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January 27, 2013
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Mandrake was concern with camera shake in D800, so I decided to post some samples. Somebody posted video on YouTube saying that you should not shoot with shutter speed under 1/500 without tripod, because you are at risk of camera shake.
I really didn’t have this problem so far. I use the best glass so. I shoot in the studio a lot and my shutter speed is 1/125 most of the time and no problem. I almost never use tripod for portrait, since I like to be able to move with camera around the subject. The lenses I use are 50mm f1.4, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8. Recently I got macro 105mm, which I tried for portrait and I love it – perfect head shoot length on FX. I think if you want to go for this camera, you should plan on buying good lenses, otherwise, there is no point.

I didn’t had a change to shoot at nights with slow shatter speed on the tripod, since I was so busy, but I will try and post some pics. I don’t think it is a big problem, since there is always an option to lock the mirror up to avoid shake.

If you really considering this camera, go to the store, bring your memory card and ask them to let you to try to take some photos. Try different shutter speeds, Iso, ets. Then you can check on the images at home. I am almost sure, that some of you might not even notice any difference between your cheaper camera and this one. If you don’t, when maybe it is too early for you to spend so much money. Practice more and train your eye with what you have first. Or better invest in good lenses first.

Also for D800 you will need the newest Photoshop CS6 or Lightroom 4 to open Raw files. It doesn’t work in previous versions. Also fast computer will be great to process those 80MB (uncompressed) or 40MB (compressed) files.

Here a few samples:

1)
Natural light
Lens: Nikon 50mm f1.4
ISO 320
1/125
f4.5

2)
Studio: beauty dish and silver reflector.
Lens: Nikon 105mm f2.8 Macro
ISO 100
1/100
f/8

3)
Theatre performance under stage lights (flash is not aloud)
Lens: Nikon 70-200mm f2.8
ISO 2000
1/200
f2.8

D800__01.jpg

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D800__03-1.jpg

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Hey,

I was looking at this camera but at wedding receptions it’s not uncommon for me to step down to a 1/60 and sometimes even a 1/30 shutter, is that not doable with this body? At 1/60 I never have blur issues, at 1/30 9 out of 10 will be clear if that helps. Right no I’m shooting on an old Canon body but am upgrading for this season.

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January 28, 2013
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Crisp and clean images Oksana, no camera shake. Smile

January 28, 2013
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It’s obvious that this camera is capable or remarkable images
in the right hands but those files are huge. Thank God for terabytes
and double card slots lol!
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MHP Mike said

Hey,

I was looking at this camera but at wedding receptions it’s not uncommon for me to step down to a 1/60 and sometimes even a 1/30 shutter, is that not doable with this body? At 1/60 I never have blur issues, at 1/30 9 out of 10 will be clear if that helps. Right no I’m shooting on an old Canon body but am upgrading for this season.

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I will see if I have images at those shutter speeds or I will make test shots. But you should also consider that ISO performance of D800 is probably much better then your old Canon. So in a lot of cases you don’t have to slow down your shatter speed so much, unless you want special effect like motion blur for example.

January 28, 2013
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Those photos are SO sharp that looks alive, you are almost inside the eyes of the model and my God that’s real photography. Thanks for sharing this Oksana, I already learned something just by looking into those pictures.

So… back to Earth, about the D800, is a hell of a camera (I’m looking forward to get one…but first…THE LENSES!)… I didn’t heard anything about camera shake and problems with slow shutter speed handholding this camera. It’s very common to use this camera in weddings, portraits, studio work, lanscape and architecture photo etc… Huge megapixels… but professional sports and action photographers should go for the D4 because the D800 even with the battery grip is not abble to perform many frames per second. All my friends that are professional wedding photographers use the D800, the D700 and some of them use the D800E for fashion photography because of the repeated patterns of the tissues that optical makes the camera go crazy. If you have problems handholding with slow shutter speed choose only VR lenses.
At the moment I’m with the same problem. Not related with the D800 but with the nikkor 24-70, I’m thinking in getting this one but no VR on it, and I’m very afraid of the 70mm handhold for that 1/30 sec without tripod.

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Oh, the ISO performance on new cameras are much better. I’m down to choosing between Canon and Nikon right now and each have some unique pros and cons. At wedding receptions I do enjoy a slow shutter combined with a flash. I also hate using a tripod unless there is no reasonable workaround.

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MHP Mike said

Hey,

I was looking at this camera but at wedding receptions it’s not uncommon for me to step down to a 1/60 and sometimes even a 1/30 shutter, is that not doable with this body? At 1/60 I never have blur issues, at 1/30 9 out of 10 will be clear if that helps. Right no I’m shooting on an old Canon body but am upgrading for this season.

