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D800 For Spotting And Airshows - A Good Idea?  
User currently offlineseahawk From Germany, joined May 2005, 3138 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7711 times:

I would like to know from users who already went for a D800, what their experience is. Do you miss the crop factor of APS-C, do you miss the FPS of a D700 or D300?

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User currently offlinejoaocs From Portugal, joined Jul 2010, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7221 times:

The D800 has 1,2 and 1,5 crop modes, so you have a 36,3 MP full-frame camera, a 24 MP 1,2 crop camera and a 15,8 MP DX camera in one body.

I prefer to shoot always FF and crop in post-processing. You can crop a lot, a lot more than with the D700. The D700 and D300 have a lot more

User currently offlineconinpa From Luxembourg, joined May 2005, 253 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7158 times:

Don't have a D800, but I use always the same principle: shooting at the maximum capacity and quality of the camera (just in case you would be asked for high resolution for printing), then resize in the editing software. In PS, I use the Bicubic algorythm most of the time and it does a good job.
NB: I only process RAW files for here to avoid in-camera sharpening algorythms which can sometimes introduce artefacts. My personal choice.


Patrick De Coninck
User currently offlineairlineimages From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6993 times:

I have a D800. It's great but you do need at least 16gig of ram in your computer. The files are massive.

User currently offlinepicester From Luxembourg, joined Feb 2007, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6908 times:

I'm a Canon regular user but I sometimes use the D800E coupled with a 24mm for window views or 70-200mm for other aircraft shooting.
This combination is perfect for general aviation around airports, landing, takeoff or taxiways, but concerning airshows, acrobatics or military aircrafts, a much faster body is required.
For window views this body offers the ability to show many ground or clouds details.
Concerning the post-processing with the D800, don't think about cropping, the first rule for good photos is to shot always in FF and in RAW.

If you have in first position another photo interests like landscapes or studio uses, buy this body, you will be very satisfied and then in a second position use it for aviation.
Finally you must have a lot of RAM and Hard disk space on your computer, files are huge.


some examples with the 24mm:



some examples with the 70-200mm:


User currently offlineseahawk From Germany, joined May 2005, 3138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6111 times:

Well, I went for the D800 and the first spotting trip (just an normal airport) no airshow went very well. The AF and metering system work perfectly. The colors and details of the files are stunning. And using the 1.2 crop mode that camera feels fast enough for airshows too, while still pumping out 25.4MP files and a great quality.

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