Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Preview of Jim's Work with the Nikon D800

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.


  1. Congrats on being a part of the D800 launch! Looking forward to seeing your huge images and impressions of this awesome looking camera! It seems like they really exceeded expectations this time! Cheers, John

  2. Aha, so that's the reason for you being at the Normandy coast

    Greetings from Groningen, Nico Huising

  3. I so didn't want to upgrade from my D700, but I just pulled the trigger on this thing. Wow. Can't wait.

  4. I would love to be the one testing this camera in the darkness of the rainforest of Costa Rica. I can't wait to see how it does taking pictures of Antpittas at 5:00 am in the understory, see if this camera focus can pull it off. Randall Ortega - Costa Rica.


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