Day 122—Eight—Oh—Oh . . . Uh Oh!

It is day two. I have possessed my Nikon D800 full frame DSLR for exactly 24 hours as I write (3PM Tuesday). I am ecstatic and overwhelmed at the same time. I have already been back to the camera store, prepared to do battle to make them exchange my malfunctioning camera for a working one. The camera would not format the disk, neither using the menu option nor the two button option. I spent last evening worrying about it, scouring the manual, reading on-line about D800 problems. I barely slept and I worried about it all through Pilates class. I fought my inclination to go straight to the camera store from the gym, already steamed up, hot and sweaty from my work out. I went home, took a shower, packed up all of the cords and bags and manuals. I had to return home twice to retrieve things I forgot to put back in the box; first trip: the body cap; second trip: the USB cable. I arrived at Action Camera at 11:09, 25 hours and 1 minute after I received the initial call from them yesterday that my camera had finally arrived. I was greeted by the owner who smiled at me and then frowned as I handed him the camera and declared that it was not working and that it would not format a disk. In less than 5 seconds, he had formatted the disk and erased the files. My relief was palpable. My embarrassment manifested in the beet red of my face. I had not pressed the OK button to OK the action to erase the disk. I didn’t realize that the OK button was located in a different place on the D800 than on the D90. I think I am not ready for this sophisticated a camera.

I spent a couple of hours after I returned home rereading the “Getting To Know The Camera” section of the manual before I felt comfortable again actually taking some shots. I hoped the hummingbird would pose but she bathed two feet away from me and drank at the feeder while I read the manual and wouldn’t return after I put myself on alert. My roses came in as a second option.

I took the shots at about the worst time of day: lots of bright sun directly overhead. But in the suddenly warm weather, roses that were buds yesterday are full blown today and will be gone tomorrow. I could have waited until the “golden” hour, but I was itching to get out and take some shots. I used my 28-300mm zoom lens and my 50mm prime lens and took similar shots. I think, once I understand the incredible sophistication of this camera, that I will eventually get some really nice photos.

I wanted to share similar photos taken with the two lenses I bought specifically for the D800: 28-300mm zoom lens and 50mm prime lens, with both lenses wide open.

Betty Boop at 300mm:

Focal Length 300mm
Manual Mode:
ISO 100
f/5.6
1/500
SOOC

Betty Boop at 50mm:

Focal Length 50mm
Manual Mode
ISO 100
F/1.4
1/4000
SOOC

Just Joey at 300mm

Focal Length 300mm
Manual Mode
ISO 100
f/5.6
1/100
SOOC

Just Joey at 50mm

Focal Length 50mm
Manual Mode
ISO 100
f/1.4
1/3200
SOOC

Sheila’s Perfume at 300mm

Focal Length 300mm
Manual Mode
ISO 100
f/5.6
1/100
SOOC

Sheila’s Perfume at 50mm

Focal Length 50mm
Manual Mode
ISO 100
f/1.4
1/3200
SOOC

Rio Samba at 50mm

Focal Length 50mm
Manual Mode
ISO 100
f/1.4
1/2000
SOOC

Just Joey (again) at 300mm

Focal Length 300mm
Manual Mode
ISO 100
f/5.6
1/100
SOOC