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  • Red Dot Photo Review - Nikon D800 and 28mm f/1.8G

    The wait is over for Nikon fans with the release of the Nikon D800!

    Image quality, dynamic range, autofocus and noise performance are some of the key improvements that consumers will experience with the D800 over the D700. Setting a new world record in full-frame resolution, the D800 is considered by many, a revolutionary product.
    The excitement and hype this piece of fine piece of machinery is going to bring to photograpy community has certainly got many camera buffs talking.
    Red Dot Photo had the opportunity to review this great camera along with the new Nikon 28mm f1.8G.

    The D800 boosts a jaw dropping 36.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, bringing about a significant increase in sensor specification in its class.

    Check out the sharpness of the ant in the photo above - being able to attain such sharpness at 100% crop, the hype about the 36.3-megapixel sensor is certainly not just for show. This will be very useful to many photographers who are looking to capture the nitty-gritty details in their photos.

    Light Control

    Like a child that gets easily excited when they receive a new toy, we at Red Dot Photo were also very delighted to get our hands on the D800. Of course, we promptly brought it around town to capture some of the evening scenes.

    Check out these photos taken during twilight:

    (f/11.0, 4.0", ISO 200)

    (f/5.6, 1/6, ISO 1600)

    The D800's noise performance is, as we can clearly see, is well controlled.

    Color and Contrast

    (f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 800)

    From the above photo, we can see that the D800 is able to capture the vividity of colours of the watches.

    (f/9.0, 1/50, ISO 400)

    It also manages contrasts well, capturing the shadows and highlights.

    (f/3.2, 1/50, ISO 3200)

    And while we are on the subject of shadows, we can clearly still see the details visible on the roof area behind the lamp. Many other cameras would focus exposure on the lamp and the result would be a pitch black background with the lamp as the subject.

    The D800 shows an excellent control of shadows and highlights, displaying a higher quality dynamic range.


    1. Sensor: 36.3 MP FX, 4.8µ pixel size
    2. Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24mm
    3. Resolution: 7360 x 4912
    4. DX Mode: 15.3 MP
    5. DX Mode Resolution: 4800 x 3200
    6. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-6,400
    7. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
    8. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-25,600
    9. Processor: EXPEED 3
    10. Metering System: 3D Color Matrix Meter III with face recognition and a database of 30,000 images
    11. Dust Reduction: Yes
    12. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
    13. Body Build: Full Magnesium Alloy
    14. White Balance: New White Balance System
    15. Shutter: Up to 1/8000 and 30 sec exposure
    16. Shutter Durability: 200,000 cycles, self-diagnostic shutter
    17. Camera Lag: 0.012 seconds
    18. Storage: 1x CF slot and 1x SD slot
    19. Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
    20. Speed: 4 FPS, 6 FPS in DX mode with optional MB-D12 battery pack
    21. Exposure Meter: 91,000 pixel RGB sensor
    22. Built-in Flash: Yes, with Commander Mode, full CLS compatibility
    23. Autofocus System: Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX with 51 focus points and 15 cross-type sensors
    24. AF Detection: Up to f/8 with 9 focus points (5 in the center, 2 on the left and right)
    25. LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 921,000 dots
    26. Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 30 fps max
    27. Movie Exposure Control: Full
    28. Movie Recording Limit: 30 minutes @ 30p, 20 minutes @ 24p
    29. Movie Output: MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed
    30. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
    31. Two Live View Modes: One for photography and one for videography
    32. GPS: Not built-in, requires GP-1 GPS unit
    33. Battery Type: EN-EL15
    34. Battery Life: 900 shots
    35. USB Standard: 3.0
    36. Weight: 900g
    Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.8G Lens The Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.8G is a wide angle lens designed for Nikon's range of DX and full-frame FX-format DSLRs. The lens is also small light-weight. Weighing only 330g, photographers won't have to worry about lugging a heavy lens around.

    The focus ring also works fast, has instant manual focus override and what's more, the autofocus is just about immediate.

    The Nikkor 28mm's Nano Crystal Coating prevents ghosting and flare, assists in producing high-resolution photos and HD video in various low-light situations. And with the f/1.8 maximum aperture, it allows photographers to get capture those low-light scenes and achieve natural background blur in the image without much trouble.

    This 28mm lens is an ideal partner for the D800, being able to resolve high-resolution images with impressive sharpness and clarity. Take a look at some of these 28mm photos taken with the D800!

    (f/2.0, 1/160, ISO 100)

    (f/3.5, 1/800, ISO 100)

    (f/4.0, 1/320, ISO 200)

    (f/1.8, 1/200, ISO 800)


    The D800 is definitely on the list for being the camera of the year! There are also improvements from its predecessor such as movie mode in full 1080p HD at 30 fps max and a slightly larger screen with higher resolution.

    "So should I get it?" is the question on many photographer's mind. The brilliance of the D800 makes it a great buy for both beginners and professional alike. It is definitely worth the price and also the upgrade from the D700!

    Check out some of these other photos we've taken with the D800 as well!

    (f/2.8, 1/80, ISO 1600)

    (f/4/0, 1/125, ISO 400)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Red Dot Photo Review - Nikon D800 and 28mm f/1.8G started by stanleytan View original post

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