Only few talked about it being good for wildlife, most said it’s only for landscape, architecture or studio. Many would have preferred a lower pixel count and questioned whether it’s going to be of any use. But when shooting birds, especially small song birds, you never get close enough or can have enough pixels. So I didn’t listen, took the risk and pre-ordered mine on the day it was announced, the new Nikon D800.
In the meantime its sensor got tested by DxOMark and became their new king. Two days ago mine came by mail. I took some test shots to see if some of my lenses needed AF fine tuning, already that revealed how good the camera will perform. It also showed what an incredibly sharp lens the 600mm f4 VR is (see photos further down on page). Yesterday and today I went out to test it and came back with a few shots of a male and female Goosander (Mergus merganser). After looking at the results, pixel peeping included, I am a very, very happy and excited new Nikon D800 owner. But see and peep for yourself:
For the AF fine tuning tests I used an aluminum ruler taped to a window frame. The tests revealed that the 600mm VR together with the D800 didn’t need any corrections, I was just awed by the results.
My setup for the above photos was the 600mm VR f4 mounted on a Gitzo GT5541LS. The tripod head is from Dietmar Nil, which I can totally recommend especially for birds in flight. On top of the D800 the di-GPS Pro for geolocation.
I will publish more photos as soon as I can. Stay tuned or have a look at my photo database in the meantime.