|The new Nikon D800, from the Nikon website.|
What does this mean for me? Well, I used to shoot several film formats: 4x5 for scenics, Hasselblad 2 1/4 for scenics and some action, then 35mm in black and white and color (so two bodies minimum) and 16mm film for my TV work. Often the choice was which to shoot first. I missed lots of good 35mm shots while I was shooting 16mm. With my setup I could crank a 35mm lens onto my 16mm with a C-mount. It gave me great film with superb Nikkor lenses and a crop ratio of 1:2, so a 300mm Nikkor gave me the equivalent of a 600mm in 16mm. But the choice, still or motion picture, was always hard.
|A young grizzly boar near Atlin B.C. Richard Wright photo|
There are of course, many other features. These are just a few of those that affect me. I always try to think of a new lens or camera in terms of what it will do for me that I cannot do with the equipment I have. If it won’t effect my final images or workflow then I don’t need it. This model will allow me to shoot images I cannot capture now, and in higher resolution. It also opens up video/film shooting to me once again. I can offer clients greater options, and shoot photos closer to what I imagine or envision, and that is the ultimate goal.
Finally there is another dealmaker. The D4 retails at $6300 Cdn. The D800 retails at $3149. Is it the D4? Nope. But having it will not stop me buying a D4 if I need it or can afford it in the future.
There is one negative issue of course: How to get your hands on one. Remember it is not being released until mid March, so they are not on store shelves, and likely will not be for several months. I called a Vancouver B.C. camera store which I favor and they already have 16 preorders, which they do not expect to be filled until the end of March.
Watch the web for reviews and example photos but here are some links to get started if you are interested or in the market.