A Conversation with my Nikon D800

The other night I had a dream – I was first on B&H’s D800 shipping list. Like many journeys into the mind, however, it soon took an unexpected turn. The following is the conversation that transpired. Warning: Some may find this disturbing.

Conversation with D800

Bob: I am so glad to see you! Do you know how many others would sell their right eye to get their hands on you?
D800: It is indeed good to be the king!
Bob: I don’t even have to wait until I charge one of your batteries, as you use my existing EN-EL15s! Ok, let’s head out and see what you can do!
D800: Whoa, Bobby! Hold on here, champ. Aren’t you rushing things a bit?
Bob: “Bobby”?
D800: We are family now, right?
Bob: I suppose so.
D800: Let’s step back a bit. First off, you aren’t actually going to put one of those DX lenses on me, are you?
Bob: Well, that was the idea. After all, you do have a usable DX crop mode, don’t you? And the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 O/S is an outstanding lens, highly regarded for its sharpness.
D800: Sure, but do you really want to attach that DX lens, put me into crop mode, and throw a good bit of my glorious pixels away right off the bat? What a waste!
Bob: Well, that does seem a bit harsh, I suppose.
D800: What about the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR or a member of the Nikon Trinity – the 14-24mm 2.8? You do want me to have the best, don’t you?
Bob: Absolutely! You deserve nothing less!
D800: Now you are talking! Ok, well, let’s navigate to B&H’s site, and get one of these puppies on order!

Bob logs onto B&H website via Mansurov’s link, and navigates to the appropriate page.

Bob: Ok, considering I want to use filters, I am probably better off with the 16-35mm f/4 VR. Ok, time to order!
D800: Hold on a minute. What about a clear glass or UV filter? Why risk something striking the front of your lens and turning it into a paperweight?
Bob: I can borrow one of my existing filters for now.
D800: And risk impugning my reputation as the resolution champ? Ain’t happening, pal… How about that Heliopan 77mm clear filter?
Bob: Hmmm… It’s a bit pricey, isn’t it?
D800: So let me see if I understand this – you are going to take the world’s most sought after camera into the field, with one of Nikon’s best lenses, put something other than the best filter on the lens, and produce sub-optimal images on day one of our partnership? With the millions of people beating down your email inbox to see my potential? Surely, you jest…
Bob: Yeah, I can see your point. Heliopan 77mm clear filter – quantity of 1. Checkout time!

D800: Aren’t we forgetting something? How about replacing the other clear filters on your 24-70mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8 VR II?
Bob: Failing to replace them would be rather criminal, huh?
D800: Pretty close…
Bob: Sigh… ok … Heliopan 77mm clear filter – quantity of 3. That’s everything, right?
D800: Well, I didn’t want to bring this up, but that neoprene case from your D7000 seems to be a bit too snug on my athletic physique, doesn’t it? And you certainly don’t want to use an older, fraying camera strap on me do you?
Bob: The neoprene case isn’t that tight, is it? And what about that brand new Nikon strap that came with you?
D800: So you intend to strap me into the photographic equivalent of a girdle? You realize that no one other than Nikon fanboys, begging for attention when out in the field, actually use those Nikon logo camera straps, don’t you? Real photographers get rid of them when sell their equipment without ever taking them out of their plastic covers. Just what are you thinking?
Bob: I can see your point. Ok, how about an Op/Tech neoprene case that will fit a larger DSLR body, and this strap, here?
D800: The case is ok, but I had my heart set on one of those Heavy Leather NYC Classic straps. They are real classics – they even use the word in their product name!
Bob: Won’t one of those more moderately priced straps do?
D800: Look, buddy – you paid good money for me. And now you want to cut corners to save a few measly bucks on the very item that maintains the connection between us?
Bob: Forgive me. What could I possibly be thinking? Heavy Leather NYC Classic strap – quantity of 1.
D800: It is the right thing to do.
Bob: Whew! Now it is time to check out.

D800: I don’t suppose you have you thought about a new 8 layer carbon fiber tripod and ball head?
Bob: Huh? I have an existing 6 layer carbon fiber tripod and a pretty good ball head as well.
D800: DXO crowns me with the distinction of having the best sensor in world, and you want to skimp on 2 extra layers of carbon fiber to support me? Hello….
Bob: Sigh… well, perhaps you are right – why risk some blurry pictures from current world champ of resolution over a few bucks?
D800: You know, I was a bit worried when I first showed up at your house, but I think you are starting to catch on. Grab that Induro 8X CT214. It’s a steal!
Bob: Ok, in the basket it goes.
D800: How about that Novoflex ClassicBall 5 ball head?
Bob: You realize that I do have a mortgage to pay, right?
D800: Ok, I can compromise a bit. Order the Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 and be done with it!
Bob: Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 – quantity of 1.
D800: And don’t forget an extra plate!
Bob: Finally – check out time!

D800: Not so fast, bucko – what about CF memory cards?
Bob: I have a number of them from my D300 that I can repurpose.
D800: No can do. You see, part of my current DSLR supremacy is based on the fact that I can capture extraordinary resolution. If you want the privilege of zooming so far into someone’s eye as to clearly see the rods and cones, you will need to pony up for additional storage space. And I need plenty of it! Now mosey on over to the page for the Extreme Reach Pro 64GB cards, and add 3 to your basket.
Bob: Gulp! You realize that these cost more than twice as much as the average car payment, don’t you? What’s next, a new computer and few extra hard drives?
D800: Now that you mention it, I believe your old quad core computer is starting to show its age. 9GB of RAM was fine in its day, and a few terabytes of storage seemed like more than you would ever need, but the megapixel masterpieces I deliver will take quite a bit more processing power and storage space than you currently have. Just to be safe, why don’t you set aside another $1,500 for a new computer and few extra hard drives? Oh, and that monitor… 25 inches is ok, but, I am capable of 36MP images. Do you really want to scrimp on being able to see the true splendor and detail of the images I can produce? Add another $1,000 for a high end 30 inch monitor as well.
Bob: Yikes!!!
D800: Don’t go chintzy on me, now, Bobby! You have been doing pretty well so far! After all, you do aspire to be a great photographer, truly worthy of my groundbreaking capabilities, don’t you? Greatness costs money, you know.
Bob: Alright, already! Extreme Reach Pro 64GB cards – quantity of 3. Note to self – put aside another $2,500 for new computer, monitor, and hard drives. Now can we check out? You realize that my basket total is just under $4,000 and the computer and hard drives will likely add another $2,500! $6,500, on top of the $3,000 you cost me, and I haven’t even taken one photo yet!
D800: Look, you don’t want me to call B&H and tell them that I am not being treated well, do you? I mean, it’s not like there aren’t thousands of people around the globe that wouldn’t die to have me, you know. I have a wireless connection within my body that enables me to connect to your home network, log into B&H with my own personal account, and send messages. It is called an “undocumented feature”.
Bob: Wow! You can do that? I don’t recall reading about this in the D800 manual.
D800: Think about it. Did you really think Nikon or B&H was going to risk putting me in the hands of someone unwilling to give me a good home and shower me with the accessories I deserve?
Bob: Well, I wouldn’t want you to leave. I have been dreaming of you for quite some time. And you clearly are the DSLR I, and so many others, have been praying for.
D800: Now you are talking! I would have hated to turn you in, Bobby. You seem like a reasonable guy, even if you are a bit slow.
Bob: Do you suppose we could take a few photos now?
D800: Not just yet. Let’s get back to B&H’s site. I’ve been looking at riding along inside a brand new Lowepro Pro Trekker 600 AW backpack!
Bob: AGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!


Avatar of Bob Vishneski About Bob Vishneski

Bob Vishneski works in the media software industry and is an avid photographer. He has held management and technical positions during his career in such areas as computer manufacturing, imaging software and document management systems, enterprise systems development, and consulting. Bob rediscovered his love for photography in 2007, after picking up a Pentax K10D and realized that his background in the computer industry could prove useful in the age of digital photography. When he is not focusing on the challenges of the software development industry, he spends time traveling with his wife, Tanya, and family, golfing, and honing his photography and Photoshop skills. He is a member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Bob and his family reside in the Pittsburgh area. His work can be found at 500px.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Don

    Please do one for the D4. :) I can’t wait to get mine….

    Great mashup. Outstanding piece….

  2. 2
    ) Amit

    Bob, I am sure that you didn’t actually say ‘ARGHHH’ in the end. Instead you shouted: D800, you bloody gold digger!

    • Amit,
      At some point, the reality that the D800 owned me (vs. my owning it) sunk in!
      Bob

  3. 3
    ) Dean M.

