Nikon D800 – First Photo

Why I’m Getting the Nikon D800

But Colby and Bill and Jarvie have the D800 — they show it off in the hangout video below!

So, I wrote this controversial article at about DSLRs being a dying breed… something that I still believe… In the article I said that DSLRs are on their way out and Mirrorless cameras will take over in the next few years. I didn’t see myself spending more money on DSLR equipment, but that is before the D800 came out, which is half the price and better for my situation than the D3X! So…. this is my loophole… hehe… and well… you can see more in the video.

Thanks Kent State!

Thanks again for the great day and evening.  I enjoyed the talk and meeting you very much.  Here’s some photos from the event.

Daily Photo – Severance Hall

I shared this photo in the beginning of my talk.  I shot it earlier in the morning with the Nikon D800 (that I borrowed from Lester) when I went to visit the amazing Severance Hall.

I’m going to start up my Nikon D800 Review page and fill it up over the next few weeks with my thoughts and samples from the camera.  I won’t really get the thing “done” for a while, but at least you’ll get some ideas of my thoughts and feedback on the camera.

So, Severance Hall was a beautiful venue.  It’s the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, and it’s one of the most beautiful conference halls in the world.  If you visit Cleveland, this is on the must-see list!  I got a lot more shots, and I can talk more about this amazing place in the future… for now… it’s been a long day and I’m awfully tired… enjoy. 🙂

  • What a beautiful place!! Love the wood and seems inviting for such a large concert hall – Kent State must be awesome to visit!

  • Epic location.. Can’t wait to see more of you making this new camera sing.  Maybe folks will quit bustin’ your chops and sit back to enjoy the pretty. 🙂

  • Wow, great shot! Great details!

  • Duong Nghiem Xuan


  • Casper van Zyl

    My daughter loved this shot,being a pianist she has never seen such a grand Auditorium like this and a Steinway grand at that. A beautiful shot Trey,we don’t have things that grand or maybe,not sure. Have  a fabulous weekend.

  • Stunning shot Trey… re. Nikon’s D800 – I love my D700, but reckon the D800 will be on my wish list in say 12 months time!

  • Hi Trey. I love the shot. It really looks epic and the detail is stunning. I just have a question. I see alot of chromatic abberation in the picture wich as far as i can remember almost never happened with your other camera. Is this because if the lens you shot it with? Just curious since i am getting my D800 today 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • treyratcliff

    Some of the CA may just be around those parts I HDRed…. this happens with my other one too

  • Nataël Martinez

    Splendid shot of a magnificient place, I’ve never been there but your shot is enough ! 🙂

    By the way, you need a new category for the D800, no more D3X… A new category for a new era of pictures ?

  • Thank you for an inspiring talk at KSU. I didn’t get the chance to meet you so I will
    say it here. I started following your blog in 2007-2008 while I was
    still in college. Printing b&w in the darkroom and trying to master Gustave
    Le Gray’s multiple negative technique. Finding your blog opened a whole
    new way of thinking for me which has led to a very fruitful and
    fulfilling commercial photography career. Thank you. 
    Tim Smith

  • I don’t normally look at the full resolution (nor do I comment here), but I had to for the this D800 shot.  The amount of detail you can get is amazing.  There’s a lot of detail in the ceiling even all the way in the back.  The floor scratches came out very well, too.  This was a good setting for a first D800 shot because of all the details.

  • Tim Arai

    Beautiful!  It was nice to see you at Kent State last night and it’s great to see such an awesome landmark here in Cleveland get your HDR treatment.  That’s some pretty nice access you got there 🙂 .  I wanted to come say “hi” to you since I haven’t seen you since I took your workshop in Tokyo 2 years ago (hard to believe it’s been that long) but as soon as I saw you get mobbed after the last question, I figured I’d wait until you posted the Severance photo here.  So thank you again!

  • treyratcliff

    Oh darn Tim – you should have come over! 🙂

  • treyratcliff

    You bet Tim – thanks very much

  • treyratcliff

    Yes I guess I do need a new category! 🙂

  • Silly yahoo still has my old picture, lol.  This is truely an amazing place, Trey.  I would love to visit it. Wowee, beautiful photo.  Thanks for posting, have a great day!! 🙂

  • Stephen Berlin

    Another great shot from you.  And we all know it’s not just about the camera.  Just one part of the “photo tripod” – subject, photographer and equipment.  

    Is this more than three images?  I’ve been experimenting with different numbers of exposures and different ranges to try to achieve the most natural look so I can minimize my computer time and maximize my camera time.

  • Wow – that’s going to look good on canvas. 30″x20″ at 240dpi without any scaling whatsoever! It’s also the first time I’ve seen any CA on an image shot with the Nikon 14-24mm so I guess there are minor downsides to that high a resolution! 🙂

  • Phogropathy

    Awesome photo Trey! First impression on the D800? Are you itching for yours even more now?

