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I found out that what I was seeing was what I knew – but I was surprised nevertheless. Yes, depth of field is less if you triple the amount of megapixels, yes, sometimes I am impatient, yes camera shake is a lot worse than you think, yes the wind moves the camera and the tripod and yes, the Tuscan soil is not as stable as you expect. Use Live View at 400mm, zoom in and shiver at the sight of an slow earth quake – which is in reality just a less than perfect tripod position.
I shouldn’t have been worried. Now I’m at home I see how many pictures are just perfect after some slight post processing, even at 100%. Some are not, but I know, it happens, it happened before and it will always happen. It’s what makes us so happy with the perfect ones.
Still, I’ve got the D800-blues: now I know everything I do is nicer with this camera. There is nothing I want more than to take the D800E back to Tuscany or to the Drôme, or just anywhere where the world is beautiful and spend my time with her. Alas, that's impossible – at least for a while. Yes, I’ve got the D800- blues and I’m sure she’s got it too.

Progress doesn't always make us blissfully happy. All those years we were happy with 12 MP, and then all of a sudden we got 36. (Yes some of us had 24, but those were a happy few and I didn’t belong them - except for some prolonged testing periods.)
Now I’ve got it, 36 MP and even 10-20% more resolution thanks to no OLP-filter, but I’ve got also something else: the D800-blues. Let me explain.
This camera makes me a little worried while taking pictures: is the camera ok, are my lenses, is my tripod? I checked the outer focus points, and even let the camera calibrate before I left (more about that this here). I checked my lenses, set up AF fine tuning and still some pictures were not sharp enough - for 100% that is. At 50% - what roughly used to be 100% at 12 MP – the pictures were perfect. That means I was constantly making better pictures than before. Often it looked like they had exactly the resolution I could expect from 36 MP, sometimes less, but always more – than previously.

Picture data: 1/50s f/8 70-200/2.8 VRII @ 200mm, approx. DX-crop.
(I made the picture first without the crop and started then to look for a different viewpoint . By the time I went back to my original position to make the picture with 300 mm the light had changed. I was very happy the D800E compensated for my mistake by allowing me to crop.).




On Nikon camera's, Nikon lenses and more
By Dré de Man, photographer, journalist, and author of 22 books on digital photography and Nikon camera's