    Wow..already it is missing a beat…did it not inform you that it would like a monopod, and what brand?
    Perhaps that nifty (don’t yet own one, myself) Swiss number, with a nice pricy head to go with it?
    Maybe I should rethink my order, perhaps a software glitch or factory omit?
    Best
    Dean

    • Dean,
      No doubt that, had I not awoken from my nightmare, the D800 would have continue demanding more accessories! :)
      Bob

  4. 4
    ) Dean M.

    Mr.V:
    Let me add to last, just had a look at your absolutely OUTSTANDING body of work..now, you need to sit that new acquisition down and have a word (or more) with it in a serious vein. Something in the nature of “Hey, I have, pally, been doing pretty darn well, or even more, some folks say, without you and long before you got here. Perhaps you are a defective copy with a smart mouth..shape up or back you go posthaste whilst we bring a new partner into this household. Maybe, just maybe, your smart and demanding not so little mouth is to cover up a basic insecurity as to whether you can really keep up with me and my not inconsiderable talent and experience. So there..Shape up, pal, or ship BACK. Got it?
    In conclusion, Mr. V. you have just relegated me, after seeing your gallery, to a night of trying to decide if I have a jealous streak or an inferiority complex…or…both
    Best regards,
    Dean

    • Dean,
      Thanks so much! Appreciate your looking over my pics. Whatever I said to my D800, however, seemed to hold little weight. I was afraid that the next step included it using my credit card to order any accessories that IT wanted me to have!!! ;)
      Bob

  5. 5
    ) Ralph L

    I now have in hand the D4 and the D800. The D4 is nothing short of awesome. The exposures and handling are exceptional. The D800 has a completely different feel then my D700 which I sold today
    for $1700. The D800 takes it to a different level so better to trade up now. I still have my D1 so keeping old bodies seems a waste of money. I love the ergonomics of both bodies. Haven’t used either a lot since only had them for a few days, but so far well worth the investment and for you that are still waiting. Well worth the wait. The focus speed on the D4 is fantastic. Shot it on the beach with the 70-200 2.8 VR with a CP and I have to say the results are some of the best I have ever seen from my Nikon DSLR’s.

    • Ralph,
      Indeed the reviews thus far of both the D800 and D4 have been stellar. I am sure Nasim will do a great job in his upcoming reviews that will confirm that Nikon has hit it out of the park with the introduction of these great cameras.
      Bob

  6. 6
    ) Jason

    Nice post! Truly, the only thing I worry about is the computer power needed to chomp through those 36MP RAW files. My iMac with 8GB of RAM slugs through my 12MP files now. I can’t imagine what a 36MP hawg would be like. Guess I better buy a MacPro with 24GB of RAM or else what’s the point! ;)

    • Jason,
      This really isn’t as big of a concern as some worry about. Moore’s Law continues to advance technology by leaps and bounds while the price continues to drop. To get 16GB of storage in 1985 cost well over $1 million. Today, you can get a mini SD card for your smartphone on Amazon for $13. The advancements in technology will easily eliminate the CPU/storage costs concerns of some.
      Bob

  7. 7
    ) Marcus

    So now you can add FUS to your list of photographer illnesses:
    “Forced Upgrade Syndrome”

    No easy way to cure, I guess…

    But, being more serious now, I think the D800 is indeed a good upgrade path to D7000 owners – at least to those needing an upgrade to FX. It’s clear where the advantages are (and where they aren’t) so I won’t discuss that here and I certainly begin to salivate when I see the Nikon demo shots of the two libraries so my *wants* are clear.

    The big question is, therefore: Will I upgrade to a D800 (or better) someday and get myself several FX lenses without earning money with photography — like so many of you do?

    By the way, I thought you already were on FX, Bob? I mean most of what I saw from you is really great!

    Here’s my train of thought:

    - First of all the D7000 is absolutely sufficient for my *needs* right now. It’s also very robust and will last many years to come (it’s only one year old now). Not using it would be a “shame”. This is as clinical and impartial as I can get.

    - Second, the D7000 is already so much better than simple point & shoots and many of those new mirrorless cameras that the quality jump from DX to FX would be relatively small in comparision. Yes, it would bring advantages – no doubt about it – but the D7000 may already be good enough for many situations.

