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It's been a while...so it's time for an update!

posted Nov 23, 2012, 5:09 AM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Nov 23, 2012, 11:16 AM ]
Wow! I can't believe my last post was in September. 

I don't have much to update other than I finally got to play with a D800, a D600, and all along side my D700. The D600 is small. Way too small for my liking. I know I used to work with a D40x, which is even smaller, but after using the D700 for a couple of years my hands got used to the bigger, heftier, and more intuitive design of the D700. 

If you're moving from a D7000 to a D600 you won't notice the size difference. If you're coming from a D300 (and family) to a D600 you will notice the size difference. For this reason my next upgrade will be to a D800 (or a baby D4 if Nikon ever brings that out). 

I found the D800 to be much larger and easier to hold than the D600, though it is slightly smaller than the D700. To my way of seeing and working with cameras the D800 offers more bang for the buck: the buttons are more intuitive, the body is larger, the weight feels right. Now if only someone would come out with a decent focusing screen...that green dot is next to useless when you wear glasses! I would love to see something like the F3HP "K" screen, but I won't hold my breath on that. 

In terms of file size it's not something I'm worried about because my PC runs on 16GB of RAM and I use a 64GB SSD as a scratch disk with a quad-core processor that runs at 3gHz+; Photoshop really flies with big files  (and my computer is considered obsolete by some on the internet!). It had no problems handling a D800 RAW file. 

One thing I noticed (besides the resolution differences) and something worth mentioning is the shutter noise. Dang it's quiet in the new cameras! My D700 sounded like a gun going off next to these two. It's no wonder why the D800 is going to be the wedding photographer's new trick pony! I know it's not a major concern for the type of photography that I do (kids and bees) but it sure is a very perceptible difference. 

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I am in search of kids for my final project for my photography class, so if you have any please contact me! Don't worry I won't pull a Jill Greenberg on them! 

And, yes, the 105 f/1.8 vs. 105 f/2.5 review is finally coming to fruition...it's been a long time in the making because of work, school, and having two kids! My time, I find, is very limited for playing around with camera gear. 

Here's wishing all of you in the good US of A a belated Happy Thanksgiving!

Till my next rambling, post, or review, this is, hey, hey

~jsv

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