All I can say is…Wow!

Obviously, I’m going to say a lot more. After going back and forth for a long while and sitting on the waiting list for almost two months, I finally got my new camera—The Nikon D800.  You might recall that way back in February I started thinking about this major upgrade.  After Roger got his D4, I started to rethink my choice of the D800, because I was so impressed with the low light shooting abilities of that camera. After talking with my friends, and the Nikon sales rep at my local camera store, I decided that the improvements in the D800 were right for what I like to shoot. The first thing I noticed about shooting the camera is the incredible resolution.  It has an amazing 36 Megapixel sensor.  Here is an image of a Lo-biscus I shot this week while at an offsite for work. (Hey, we had a 30 minute break before the dinner session started.)

Hibiscus, Yellow

It’s a pretty boring shot.  But, with that many pixels you can really zoom in and crop it to get a much more interesting image. Yellow, Hibiscus  I was impressed with the level of detail I could pull out, so I wanted to see just how far I could push it.  You can just see the little box from the LR Navigator panel showing the fraction of the image I was looking at.  Look at the hairs on the stamen—oh, and this was all shot hand held.

I walked around the front of the inn and saw a nice little rabbit nibbling away at the clover.  I knew I wanted to shoot it as well, but all I had was the camera.  Here is the untouched image and here is what I could zoom in on.  This never would have worked with the old camera. 

When you do take advantage of all the pixels you also get stunning depth in the dynamic range the camera can pick up.Iron Tractor, Wheel  This old farm tractor is interesting in both natural color and as a Sepia tone. In the end, the right camera for you depends on what kinds of things you intend to shoot.