After buying my Fuji X kit and being satisfied I’d bought a kit that would satisfy around 90% of my photography, I sold my Nikon D800! However, I kept nearly all of my full frame lenses, mostly all pro grade and I am glad I did. They worked fine on my Nikon D7100, but it’s horses for courses and of course with the DX crop factor of x1.5 all my lenses had a narrower field of view by that proportion. In fact, I only used my D7100 coupled to the Nikon AF-S 80-400mm VRII and I use it exclusively for wildlife. The Fuji X system is very special for me as it provides excellent imagery and enabled me to take an active interest in Street Photography. With its light weight portability it’s my first camera for holiday’s, travel and street photography. So, why the change of heart and a return to full frame with the D800E?
Simply it’s all to do with my landscape photography. Anyone here who has owned the D800, let alone the D800E will know of its extraordinary capability to take superb ultra sharp images. In fact I was so impressed with my DX D7100 with it’s AA filter removed I always wished I had originally bought the E version of the D800. The most important aspect for me with both the D800 and D7100 was the ability to take images capable of being severely cropped, but retain superb sharpness and detail.
In June 2014, Nikon did me a massive favour and launched the D810! Suddenly, the D800E which was retailing at the time at £2350 nose dived on the second hand market as folks sold to buy the new kid on the block. Good for them, they enabled me to buy a D800E at only a small amount more than I sold my D800 for. I did look at the D810, but quite frankly with it’s £2400 price tag I wasn’t interested in the little extra it offered over the now ceased D800/E range. Neither the D800 and more especially the “E” version are for the inexperienced photographer or one new to the world of the dSLR. However, with good technique, handheld or tripod mounted, the camera gives provides excellent imagery. Keep the speed up!
Below are a few images from the D800E and I can only say that it’s so good to say hello both to the FX camera again, but to use my 35mm Nikon lenses to their true potential once again.
Richard – 28/10/2014
Nikon D800E + Nikon 50mm f1.8 G – firstname.lastname@example.org – ISO400 – EV= -0.33
100% crop of above image.
Nikon D800E + Nikon 50mm f1.8 G – email@example.com – ISO200
Nikon D800E + Nikon 50mm f1.8 G – 1/320@f11 – ISO100
Nikon D800E + Nikon 80-400mm f3.5-5.6 G VRII – firstname.lastname@example.org – ISO400 – EV= -0.33 Focal length 400mm
Nikon D800E + Nikon 16-35mm f4 G – email@example.com – ISO200 – EV= -0.33 – Focal length 18mm.
100% crop of previous image – handheld.
Nikon D800E + Nikon 16-35mm f4 G – 1/800@f8 – ISO400