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This is the first photo I've shown here using a new camera that I've just got - it's a D800 which is Nikon's new 36mp DSLR.
I needed some real-life practice with it and a recent dawn visit to Blackpool was a great opportunity. I didn't have very long on the beach at all so only took a few photos. This one of the town's famous roller coaster was probably the best of a very mixed bunch.
It was photographed using a 10 stop ND filter (Lee) on a full size carbon fibre tripod using a cable release and 'mirror-up'. From the point of view of technical image quality the RAW image file is really great and far better than any of the handheld shots I took as none of those were as sharp as they should have been. It's clear that I'm going to have to re-learn the handholding technique that I've used for the last 5 years with my old D40 and D700 which were far more forgiving cameras - probably increasing my minimum shutter speeds will do it.
If any of you have been considering getting one of these new high megapixel cameras for yourselves then, I'll be happy, if I can, to answer any specific questions you may have about it.
The Nikon NEF Raw format image files that the sensor on this new camera produces are on a completely different league from all previous cameras that I've used but I guess it's going to take me a while before I learn how to get the best from them. The D800 feels like it's much more of a specialist landscape camera than my previous Nikon D700 and I suspect I'll be using my tripod a lot more than usual over the coming months in order to get the best out of it.
For landscape photography the two big areas of improvement that this new camera has over the D700 are:
(1) it's huge dynamic range and the ability to cleanly lift deep shadows in post processing if required, and....
(2) the very large 36mp images mean that these square format crops that I love doing so much are still 24mp instead of the 8mp of the ones from the D700.
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32 mm (35mm equiv.)