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Hello fellow 'bugs'

While looking at some needed new pieces for my current gear, I looked at a new D800. I was seriously considering the D600, but for a few dollars more the D800 might be a better choice. While I still love my way old D200, It is time for an upgrade. and I do like the idea of the full size sensor. (FX) Since I do own a few lenses that are compatable with the FX sensor.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome. I would likie to hear from anyone who has used one, or owns one.

Thanks Eric B.
    
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Any comments or suggestions are welcome. I would likie to hear from anyone who has used one, or owns one.

My comment is: Why didn't you buy it already?

Prepare to upgrade your RAM to the max your board can handle though.
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My comment is: Why didn't you buy it already?
Prepare to upgrade your RAM to the max your board can handle though.
60 MB .RAW files aren't that bad to work with.
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you say that now
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Well, I got it. Definately a big step up from my D200! As soon as my Kirk L bracket (For mounting the D800 on my tripod) shows up, I'll take a few pic's of my computer, or maybe something else of interest. Then post them here.

I think my old (X58-i7 970) rig will handle the large files easily. The 10 mp files loaded instantly from my D200. As for the camera, the controls feel very familiar, since they are similar to the D200. I have not done any real shooting yet, maybe tomorrow I'll take it for a spin. I suspect that it may produce some serious detail with all those mp's. The 100% viewfinder looks amazing through my 24-70mm F2.8 AFS.

Another quick first impression: The 'Auto' or P modes are a major improvement. Manual mode may become the exception, instead of the rule.
    
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good to hear all went well. Will you do a comparison between the tow to see how bigger upgrade it is?
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lol... no point in comparing the D800 to a D200 in my opinion. just shoot and enjoy. the D800 is more than double the resolution in image alone. the comparison will be a total blow out in terms of overall quality. D200 is like 5 years old. thats equivalent to comparing a very good computer from 5 years ago to a top of the line computer you can build today.

of course Auto mode is improved. Manual mode is the same for every camera. its manual and the image is manually set based on the user
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good to hear all went well. Will you do a comparison between the tow to see how bigger upgrade it is?

Not yet. It will be a while before I really get out and use the camera. I am sure there will be an immediately noticable difference in many ways, but I am expecting that! I mean, It's 36 friggin' megapixels with a full frame sensor!!!!
And, I am not really comparing the two cameras. I am simply replacing my D200 with the D800. The D200 IMO, is still a very good camera. There is not much about it that gets in the way of getting a good image.
The computer I am using now replaced a P4 socket 478 running winXP! when I put this one together, I expected it to run much faster and better. I ran that old P4 until it died! (Over 7 years) I did not really know how slow it was until I started using this one... (My sig rig) I suppose I'll feel the same way (about the D200) after using the D800.
    
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You will be fine using the PC in your sig.

Consider picking up a CF card, it will help with transfer rates via USB 3.0.
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You will be fine using the PC in your sig.
Consider picking up a CF card, it will help with transfer rates via USB 3.0.

I was using 1GB 80X CF cards in the D200. Not any more! The first card in the new D800 is a 16GB 700X CF. I'll try a 1000X as well. The camera shoots as fast as I can, (Probably faster) and the transfer speeds are still very fast on my computer. I am using a card reader that I installed when I built the computer. It is hooked up to a USB 3.0 port as well as one of the SATA ports. I am fairly sure the data is transfered through the SATA bus. Either way, it is still as fast as I could hope for. Pretty much instant access to the photos. (Same as with the D200's much smaller files.)

I only took a few shots today, using auto settings. The D800 metering system is quite amazing! I am quite impressed with it's ability to expose the sky correctly without underexposing the subjects on the ground nearly as much as with any previous camera I have ever used. Once I learn it's abilities, and set up some exposure groups in the settings menus, some nice results should be happening.

Quite the camera....

An observation on the CF cards between the two cameras. D200: A 1GB CF card holds about 200 images (JPEG fine-Large) A 16GB CF card in the D800 holds about 460 images with the same settings. Have not checked RAW yet.

Anyone know where I can get a 1,000,000,000 DPI printer?tongue.gif
Edited by Eric Barney - 9/19/12 at 7:37pm
    
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