Images from Another World

I just came back from a trip and wanted to share some of the images that were taken with the Nikon D800. Since I did not have a chance to shoot much with the D800 before the trip, my Nikon D800 Review had very few sample images, some of which were pretty bad for my taste. But as I have already pointed out, I had to publish the review before my trip, because our readers kept on sending me emails on a daily basis, asking when the review will be available. It is still a work in progress, so I will be updating it with more information this week. Check back the review occasionally and you will find more valuable information with plenty of details. Some readers requested me to provide more image samples and comparisons with the 5D Mark III and the D700, so I will do that later this week as well.

Back to the images from another world – the below images were taken with the D800 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G, Nikon 24mm f/1.4G and Nikon 85mm f/1.8G lenses, in a remote location of New Mexico, known as “Bisti Badlands”:

Nikon D800 Sample (1)

The Nikon D800 produces images that for some reason remind me of film. The dynamic range of the camera is absolutely stunning, not even comparable to anything I have used in the past. I shot the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D Mark III side by side and the difference in dynamic range was very obvious in high contrast situations.

Nikon D800 Sample (7)

I am starting to like the Canon 5D Mark III though, it is also a superb camera – definitely a world better than the Canon 5D Mark II in terms of ISO and AF performance. To my surprise, it also has a much better and more comfortable grip than the D800.

Nikon D800 Sample (2)

Shadow recovery options are insane in Lightroom 4 when working with the D800 14-bit RAW files. Not only plenty of shadow data is preserved, but you could also pull out most colors from those shadow areas without adding too much noise.

Nikon D800 Sample (3)

Going back and looking at my old D700 files, it is hard to believe there is so much difference in performance between the two.

Nikon D800 Sample (4)

Similar to the D7000, the D800 will definitely put some stress on your lenses. If you like everything to be sharp at 100% from corner to corner, then you might be disappointed with your Nikon 28-300mm or similar lenses.

Nikon D800 Sample (5)

One thing that surely bugs me is Nikon’s decision to flip the + and – signs for both in-camera adjustments and the Zoom In / Out function.

Nikon D800 Sample (6)

Nikon D800 Sample (9)

Nikon D800 Sample (10)

This one reminds me of Popeye for some reason :)

Nikon D800 Sample (11)

Nikon D800 Sample (8)

Nikon D800 Sample (12)

As always, EXIF data is attached to each of the posted image.

Nikon D800 Sample (13)

These images are now a part of the Nikon D800 Review.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) ja
    April 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

    rocks are rough, but sky is sweet but last one ;)

    • April 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Is rough bad? :)

      • 41
        ) ja
        April 5, 2012 at 12:42 am

        No. Probably “rough rocks” mean in English something else that I mean. Sky with clouds is like teddy bear; rocks are like angry wild bear so there is a huge contrast in mu opinion. Sweat vs wild. ;)

        • 42
          ) ja
          April 5, 2012 at 12:44 am

          So last photo is “born to be wild” :)

  2. 2
    ) Srini
    April 4, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Nice work again! Excellent images…Always love those beautiful uniform blue sky….thanks for sharing them….Looking forward to more images and comparisions….I hope you will find time to test the 24-120mm as well…

    • April 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you Srini! The 24-120mm f/4 has been tested and it works exceptionally well on the D800, so it is perfectly safe to buy it.

      • 21
        ) Srini
        April 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

        Thanks Nazim….Appreciate the response….I assume there are no noticeable darkness around the edges; if there is, we have LR4 to take care of it….

        When you find time, please post lens wise images….No hurry though

        • April 5, 2012 at 12:17 am

          Srini, correct – Lightroom will address the vignetting issues with the built-in lens corrections tool.

          • 32
            ) Srini
            April 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

            Thank you Nazim!

  3. April 4, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Thank you for the great article. Nikon made a very genius step by putting to d800 last technological developments: huge sensor, clean video output, incredible high iso performance, outstanding focus system, wi-fi/gps gadgets and more… They knew how big is the technological progress is. They prepare for it and
    D800 is going to be powerful at least 4-5 years (unlike the d700 that after 2 years seem to be technologically old).
    People that say that the 36Mp sensor is very big and useful – are wrong. After a couple of years they will say “36 megapixels – it’s not enough! I want more! I want more” =)

  4. 4
    ) Iqbal
    April 4, 2012 at 3:26 am

    This is crazy!
    So.. is HDR technique going to be obsolete too?

