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Just received my D800 last night, so it's new and I don't have experience shooting it. I was so much looking forward to it after reading the avalanche of positive news online. I received my D4 in March and have used it extensively since then. I must say that I was a bit disappointed on buying the D4 because of the commentaries (it is just a D3s, the D800 is so much better, DxO has the D800 as the best sensor, etc. ). Now that I have the D800, I am wondering what people are talking about. I may 'grow' into the D800 but right now the D4 feels right and seems better at exposure, focus, build quality, dynamic range, everything except file size. What I would like is to hear opinions from other forum members who own BOTH the D4 & D800. Do they prefer one over the other? Am I too harsh on the D800?
just received your D800 last night and you are making statements like this? dont you think you should actually use the camera first before making sweeping unsubstantiated comments?
i dont agree on any of your points, the D800's af and exposure is exactly the same as the D4 and as for the Dynamic range, the D800 is actually better than the D4.
Iso is a funny one though, the D4 does go higher but is it actually usable for high quality work? Once you go above 5000 the image quality is unacceptable, to me, apart from magazine / newspaper prints. If you downsample a D800 file from 36mpixel to 16mpixel the noise is actually similar to the D4 yet the D800 image retains much more detail, the D4 is very muddy at high iso because of the heavy incamera noise reduction software.
so are you being too harsh on the D800? yes because it doesnt look like you have even used it yet.