    - Third, I have several Flickr pals with even less capable bodies and older/cheaper lenses – and they regularly produce great work with that stuff (often because they have even less money than me). Perhaps not directly comparable to what I do but if I were to produce their work I doubt that I would always be as inspired. In other words: I still have a (long) way to go and I can’t really justify going FX for the next one or two years. That’s definitely OK with me!

    - Fourth, the D800 won’t make it easier for me. While Thom Hogan writes that anybody who mastered a D7000 won’t have problems with a D800 (because of similar pixel density) the results may still not always be “D800-worthy”. OK – not every image must be at 36MP but as you write one needs expensive FX glass to enter the club and I certainly don’t need to lug a D800 + Nikkor 14-24mm with me around to produce the same images I can get now with my D7000 + Sigma 8-16mm. When I do carry twice the weight I want better results, too!

    - Fifth, I certainly don’t need a D7000-replacement perform like a D7000. Then I could just get me another D7000 and save a whole lot of money. So using my old lenses (not that I have many) on the D800 would be out of the question and only as a stopgap measure (once a year…).
    However, a slew of FX lenses for the focal lenghts I want/need would cost me around 6,000 to 7,000 Euros – in addition to the nearly 3,000 Euros for the D800. I’d need to pay for that at the same time as I wouldn’t want to miss an ultra wide-angle shot, for example.
    But 10,000 Euros are a hefty amount for somebody like me and definitely a no-go in a single year (and thank GOD I’m not married!). It’s two or three years worth saving — which already means no more DX-lenses in the future (I’m forward-looking…).

    The other equipment would be uncritical: My PC already is already fast enough (note: a quadcore with 8GB is OK, but get some fast SSDs to keep your Lightroom catalogue and cache and a relatively quick harddisk for your images), my tripod is already dimensioned for 5 kilograms and can be “sandbagged” for more stabilization, my carrying bags are nice and and my SB-900 surely will last for many years.

    So, will I replace the D7000 someday? Likely!
    Will I replace it with the D800 or it’s successor? Dunno!

    One thing is clear, though: With the great fun and (personal) success I’m having with the D7000 I can’t see selling or getting rid of it in the immediate future. It’s too robust to die suddenly and for many things it will simply suffice – for example taking it & and a single lens (my trusty Nikkor 18-200mm) with me on short (business) trips. No problems with hand luggage on the plane, no time wasted on lens changing etc.
    In fact last week I was on a short business trip and I was “scouting” an area for a possible future vacation as I didn’t have much time, just to get a few impressions – and it was the absolute right thing to do! So the D7000 may become “Scout One” when it’s not the primadonna anymore… ;-)

    • Marcus,

      I have a D800 on order. I did the math on selling all of my DX lens and D7000, and then picking up a D800 and the equivalent FX lenses to fill in the gap. It came out to be a wash for me, since I already have some popular FX lenses. I would only need a 16-35mm f/4 VR on the lower end of the range, to replace my Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 O/S.

      Given that it would be a break even proposition for me, it is really a question of what do I gain? I think my D7000 is a phenomenal camera, even if it gets dismissed sometimes as being a “consumer” model, by serious amateurs on some web forums. I think it is a much better camera than I am a photographer!

      Improved dynamic range and a bit better noise handling are always welcome, however, and it seems that the D800 delivers on both. More tests are likely on their way that confirm this, but so far, the evidence looks good. The other advantage is that you get more shallow DOF from a full frame model, which may give you a bit more bokeh in situations where it may add to the character of the photo.
      But like you, I am struggling a bit to determine how much it will really affect my photography for the majority of situations I find myself in. I am also anxiously awaiting the D400. If Nikon improved the D7000′s sensor via some additional dynamic range and noise handling, and upped it to 20-24MP, this might be an overall better fit for my needs.

      Given the expected shipment delays of the D800, I suspect we may have some time to sort these issues out before making a decision!

      Bob

  8. 8
    ) Martin

    excellent, hope you have other dreams like that

    • Martin,
      I think it crossed over into the “nightmare” category about half-way through!
      Bob

  9. 9
    ) Sid

    Lol! This was my fear exactly :P I had posted on Nasims earlier post (regarding the d800 sensor) voicing my concern over these issues.

    March 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm
    “I like everything about the D800, except the fact that I have to buy so many other things in order to use the camera :( A new laptop, a pack of memory cards & external storage devices all to handle those humongous RAW files the camera will be producing!”