    • April 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      HDR is dead for me personally, because I do not like its cartoonish look. Realistic HDR is OK, but I still avoid it. Looks like with the D800, you can get pretty realistic looking images without the use of HDR.

  5. April 4, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Hi Nasim,

    These pics are really awesome. I just love the blue sky. The chosen place is interestingly good.
    How did you get that perfect blue sky. Is it from GND filter or Graduated filter in lightroom etc?

    • 9
      ) Marcus
      April 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Or with the help of a circular polarizer.

    • April 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Kumar, I try to do everything in-camera, so that I do not have to do much work in post-processing. It took me two hours to go through 500 images and pick the ones I like and post them here. The blue sky is a result of bright landscape + polarizing filter (although not all the shots were taken with a CPL). Some darkening of blues was done in Lightroom as well.

  6. 6
    ) Matt
    April 4, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Nasim, these are superb! You have a terrific eye.

    The D800′s dynamic range does appear to be excellent, with great detail in the bright clouds and the dark shadows.

    You mentioned how much detail is available in the shadow areas, but what about the highlights? I read somewhere that the D3/D700 sensor allowed for more highlight recovery than the D4/D800 sensors.

    Also, do you think that the D800 metering system yields exposures that protect the highlights, or do you find it necessary to dial in negative exposure compensation?

    Thanks!

    • April 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Matt! As for highlight recovery, I do not think it is any worse than what the D700 allows. Check out the Nikon D800 Review and go to the very bottom of it where I show a scene with bright peaks and very dark shadows. I had to reduce the peaks by about 2 stops and brighten up the shadows by about 2.5 stops. All details on the peaks are preserved and nothing is lost…

      And metering…gosh, it is pretty darn amazing. With the D700, I have to constantly change my exposure and rely on exposure compensation a lot. With the D800, I set it to 0 EV and it nailed almost every shot. There were very few cases when I had to dial exposure compensation. Shooting the 5D Mark 3 side by side, there were plenty of situations where the 5D Mark 3 was grossly overexposing or underexposing, even in rather ordinary lighting. The D800 worked like a champ!

      This metering system, by far, is the best on the market today – without a doubt. You realize this quickly when shooting with other cameras.

      • 25
        ) Matt
        April 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        Thanks for the response, Nasim! I’m getting more and more excited about the D800 with each one of your posts! It’s a shame about the 5D Mark 3′s shoddy metering, especially considering that Canon RAW files have far less editing latitude than Nikon’s.

  7. 7
    ) Phoenix
    April 4, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Nasim, I love following your blog and learn so much.

    In today’s piece on photos from the D800 you wrote: “Similar to the D7000, the D800 will definitely put some stress on your lenses. If you like everything to be sharp at 100% from corner to corner, then you might be disappointed with your Nikon 28-300mm or similar lenses.”

    From my much more limited experience with my D7000 I’ve found this to b true. So I was wondering which lenses work best (as in sharpest) with the D7000. For me, I’d like to put my money on new lenses. Currently my line-up is: 70-210mm AF – F4, 50mm AF -F1.4 and 35-70 AF -F 2.8. My subjects are nature (birds, landscape, butterflies/dragonflies, flowers), portraits and dogs.

    I know my subject is a little off topic and I very much appreciate your guidance. I’ve been putting this off for too long, probably afraid to make a mistake.

    • April 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Phoenix, your 50mm will work fine, but I am not so sure abou tthe other two lenses…those are pretty old designs. In terms of what to get, your photography spans a lot of different areas that pretty much require different lenses. For landscapes, the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR is an amazing lens that I highly recommend. For wildlife, you will have to get at least the Nikon 300mm f/4 to get great results. If budget is an issue, the Nikon 70-300mm VR is also a good lens. And for macro, there are plenty of different choices – from 40mm to 105mm.

      • 20
        ) Phoenix
        April 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        Thank you so much Nasim! This is very helpful. I read your review on the 300mm F4 earlier and am leaning towards it for wildlife. Besides my 50mm F1.4 AF, what would you recommend for portraits using the D7000? One last question, would you recommend the 24-120mm F4 on the D7000?

