Guest post: Nikon D800 goes wild in Africa

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Today's guest post is by Roie Galitz (website | Facebook) on his recent trip to Tanzania (click on images for larger view):

Tanzania is one of my favorite places in the world. The incredible planes of the Serengeti and the little brothers of mount Kilimanjaro are home to the great natural wildlife as it has been for millions of years. For me it is an amazing experience, going there year after year is a dream come true and an opportunity for many wonderful experiences and images. Africa never stops surprising and amazing me and every day is an uncharted journey with countless opportunities.

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I have started with the D300, moved on to D3s, D4 and the D800. Which is my favorite? You probably want to know. Actually the big competition is between the D4 and the D800. Speed vs. Quality. With both cameras on me I could have a choice and I choose quality, aka D800. Sure, it’s much slower than the speedy D4. But when it comes to quality – the D800 outperformed big-time.

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The D800 is capable of wonderful 1080p video and Tanzania has given me many opportunities to capture. Here is a video with some of the best moments I managed to capture with my D800 and a wide choice of lenses – Nikon 500mm F/4 VR, Nikon 80-400mm AF-S, Nikon 24-70 F/2.8, Nikon 16-35 F/4 and Nikon 14-24 F/2.8:

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  • Maji

    Lovely images. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Karm

    Fantastic work.

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  • Ajit

    haha nice! Lovely pics!

    I just came back from Kenya and Tanzania myself but haven’t had time to edit pics yet but I was shooting the D800 with the new 80-400 mostly.

  • Amazing colours and e dynamic range captured makes the images really pop.. Just wondering what programs did you use to edit?

    • LQJ

      Don’t think he used a grad, post or filter. Looks more like a polarizing filter to me.

    • Roie Galitz

      I used polarizing filter and post processing in photoshop.

  • Steve Wakeman

    Wow, awesome set of shots!

  • js200022

    Awesome pictures. Great job.

  • joe

    Very nice!!

  • Shane Baker

    Sheeet. I’ve gotta start doing more with my D800! Great work.

  • ShaoLynx

    Those pictures are freaking awesome, dude!
    You should enter some FIAP contests: you’d be M-FIAP in no time…

    • Roie Galitz

      thank you my friend.


    Discussing pictures on NR??
    Going off subject here aren’t we?

    • umeshrw

      NR always did guest posts whenever rumours were slow in coming. Atleast something new keeps on coming . Just my opinion.

      • Correct. And this time the rumors are really slow. My mailbox is empty. Either there is nothing interesting coming soon or Nikon have completely changed the way they release new products.

        • Ian Dangerzone

          as an aside i totally support blog posts like this as they enrich the content.

  • jk

    love the first 2 photos , they are beautiful!

  • Knut-Sverre Horn

    Nice video, but as photographers we should be very particular about giving due credit also to composers. Who made the music for this video?

    • Roie Galitz

      Thanks. the music is Life of Africa from Audio Jungle a stock music I bought for this video.

  • peteee363

    who would have thought, a photographer would choose quality over speed? my point exactly. while the d4 has some impressive features, the d800 has the edge in quality of image. one question to the guest, were you using the d800, or d800e?

    • Roie Galitz

      indeed the D800 as superior quality in every way. I use the D800 and not d800e.

  • Brock Kentwell

    Fantastic video too.

  • studor13

    It’s nice enough work, but I get the feeling that’s it’s more about advertising than actually about Nikon gear.

    Sorry, but I could just as easily be a guest shooter and give you a link to some of my work and then say “Hey, come on my photo tours”.

  • John

    incredible photos…..I want to trade my D600 for the D80…..

    • AM

      Ok, send me your D600 and I’ll send you a D80.

      • Indian

        good one 🙂

  • Kev

    I love the guest posts. Where you see how people use their cameras from all over the world. More like this please.

  • Kenya and Tanzania are truly amazing places. I would love to go back myself! Of course, I didn’t find some of the Masai tourist attractions in traditional garb to be that interesting to photograph because their “native” villages are staged, they want to sell you all sorts of cheesy junk (plastic shark teeth, at Ngorongoro Crater?) and they won’t dance unless you pay. The animals are way more interesting to me anyway. And having worked there photographing industry, I find there’s plenty of human subjects outside of the staged and phony “natives.”

  • gorji

    Spectacular photos. You are very talented.

  • Gibz

    Nikon’s out performing the rest of its family line, almost keeping up with Canon’s winning competitor Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

    • Khris Griffis

      stupid troll, you should go hang out with Lorne

      • Gibz

        You would like that…Bridge HATER!

    • stupid Troll Alert!

  • patto01

    Couple of questions for Roie:
    Why the 14-24 and the 16-35? This will only partially expose my vast ignorance but, I always thought of them as “either/or”, not “and,” at least within the same trip.
    Is the D800’s IQ that much better than the D4? Aside from the benefits of the D800’s additional pixels, I thought they were pretty much even!?

    • Roie Galitz

      1. the 14-24 is wider and higher quality and that’s why I like it for landscape. the 16-36 can work with polarizing filter.
      2. well, pixels do matter. and the D800 features higher dynamic range and the cropping can help me get more out each scene.

      • patto01

        Thanks for replying.
        My original question about the UWA lenses was based on not wanting to pack too much stuff on an expedition, especially UWA lenses which aren’t usually the focus (pun intended), but I guess if you’re going to spend the time and money to go on a photo safari, you might as well “pack for bear,” or elephant, lion, etc.
        I’m not questioning the wisdom of going with the D800, I just didn’t think the difference in IQ would be as noticeable as you seemed to be indicating, while the speed of the D4 would have obvious advantages. But, again, for a trip like that, you’d want to get every bit of quality possible as well as the ability to make really large prints. I would have brought both, assuming I had them.

  • zoetmb

    Truly amazing still photos, especially the first few posted above. I do have a criticism of the video and it’s just my personal opinion, so take it ‘with a grain of salt’, but I think the advantage of still photography is that one gets to take time to take in everything within the photos. The editing of your video makes it seem like a commercial for a NatGeo program or something similar.

    You’re using fast cutting in an attempt to create impact and emotion, but it’s not necessary: the images provide that and IMO (again personal), you’re not providing us enough time to view the beautiful video images that you’ve captured (which IMO, are not technically as beautiful as the still images – I think Nikon has a long way to go in the video area, even though I also own the D800 and use it for video work).

    So, IMO, I’d slow down the pacing on that video. Think of the editing in Baraka and how it takes the time to let us savor each image.

    • Arkasai

      I feel like the video serves to extend an animate the photos, where the images capture that key moment, the video helps put you in that moment. They really compliment each other perfectly.

      I feel like when you slow things down you end up with a Moose Peterson video:

      • JorPet

        This was funny. Watch long enough and I think you can actually see the grass growing.

    • JorPet

      I loved the video (as well as the stills), but agree about the fast cuts throughout. I kept thinking on some scenes that 5-10 seconds to catch my breath would have made it somewhat more interesting. Possibly make the dance scene long enough to really see what they are doing. When the lion jumps into the tree, long enough to actually see what happens. Then go back to the fast cuts.

      As always, just an opinion. Each likes these things a bit different.

    • mikeswitz

      Are you a filmmaker? I suspect not. It appears this video was done for a client, but even if it weren’t I think the cutting is excellent. The pacing is almost perfect. I have been making films all my adult life, some 45 years. I say bravo to Roie Galitz! The stills AND the video speak for themselves.

  • Ken Mann

    Now I see how to use my D800. Does he use a stabilizer or tripod for video?

  • Ian Dangerzone

    You got some great video captures there. I don’t know what this guy is talking about advertising, but I find it super useful to know what gear someone is using. Thanks for contributing.

  • Eddy Tjawinoto

    You should be very proud of your work! Awesome.

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