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D800 For Spotting And Airshows - A Good Idea?

Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:33 pm

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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RE: D800 For Spotting And Airshows - A Good Idea?

Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:51 am

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
 
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RE: D800 For Spotting And Airshows - A Good Idea?

Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:29 pm

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.

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RE: D800 For Spotting And Airshows - A Good Idea?

Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:43 pm

I have a D800. It's great but you do need at least 16gig of ram in your computer. The files are massive.
 
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RE: D800 For Spotting And Airshows - A Good Idea?

Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:43 pm

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.

Pierre

some examples with the 24mm:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Luxai...d=b5ef24a789813175c5f797c9ca32efde

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Luxai...d=b5ef24a789813175c5f797c9ca32efde

some examples with the 70-200mm:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Solar...d=b5ef24a789813175c5f797c9ca32efde
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Sky/K...d=b5ef24a789813175c5f797c9ca32efde
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Briti...d=b5ef24a789813175c5f797c9ca32efde
 
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RE: D800 For Spotting And Airshows - A Good Idea?

Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:28 am

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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