        • April 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

          Phoenix, if you are after portraiture, check out the new Nikon 85mm f/1.8G – it is really good. As for the 24-120mm, I personally do not like it on a DX sensor, because it is more like a 36-180mm lens. I would rather shoot with something wider for landscapes.

          • 51
            ) Phoenix
            April 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

            Thanks Nasim for your prompt reply. You are such a gift of knowledge and professionalism. I will check out your recommendation.

  8. 8
    ) Keith
    April 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I too received a D800 2 weeks ago, and I am very impressed with quality. ***About flipping the +,-, I was having the same issue.
    But just change one of the custom setting bank to D to go to the other version and have them reversed. Still love a D700 though. my second camera now.

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Keith, yes, I changed mine right away as well, but it still bugs me that Nikon made it a default setting…

  9. 10
    ) Dan Ratliff
    April 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Hello Nasim,

    How does one know when a downsampled image is downsampled to 12mp from 36mp, for example? I downsample in PS for printing size, but I only have an actual image size, not resolution size like 12mp that you have spoken of. Obviously I’m missing something here.

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Dan, when you export an image out of Lightroom and specify a smaller width, the downsampling process happens automatically…

      You can also downsample an image in Photoshop by going to Image->Image Size

  10. 11
    ) John
    April 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Amazing photos! Always enjoy reading your posts Nasim.

  11. 12
    ) Michael
    April 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Check this link on “Backwards Thinking”, it might help you with some settings being reversed.

    http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2012/04/03/testing-the-nikon-d4-backwards-thinking/

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Michael, yes, I did change the settings right away, but I am still wondering why Nikon decided to do this as a default setting…

  12. 22
    ) gus
    April 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Lovely pictures Nasim! I have enjoyed your blog and it has been very informative! Thanks for that!

    One question though, why shoot with both the 24-70 and the 24/1.4? Wouldn’t it be redundant given that the pictures are landcapes (ergo, little need for wide open)?

    Thanks

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:32 am

      Thank you Gus!

      The idea was to see how the 24-70mm would do in comparison to the 24mm in the corners. To my surprise, my biggest issue was lack of depth of field, not lens sharpness. I did not want to go past f/8 due to diffraction, but f/8 was just not enough in many cases with foreground and background objects. This is why FX will never be like MF!

  13. 23
    ) Adnan Khan
    April 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Wow! fabulous pictures and I’m loving this ever growing review :)

    Thanks a lot Nasim for the good work :)

    If you can please show sample pics or tell about the mediocre prime lenses or lenses which are cheaper but very good lenses, like 28mm 2.8 AI-s , 24mm 2.8 AF-D, 85mm 1.8 AF-D , 55mm 2.8 Micro AI-s and 16-35 F4 VR on D800 that would be great otherwise I’m so tempted for the Zeiss 15mm 2.8 Nikon version which costs same as the D800 for serious Landscape work and that would really lighten my wallet :)

    I’m so tempted towards the D800E but most of the reviews and some friends are really discouraging me and they want me to get the D800 as they are in favor for D800 not D800E and deep down I still want the E version for Landscape and nature , for other stuff D7000 is enough for me,really double minded …never happened to me,strange scenario :)
    I think the Leica M9 also has no AA filter and many guys are shooting trouble free with it.

    regards

    Adnan

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

      Adnan, if landscapes are your thing, you want the D800E for sure. As for lenses, not sure if I will get a chance to test the old primes, but who said the 16-35mm is mediocre? I shot a few images with the 16-35mm and 24-120mm f/4 and both performed great on the D800.

      • 50
        ) Adnan Khan
        April 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        Nasim, thank you very much ,then “E” it is boss :)

        The 16-35 came in the list in writing , I was actually referring to affordable sharp lenses.
        All of these lenses give me superb quality on F100.

        I personally have set 28 2.8AI-s (gives great results on FM3a and D7000), 55 2.8 Micro AI-s (super sharp glass I’ve seen from Nikon) 85 1.8 AF-D (great lens on D700,D7000 and Film, sharp overall ) 105 Micro VR and 16-35 VR for the D800 including the 200 F4 Micro and 300 F4 AF-S.
        Personally I like prime lenses , zooms are not quite as consistent as primes IMHO but are very very useful too. Beside these said lenses I have 70-300 VR ,50 1.4 and 1.8 AF-D. In DX 18-55,18-200 VR and 35 1.8G.