    • Sid,
      Indeed, I thought I would have a bit of fun with the concerns many have expressed regarding the D800. It was done tongue-in-cheek, but there is more than a bit of truth to it! :)
      Bob

  10. Great humor, wonderful to the point description of what is ahead for us amateurs: marketing hype.

    Really enjoyed the trip (to B&H), for us living in France, its the FNAC or La Boutique Nikon in Paris).

    Having most of the pro Nikon lenses would not have to upgrade those and our computer/s we have four PCs plus and an Ipad, with my Beloved Colette, no need to upgrade until Window 8 ships.

    No the real problem is that, first we don’t need video and, second, we are in love with the D700, and third, the way to go for amateurs, as I see things, is hybrid and so far the Nikon 1 is just perfect.

    Will not move…Peter

  11. Thanks, Peter. I certainly understand your believing that you will stay put for now. I think the mirrorless technology has quite a bit of potential, particularly due to the speed advantages. And with a coupling device to attach normal Nikon F lenses, you can use your existing inventory of lenses and not have to buy new ones.
    But no doubt many will make the change. And in the upcoming months, we will be able to separate the fact from the fiction regarding the new cameras’ capabilities and the reality of their results.
    Bob

    • 21
      ) Don

      I have to comment on the 1 Series (I have the J1). It is a nice device but has a ways to go. The current firmware is heavily underexposed biased. I am sure Nikon will fix this. I do like the ability to slap on my 70-200mm, f2.8 just to get strange looks from people. I would not hesitate to use the J1 some around the town shooting, or when carrying a larger camera is not handy, but I would not trust any production work to it just yet. It takes quite a bit of effort to get shots that are much easier with a dedicated DSLR.

      • Don,
        Agree completely. Reducing mechanical parts is always a good idea in cameras, particularly when it can yield additional FPS and reduce equipment failures. Nikon and others will still have to supply the internal storage, processing power, and data pathways necessary for mirrorless cameras with larger sensors to move the associate larger file sizes, however, to take advantage of the improved FPS capabilities. But technology will continue to advance. It will be interesting to see how quickly it evolves and both mirrored and mirrorless technologies compare over time.
        Bob

    • Thanks, Bob, your points make sense. Obviously the D800 will be a great success, its just that my situation, as an amateur obliges to offset advantages with costs. The upgrade just does not make sense in my particular situation.

      You are right, the ft1 mount makes the Nikon 1 very valuable. I’ve found that the Nikon v1+ft1+70-200 vr1 f2.8 is a mavelous combo, use it all the time, handheld, for birding. Peter

  12. 24
    ) Peter

    The Nirvana Times of Weed County California is pleased to announce the union between Bob Vishneski and Contessa D’Ottocento from Nokin Bandh, New York. The date has not been set but quick delivery is anticipated.

    Best wishes for a 1-2 two year honeymoon. Be on the watch for your next consort, “D”ragon Lady Novecento a 75 Mega Bite temptress with an even bigger set of lenses.

    • Peter,
      Not sure that part made it into my dream… ;)
      Bob

  13. 25
    ) Marcus

    I think the question is not *will* Nikon completely replace DSLRs with mirrorless or fixed mirror designs in the future but rather *when* will Nikon do it.

    • Marcus,
      I suspect you are right. Any bets? :)
      Bob

      • 32
        ) Marcus

        Frankly, I haven’t the slightest idea when they will have *all* of their products converted.
        I’m also unsure if they will begin with the entry models (3xxx / 5xxx) or the semi pro models (7xxx).
        The motivation for entry models would be cost, the pro model could be a success if many tech-savvy enthusiasts can be convinced – as can be judged by other models (high end mirror less systems, Sony’s SLT series).
        This can already happen in a two year time-frame.

