Jim is extremely honored to be featured in today's highly anticipated launch of Nikon's new full-frame DSLR, the D800. Jim was commissioned by Nikon to demonstrate the incredible new camera’s technology, spending a month shooting with the D800 and a Nikon film crew on the northern coast of France.
|Etretat Tide with Arch, France|
To me, cameras are more like paintbrushes than technology. The goal is not megapixels or technique but the image, and while camera models are important, they are not the be-all or end-all. But after a lifetime using countless cameras, I have found a new best friend. It was not love at first sight. The sharpness and detail were initially intimidating, exposing my flaws like never before. Subtle camera movements showed, and differences of acuity between aperture choices on various lenses were apparent. But now I am enthralled with this technology. Why? Because the images almost feel as though they were made with a 4x5 view camera! Special features like time-lapse photography and the improved HD video quality and flexibility also add tremendously to the camera's personality. After spending a month with the D800, I'll never be the same again. I will now think differently about the images I make, and perhaps that is the best compliment any photographer can make.
|Nikon crew films Jim using the D800|
|Jim with Nikon crew: Laurent Joffion, Soichi Hayashi and Philippe Chalouni|
|Jim and Soichi Hayashi|
|Jim shooting with the new D800. Photo by Soichi Hayashi.|