        Any lens you would like to recommend ? …I personally am very tempted towards the new Zeiss 15mm 2.8 it’s a fantastic piece of glass.

        It’s a hobby getting serious for me now :)

        The main reason I wanted the E version is that I’m nearly zero in post processing and can do slight tweaking in LR3, I don’t know how to use Photoshop or whatever I can do in PS I can do better in LR3.
        I like to use hardware filters a lot and the E version will back the lost sharpness IMO.

        Thanks again for taking the time to reply

        regards

        Adnan

  14. 24
    ) susan
    April 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks for another great review.

  15. 26
    ) Gunnar Pritsch
    April 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Excellent review. One of the best I read so far.
    It would be nice if you could write a bit more about the D4 vs D800. Obviously Nikon made some choices. But I am not a professional photog – just a dad who likes to take pics of the family and all kinds of situations. I currently shoot the D3s and Fuji x100 and x1pro; and have D4 and D800E on order. as I read these reports it seems the D4 has nothing to offer other than 5 more pics per second over the D800. For high iso the old D3S seems better! Do you see any reason to buy both D4 and D800 cameras?

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Gunnar, if you already have the D3s, then I would skip the D4 upgrade – unless you need better video, built-in ethernet and wireless capabilitlies. As for D4 vs D800, they are cameras for very different needs. If I were a sports and wildlife photographer, I would not hesitate and get the D4 for its speed and super high ISO ranges. For everything else, the Nikon D800 is what I would recommend.

  16. 27
    ) Jesper
    April 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Nasim
    Very exiting reading!
    I have a D800 on preorder from B&H, havn’t heard anything for a long time though. Reading the other post by Roman about the D700, im starting to get second thoughts.
    I have a used D700 on offer with only 3000 frames, that means I could get the 24-70 f2.8 and very soon the 70-200. If I go with the D800 I will have to “settle” with the 24-120 f4.
    Any thoughts on that from anyone with expirence on either camera/lenses?

    Thanks for a great website – that i follow daily!

    Jesper

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:47 am

      Jesper, B&H should be shipping the D800 in about two weeks, after they come back from the holidays. As for D700 vs D800, it really depends on whether you need a high resolution camera or not. For most photography needs, the D700 has plenty of resolution. But if you are into landscape photography and need the option to print large, then the D800 is what you want. Any time, I would pick better glass over a better camera!

      • 46
        ) Jesper
        April 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

        Thanks Nasim, I will take that into consideration. It is indeet a rollercoster ride of emotions, deciding what stuff to get – I change my mind about ten times a day!

        Thanks again for a great website – it has been my inspiration to get back into photogtaphy. All your “how to” articles have helped me a great deal.

        Jesper

  17. 28
    ) Shah
    April 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    Simply saying thank you for sharing such beautiful photos and great, positive tone reviews and views. I tip my hat to all camera manufacturers for producing wonderful tools for the people who wants to use them to the best of its ability. This in turn creates a healthy dose of professional rivalry between the manufacturers pushing them to produce great creative and innovative products.

    You always make me reach for my camera and go for a wonder to capture something. Keep up the wonderful work.

    Thank you and kind regards,
    Shah

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Thank you Shah, I really appreciate the feedback!

  18. 30
    ) Leonleo
    April 5, 2012 at 12:18 am

    thanks Nasim for great review and photos.
    Would you be able to comment on the AF performance of d800 as well as how it compared to 5d mark3?

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Leonleo, the AF performance of the D800 is the best I have seen on a Nikon body – definitely an improvement over the D700 in dark situations. The Canon 5D Mark III is also impressive in terms of AF, but I will have to shoot with it a little more to truly understand the differences…

  19. 47
    ) Sergey
    April 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Hi Nasim! Theese images look beautiful! DR range is incredible. Did you experienced any kind of focusing issues with 24 f1.4 on d800? Cause for some users the right or left corner were consistently out of focus.

    • April 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Sergey, I did experience focusing issues with the 24mm f/1.4G when focusing very close with the center focus point – the lens front focused on me. I had to dial +15 AF fine tune to get it to be sharp. I will be doing additional tests of the lens on the D700 body to see if this is related to the D800, or the lens. I think it is the lens and if it is, I will have to send it to Nikon for calibration!

