Daily Archives: August 17, 2012
I got a lot of email responses on the previous article and some interesting observations! Several folks said they had purchased a D800 and were still struggling to get use to it. I agree that the D800 is not the easiest camera to master. It requires a great deal more care, but then it pays big dividends when you get it right! Another person emailed that they had the D7000 and, “honestly, it’s all the camera I will ever need!” I agree again, for many, it is truly plenty enough camera! Thanks for sending me your thoughts, I appreciate your input!
The bottom line on the mega pixel race comes down to two things, do you need it or do you want it!!?? Both are valid responses. Do we need 36 mega pixels, very few of us really do, but do we want it? Well, the D800 is on it’s way to being the most successful camera in it’s class ever from Nikon!!! Sales alone do not make for a great camera, but of those that have been fortunate enough to use the D800, virtually all agree it is something like we have never seen before in the world of photography!
I have recently been playing a little game with myself. Since I have been a Tech Rep for Nikon for over 10 years, I have shot with virtually everything we’ve made since the D1 and D100. I also have a pretty large master file of my favorite images. From time to time I open the master file and open up a favorite image and then look at the EXIF data to see what it was shot with. I have to be honest and tell you that very often I’ve been really shocked when I was sure a photograph had been made with let’s say the D3 only to discover it was made with a D70s or a D90! My point is simple, any camera if used carefully on a good subject, in great light, with wonderful conditions, and composed effectively, is going to be a great shot, period! Am I saying that some cameras are not better than others? Of course not. What I am saying is that photographers make images, not cameras. If you have developed your skill set to a very high level, and if you know how to use light effectively, and how to compose your subject for maximum effect, then it’s time for a better camera.
We all want to make wonderful images, and we can by making ourselves better photographers, by improving our vision, and getting out during the best light! Equipment matters, but remember the story of the father who took his son , an aspiring writer, to meet Ernest Hemingway. The father’s question for Mr. Hemingway was, “What kind of typewriter do you use?” I think he missed the point!!
Photo Note: Image above at Acadia National Park Gardens with D800, 55 Micro Nikkor manual focus lens, set at f 11 for 1/60th of a second. ISO 200 – Vivid – Cloudy White Balance . It’s hard to argue with this kind of detail!
Image above at 100% crop