For those interested I’ve been posting a few thoughts on the new Nikon D800. This is certainly the most important camera released in recent years and in the DSLR market is an astounding camera.
I’ve been testing it out as I do with all new cameras before putting them to work day to day, it’s important to know the workings inside out.
I’ve been keen to try some more landscapes with the 14-24 and went to the Hanois to try it out. The weather wasn’t what I’d hoped but still, a careful composition cutting out almost all of the sky and using the wet rocks from the dropping tide and I managed a decent composition. You can see from the zoomed in shot of the lighthouse the potential for large prints this monster has! Talking of large prints I had a picture enlarged to 30×50 inches last week and it looked stunning.
I also went out to test the auto focus again on sport and although this is no sports camera it is also no slouch. I now have the battery grip which allows for 6 frames per second. Put into perspective that would fill up a 4GB memory card in around 10 seconds!!!!! Compare that to a Hassleblad which is around 1.2 seconds per frame and you can see how fast the D800 is. This camera truly is medium format quality for one fifth of the price and much much faster.
Going back to the battery grip, it is great to have the extra power and also the advantage of a bigger size overall (very important at weddings that no-one is in any doubt who the photographer is ) but I would prefer it if there was a way of charging both batteries without having to disassemble the grip every time.
Next I tested the auto focus on a cycling race, I found the hit rate wasn’t very high with 60 or 70% being in focus, not bad but could be better so I had a play with the AF fine tune and after an initial play around found that set at -20 gave a hit rate nearer 100%. I’ll check this out further as I had no problems with focusing on static subjects. It’s an interesting addition and very welcome, I’ve had a 50mm that I’ve been suspect focus wise of for a while and will be using the fine tune to test this too. Not all lenses are perfect at focusing and you can save pre-sets for all of your lenses. Saves returning lenses that may be slightly out.
I’ve posted the pictures from the frame burst of the cyclist, there are a few but I wanted a proper test not just picking the best ones.
To sum up the latest test, the camera is utterly stunning, an incredible tool that is worth twice the prices (I can say that now I’ve paid for it) and although I’ve been testing it by shooting plenty, Ill probably not be going mad with it in future, it’s a very powerful camera and with great power comes…………….