Nikon D800E revisited

Despite ownning the Nikon D800E, most of the times my choices for landscape or/and travel were my medium format film cameras like the Plaubel Makina 67 and Fuji GSW690iii. In addition to those two, I would occasionaly employ the Gaoersi 6×17 panoramic camera and my Sinar Norma 4×5 view camera. Both the Plaubel and the Fuji GSW can match (or even surpass) the 36 megapixels of the Nikon and they offered me the distinctive look of film which I personally prefer over a digital image.

Since my free time is very limited nowadays and also I still haven’t decided to send my Nikon Coolscan 9000 for repair, I have been shooting much more with digital cameras during the last few months. I enjoy using the Fuji X100 or my Leica M8 and I am very satisfied form their performance, but being used to the huge resolution and dynamic range of medium format film, it was inevitable that the D800E would be employed sooner or later.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

Nikon D800E, Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

Zoom Crop from the image above

Zoom Crop from the image above

As you can see, the details are very impressing on a D800E image. Also consider the fact that this was a photo taken without a tripod with a telephoto lens with no stabilization, so you can easily guess how much better the image quality could be if using proper technique.

I will almost always use my GSW690iii on a tripod, and of course for my 6×17 and 4×5 cameras, a tripod is mandatory. But I can easily shoot with the D800E handheld and get superb results. Besides the huge resolution, the dynamic range is fantastic. In fact, I consider this to be the best asset of this camera, even more than the great resolution.

Nikon D800E, Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

Nikon D800E, Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

Zoom Crop from the image above

Zoom Crop from the image above

My favorite lens for the Nikon is the good old Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC. A superb leans by any means, and I also enjoy using it’s Defocus Control ring. For this trip I also brought with me the 24-70 f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4 and Tamron 90mm macro lens. That of course resulted in a heavy weight combo which has always been my biggest problem with the DSLR system. Heavy body and heavy lenses.

It’s a matter of personal taste since I know many people who don’t have any problem carrying a 7 kilos photo bag (that was the weight of my Lowepro with the gear I described earlier). But for me, its too much carrying it around. Now I can choose three primes like the 24mm, 50, and 135mm, and lighten the weight, but the 24-70 is a really a good lens for landscapes and travel. My NEX system with four lenses covering focal lengths from 24mm to 300mm feels almost like carrying an empty bag in comparison ! But of course, the NEX 5N is not a D800E.

Still, this is a camera I have really enjoying using since I decided to shoot more digital than film, so I guess it’s just a matter of time before I either get used to it or be much more selective about my lenses. What no one can argue is that the IQ of this camera is stellar, probably the best sensor in a camera today. So, there will be more images from the D800E coming in the future !

Enjoy the rest of the images.





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2 Responses to Nikon D800E revisited

  1. Frank says:

    Hi, I use a Sigma DP3M, the resolution is comparable to the Nikon D800, and the cam is very light and small. Only to use at iso 100/200 and with tripod for the best results. The 50mm lens on this little camera is fantastic!

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