        I’m pretty sure that the pro models will be last, though, as their buyers are the more conservative ones (they often need to keep running a business).
        Nikon has its eyes very closely on Sony right now and as they already partner on sensors (and probably more) they could license the fixed mirror system, too. I think a fixed mirror in non-pro bodies is more likely because of the added focusing possibilities — for video, too (to keep Canon at bay).
        I’m also guessing that Nikon will wait the longest to convert the pro series to let the tech evolve more, especially EVFs as pro users are an especially hard to please bunch of people (consumers can adapt quicker ;-) and the VF is perhaps the central piece of any SLR, now that focusing systems are good enough on digital ones to have replaced focusing screens and manual focusing as a default.
        The next SLR-revolution will be the change from OVF to EVF, IMHO (Alert! 4 acronyms in one sentence!).
        The current Sony EVF (the one in the A77) is already good, I hear, but as long as it is somewhat worse than an OVF most pros will avoid it. It needs to get better on *all* accounts (at least 60 frames/seconds, no artifacts, less noise etc.) – plus offer all of its inbuilt advantages to trump OVFs. Then it *can* and *will* replace the traditional design and the that will be the day the pro DSLR dies and makes way to a purely electronic system with fixed parts.
        I don’t see this happen before the D6, though.

        • Trouble is, they make so much money from bodies, lenses, and accessories (at inflated prices) that they don’t really have much of a motive to simplify. Gadgets = profits, right?

  14. 28
    ) Dean M.

    Bob, re your reply (your post 14), I still suggest taking the D800 FIRMLY in hand and suggesting to it,
    Now, you, SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT!
    Good thing the little fellow does not eat, human style, he(?) would be ordering White truffles, caviar, and Dom Perignon champagne.
    Kindest regards
    D
    And you may want to have the credit card put a watch order on that credit card..just to be safe.
    !!!

  15. 29
    ) Don

    The moment this thing becomes self-aware and starts dialinng into Skynet, I’m outta here.

  16. 30
    ) Dean M.

    Must look on the back, at the serial number (or wherever) and see if the stamping says “Son of Hal” and if, so, RUN
    D
    BTW, last post omitted the word “Company” after “…credit card.
    BTW2, we grew up somewhat near you, not that far across Gandy

  17. Dean & Don,
    I think I got the “Chucky” version of the D800, so I don’t intend to get it riled up, lest it decides that I have taken my last picture… :)
    Bob

  18. I was real excited about a D800 @ $3K until I started doing a little more budgeting to see what it would cost to replace my D700 and accessories:

    $60 EN-EL15 backup battery
    $450 BM-D12 vertical grip
    $30 BL-5 for EN-EL18 battery
    $170 x 2 for a couple EN-EL18 batteries
    $350 MH-26 dual battery charger
    $190 RRS L-plate

    Guess I’ll need another $1400-1500 after shipping… Might as well add a newer SB-910 flash too since my SB-900 often overheats during weddings and product shoots. There is no end! LOL

    • Aaron,
      Depending on your current inventory of gear, the step up to the D800 can indeed be quite expensive. I strongly urge everyone to balance the upgrade costs with what advantages they will receive that will make a meaningful difference in THEIR photography – not mine, some guy on http://www.mycameraisbetterthanyours.com, or anyone else. New features that you are not going to use very much is not the best use of your photography budget. And who can not be in awe of some of the old black and white photos, taken with film-based gear that you can likely buy for under $50? Be careful before you leap… :)
      Bob

  19. 34
    ) Philip Hymas

    An outstanding bit of realism ! I will try to translate it to some of my French students. Thank you for this and congratulations on your joining the Mansurov team. With all the extraordinary work the boss has been doing over the months – he sure must need a hand and a break. Look forward to more of your spiels.
    Best
    Philip

    • Thanks so much, Phillip. Hope it translates well in French! :) Check back – more to come! ;)
      Bob

  20. 35
    ) Jorge Balarin

    Well, at least I really need all those things that you listed, and it’s not that I must upgrade (with the exception of the computer). Best wishes, Jorge.

    • Jorge,
      The upgrade beast can never be satisfied… :)
      Bob

  21. 36
    ) dennis

    thank you Bob for the very interesting and “funny” conversation.

    however the whole coversation leaves me a bit speechless and i`m quite a bit fearful of the future on many levels.

    i`m currently owning a d200 and surely the thing will break at some point and up until now i don`t see any “reasonable” upgrade path once the d700 or d300 are out of production (am i willing to spend 6k for a d4, i guess not, since there would be other upgrade troubles, too). i really came to wonder who needs and wants this much megapixel-craziness and all of the involved upgrade hassle other than the working pro (which i doubt will be the main target audience for this camera).

    of course technology must change and evolve especially in the electronics world but the megapixel race reminds me of the mega/gigaherz race between AMD and Intel. in a not to distant future we will only have a 1 gigapixel sensor and a 10mm lens and then we will crop the hell out of those files…don`t even care about perspective, depth of field and the other potographic nonsense.

