        and if so, then where are you getting the 3 months from?

        (I’ll start practice my jumping skills) :)

        • TheInconvenientRuth

          Christmas isn’t over yet…
          There’s 2 more big pressies to unwrap.
          Soon, my precious, sooon…
          Anyone who whines, moans, complains after that, DESERVES to use Canon. Or burn in hell. Or both…
          Here in China it is the Year of the Dragon, but they’ve got it wrong..
          T’is the Year of the Nikon!

          No info on lenses though…
          Where’s my 105/2.0 without purple fringing in oof areas Santa?!?!?!

  • Ray

    Peter, when you state Amazon is sold out, does this mean every pre-order they accepted will equal their initial order from Nikon. Did they limit their pre-order limit to the known number they will be receiving as the initial receipt or did they take more. I noticed they were sold out of the d4 much earlier, like an hour after announcement. Just curious because I pre-ordered at Amazon at 1:30 am last night.

  • Ray

    I always look at canon rumors too, don’t ask me why, i shoot Nikon only, but they did post about the D4 but are all quiet about the D800….I think nikon stole their thunder…..lol….what’s wrong cat got your tongue……lol

  • kevin

    does anyone know how do i connect the USB 3.0 from d800 to my thunderbolt macbook pro ?

    • Steve

      The same way you connect any USB cable. It’s backward compatible with your Macbook’s USB 2.0 port. You will just get the 2.0 speed instead of the 3.0 speed.

      • kevin

        if i remember correctly, USB 2.0 transfer at 24MB/s. If i can connect it to thunderbolt, i could transfer 3 times faster. :(

        • Dixie

          Thunderbolt is so rare that it is be very unlikely that any camera maker would implement it.

          My laptop has 2 USB3 ports, so I’m very happy for that feature. And with D4 I could use ethernet.

  • ukj

    When is the 16-85mm f4 coming out?

    • benibuzdugan

      Exactly my thoughts!

  • Dave

    I ordered the “E” – I installed the latest NX2 demo curious how well it performed on images from my d7k.. I have to say NX2 make my computer feel like a 486! If there are a lot of moiré issues that need fixing on the “E” there has to be a better solution than NX2.. it has to be the most unoptimized piece of image processing code ever written!

    • Banksie

      Don’t bother with NX2. The new Lightroom 4 beta is now available and it has a moire local adjustment tool. And by the time it’s complete I’m sure they will have it tuned to work specifically with the D800E.

    • ykh

      Nikon guys are not too good at programming, i must say. it took so looooong for Capture Nx2 to have a 64-bit version. but this new version is much faster than the 32-bit version.

    • Luis

      Good video on how to remove moire in PhotoShop, even luminance moire.

      http://vimeo.com/23508129

  • Cesar

    Funny how you see this man shooting with a 24-120 all the time, while he uses the most crazy expensive lenses for the real shots.. (see his blog)

  • sls

    I’ve created a survey to get an idea of which new pro Nikon or Canon DSLR people are interested in buying.

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X22V26X

  • gncl

    Haven’t been following the comments so this may have already been covered, but what sort of auto sensor cleaning does the D800/D800E have? Cheers

  • francesco
    • leonardo

      Hi ISO samples!!!!!!!

    • sand

      Not bad at all…Can easily use 3200…even 6400…

    • The Manatee

      Nice, thanks!

    • The Manatee

      These are not bad at all. Much better than I had expected.

    • The Manatee

      Admin should add a link to these.

  • http://www.tomjose.com Tom

    Congrats! Admin:)

    You did a great job on Nikon D800 related news. I think you have to change the nikonrumors
    to nikonfacts.com…:) cose they were all became facts…

    Hats Off…

  • Mills

    I am really puzzled because the second hand D3S is at the price of the D800..can’t wait for the low lights tests :)

  • Encok

    D400 should stay at 12mp…..anyone with me ?

