Today I had the opportunity to take some photos with Nikon D800 that Danny (thanks!) gave me. Everyone knows that this is a great camera. I don’t want to dig into the features and functions of the camera because expenses-related thoughts would inevitably strike me and this is no good for my pocket. I just took the camera and shot some doves with my beloved Nikon 200-400/4 VR.

The Auto focus is very fast and agile, sensibly faster than Nikon D300 good focus. It was cloudy and the daylight was moderate; the pigeons were in a slight contra-light – the sun was trying to break in from behind the pigeons through the dense clouds. Processing dark pigeons at such light is superb, but the bright green grass is also well exposed. The files are loaded and ready for a straight application – with good contrast and colors. A cloudy weather usually affects low-contrast areas, but as you can see the images are sharp and even the smallest detail is well outlined. The noise is surprisingly low and I was very pleased with the results.

Translated by Maya Golemanova

Although Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR is an iconic lens with a prime lens performance along its entire length and at wide open aperture, I thought that there would be problems with D800 – related mainly to details and resolution. It turned out that the lens performs superb even on Nikon D800 body – still at a wide open aperture. With a careful processing of the file you can achieve 100% crops for online usage, not to mention that you will be able to print the photos with absolutely perfect results. In terms of image quality I recommend this body to wildlife photographers without any doubt. Apart from the large files that you can print, you should also consider the Crop shooting mode, thanks to which you will still have about 14 MP file and 1.5x crop factor that will “extend” the lens by 1.5 times.

The displayed image was only processed with the default settings: no noise reduction, cloudy WB, no additional contrast, saturation, etc. were applied. The only thing that was pre-set in the camera is the sharpening level from 3 to 6, where the camera achieves its best performance in terms of sharpness. The lens is 400 mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/250 sec., hand-held and with stabilization. Below you can see unmodified RAW files uploaded directly from the camera. Please, do not hotlink files but post a link to the topic.

Please, have patience, when you click the file 26.7 MB JPG file (7360 x 4912 pixels) starts downloading.

The RAW files are in NEF and will be sent to archive as separate zip files. Each compressed file is about 60 MB, while the extracted is about 80 MB.

Nikon D800 RAW file 1 – 1/800, f/4, ISO 800, @400mm
Nikon D800 RAW file 2 – 1/125, f/4, ISO 200, @400mm
Nikon D800 RAW file 3 – 1/320, f/4, ISO 400, @350mm
Nikon D800 RAW file 4 – 1/250, f/4, ISO 400, @400mm
Nikon D800 RAW file 5 – 1/250, f/4, ISO 400, @400mm
Nikon D800 RAW file 6 – 1/320, f/4, ISO 400, @400mm
Nikon D800 RAW file 7 – 1/320, f/4, ISO 400, @400mm
Nikon D800 RAW file 8 – 1/320, f/4, ISO 400, @400mm
Nikon D800 RAW file 9 – 1/250, f/5, ISO 400, @400mm

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Comments to “First impressions of Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR, RAW files attached”

  1. Орхан Чакъров
    May 8th, 2012 16:59

    Благодаря за споделената информация!
    Аз лично нямам опит с тела от висок клас, но това което виждам, ми харесва :)

  2. sauron69
    May 11th, 2012 09:48

    А дали имаше възможност да тестваш въпросната комбинация с някое екстендерче?

  3. Nikolay
    May 11th, 2012 23:05

    не съм имал за да тествам, но съм убеден че ще е ок 1.4х конвертора на това тяло. съдейки по резултатите на тая фф матрица може до 50 MP да и се лепнат беч да пострада видимо детайла. Така че един 1.4x конвертор ще вади добри резултати.

  4. Michel
    November 23rd, 2012 13:40

    Много добър кадър се е получил с гълъба! Впечатлен съм от нивото на детайлност — предпологам, и новия D800 е виновен, и 200-400… ;)

  5. Nikolay
    November 24th, 2012 15:04

    … с 300/2.8 пък няма да ти казвам какво става!

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