I recently got my hands on a NIkon D800 and I’m busy exploring the changes compared to my old D700. As a first impression, I did shoot a cormorant sitting on a branch at a lake in the Blockland next to Bremen. The lens was the Sigma 150500mm F5,0-6,3 DG OS HSM, which I reallly love during my  Safari tript to South Africa. Maybe not a prime, but it does perform quite wenn and 500mm focal length are hard to get for that amout of money. Pictures are not perfect due to windy conditions. They are a little shaky.

cormorant in Blockland. Processed from raw with Lightroom 4. Link to original file

This is the 100% crop from the picture above:

 cormorant - 100% crop
cormorant – 100% crop from picture above. Link to original file

This is the jpeg file straight from the camera. Lens correction on, vivid (shorpness +7, saturation +2):

 cormorant - origninal jpeg from camera, size L
cormorant – origninal jpeg from camera, size L. Link to original file

First impression:

The D800 performs quite nice, although it’s high-iso performance looks not as good as the D700’s out of the box. Many people say, if you downsize  the images to 12MP, ist does perform very well – I will try in future although I do not see much sense in that action. Anyway, the potential of 36 MP ist stunning.