The Nikon D800 / D800e Handheld (sample images)

It transpires that the Nikon D800 be hand held with excellent results – but we all knew this would be the case.

There has been quite a bit of discussion online as to whether handheld D800 images would look like 36MP versions of a 2005 cell phone camera image.  This fear was largely fuelled by Nikon’s own pre-launch warnings (straight from the legal department) about the D800 spontaneously combusting if hand held. Luckily some lab-coat toting boffins quickly figured out that the D800 has the same pixel pitch (same sized pixels) as the Nikon D7000.  I have been hand holding shots on  the D7000 for a year and have never had any nasty surprises when using proper technique.

Take a gander at this shot.  Sure, it is not my finest work from an artistic perspective, but it is pretty much technically perfect.  The point you ask?

To make this shot, I put down my beer, ambled out of my In-Law’s lounge, cranked the ISO to 400 and proceeded to hand-held a series of shots using the D800e and the exceptional nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VRII.   I tested the efficacy of the VR system on this lens in my complete lens review : view my handheld 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII sample images.

As you will see below, the shots out of the can looked absolutely terrible, but after 4 minutes in LR4 this was the result – a tack sharp hand held image that has complete tonal range with no blown highlights.

Download the full resolution D800e sample JPEGS

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Cheers – Todd

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Landscape image sample taken on the D800e with nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII – All that colour in the sky has been achieved simply by reducing the exposure using a LR4 grad filter and some vibrance. The DR of the D800 is incredible.

nikon D800e handheld 100% crop

nikon D800e handheld 100% crop

The original camera file – it looks like a train wreck, but it is not so. The D800e arrived at this exposure (it tends to do a great job of knowing it’s own limits and exposes to the right consistently well, which retains heaps of tonal and colour info in the shadows)

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