Ball4 wrote in post #14948773Rick_reno and Echo:
As new D800 owners, what do you so far like and dislike about the D800? What do you miss about the 5D2 and Canon? (I'm assuming you both used a 5D2).
I'm debating between the D800 and the 5D3. If the 5D3 has the dynamic range the D800 does, the decision is easy - 5D3 hands down because I have a fantastic set of Canon lenses. D800's DR keeps drawing me to it. The huge 36MP is a non-factor. In fact, I think it's too much. And I assume the AF are about equal.
Don't like - controls are not like Canon, neither is the lens mount (it's ass backwards). That said, when I think about it when I'm using it some of the controls are easier to use, the focus system is a joy to use because it's so good. Files are big.
Like - AF system is very good, as good as either of the Canon's that I have used and have good AF systems, the 1D4 and 5D3. DR is exceptional, IMHO Canon isn't in the ballpark on this one. Shadow recovery really blew my mind, it was so good I was shipping my first shot testing it off to experienced Nikon users to see, I couldn't believe it. Detail is very good, I can crop, crop some more and keep on cropping and not end up with something that looks bizarre. Low ISO (under 640) appears to have no noise, I haven't pushed this one much, I'm primarily a ISO 100 shooter. Oh...and I like the way the on-board flash works. I don't think it does banding, but I'm pretty sure this isn't one of the Canon features I'll miss.
Unlike Hardcore, I haven't sold all my Canon gear. I used my 7D this weekend, I had some shots that needed to be taken fast and I didn't feel like fiddling with the controls on the D800 - speed was more important than quality. Depending on how the real world use on the D600 comes in, I could see my Canon gear going away down the road.
Switching is painful, and not cheap. I had hoped for more in the 5D3, and even when it didn't have the "more" I tried it - borrowing one from a local shop twice and trying it. For myself, at the price point Canon wanted for it, it just wasn't enough.
Something I have yet to fiddle with are the older Nikon manual focus lenses, they're inexpensive and a great value. Some of us might have forgotten, but Canon changed the lens mount around 1989, making it's legacy MF lenses unusable - Nikon did not and you can pick up these all metal beauties for a song.