D800: The Mad Skittles
I’ve had my D800 for exactly a week and all I can say is “boy howdy!” This camera is a beast and I love it. I am so glad that I made the choice to get it over the D600. The fit and finish is just like my D300s. In fact, the D300s actually feels more bulky and tankish than the D800 does. Regardless, it’s a perfect fit for what I love to do. I’m blown away by the image quality and detail with every single shot I take. And, I’m blown away that when I put a 32GB card in it, I get roughly 400 RAW photos. Gulp. Dear Santa, please bring me a billion hard drives for Christmas next year. . .
The resolution of this camera just doesn’t quit. You can zoom in and zoom in and zoom in. Nothing can hide from the sensor. Which can be a little unnerving too. It will change how I do post production for sure. That said, when you make edits, they are easily seen. You have to tread lightly over those 36 megapixels.
The Internet is ripe with people who have reported left autofocus point problems with the D800. I was very nervous about my camera being affected. But I did the tests and it looks like clear sailing for my copy which is a big sigh of relief. I setup the siemens stars and did a live view focus test followed up by an autofocus test at f/1.4 on a 50mm AF-S lens. Everything looked the same when I viewed the files on the computer (they all looked pretty crappy as my 50mm lens copy isn’t very good at f/1.4).
I was able to take some test shots with off camera flash over new years too which worked seamlessly. The metering is pretty much bang on which is nice. And, the camera can accurately autofocus in absolute darkness! Unbelievable! 😎
I was up in Moose Jaw visiting the family too and Dad and I decided to put the D800 to the test. We did a high ISO test between it and the Canon EOS 1D-X, an amazing low light wonder camera. I wanted to test the idea that because the D800 has double the resolution of the 1DX, it should perform comparable if not better at the same ISO. We put both cameras at 6400 ISO and took them to a old train station which has since become the liquor store. 😀 Check out our vid to see the real world print results of downsampling.