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p.1 #1 · D800 Does Birds


Got tired of waiting for the long rumored 24MP DX D400... I've been shooting the D300 for 5 years and really enjoyed it. I need DX most of the time for my 300 f/4 coupled with a 1.4 TC. I also love landscape photography and am really getting more into people photography too.

The D800 seemed like the best of both worlds for me. 36MP sensor for landscape and people pics will be waaaay cool and DX mode still yields 18-20 MB files (4800 X 3200) at 5-6 FPS. Soooooo... I picked up one of the Nikon Factory Refurbs from Adorama for $2,299. Perfect condition out of the box, 75 actuations, no left focus issue.

On my first outing I immediately noticed that focus acquisition and tracking even with the TC is VASTLY improved over my often erratic D300 setup. So any OOF images now are all on me.

These were all shot in DX mode and some were cropped significantly, so I'm happy with the IQ too. I can't wait to get some FF opportunities.

D800 | 300 f/4 w TC-14E II ~ Exif Intact

Thanks for having a look. All C&C and questions are greatly encouraged and most appreciated.

Kirk









1. Cinnamon Teal ~ DX Mode 50% Crop















2. Split Second Later ~ DX Mode 50% Crop















3. Bufflehead in Harsh Midday Light ~ DX Mode 75-80% Crop (Not great IQ, but certainly decent for the heavy crop)















4. Surf Scoter in Harsh Midday Light ~ DX Mode 30-35% Crop















5. Sandpiper ~ DX Mode 30-35% Crop









Jan 15, 2013 at 05:46 AM
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p.1 #2 · D800 Does Birds


Hi Kirk,

Congrats on your new D800. Your images are incredibly sharp, detailed, colorful and well-processed. You nailed that CITE! Have FUN with your new toy



Jan 15, 2013 at 07:32 AM
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p.1 #3 · D800 Does Birds


Congratulations to you on the new camera Kirk. These images are great. I'm sure more to come ...

Khai



Jan 15, 2013 at 07:44 AM
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p.1 #4 · D800 Does Birds


Kirk,

congratulations on your D800

Excellent shots

Lil



Jan 15, 2013 at 09:12 AM
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p.1 #5 · D800 Does Birds


Sweet ice breakers, Kirkster! Congrats on the D800...it's a joy to shoot with, eh?! That's my BIF rig (sans TC)
Light/stupid great IQ, ya can shoot all day...and come home 'n crop like a 'monkey.



Jan 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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p.1 #6 · D800 Does Birds


When I read the tittle I thought Oh NO!! Kirk has done the nasty with his camera, then I realized you meant taking photos with the D800

Great work, and nice looking crap, whoops I mean.. crop.



Jan 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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p.1 #7 · D800 Does Birds


Congrats on the new body. It looks like you've been shooting it for years already. This is a great set. 3 is my pick for the great colors ~ Ron


Jan 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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p.1 #8 · D800 Does Birds


Oh these do look sweet buddy
#2 Teal is to die for Kirk and that is an amazing image of the Buffy at that steep a crop
Perfect exposure of the Scoter
Peep detail is amazing!!!!!!!!!

Grats my friend, you scored a fantastic copy of that body

Tom



Jan 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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p.1 #9 · D800 Does Birds


thomas_1950 wrote:
Hi Kirk,

Congrats on your new D800. Your images are incredibly sharp, detailed, colorful and well-processed. You nailed that CITE! Have FUN with your new toy


Thanks so much for the good words Tom. I'm pretty excited about the possibilities with the D800 as its a significant improvement in so many ways over the D300.

Kirk



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM
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Major_K wrote:
Congratulations to you on the new camera Kirk. These images are great. I'm sure more to come ...

Khai


Thanks Khai. These images are more of a test run than anything else to get a feel for its capabilities, very pleased so far. And yes... there will be plenty more images to come.

Kirk



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Lil Judd wrote:
Kirk,

congratulations on your D800

Excellent shots

Lil


Thanks Lil. I'm quite impressed from my first outing with the D800, looks like a very capable tool for my needs. Would like to have higher FPS, but its just a hair slower than the D300 so not really an issue. I'm glad you and Steve got out shooting, great job on the Cormie.

Kirk



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:21 PM
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trenchmonkey wrote:
Sweet ice breakers, Kirkster! Congrats on the D800...it's a joy to shoot with, eh?! That's my BIF rig (sans TC)
Light/stupid great IQ, ya can shoot all day...and come home 'n crop like a 'monkey.


Yes it is a joy to shoot with, really stoked on the significant upgrade from the D300 in every way. I'm really excited to see what this baby will do on FX landscape and people photography too... I stepped up and got the 24-70 2.8 G also. Only problem is that I can't stop smiling.

Kirk



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:26 PM
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p.1 #13 · D800 Does Birds


There are those that have 'the gear' and are not up to extracting the quality of images the gear offers and there are those that have the talent, dedication and eye for getting all that is put in front of them with the right gear..................................
Guess where you fit in The IQ is scary good Kirk and just what you have earned over the years, you are certainly 100% worthy of this new body my friend!

It is apparent that this body pulls in the detail as well as the subtle tonal variations and your quality PP skills also show through..........There isn't one to find fault with here and as mentioned the Scoter is one fab exposure!

Congrats Kirk, this should have been in your hands earlier and for the $$ sure seems to be a value, say, do Canon lenses fit on this body

Sweeetness !
Karl



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:31 PM
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72chevelle454 wrote:
When I read the tittle I thought Oh NO!! Kirk has done the nasty with his camera, then I realized you meant taking photos with the D800

Great work, and nice looking crap, whoops I mean.. crop.




My crap should look a lot better now.

Thanks man... I can't wait to get some FF opportunities in good light with this body... Stay tuned.




Jan 15, 2013 at 02:31 PM
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p.1 #15 · D800 Does Birds


Fantastic shots Kirk. Love the first two. IQ is amazing
D800 became my main camera and my D3 is the back up. .
Congrats.
Harsha



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:56 PM
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p.1 #16 · D800 Does Birds


Looks like it's working out OK for you, Kirk. Can't wait to see more.
Mark



Jan 15, 2013 at 03:01 PM
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p.1 #17 · D800 Does Birds


Your Cinnamom Teal pics are sweet!
John



Jan 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
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p.1 #18 · D800 Does Birds


Looking really good Kirk, have fun with the new toy. I'll watch for you over on the landscape forum.

Rob



Jan 15, 2013 at 03:11 PM
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p.1 #19 · D800 Does Birds


Fantastic set Kirk !! Love them all. Congratulations on the new camera !
I sold my D300 about a year after getting the D7000. Now I am waiting for the D7000 upgrade or the D400. Really want better A/F and low light capability.

Seeing yours and Wills shots with the D800 , well makes me want to get one. Just concerned it is more camera than I am ready for .

Birdie



Jan 15, 2013 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #20 · D800 Does Birds


surfnron wrote:
Congrats on the new body. It looks like you've been shooting it for years already. This is a great set. 3 is my pick for the great colors ~ Ron


Thanks Ron. It's a very easy transition as the camera setup is very familiar. Really excited and looking forward to great years ahead with this tool.

Kirk



Jan 15, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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