The camera of my choice is a Nikon d800 because of the performance and the huge amount of dynamic range.
- The specs of the D800 are:
- 36.3 MP FX (24 x 35.9 mm) CMOS sensor
- 51 point AF system
- ISO 100 – 6400, expandable to ISO 50 and ISO 25600 equivalent
- Shutter speed between 30 s and 1/8000 s
- 100% coverage viewfinder
- 4 fps in FX mode
- 3.2″ LCD display with 921K dots
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm / 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in
- Weight (camera body only): 900 g / 31.7 oz
The camera is well built with full weather sealing and full magnesium body so it can stand everything you or nature can throw at it.
It packs 2 card slots -1 for compact flash and 1 for sd card which is good for backup and overflow from the first to the second card.
The lcd on the back isn’t new it’s Nikon’s standard 920k dot screen which some people say there is a green cast but I don’t see it as always Nikon preferred more green tones and canon more red tones so it is a preference not a drawback or a fault.
Quick round up
Now the big downside of this camera is the Focus system which accordingly to Nikon is the same as the D4 system and it can see as the human eye for dark scenes but, in my experience and working with it for a year and a half it had let me down so many times that I began to use manual focus .For example when shooting at big apertures like f1.8 or f2.8 if you are not doing focus and recompose with the center focus point there is no way to get accurate focus but, for some reason my small and cheap Nikon d3100 nails focus on every focus point and it has the crappiest focus system but has never let me down don’t even need to check images on the lcd it is just crazy .My D800 has been in and out of the service shop for 4 months and it is still in service I am using a temporary d800 (this one has the same focus problems ) they can’t fix it ,it’s normal on the center point but requires -17 on the left points and -15 on the right points adjustment I have no idea how they can send faulty cameras like this out of their precise Japan factories.
The good – Big Fx sized sensor packing huge amount of pixels and details and it is so good that rivals some of the medium format digital backs from Hasselblad and Phase one, its light compared to the d4, low noise levels and huge dynamic range and nice color reproduction, pop up flash which is nice for using the CLS flash system or when you need a small fill flash. Anyone interested in landscape will love the virtual horizon it can pop up in the viewfinder too which is cool or studio work for getting those large prints and medium format detail.
All in all a great detail capturing camera which is not perfect but there is nothing in the dslr market that can match it(you can buy a d800e with which is a bit sharper but there is a lot of moiré ), although Sony made their mirror less Full frame cameras with the same sensors as the Nikon d600 and d800 and called them A7 and A7R if you like a smaller camera but in the dslr world the d800 is still a King.
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