  • Stoney Moreland

    This is a wonderfull shot and a way cool camera, this as an HDR is very nice, but for myself and others that prefer not to use hdr, if you have  time to, could you post a example of this camera with just a single frame.  You are one that could give a good referance shot for other people to ‘Benchmark’ against….Stoney,A900  Thanks again

  • Tim Arai

    I know.  Next time 🙂  Especially if you’re ever back in Japan (or Cleveland for that matter…though to be honest Japan is more picturesque!).  Looking forward to seeing some more photos you got of my city!

  • Nice photo, Trey. Talk about putting your foot in your mouth 🙂 I think you are always going to buy the next greatest thing that is released from Nikon. .that’s the only way that you can continue to be competitive as a professional shooter ! Mirrorless is for amateurs.

  • Paul Garrett

    Beautiful image, Trey!

  • MattMacias

    Man you are going to do some serious damage with this thing!  I instantly zoomed all the way in to look at all the tiny scratches on the piano…awesome! 

  • dale_coz

     Wonderful image!
    Congrats on your upgrade. In your D800 review, would you mind doing a comparison between the D3X and the D800, two hdrs from the same spot with the same lense?


  • t_linn

    Nice composition and processing, Trey.

    And, yes, I have to laugh at the fact that you now own a D800 after your little anti-DSLR diatribe.  But note that I’m laughing with you, not at you, because I agreed wholeheartedly with what you wrote and now find myself sitting next to a shiny new 5D Mark III…  😀

  • treyratcliff

    thanks 🙂

  • treyratcliff

    hehe good – glad we both agree on the main points AND changing our minds 🙂

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks – no this one is the usual 5 images -2 to +2

  • Eric Haggard

    I attended the talk at Kent yesterday, and it was really awesome. You made some great points n’ really got me to think about where I want to head with my photography and life in general. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the meet n’ greet but I was just beyond happy to be able to attend. Thanks for always inspiring…also it was hilarious when you talked about adding in the moon in photoshop. 

  • Michael Steighner

    Cool image! Just ordered mine a couple days ago….schweeeet!

  • I totally get the idea behind your original post, by the way.   After my D800 arrived it occurred to me, “huh.   this’ll probably be the last camera .. of this kind.. that I buy…”    Something new and more interesting will be along the next time I’m in the market for a $3k camera.  I’m sure whatever that is, it won’t look like the bulky, mirror-flippy throwbacks inspired by their film predecessors that we carry today.

    Just thought I’d pitch that in there, I see more negativity about the original article flowing via the G+Tubes today.

  • Jason Joseph

    And to think that people shrugged it off when I said that your claim about going Mirroless was drastic and the info put forth inaccurately.
    While the mirrorless cameras are quite impressive, and offer some wonderful files, we have still much to see from all other categories ( SLR or  Medium Format) Its nice to see that you’ve readjusted your stance. 

  • What an absolutely awesome picture. Would love to visit that place and see it in person!

  • Did you get a chance to check out the Peter B. Lewis building as well (designed by Frank Gehry)?

  • I am still thinking about a D800 but will wait until I can compare it with the D800e. Have you had a closer look at the D4? I just got mine and started to play around. It´s seems to be a hybrid – DSLR and MILC! You have a couple of options with liveview (mirror up)  in photomodus that makes her tremendously valuable for wildlife shooting (pics of course!) since there is a “silent mode” . In size nothing has changed of course. I sold my D3x, my D700 and two of my old bodies and get the D4 and the D800 for almost no extra money. Not bad!

  • ham66

    Absolutely Beautiful!!

  • Darlene Hildebrandt

    Wow that is a stunning venue and as usual you’re behind the scenes and on the stage!   I’ d love to know how you get in to these places where you do.  😉

     As for the SLR/mirrorless debate goes I myself was enchanted with the new 5D MarkIII and it once I found out it shoots up to 7 bracketed shots (a huge improvement from the 3 I have now with the 5D Classic) I was sold!  However I’m seriously considering not getting it now in favor of an entire 4/3’s system for the price of just the Canon body.  I’ve played with the Sony NEX series and like them but there’s no view finder and coming from SLR and Hasselblad way back I just can’t get used to shooting using that screen.  I know the 7 has an electronic one and it just looks odd to me.

    I’ve also looked at the new Olympus OEM-D which looks promising.  Looks and feels just like a mini SLR, battery pack included.  My hesitation on that one is the sensor size, it’s a 2x crop and going from full frame it leaves me a bit leery of image quality.  There’s also the Nikon J and V1’s which have a great feel in the hand, view finder, flash, etc – but small sensor again.  The neat thing about the Olympus is that you can get an adapter to put just about ANY lens on it, including my existing Canon ones.

    I’m curious to know if you’ve tried any of these cameras, or the Panasonic G series which I know other people like. 

  • Patrick McAneeley

    Enjoyed your Nikon D800 hangout, and thought you might find this YouTube comparison between the D800 and the Hasselblad HD4-40 by a local camera store in my location. They also have some comparisons between the D800 and the Canon 5D Mark lll. Enjoy!

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