Day 121—Eight—Oh—Oh

The call came at 10:08 AM. The guy at Action Camera sounded as excited as I was. My Nikon D800 full frame DSLR camera finally arrived after two months of waiting and almost daily calls to the camera store. A prior commitment kept me from running over immediately to pick it up. But, by 3PM I had it home. The battery took 2 hours and 35 minutes to charge. Actually, I think it was partially charged but I needed almost the entire two and a half hours to attach the camera strap and familiarize myself with the settings enough to be able to take a photo.

I am in love. I thought the sound of the shutter release of the D90 was orgasmic enough, but the D800 makes an incredibly wonderful ka-chung that is very authoritative and almost made me swoon. First, let me introduce the D800.

It was so late when I finally got my act together to actually start taking photos that I chose who else but Bobo to make my comparative shots. I used comparable lenses for these shots (D90: 18-200mm zoom; D800: 28-300mm zoom), sat at the same place, used the same settings (manual mode, maximum extension of zoom, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/30 shutter speed). The D90 can hold its own, but the D800, oh my. Click on the photo, then click on it again to enlarge it. You can see the difference, especially in the feather detail. These photos are not excellent. The shutter speed was too slow to hand hold but I did. Just wait for wonderful shots to come!!

D90:

D800: