The Grip seem strangely smaller vs the D700. That was the first thing I noticed on a long shoot.
The fps is not the same as the “all around” D700 at 8fps FF. I really did not think I would miss the 8fps. Because I only fire off 3 frames in a row at most. But, the difference from 8fps to 4fps is more than I thought. Even on a sand trap shot , that second shot of the ball coming out of the sand is sometimes too far away (and maybe not even” in” the frame). But, the detail is amazing.
Sometimes on a news event you are basically in a Dog Fight. And what happens is not in your control. And worse, it might not be about getting something different, or creative (there is like 12 of you “PROs” shooting in the same location), it’s about not being the “only” one that did NOT get “the moment”. That’s like a reoccurring Nightmare! And when all those shutters are going off… and then, it gets quiet … You BETTER have the shot ! LOL. (refuse to bring a scalpel to a Gun Fight, no matter how great (sharp) it is … so , far I still am using my D700 with grip at 8fps) … when Nikon ships a D800 at 8fps with Grip , that would be a wow, and a must buy. My guess, 3 years from now. :)
fyi: if you want better performance in Lightroom v4 , there is no substitute for a Very Fast i7. Yes, ram and SSD are important , but processor speed is your best friend across all things you do.
And I do notice that the D800 is making me handhold more careful than before. The high res will expose weakness. :) Lens and Technique.
But, when you get it right it is a thing of beauty packed with detail ! (and I feel I can even lower my sharpening settings vs any camera I had before)
Nikon D800 DxOMark … Best Sensor Analyzed on DxOMark (as of April 2012)
D800 vs 5D mkIII DxOMark
What I like about the Rob Galbraith review is the Rollover and specific 100% crops
Luminous Landscape D800 review by Michael Reichmann
Luminous Landscape D800e by Mark Dubovoy
Fred Miranda D800 vs 5d MkIII ... with DR test
Nikon D800 wins Camera Grand Prix 2012 award and public 'best camera' vote
DPR D800 review
LensRentals , What Lens to use on the D800 ..
Zeiss 25mm f2 (f4, f5.6), Zeiss 21mm f2.8 (f2.8,f4), zeiss 50mm f2 and the f1.4 (f5.6) , Nikon 24mm f1.4 (f4, f5.6, f8) ... Zooms 14-24 f2.8 (f5.6), 16-35 f4 VR (f5.6), 24-70 f2.8 (f8) , and my fav 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (f4 , with corner sharpness as a strength)
Many more on the below LINK:
The Camera Store TV D800 vs 5D mkIII part 1
CrisisLab part II review
D800 vs 5D mkIII video
I AM D800
7/27/12 My D800 does not have the Left AF issue, but there has been some blogging working PROs that have seen this issue in there own D800.
"Seems" like the Nikon Fix is in on new shipments.
Lot of info about the issue here: http://www.bythom.com/D800autofocus.htm
6/27/12 update am now certain I have a D800 CLS triggering issue to the sb900's.
It is unreliable. As shown in this Video: http://lumenatic.com/2012/03/25/d800-and-wireless-flash-photography-problems/
When I need to do a quick and dirty product shoot, I almost always use the D800/D700 internal flash to trigger sb900's. So, when I do a 12 to 24 shot shoot in studio I may only see it not trigger once.
But, it seems the worst issues is when you are on location , on a paid shoot. :)
It happen to me when I used the D800 to trigger strobes and sb900's on at AD shoot FW1.00
Then it happened to me again just this weekend on a paid job in a Hotel triggering 4 sb900 and a few manual flashes with my RadioPopper Radio trigger PX , which uses the D800 internal flash for CLS. This was with FW1.02 installed on B.
The Big issue on this shoot was it started NOT triggering the flashes two times in a row. And did it on 2 times within a few minuites at the beginning of the shoot. I had to use one of my sb900 on the Hot Shoe of the D800 to trigger CLS reliably.
* I need to mention, on the D700 this NEVER happened, Ever!
So, as of 6/27/12 with FW 1.02 on B ... I still Hang when I review with Blinkys. AND the CLS trigger with the internal flash is unreliable. What is really irritating is that it is not consistant. Sometimes it works , and then all of a sudden it does not. Usually on a paid job. :)
Would also add that I had a issue with my new Sandisk Extreme PRO 64gb 95mb/s SD cardand Sandisk Extreme PRO 90mb/s on the CF back up slot. Had Hangs on aprox. 100 to 200 shots. And had to Re-start by taking out the Battery.
6/8/12 Nikon FW update 1.01 B is in ... and it helps. But, it does not completly kill the issue. I still got a hang on review (after the update). using Sandisk Extreme PRO 90mps and 95mps 64gb CF and SD cards. CF as the main, SD as the backup. Highlight blinky review.
7/26/12 This issue is NOT fixed.
* Important to mention this issue with the AF points , particularly the Left AF ... Center seems fine. This does not seem like it effects everyone, but it does seem to be a problem that a few PROs have noticed in there D800.
I normally use the Center , and Right AF points (portrait) ... in normal work use, I have not noticed any problems with my D800. But, note I rarely use the Left AF points. (do notice that my "next click" Up and Down AF points are better vs the Left and Right AF points in studio type low light)
A Very Good video on the D800 left AF point issue:
* Another way to check (the way I did it) is to mount D800 on tripod, shoot wide open with a sharp lens. My choice is f2.8 24-70 (my most used lens, but not my fav) @ f2.8. Get a target right under the Left AF point you are testing. Then flip to Live View and using Live View AF on that same target, take the shot. This shot will always be dead on (because it is using the sensor to AF). Now flip to the Optical VF and use that left AF point to AFS on the same target (remember to always use the focus ring to bring "out" the focus before each test). Now, if that AF point is off ... when you take the shot it will be soft vs your Live View shot being tack sharp. (note: the differance is Live View AF vs AFS) because if you are using a lens that the edges are not sharp to begin with (the spot under the AF point tested) you can only get as sharp as what your lens can do. And Live View AF can give you that baseline.
imho, if your Live View AF is pretty sharp on your left AF point. And using AFS on that same AF point gives you the same results, That's good enough. On a D800 at 100% on a 36mp file, you know when you missed a AF. And when you Hit It with a sharp fast lens stopped down to say f4 or f8 , that is also obvious.
Green LCD issue: http://www.learningdslrvideo.com/nikon-d800-greenish-lcd-tint/
This link is not specifically about the D800 ... but it is an important fact to know when using the D800 at 36mp ... it's not all about printing big. Clarity and Noise is improved with downsizing.
The Tourist of Light