I’ve been out and about with the D800 for some more test pictures to gauge the performance and see how it handles various situations. The first of my tests can be found here
Fist I went down to the studio with my model Chloe for a few pictures under the studio light. No surprises on the shoot, fairly standard operation. I ran the RAW files through Lightroom 4 and I was very impressed with the quality. The areas where the light falls off into the shadow areas is incredible, far less noisy than my D3, very smooth and I would say it has a medium format look about it. I’ve never shot with MF but have looked at many large pictures with more than a tinge of envy. I’d say the 800 is very very close and at around a fifth of the price an absolute bargain.
Zooming into the eye revealed a level of detail I’m not used to, I’ll certainly not be shooting from low angles around the nose too often More processing seems to be needed, mainly because of the new level of detail shown I seem to want to clean up things that would not even be seen on the web or a standard sized print. I guess I’ll get used to this in time.
Next we went outdoors for a couple of pictures using off camera flash. Chloe brought a white dress with her which I thought would be perfect for testing the dynamic range of the camera. The recovery sliders in Lightroom 4 are stunning, keeping detail in the highlights without affecting the skin tones (which was a problem with LR3). I’ve posted a full crop of Chloe’s hand as it shows the detail this camera is capable of, you can see the mark on her nail.
Processing these files I decided to convert them to Tiffs from RAW in Lightroom and fill up my hard drive in the process…. 206 MB for one of the outdoor pics! Staggering, and something I’ll not do too often, I normally do my main adjustments in LR then convert to Jpeg for any finishing touches. I have two 32GB cards as I always shoot to one and back up to the other in camera. Theses cards manage just 400 images in RAW mode!!!
One thing I have noticed is the shutter speed needed for a sharp shot, with less MP you can get away with a slower speed than the lens length (1/100th of a second at 200mm) but on this you really need at least the shutter speed of the lens. I use good form when shooting which is important, holding the camera correctly and even keeping fit so my resting heart rate is lower but I’ll have to keep an eye on the shutter for future shoots.
These pictures are all processed in the usual way, I see no reason to post un processed RAW files etc as this is not how people work, these are real images processed in my usual way.
People have mentioned a colour cast on the back of the screen when reviewing pictures, I too have noticed a green tint under some lighting conditions, the files once downloaded are perfect. Hopefully Nikon will offer a filmware update to fix it because I’m certainly not sending this back ;0)