After a 6 month wait, I finally received my new DSLR. I actually gave up on ever receiving the Nikon D800E, so I settled for the D800. I must say, I’m impressed. The images are absolutely enormous – 7360 x 4912 pixels. I had to reduce the resolution from more than 36 megapixels to 6 megapixels (3000 x 2000) to even make them tolerable for viewing here at thedude.com.
The three images below were shot with my beloved and super-cheap, manual focus 85mm 1.4 lens. They are 3000 pixels wide. Drag the images to your desktop to view at that size.
Here’s a shot was taken last night with the glass-tastic Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 – on a sturdy tripod, of course.
The bottom line? This camera produces fantastically detailed shots, but is extremely unforgiving. You’ll probably need to upgrade some of your glass, and you’ll definitely want to break out that heavy tripod. Shooting with this camera is like shooting with a medium-format film camera. It is definitely not suited to casual photography. It’s best suited for landscape, architectural and portrait photography for those who can afford a top-of-the-line computer. I’m glad I have the D3, and have no plans to get rid of it.