I have had my Nikon D800 for 1 year now. This anniversary of getting my D800 falls quite nicely with my 1st photographic exhibition that features photos taken with the camera over the last year. The exhibition will showcase images from the Peak District and surrounding area. I have printed the photos on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper and some are enlarged to 65cm wide showing the true potential of the large megapixel sensor on the Nikon D800. Most of the photos are taken with two lenses;
I would say that 70% of the images are using the 24-70mm lens (at the 24mm end). For the wider shots the 16-35mm Nikkor is awesome. I really struggled with the decision over that and the 14-24mm Nikkor but decided on the 16-35mm as I wanted to use my Lee filters. I am really pleased with my decision on this and have never thought I need the extra 2mm or that any of the images are soft.
Winter Sunrise, Nr Rainow – Nikon D800 and Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8 VR. F/9 1/60s ISO 100 (48mm)
Landscape Photographic Exhibition in the Peak District
Here are some of the stats from the last year.
- 16,000 images taken
- 400 GB of storage required (95% of the images were taken at full res in RAW)
- Average of around 25Mb per image
Storm clouds over hut, Goyt Valley Nikon D800 and Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 VR. F/8 1/400s ISO 400 (70mm)
A couple of the tools that I have found really useful with the Nikon D800.
MB-D12 for Nikon D800 - the official Nikon grip and battery holder is really expensive. This replacement is a 1/3 of the price and does exactly the same job.
Lightroom 4.3 - I have moved from Aperture to Lightroom 4.3 and found that I now on rarely use photoshop. 80% of the images that I edited and printed for my up coming exhibition were created in Lightroom. I would encourage anybody to use Lightroom as it is a great way of categorising your photos.