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”:
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.
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.
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.
Going back and looking at my old D700 files, it is hard to believe there is so much difference in performance between the two.
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.
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.
This one reminds me of Popeye for some reason :)
As always, EXIF data is attached to each of the posted image.
These images are now a part of the Nikon D800 Review.