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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 11:13 PM

Hi mods, 
 
Wasn't sure if this should go here; or in the image post.  General subject made me decide to try here.  Feel free to move this if needed.
 
I realize that Herman has the same camera body and Tamron lens, but decided that sharing my impressions would be a good way to force me into learning about the camera and sharing some images sooner than latter.  Despite our continuing need for a 48 hour day, it worked! :)
 
So here goes:
  • Camera complexity - yup, this is definitely more complex than the D80.  Fortunately, there are lots of good on-line learning resources.  Creative Live has a great camera fast start course, and I'll be ordering Darrell's book as soon as I get paid for last month.  Not the least bit worried about complexity though.  I had a pretty good idea what I was looking for.  It will help/challenge me to take my skill set to the "next level"
  • Camera weight - this has to be the heaviest camera that I have ever owned.  <_<   The D80 seems puny by comparison.
  • Features - too numerous to go into here.  I really like the settings on the top LH side of the camera.  I also like being able to custom program buttons the way I like.  Going to leave default settings in place until I have used it a bit more.
  • Image resolution - yikes!  These files are humungous!  :o   Art, you're right.  An external drive will be required.
Just to show that I haven't spent all my time watching videos, I'm posting a few images.  Work has required me to stay close to home, so I poked around in my neighbour's flowers.  I had a few minutes one afternoon, and wanted to see how the camera handled noise.  So I captured these hand held.
 
D810
Sigma 70 - 300 Macro f 4.8
1/320 sec
ISO 1250
 
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I did some cropping in Lightroom, then Nik Color Efex, Sharpener Pro 3 and Define 2 for noise reduction.
 
While I can see noise in these images, using that ISO setting would be impossible on the D80.  But as much as I like the images, I'll be using a tripod for the best results.
 
I've always liked the bokeh that the 70 - 300 mm produces, but I've also read that full frame camera bodies enhance it even further.  Can anyone confirm?  At any rate, I really like the bokeh in these images.
 
Now that I've shared my thoughts, it's your turn.  Feedback makes us better, so comments and suggestions are strongly encouraged.
 
Thanks for looking.  :)
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 12:10 AM

Congrats,

What a great start, you did well at 300 with that lens hand held, I'm not steady enough, even off a monopod to use a D810 and a bucket full of pixels

Have fun with all those pixels, 


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 01:57 AM

Nice results there Mark.... all those pixels are very handy when you want to crop.


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 02:47 AM

You're off to a good start, Mark!

Am sure you will thoroughly enjoy the D810.


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 03:37 AM

Congrats Mark and great shots!

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 04:04 AM

Congratulations, Mark. The images are excellent, well done!

You will transition in no time. I went from a D90, essentially the same camera as your D80. I won't say, "it's a piece of cake"! .... It's not! But, it is not the mountain it appears to be initially.

Take it a step at a time.

I would learn, or familiarize yourself with the menus and learn the buttons and controls. Get comfortable with these.

Set White Balance to Auto...the rest is up to how you like to shoot...all manual for me.

I did pick up Darryll's book, huge help over the Nikon manual.

How exciting is this? In your hands, you hold the single biggest technological advancement in photography to date! Just an awesome piece of equipment, you are just going to love it!
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Posted 12 August 2015 - 07:59 AM

Congratulation!

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 12:21 AM

Congratulations Mark..Very nice photos..I see that you are off to a great start and lots of fun.


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 09:04 AM

It's a good start. 


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 10:58 AM

Congrats, nice start and comintary.

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 01:11 PM

Many thanks for the kind words, everyone.

 

You're right, Art.  That camera is awesome!


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 07:45 AM

Hey Mark, the images look great. You'll like the new 810. Congratulations.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 12:47 PM

Thanks, Ron.


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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:48 PM

How is the 810 considered semi pro?

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:56 PM

At that price point, you need to be able to recoup some of your investment.  Congrats, yes I'm jealous. That's quite a jump!


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Posted 07 September 2016 - 01:42 AM

How is the 810 considered semi pro?

 

This thread is over a year old so ideally if you have a general enquiry about camera terminology it would be better to start a new post.


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Posted 07 September 2016 - 02:11 AM

How is the 810 considered semi pro?

That is more Nikon's grouping of camera's like in Film Days the F100 was not considered their pro camera the F5 was but to be honest and I know this is cliche any camera you make money with is a pro camera. 

 

But as far as ruggedness the D800 series is not the same as the D5 and the D600 is not the same as the D800 series so and so.

 

This is an old posts.

 

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 07:10 AM

I knew the thread was a year old, I was looking for a quick explanation, which I got. Thanks!


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