I am often asked about the gear I use for weddings, I’m a Nikon shooter and mainly use the D3 but am using the mighty D800 more and more. After purchasing it in March and getting to grips with how it operates I’ve been using it to shoot various parts of the big day. The camera is 36 megapixels, a massive amount and for all of you budding togs that means shooting RAW I get around 400 shots on a 32GB card! Not a camera you want to use the “spray and prey” technique.
Our style is different from the reportage/documentry style, we’d hate to spot an opportunity and let it pass because we are recording from a distance, we prefer to work with the happy couple to produce something special.
There are advantages in the quality of pictures it produces, it’s a big step up in camera quality and there is currently nothing on the DSLR market that can touch it. Dynamic range is superb, the out of focus area is much improved with the smooth look from huge amount of pixels. In fact a good friend of mine who has a D4 used my 800 and promptly bought one himself!
It’s been tested against medium format cameras costing 5 times as much and come out with the equivalent of Olympic Gold in some of the reviews I’ve seen. I think this may spell the end of Medium Format cameras, if the D800 is this good, what will the D900 be like???
You can see the quality of gear I use by zooming in to this couple.
Guernsey’s Ayers Rock!
Shooting directly into the sun tests the dynamic range to the limit.
The quality really is staggering, gran wants just a headshot? No problems!