Yesserie…the D800 has landed in the office finally thanks to my good friends at B&H Photo & Video (now I know and appreciate the Video part of their name)! I’ve charged up the battery (took 3hrs), loaded the new firmware and then loaded in my initial settings into the camera. My initial settings were taken from the D4 and I did this for two reasons. The first is because I know what’s working in the D4 so I can quickly become familiar with the D800 (and discover any operational differences). The second is because I quickly learn what the D800 does not have included in its features the D4 does. Lots of little interesting things popped up doing this. One that has me still scratching my head is why the Exp Comp on the D800 is opposite of the D4? I quickly changed that with a Custom Setting but that one has me still wondering.
Other then taking the traditional first photo of my big toe (have to read Captured to understand that), I’ve not shot a single still with the D800 yet. As you read this though, I’m fixing that. I have shot though a number of videos, the ones posted this week for example, and it did a gorgeous job with those. I have read all the warnings, problems and issues folks are finding so I’m looking for those as I shoot. I’m thinking about comparisons between the D4 and D800 images as well since I’m being asked for those. So in all good time, I’ll get more info posted. It’s time to run from the office and get back to shootin!
I just can’t say enough great things about the Logistic Manager. Watch the video, you’ll see what I mean!
Yeap, I think my FlightTrack map for February pretty much confirms, I’m on the road a helluva lot. Many are now thinking about their travels for 2012 as well, I know because I get the emails asking what to take and how to carry it. This has always been one of the top five questions emailed to me. A vast majority of my site is devoted to help answer this question. You can find what camera gear I have and what I take on projects on the Moose’s Gear page. You can see what I take for wildlife, you can see what I take for aviation, you can see what I take for landscapes and what I take just around town. Not only is there a list of the gear, but nearly every piece of gear has a text explanation as well as a video. These are not sales pitches, these are just explanations why I have this tools with me. You don’t have to own any of this gear to be successful, it’s just what I’ve found works for me. As for the travel, that’s not necessary for success either. I’m just very fortunate I get to follow my passion to many locales either sharing them with others teaching or posting images here on the blog.
The Nikon D4 is the finest and funniest Nikon I have ever shot with! Coming from the D3x, I wondered is the shooting with less megapixels would be noticeable. Nikon did an excellent job with the D4, so much so that I don’t miss the D3x at all! The D4 has so many features that make it a stand apart.
The number 1 new feature of the D4 that rocks my world is its 6 stop range. This coupled with the new 91k meter and Exceed processor evolves exposure and photographic possibilities. Then comes its 10fps with nearly 100 frame buffer! While not a feature I use all the time, the times I’ve needed it, it rocks! Simple things like Custom Setting e4 is huge as is its new level feature. Then there is its video with 1080 video with its 2.7 1080 crop which is outstanding!
You can find my D4 settings here.
“What’s that lens on your body?” That is a real common question when I’m shooting with the 18mm and I shoot with it a lot so it’s a common question! This is simply an amazing lens from the past that still has a spot in my camera bag. It’s main attributes that I count on: small, compact size (13.4oz), 77mm filter size (can use a polarizer), AF (though not AFS) and it’s tack freakin sharp! It’s CRC, MFD and rectilinear design (though not officially noted as such) just add to its performance. It’s 100 degree coverage of view in such a small package just works in so many situations and being light weight, makes handholding a snap. Though long out of production, you can still find these gems used. What is really difficult to find is the HB-8 shade! And when you find them, the sellers tend to know they are hard to find! All I can say is, great lens!