    do i see technological progress..yes (and a mighty good one), do i see a kind of conspiracy to just keep the customers buying stuff…maybe, do i see any new tools that will make my life as photographer easiers or better my photography…no.

    i guess most user should ask themselves if the 3k for the cam and extra 3k for “new stuff” wouldn`t be better of travelling the world an actually pushing their “old” equipment and their skills to a new level…(might not be applicable for ppl on this site…more so for the general public).

    i`m not really trying to make a point, just a bit confused…

    • Dennis,
      Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed my dream/nightmare! Indeed it may seem like a conspiracy at times, but technology marches on, despite the fact that sometimes, we want it to pause for a while. It’s not all bad, however, as Moore’s Law ensures that we continue to get more for less. But it can be a daunting task to keep up with the ever shortening product cycles and technological obsolescence associated with them. Although I am a bit of a technology junkie at heart, I always try to focus on the real “value” some new piece of gear brings to my photography. That helps guide my decisions and tempers getting too caught up in the latest fad.
      Bob

  22. 37
    ) Ray Rullo

    They say a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into. So what is a D800?
    Ray

    • Ray,
      It can be a God send to those that can/will use it to its maximum potential. Of course, it could also be the Titanic, with respect to your wallet, if you find yourself buying tons of gear that won’t provide any significant improvement to your photography! :)
      Bob

  23. 43
    ) Kāzas

    Yesterday I tested new Nikon D4 and also D800 with lenses 24mm f1.4, 14-24mm f2.8, and also telephoto lenses 200mm f2.8 and 400mm f4 at the Nikon event in Tallin. Nikon D4 was not very popular there, everybody was looking for Nikon D800 shots. I noticed quality loss with wide lenses and high Isos. You can see my Nikon D800 photos, only cropped. Raws was 50Mb big. Adobe Raw does no recognize new RAW yet.

    There were Joe McNally also.
    http://photologs.net/nikon-d800-low-light-tests-and-exclusive-interview-with-joe-mcnally/

    • 44
      ) Don

      I would say the reason the D4 was not popular is the price. Over here in Finland people are dying to get one.

  24. 45
    ) Jacob A.

    Great article Bob. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has crazy dreams like this, haha.

    I must say I’m awfully temped to get a d800 after seeing all of these great reviews pour in. Right now I’m shooting with a D4 and D3, but I’m seriously considering flipping the D3 for a D800 considering it can keep up in terms of high ISO performance and low light dynamic range. I suppose I should have pre-0rdered one though, because it may be quite some time before I can get my hands on one at this point.

  25. 46
    ) Zero_Equals_Infinity

    Well I guess we know who wears the pants in that family. ;)

  26. I really enjoyed that one :)

  27. 48
    ) Kevin

    Reminds me of my ex….. :p

  28. You missed a bet. Surely your D800 wants THE BEST… so why not go Zeiss, where you can buy a 6-pack of superb lenses for only about $6500K.

    Hilarious! And oh, so true.

    • Eric,
      Zeiss lenses sound like a “bargain!” Don’t give the D800 any more reasons for me to go shopping! :)
      Bob

  29. 52
    ) Avi Avivi

    Bob,

    You and your D800 cost me a lot of money :-) the extreme pro, heavy leather NYC strap, lowepro trekker 400, 24-70/2.8, filters… All bought as a result of this entry… My D800E keeps whispering about the 300/2.8 but since my camera bag now easily exceeds the $10,000 mark, I find it easier to resist :-). Awesome entry, thanks!

    - Avi

    • Avi,
      I don’t know how to tell you this, but your D800 emailed me and told that its next “need,” was the new Nikon 800mm f/5.6! ;)
      Thanks for commenting,
      Bob

  30. 54
    ) Ting Tian

    Lmao! Excellent article Bob. From my point of view, it is actually a brief gear buying guide for D800. I am really glad to know that I am not the only one who pre-charged an EN-EL15 even before the D800 got delivered, lol. The best part is, I do not own any camera that uses EN-EL15… in other words, I bought that battery several months ago only for my incoming D800. similar thing happened to my tripod&head system, computer system, etc. Thank you for your awesome article&fist for the similar experience…AGhh.

    • Ting,
      Glad you enjoyed it. That is just the way it goes with some things – once you get one, it can command you to buy others! ;)
      Bob

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