    • PeterO

      My guess is 16mp like the D7000

      • TheInconvenientRuth

        Nope, it’ll be 20.4

  • Don

    Other than the extra $300, if I’m not going to shoot video, is there ANY reason not to get the “E” version? What I’m thinking is that if there was no video in this camera they would have only produced the E version. Also, isn’t the sensor actually different in that each photo site read R, G, & B? Isn’t that really what makes it more expensive?

    Don

    • The Manatee

      This has been discussed at length. You’ll experience moire on the E whether or not you shoot video. Even the Nikon reps acknowledge that the difference between E and non-E are basically non-existent except in certain circumstances. I’d rather not have to deal with moire removal in post processing. I’m sure the 800 will be as sharp as I need it to be even with the AA filter.

  • Henrik

    Can anybody tell what kind of lens Rob Van Petten is using in the beginning of the studio shoot video? To me it looks like some kind of DX kit zoom but I guess I must be mistaken.

    If you know, please enlighten me!

  • FX DX

    Can’t believe that real photographers and hobbyist like me are paying this much to deal with this kind of shit. I am glad I don’t do this for living.

    http://youtu.be/niyTIbiV19A

  • Don

    Thanks… for nothing. After all that “discussion at length” that’s the recap? It’s not much better except in “certain situations” and everyone will have to deal with potiential morie. So, tell me, Why would anyone evrr buy an E?

    • The Manatee

      Can’t help it if you can’t comprehend a simple issue. How does EVERYONE have to deal with potential moire? You ONLY have to deal with it if you have the E version as this is the version that has the OLPF removed. If you want greater sharpness and don’t mind having to remove moire in post production then by all means get the 800E. Otherwise the D800 is sufficient for almost everyone else as the filter eliminates moire. Understood? Try Google if you don’t get it. It’s not that complicated.

      • Don

        I get what you are saying, I just think there is probably a lot you are missing, ergo your simplified answer. Your answer also semms like it’s based more on your opinion of the benefits vs. fact.

  • Marco Polo

    question for Admin:
    any body have thought about the future generation of big TV and Monitors? During the CES in Los Angeles we saw TV at 4K pixel in TV on 48 inch. That means that most of the photos of 12 to 24 mega pixel wil look small on those TV. Wont they?
    Is this a reason of why Nikon is pushing for such a high definition?

    • Jabs

      4K is a Cinematic resolution and the Nikon D3 Series, D700, D4 and D800 in FX, all have Photographic resolution above this already.

      1920×1080 is HD resolution and close to 2K Cinematic Resolution.

      4K Monitors will then be better able to show the full image from a digital camera, but you probably would not want to use them at their native resolution on your desktop in Windows, Linux or OS-X, as the icons, fonts, text boxes etc. would probably be way too small.

      What many people in the Industry now do is that they have a monitor of lesser resolution to view or work from as their desktop and then their second or third monitor is to display High resolution images or content.

  • BeanyPic

    Nice camera. But Nikon have overdone themselves with the MP’s and for this reason I will not be looking at this model when I look at replacing my Camera later this year. Pity…

  • http://www.objektive24.de/objektive/Nikon/ Seb

    I think the video options of the D800 are great! Makes it a great allround Camera.

  • Gianpiero

    WooW WooW WooW!!
    This camera is GREAT and the video… O M G ! :-)
    I’m actually using a Nikon CoolPix L310 (http://nikoncoolpixl310.com)
    Is really the BEST COMPACT CAMERA actually!!
    very affordable price and TOP QUALITY!
    But, maybe I’ll think about buying a D800 ;-D

    Cheers!!!

  • Gianpiero

    Really a great camera, just love it!

    I’m actually fall in love with mine Nikon CoolPix L310 (http://nikoncoolpixl310.com) maybe is not an higher level like D800, but it’s really GREAT.

    The 21x Optical Zoom are awesome.

    By the way, a friend of mine bought a D800 some weeks ago and I can confirm that is a very GREAT and professional camera but is really expensive (2,500$+).
    I’m an Amateur Photographer that because I choose L310 (200$).

    Thank you for this article, very great informations ;-)

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