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nikon d800

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!

Nikon D3 CMOS NC81361A

The legendary Nikon made D3 CMOS NC81361A

Ever wondered which manufacturer made the sensor for your Nikon? It must be noted that Nikon will have specified what they want tweaked from the sensor if outsourced. They have used Sony sensors from the onset mostly for the DX but for a few FX models too, however some of their flagship models, the D3 and D4 are “Nikon” sensors. The D5 appears to also be a Nikon developed sensor but made by Renesas.

According to Nikon’s website:

Image Sensor

Every Nikon digital camera comes equipped with an image sensor that delivers sharp, high-resolution images with minimized noise — even at high ISO sensitivities. The image sensors used with Nikon cameras, including FX (36.0 x 23.9 mm), DX (23.6 x 15.6 mm), CX (13.2 x 8.2 mm) and other smaller sensors, are originally designed in-house to assure optimally excellent image quality. Whichever format or category you choose, you can be sure that the image sensor at work will give you still pictures and movies of the highest quality.

D100: 6 MP CCD Sony
D200: 10 MP CCD Sony
D300: 12 MP CMOS Sony

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nikon d800 body

Nikon D800

Having recently bought a Nikon D800 I was concerned about the left AF issue which had surfaced in many early (USA) models and I scoured the web for articles about the issue. Most sites describe models with post 305xxxx serial numbers to be ok, and anything prior to that must be taken to a Nikon service centre for in house readjustment. My serial number is 880xxxx which appears to have been sourced via the Asia market. Anyway, I’ll test the body in a few days with a wide angle lens and see for myself. As I shoot using the back focus button and focus on the centre AF points and then recompose and shoot, I rarely use the left or right bank of AF points. Still, on the odd occasion that I might preselect those for bird-in-flight or groups shots, I’d like to be sure it’s OK.

Here is a great technical article about the issue from HIFI Voice, 05/05/2012.

As I buy and sell some 2nd hand gear , this led me too seek out how to determine what cameras, at least from Nikon could have potential issues when buying 2nd hand. I found the Nikon Service Advisory Page that lists models with known issues and a way to check, using the serial number, if the camera falls into the batch that had the issue.

I hope this link helps you to also be a more savvy buyer. Oddly, the D800/D800E left AF issue is NOT listed on the Nikon Service Advisory page! 🙁

Nikon Service Advisory Page

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 etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!

ALL IMAGES ON THIS SITE ARE © Harvey Grohmann. Read more for Terms and Conditions:
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"Union Strike" © Harvey Grohmann

“Union Strike” © Harvey Grohmann

Shot details: Nikon D7000 | Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM
ISO-400 | f/7.1 |2s | EV -0.0 | Program Mode: AP | AF – Manual Focus | Tripod & GimPro Gimbal
Post Processing in part with Topaz Labs
Location: @ Pretoria, GP, South Africa.

Chasing Highveld storms on a typical summer afternoon. This lightning struck perfectly behind Pretoria’s Union Buildings and inspired the name “Union Strike”; considering how many labour strikes South Africa has endured since ANC rise to power in ’94 it’s ironically appropriate. The “Freedom Park blue lights can be seen bottom left. Photographing storms is not for the faint-hearted. Toward the end of shooting (2 hours) the storm was moving our way. The sheet lightning was awesome to see but we “bolted” and escaped all the same!

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 etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!

ALL IMAGES ON THIS SITE ARE © Harvey Grohmann. Read more for Terms and Conditions:
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The much anticipated Nikon D7100 arrived whilst I was on a long weekend wildlife shoot in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa with friends and family. Essentially an upgrade to the D7000 but not quite a replacement for the D300s most thought it might be. A D400 must still be on the cards.

Nikon’s D7100 – Front View

Nikon’s D7100 – Rear View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The D7100 Specs are mostly what I expected with a twist or two, notably the 51 point AF and the lack of OLPF;

To quote Nikon:

The D7100 marks an exciting advancement in image quality for high-resolution DX-format cameras. Nikon specially designed its 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor without using an optical low pass filter (OLPF), resulting in the purest, sharpest images using D7100’s DX-format CMOS sensor.

which should be good news for a number of genres especially in my case; bird and BiF images, wildlife as well as jewellery and studio ‘togs where crispness is almost a total expectation now by viewers and critics alike. It remains to be seen just how sharp that is when compared with the results I’m currently achieving on a D7000 with Sigma glass (the Ultra Sharp Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM):

Pied Kingfisher, Mankwe Dam, Pilanesberg © Harvey Grohmann 2013

Pied Kingfisher, Mankwe Dam, Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, North West, RSA © Harvey Grohmann 2013 (D7000 | Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM)

 

LBJ, Monk's Cowl Forest, Ukhalhamba (Drakensberg), KZN, RSA

African Dusky Flycatcher, Monk’s Cowl, Ukhalhamba (Drakensberg), KZN, RSA. © Harvey Grohmann 2013 (D7000 | Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM)

 

The new flagship of Nikon’s DX-format HD-SLR lineup. Achieve a thrilling new level of image quality and sharpness thanks to a specially designed 24.1-MP DX-format CMOS sensor. Enjoy speed, precision and convenience at every step, from shooting up to 6 fps to instantly sharing your shots with the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. Create dazzling Full HD 1080p videos and ultra-smooth slow-motion or time-lapse sequences. Unleash the power of Nikon’s nimble DX-format system.

Pre-Order yours at B and H Photo Video or wait for your local supplier to get stock, expected March 21st, 2013.

Get the Press Release PDF here.

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