Not all flash cards are created equal: They have different read and write speeds specifications. For still shooters, the write speed of the flash memory card may limit how fast the camera clears the buffer and allows the camera to shoot again. For video shooters, the sustained write speed is critical to capture videos at high bit rates. The read speed of the cards matters too. It determines how fast you can download the photos to your computer. Read More…

Posted in Accessories on February 21st, 2012. No Comments.

I stumbled upon the following image on flickr. It was shot using Nikon D800E by Milan Josipovic. A full size tiff version can be downloaded from Milan’s blog.

Nikon D800E portrait

Nikon D800E studio portrait. Edited in Nikon Capture NX 2.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on February 17th, 2012. No Comments.

With the massive pixel count of 36.3 megapixels, the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E can generate images with excellent resolution but also pose challenges for shooting techniques. It becomes more important to reduce camera shake and motion blur, focus properly, and select optimal camera and lens settings. Nikon is certainly aware of all these and has just published a technical guide to get you prepared for the official shipping date. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Tips and Techniques on February 17th, 2012. No Comments.

Like many others who pre-ordered the Nikon D800 from Amazon.com, here comes the bad news. A concisely worded email from Amazon.com yesterday stated the following:

“Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)”
Estimated arrival date: January 04, 2013 – January 08, 2013

On the other hand, Nikon Rumors got a shipping date of March 22, 2012 for Nikon D800 and April 12, 2012 for Nikon D800E.

[Update]: After switching the shipping method on the Amazon pre-order to one day shipping, the estimate delivery date chanted to March 21, 2012. However someone who pre-ordered the D800E also got an estimated shipping date of the same, which is not true according to Nikon’s official statements on the availability. Most likely Amazon has some issues with their pre-order system and this is not a true indication of Nikon D800’s popularity. It is better to stay put in the queue than go to the end of the queue at other retailers.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on February 14th, 2012. No Comments.

I have been playing with the Nikon D800 NEF raw files. Interestingly the Nikon D800 NEF files can be opened in Nikon Capture NX 2.3. I had thought Nikon would need to push out a new Capture NX version. Lightroom 3.6 and Lightroom 4 Beta cannot open the Nikon D800 NEF RAW files because the camera is not recognized. So the workflow I used is NEF->16-bit TIFF->Lightroom. One of the files I looked was the chandelier photo that has shown up in different versions on the Internet. It was probably smuggled out of Nikon D800 press event in Russia. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on February 11th, 2012. 6 Comments.

Are you still torn between the Nikon D800 and the Nikon D800E and cannot make up your mind if you want to get the D800E for best possible sharpness but deal with the moire problem? Scott Kelby apparently made up his mind pretty quickly. He is going with the D800, the one without the “E”. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on February 9th, 2012. 1 Comment.

If you are interested in Nikon D800 NEF raw images taken at high ISO, you can find them here. The files can be opened and edited using Nikon Capture NX 2.3.

The noise level at ISO as high as 6400 is stunningly low. The noises are definitely there if you zoom in but for practical purposes, they are very good.

[update: February 11, 2012]: Check out ISO 6400 samples from Nikon D800.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on February 9th, 2012. No Comments.

Are you worried that Nikon D800, with its massive 36.3 mega sensor pixel count, may be a bad camera for high ISO noise? Well, it is really a subjective matter. For people who pixel-peeps at 100%, it is easy to find noise even at ISO 100. For all the normal people who take photos to view at a reasonable magnification, the definition of noise-free can be quite relaxed. With all that said, why don’t you check out some Nikon D800 high ISO samples and make up your own mind?

[via DPReview forum]

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on February 8th, 2012. No Comments.
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