      • 49
        ) Sergey
        April 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

        Thanks for reply Nasim! Looking forward to know whether this is lens or camera related.

  20. 52
    ) Syed
    April 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Hi
    I pre order D800 with 50mm 1.8G, 105mm Macro f2.8 G at B&H but little confused between 24 – 120mm f4g or 24-70mm f2.8g. Initially I ordered 24-70mm f2.8 but modified the order to 24-120 f4 after going through your review mentioning if I am going to give a rough beating than 24-120 is a good lens. I am not a pro but a serious hobbyist. I am a very regular reader of your blog for the past couple of months. Please take me out of this confusion as I have a lot of trust on your recommendations.

  21. 53
    ) Syed
    April 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Hello Nasim
    Great review on D800 and amazing pictures. After going once through your blog a couple of months back, I became fan of it and now i visit it daily and trying to read all the previous posts. I am not a pro but a serious hobbyist. I pre ordered D800 with 50mm f1.8g, 105mm macro 2.8g and 24-70mm f2.8g. Later I modified my order from 24-70mm f2.8g to 24-120mm f4 VR lens after going through your review but I am still in a state of two mind 24-70 or 24-120? I trust your recommendations and will appreciate if you give me a final word and take me out of this uncertainty.
    Thanks

    • April 6, 2012 at 2:46 am

      Syed, no need to have uncertainty – the 24-120mm works very well on the D800!

      • 61
        ) Syed
        April 6, 2012 at 4:55 am

        Salam! Nasim

        I appreciate your reply and I have confirmed my order with your recommended store and now waiting for the stuff anxiously to play with.

  22. 54
    ) Dean M.
    April 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for the great shots and was very timely to note the “film like quality”, paraphrased, of course. Also the remarks re Lightroom 4 was good to know.
    I noted on a website last night that Nikon is soon (?) announcing new lenses, I would think to keep up the now present 36MP 800′s.
    Could we look forward to a review of monopods at a future time?
    Thanks again for great work.
    BTW, lived in NM (outside Santa Fe) for four years and never knew the area photographed existed.
    D

    • April 6, 2012 at 2:45 am

      Dean, thank you for your feedback! Not sure how soon new lenses come out, but as far as I know some of them will be for DX sensors. I do not think their release will be related to the D800 to be honest…

      As for monopods, definitely – we will be doing some reviews of tripods and monopods very soon!

  23. 55
    ) Sam
    April 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Hi,
    I have Nikon D800 and I am having issue with low light wide angle lenses. Sharpness is not there and I am shooting at f/16. Do you see any issue? When I print 20×30 , I see worse then D700 sharpness. Any suggestions? I am thinking to switch to 5D Mark3 because of the sharpness. I use to have D700 and able to see the sharp sand on the beach but with D800 it sucks. It is not sharp at all. Am I doing somethng wrong. I am using 17-35 2.8.

    • April 6, 2012 at 2:41 am

      Sam, check your lens – it probably has a focus issue. My images shot with wide angle lenses look fine.

  24. 56
    ) Sam
    April 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Do you have the chart for fine tuning the AF for 17-35 2.8, 28-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8? Please if you have and like to share? If you don’t want to share then please let me know how to check and fine tune my camera.

    • April 6, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Sam, a chart for fine tuning? There is no such thing, because fine tuning is different for every lens that has focus issues out there. I think you need to understand this feature a little better before making changes to the camera…

      • 62
        ) sam
        April 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

        Can you give direction how can I learn that?

        • April 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

          Sam, AF fine tune requires a careful setup with a camera mounted on a tripod, then a focus chart placed at an angle. Then you will have to take pictures and start measuring the focus differences. One by one, you will have to test different AF fine tune settings to see what works for you. I will be writing an article on this process soon, but meanwhile, google “focus chart” and “AF Fine Tune Instructions” and check out some of the articles…

  25. 63
    ) Dennis L
    April 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Nasim,

    I am still waiting for the D800 from Amazon then I will sell my D7000 and 2 other DX-lenses. I will have left the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.8D lenses. I shoot mainly portraits, events, in studio. Do you think those 2 lenses will be sufficient for my need with D800? I will eventually get the 70-200 VRII. Thanks.

