Got the box last week during the middle of several shoots and wanted to see how the D800 performed in my studio using a 1980s vintage Chimera softbox, SB-900 and PocketWizard to trigger a full power dump.
I'm using my 1990s 85mm PC Micro-Nikkor lens which doesn't communicate well with any of my bodies--Even at f/2.8 it says it's f/51 and varies widely as I turn the aperture dial.
To tweak the tilt of the lens to cover the angle of the silver bucket, I'm using Liveview to zoom in to adjust the focus planes. So far, easier to use the LV than the D300s, D700 and the D3/D3s. A simple push of the button gets me in and out, thus the camera is
I'm using the D800 at 1.2x just to get me a little more room and running the lens about f/18 and ISO 400.
The camera has been set to my preferred settings including 12-bit, compressed raw, auto-balance, etc., similar to the rest of my bodies. Since the photos were also taken with my D3s, this was simply to see how the the D800 would work out in a similar situation. I have not looked at images from both the D3s and D800 side-by-side.
Looking at the embeded images in Photo Mechanic, I can see no issues due to focus and very little diffraction issues. They look sharp! Looking at the ACR 6.7 post-processed image at 100%, all 6144x4080 pixels, I see detail I can only view with a loupe!
First impressions is that with good lenses and good technique, this camera is a winner! Wish I could share the photo, but I don't like to show commissioned work until my client has had a chance to review and choose what he needs! You'll just need to trust me until I've had a chance to shoot my own work which happens when all the paying work is completed...