Nikon D800 & Cape Florida Lighthouse

After putting my D4 through it’s paces, it was time to pull out the D800 and give it a go.  We headed to Key Biscayne to check out Florida Lighthouse.  All I can say about the D800 files is “WOW!”  I am totally impressed with the resolution of the files.  They are clean and oh, so sharp!…

 

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR...100 ISO f16 @ 1/250

 

Not only are the files beautiful, the metering system is exceptional.  Shooting through one of the windows to the view outside rendered a great exposure with no exposure compensation necessary…

 

Nikon D800 AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR...100 ISO F8 @ 1/350

 

A climb to the top of the lighthouse provided a great view of the coastline.  The wind was blowing so hard I felt that I would be blown off the lighthouse if I didn’t hang on so, with everything at infinity, I dialed the aperture wide open to get a fast shutter speed to prevent camera shake…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR...100 ISO f4.5 @ 1/1500

 

As a final test for the D800 while visiting Cape Florida Lighthouse, I made a 3 frame handheld hdr of one of the lighthouse keeper’s house and finished it using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.0…

 

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR...100 ISO f11 @ 1/90 (base exp)

 

I have to say that my first impressions of the D800 are very favorable.  It has exceeded my expectations.  Stay tuned.