Nikon D800 Game Changer?

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Nikon D800

Look what just arrived in the post!

In the past I have written about the MP chase and whether I could resist it. I did. I stayed with a 12MP D90, 2x 12MP D300 and a D300s since 2009. I bought a 2nd hand D7000 but found the jump from 12-16MP not all that worthwhile especially with the high ISO noise it had when using it in very low light conditions, and it was certainly not right at the price nor for the type of work I was doing and sold it. I was a die hard DXer waiting for Nikon to bring out a D400 despite all the rumours to the contrary. They did release the amazing D500 in Jan 2016 and I will still buy one, but once the price settles to around $1000.00-$1200.00 retail. So last week I found this beauty online with a replaced shutter box and hope she will give me at least another 3-5 years of service. The jump in MP now seems justified, as long as I can PP edit accordingly. Those that know me will attest to my “Gear does not make the photographer” stance but it was time for an “upgrade”.

Pixels per mm2 :

D80 — 27,354 pixels/mm² (10.2 Mp on DX 23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS) (Aug 2006)
D90 — 32,986 pixels/mm² (12.3 Mp on DX 23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS) (Aug 2008)
D300 — 32,986 pixels/mm² (12.3 Mp on DX 23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS) (Aug 2007)
D300s – 32,986 pixels/mm² (12.3 Mp on DX 23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS) (Jul 2009)
D500 — 56,647 pixels/mm² (20.9 Mp on DX 23.5 mm x 15.7 CMOS) (Jan 2016)

D3 — 14,063 pixels/mm² (12.1 Mp on FX 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS) (Aug 2007)
D700 – 14,063 pixels/mm² (12.1 Mp on FX 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS) (Jul 2008)
D3x — 28,435 pixels/mm² (24.5 Mp on FX 35.9 x 24.0mm CMOS) (Dec 2008)
D3s — 14,063 pixels/mm² (12.1 Mp on FX 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS) (Oct 2009)

Later models, better dynamic range.

D7000 – 44,002 pixels/mm² (16.2 Mp on DX 23.6 x 15.6mm CMOS) (Sep 2010)
D7100 – 65,739 pixels/mm² (24.1 Mp on DX 23.5 x 15.6mm CMOS) (Feb 2013)
D7200 – 66,012 pixels/mm² (24.2 Mp on DX 23.5 x 15.6mm CMOS) (Mar 2015)

D4/D4S – 19,293 pixels/mm² (16.2 Mp on FX 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS) (Jan 2012-2015)
D800/E/810 – 42,130 pixels/mm² (36.3 Mp on FX 35.9 x 24.0mm CMOS) (Feb 2012)
D600/610/750 – 28,203 pixels/mm² (24.3 Mp on FX 35.9 x 24.0mm CMOS) (Sep 2012-2014)
D5 – 24,859 pixels/mm² (21.33 Mp on FX 35.9 x 23.9mm CMOS) (Jan 2016)

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Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries: Phottix
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!


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