    • April 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Dennis, your 24-70mm will finally get fully used on the D800! I think those two lenses would be sufficient for most needs, so I would not buy another lens until you hit the wall.

  26. 64
    ) George Gravett
    April 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Nasim, your images are wonderful. And your reviews are SO valuable!
    Fortunately (for me) your conclusions support my decision to buy the D800 with the 24-120 f/4. I already have the lens and am waiting, waiting for the body. I even have the grip!
    Of course, I fully expect the new camera to give me pictures like yours here, even on a cloudy day in the middle of town…. heheh

    • April 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thank you George!

      The 24-120mm will work great on the D800. I tried this combo and it works just as well as the 24-70mm! I am sure you will not be disappointed :)

      Nasim

  27. 65
    ) Sam
    April 7, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Great, but i´ve got a Question, you are always talking about downsampling,
    how to do this in photoshop and aperture?
    thanks

    • April 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Sam, the process is built into Aperture and Lightroom – just export with smaller dimensions and it will be done automatically. Here is how to resize images in Photoshop.

      • 71
        ) Sam
        April 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        ah great! Thanks rachmat!

  28. 70
    ) MikeT
    April 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Nice shots! Have you noticed any change in banding on black and white shots. I usually get it in clear blue skies that are converted to mono then pushed a bit in processing.

    • April 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Mike, no I have not noticed any banding issues on my copy of the D800 so far.

  29. April 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Nasim – Your photos with the d800 are wonderful. Have you received your d800e yet or do you know if they have even started to send any out? And after shooting with the d800 do you still think the d800e is the way to go for landscapes or is the d800 good enough.

    I am kind of thinking I should have ordered the d800 now even though I shoot 90% landscapes that are all cropped and enlarged quite a bit for my business.

    thank you

    jack

    • April 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Thank you Jack! No, the D800E has not shipped yet…I am really hoping to receive it by the end of April. Do not change your order to the D800 – the D800E will be worth the wait. The D800 is good, but the D800E will be better for landscapes!

  30. 75
    ) Brad
    April 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

    VERY BEAUTY PHOTOS! You are a great photographer! When I read: “Images from Another World”, I thought of a new journey of a Nikon-camera in interstellar space.
    Few people know that Nikon has also been many times in space with NASA((as the Hasselblad)!

    In the year 1971, Photomic Nikon FTN was used on Apollo 15!

    In the eighties(since 1980), Nikon was used aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia

    In the 90(since 1991), the Nasa used 2 Nikon: F4 and F4S

    In the year 1999, the Nikon F5 (+Nikkor lens) were into the Space Shuttle Discovery to take photos of extravehicular activities (EVA)

    In the year 2008, six Nikon D2XS digital cameras were used in space, by NASA, to document the work of NASA

    At the beginning of the year 2010, NASA has bought again D3S Digital SLR Cameras and Interchangeable Lenses from Nikon!

    Your pictures, they look really taken on another world!

  31. 76
    ) Terry
    April 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Nice shots. I was at the Bisti Wilderness a week after you. Shot with the D800 and mostly used the f4, 24-120. A pretty wonderful combo.

  32. May 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Wow! Perfect! Are these all from Nikon Cam? I got to have one with this cam really. I just love so much the photos. They are picture perfect!

  33. 78
    ) Afshin
    July 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Nasim, I very much new to DSLRs and my first camera is D7000 + 35mm f1.8. but now after a year of having the camera i’m looking to get a bother lens maybe a zoom lens. I want to shoot different things such landscapes, birds, flowers and things such as water falls and sunset and sunrise also a little of astrophotography such stars. but any way right now my budget is around $1100 and I was looking in nikon 18-300mm DX but I’m not sure that in one year from now I’m going to upgrade to FX body such D800 so Nasim would tell me what lens do you suggest me to get, should get nikon 18-300, 28-300 or I should safe more money for 24-70mm f2.8? Thank you.

  34. 79
    ) Dvir
    September 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for posting your photos of the “bisti badlands” because i was than able to go there and take my own photographs. It is really a magical place, and again thank you for enlightening me on the whereabouts of this place, and thus allowing me to go there. I must say though your photographs are better than mine.

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