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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:02 am 
Thing is though, the files take NR very well, and to me, if the detail and colour is still there after NR, then I think it will be a winner.


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Thing is though, the files take NR very well

Ah yes, I see what you mean. Went and opened a D800 raw file shot at iso 1600 and, LR4 NR wowed me. D800 is pretty cool (now) too. Didn't spend the calories to NR a D700 file- an errand for another day.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:01 pm 
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After looking at some professionally developed test-images I can give you my first thoughts on the image-Quality of the D800:
100% viewing:
- no discernible difference between ISO 100 and ISO 200 regarding noise. There is some extended dynamic range to be expected when dropping ISO to 100 but that is another test.
- at ISO 400 you see signs of noise creeping in
- ISO 800 and 1600 still good enough for me pixel-peeper. Will not hesitate to use ISO 1600
- ISO 3200 would be just so-so for me, things start to go downhill. But some NR-tweaking salvages quite a bit
- ISO 6400 is looking ugly at 100% viewing (=pixel-peeping) with some strange bleeding
50% viewing (still 9MP resolution):
- I could tell what was ISO 400 and what ISO 200, but barely
- ISO 800 is fine, cannot complain
- ISO 1600 is only slightly worse
- ISO 3200 looks acceptable for me
- ISO 6400 would be acceptable too noise-wise if it were not for the bleeding of colors/light into darker areas
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Oh and b.t.w.: D800 started to turn up at dealers. Let's see how many are claimed by NPS-members and how many will be delivered to the unwashed masses (like me) :roll:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:30 pm 
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Just a quick heads-up: comparing the D3s to the D800 requires some fiddling with magnification as both cameras produce different size output. But bringing both to almost equal size leaves the impression that the D800 can take on the D3s at comparable output size. At least at ISO 3200. Haven't done the work for other ISOs yet...
That would support the claim that the 36MP gives you ultimate flexibility: Getting the performance of a D3s at low light when scaling down to 12MP and delivering a uncompromising resolution when you have enough light.
That is great news!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:00 pm 
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Plus it pays to use the "high quality" color noise reduction in Capture NX 2.
Just played with a ISO 3200 NEF-file and saw this clearly. Even at only 50% magnification!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:21 am 
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Aw blimey: my dealer has got his first D800. And his only one :(
So the 3000$ question is: when will the next cameras show up?

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D800 Manual available
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DxOMark is out with D800 results, but their servers are almost flatlining :twisted:
Overall score is 95: the BEST SCORE EVER! Equal noise performance to D4 when compared for same output size (print). Better dynamic range at ISO 100 and 200 than D4!
http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Public ... erformance

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Compared to the D7000 on a pixel-by-pixel level the D800 is almost equal in signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range, tonal range, and color sensitivity.

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Received an email this morning from my dealer saying that Nikon will most probably not deliver any more D800 this month :cry:

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Hi Thomas,

Look on the bright side - the D800 vs. D800E reviews should be in and you still might have time to switch... :lol:

Bob.

P.S. At least your dream camera exists. Mine doesn't and with the 5D2 sold I'm beginning to suffer withdrawal symptoms. :(

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Re the pricing of this new D800. It was advertised just about everywhere @ £2,399 a few weeks ago, but now it's been released in limited numbers it's gone up £200.
Presumably this is Nikons decision & maybe the exchange rate?

Also read a while ago about Nikon not allowing suppliers to sell below/discount their recommended prices. I thought this sort of thing wasn't allowed.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:19 am 
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Hmm, my dealer switched the order status to "will be delivered soon" this morning.
Hope that isn't a computer glitch...

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Camera is on its way :D

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Dpreview did a head to head comparison of D800 and 5DMk3 from ISO 100 to 25600+ RAW/JPEG recently. I looked at the RAW samples. I personnally felt the chroma noise in shadows was very similar at equal ISO's. Given the 36 MP versus 22 MP, this really impressed me. I also thought the improvement from the 5D2 to the 5D3 was less than a stop in RAW.

Afterwards, I compared my 50D's high ISO @ 12,800 versus the D4 for a few laughs. :lol:


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