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My very last frame from my D200 before I retired it


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#1 Kelpfish

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:22 PM

A few weeks ago I was diving Truth Aquatics on a northern island trip.  At that time I had no plans to look at a new system, but here we are a month later and I upgraded.  The final frame shot through my D200 before I sold it was this image.  Howard Hall once told me a story about how he shot his fantastic grey whale feeding shot in Laguna Beach, California.  Some of you may know that shot.  He got it on his very last shot of 36 frames, all 35 previous shots were trashed. For me, I didn't really expect a whole lot from my last dive until last week when I started editing.  My very last shot through my D200 was a keeper, not the spectacular plateau of Howard's image, but it's a keeper at least.  I bid thee farewell my ol trusty D200.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:13 PM

Nice shot Joe, good to see you back posting


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:30 PM

Hi Mike, thanks. I have been spending a lot of time building a stock photography business so I am shooting studio work now, landscapes, and still underwater.  Really time consuming, but I am going to put a lot more emphases on diving this year and next year.  It's good to be back.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:08 PM

Hi Joe,

 

That is a nice sendoff for a good camera. Very nice!

 

I shot a D200 for a long time and got a lot of great images from it. I'm just now switching to a D800.

 

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:49 PM

Thanks, Clinton.  I purchased two D800'd and did not like the image quality.  They both had the left spot focus issue and the images were not sharp even when I focused manually.  They were crunchy at 100% and lots of noise, mostly in the shadow areas.  I honestly think I had two duds.  What housing are you putting them in?


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:26 PM

Hi Joe,

 

Both my D200 and D800 are housed in Subal. It's taken a while to get the D800 housing dialed in so that all the controls work correctly, etc. but now that it works I'm pretty happy with it. I only have a handful of dives with the D800 in a working housing so I haven't arrived at any conclusive opinions yet. I have shot the D800 some on land and like it there. As far as I can tell I don't have the left focus issue though I haven't tried any kind of bench testing to prove it conclusively. With good glass the images are very sharp, even 1:1. 

 

Noise looks great to my eye. I suppose it's a bit grainier than I'd expect at low ISOs if you pixel peep but there are so many pixels that I doubt that is a real issue for a final product. And I can shoot the D800 at ISO 1600 and get natural light shots I would never have dreamed of with the D200.

 

Underwater has been a mixed bag so far. Mind you I shot the D200 for 6 years and the D800 is new so I'm still getting used to it. I also don't have much experience with any of the other pro models like the D3S or the D4 so areas where I'm impressed with the D800 may not be as impressive to somebody who is used to an uber camera.

 

With the Subal housing and the DP-FE4 dome port I've found that neither my 16 Nikkor FE nor my Sigma 15 FE DG are particularly sharp in the corners. It isn't awful but noticeably worse than my Tokina 10-17 was at 10 on my D200. The Nikkor is worse than the Sigma. The 105 AFS-VR is sharp across the frame so I'm happy with that lens. I haven't tried any rectilinear wide lenses yet.

 

So far I'm finding myself a bit frustrated with the AF on the D800 (interestingly it has seemed mostly fine to me on land). It's possible this is just because I'm so used to shooting the D200 but I'm still struggling just a bit. The focus point grouping modes don't seem to work quite the way I want. For wide I want to be able to pick an area of the frame and basically have the AF pick the point that is closest to the lens to focus on. On the D800 it still seems to give strong priority to the one single point that is selected so I've missed focus by a small amount on a higher percentage of shots than I'd like. Meanwhile on macro the D800 certainly needs a lot less light to AF than the D200 which is great. Unfortunately I find myself having trouble getting it to focus on small parts of the frame like a nudibranch rhinophore. Even if the focus point is on the subject it tends to want to find things in the background to focus on. Hopefully I'll get used to it and it's more user training than anything in particular with the AF design.

 

Finally - for macro I find manual focussing to be much easier with the D800 due to the much improved (full frame) viewfinder.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 06:27 PM

Adding - the dynamic range of the D800 at low ISO is really amazing. Sunballs look awesome.

 

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