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So you guys are pleased with the 80-400 performance? If it's as good as a good copy of the Canon 100-400, it would certainly be worth the investment.
Put the Upstrap on the D810 yesterday, so I'm getting close. Really Right Stuff has just released the adapter plate, with the right angle adapter to follow soon.
Zim, I haven't really followed it, but apparently there has been an ongoing conversation re: the D800 clunky mirror and slight unsharp condition due to vibration. I guess that's exactly what we chased around early in the game. Apparently they sought to address that...Show more →
Yes, Jim, I've read all that stuff recently and thought of the phone conversation you and I had a couple of years ago, puzzling over the subtle sharpness issues you were seeing early on with the D800. The D810's mirror/shutter noise is markedly different and quieter than the D800's. Plus it's got an electronic first-curtain shutter setting you can use, with mirror lockup, to completely eliminate internal vibrations for the most finicky shooting scenarios.
I've been playing with the D810's area autofocus (spot on!) and the Auto-ISO feature as it relates to airshow photography. In manual mode, for instance, you can set both shutter speed and aperture, and then let Auto-ISO pick your sensitivity in changeable lighting conditions. With the D810's native minimum ISO of 64, it's now possible to use, say, 1/200sec at f/8 or f/11 and avoid the really tiny apertures without resorting to ND filters. You can also set the D810 to invoke the 1/focal length rule for minimum shutter speed. That doesn't sound very useful for shooting props at 500mm (who shoots props at 1/500 sec?), but you can also bias the rule a full two stops plus or minus, so that you can use shutter speeds down to 1/125 sec with a 500mm lens, turn on Auto-ISO, and still be protected if the light gets so bad that the camera can't maintain the desired EV at the max selected ISO, at which point it will bump the shutter speed up as necessary.
Lots to play with...