Thanks

I will see if I have images at those shutter speeds or I will make test shots. But you should also consider that ISO performance of D800 is probably much better then your old Canon. So in a lot of cases you don’t have to slow down your shatter speed so much, unless you want special effect like motion blur for example.

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Thanks Oksana for posting, I like the pictures, by the way the last one , what she is doing ask God for a husband? She look desperada.SurprisedWink

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Silky – It was an opposite. This is play by Peter Schaffer called ‘Yonadab’. Tamar (on the picture), king David’s daughter was raped by her brother Amnon. She killed his after that. Horrible story.

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Hi All,
There seem to be a lot of people upgrading to “high end” cameras these days, I have noticed a trend from Professional Photographers recommending that the “best” lenses be bought also to obtain better results. I am an amateur and am progressing better each day (I hope..LOL) and I agree with them.
I have a D7000 with three lenses that I practice with very heavily. Each day as I gain knowledge I get more excited with the “limited” Lenses I currently own, as they are giving me more quality pics with the knowledge I am gaining. If you have reached the pinnacle with what you currently use then change up if so required, else stay with your current go wild. Some of the best shots ever taken are still over 25 – 50 years old and they had nothing like we have now.

As has been noted by many, the cameras are only as good as the users.

Please note the above are lighthearted comments and are not meant to offend or upset anyone.

Thanking you

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Amazing set of shots Oksana….very sharp and they are perfect set of portraits…
Hope i would have this marvel in my hands some day…
I still cant believe that the size of RAW images through this marvel are so big…
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daniela said
Those photos are SO sharp that looks alive, you are almost inside the eyes of the model and my God that’s real photography. Thanks for sharing this Oksana, I already learned something just by looking into those pictures.

So… back to Earth, about the D800, is a hell of a camera (I’m looking forward to get one…but first…THE LENSES!)… I didn’t heard anything about camera shake and problems with slow shutter speed handholding this camera. It’s very common to use this camera in weddings, portraits, studio work, lanscape and architecture photo etc… Huge megapixels… but professional sports and action photographers should go for the D4 because the D800 even with the battery grip is not abble to perform many frames per second. All my friends that are professional wedding photographers use the D800, the D700 and some of them use the D800E for fashion photography because of the repeated patterns of the tissues that optical makes the camera go crazy. If you have problems handholding with slow shutter speed choose only VR lenses.
At the moment I’m with the same problem. Not related with the D800 but with the nikkor 24-70, I’m thinking in getting this one but no VR on it, and I’m very afraid of the 70mm handhold for that 1/30 sec without tripod.  

Hello! 4 years passed and Yeeeey here I am giving you a feedback of the 24-70 nikkor with no VR on the D800. I got one a couple of years ago for my ex-D800 and sold it already because I couldn’t handle the weight so at 1/60 I shake a bit… (what a shame) 🙁 and killed the photo. A lovely lens, but no VR no deal for me. D800 is great but heavy (that’s why some people shake above 1/60) and gym work isn’t enough so… I prefer the D750 with a lighter lens…so please NASA, do invent a lighter glass or I’ll be moving to the variable aperture lenses… 🙂 

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Hi Daniela! So happy to have you back. Thank you for your feedback about the lens. You are absolutely right D800 + 24-70 nikkor lens is a heavy combination. Actually now for my portrait work in the studio or location I use D610 + 50mm 1.4G a lot. First of all on D610 files are smaller then on D800 and it is pretty light combination. It gets the job done for what I need. I usually have enough space to move around, so I don’t really need to zoom in and out.

I don’t do events to often this days, but I would still use 24-70 for the event, because you never know in what space you’ll end up to be and if you can move to much. I would usually have two cameras with me with different lenses. It is a heavy situation, but I could manage it somehow. Of course I would be dead tired at the end of the day. Sometimes monopod can be helpful to keep you more sturdy and take some heaviness away. The last image in this topic was taken during theater performance rehearsal. I think I had D800 with 70-200mm f2.8 and D7000 with 24-70mm f2.8 that day. I think D800 with 70-200mm f2.8 was on monopod. Sometimes I felt like I am in the circus juggling heavy cameras, lol. I was moving around lot, sometimes sitting, sometimes standing. It did workout great. I got amazing images. Camera shake wasn’t an issue, because I didn’t try to shoot with with very slow shutter and raised my ISO. Now cameras can handle high ISO pretty well + you can manipulate images in postproduction as well. 

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