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“What Camera Do You Use?”

I get asked a lot… “What camera do you use?” Most of the time I am being asked because the person asking has tried to shoot horse shows at indoor arenas and the shots don’t turn out.

I use a Nikon D800… but firstly, it’s not so much the camera that gets the shot, it’s settings and lenses along with the camera body that allows you to get a shot that you would be willing to show anyone. Nikon D800 Now, with that said, I have to give a ton of credit to Nikkor’s line of f/2.8 lenses for my indoor shots. I am always finding myself with my 70-200mm f/2.8 on my camera at the indoor horse shows where I do not have any control of lighting at all. The fact that this lens has an aperture of 2.8 all the way through the zoom range is an awesome thing in crappy lighting.

Secondly, I do have to give some credit to my Nikon D800 in that it has amazing detail with its 36 mega-pixel sensor and an incredible ability to go high ISO without creating a huge amount of noise. If you’re on a budget, that detail and ability do not come cheap to say the least, but I also know that I wouldn’t trade the D800 for anything but possibly a D810 at this point.

I will say, the Nikon D800 and 70-200mm lens are not light, and after carrying it around all day, you know you’ve done something, but regardless of cost or weight, I love the camera, it delivers more “keeper” shots than I ever need.

If you have a chance to get one… Do it!

If you have any specific questions for me about my Nikon D800, comment below or hit me up on Ask.fm

I also have added the tech specs for the D800 below if you’re a geek or interested in that kind of thing.

Technical Specifications:

Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution (px)7360 x 4912
Effective pixels36.3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors36.8 megapixels
Other resolutions6144 x 4912, 6144 x 4080, 5520 x 3680, 4800 x 3200, 4608 x 3680, 4608 x 3056, 3680 x 2456, 3600 x 2400, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h5:4, 3:2
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISO100 – 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 – 25600 with boost)
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (5)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed format.NEF (RAW)
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File format• NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
• TIFF (RGB)
• JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus• Phase Detect
• Multi-area
• Selective single-point
• Tracking
• Single
• Continuous
• Face Detection
• Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points51
Lens mountNikon F mount
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100 %
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes• Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
• Shutter-priority (S)
• Aperture priority (A)
• Manual (M)
Built-in flashYes (pop-up)
Flash range12 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modes• S (single frame)
• CL (continuous low speed)
• CH (continuous high speed)
• Q (quiet shutter-release)
• MUP (mirror up)
• Self-timer
Continuous driveYes (4 fps in FX format, max 6fps in DX)
Self-timerYes (2 to 20 sec, 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec)
Metering modes• Multi
• Center-weighted
• Average
• Spot
Exposure compensation±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3)
Videography features
Format• MPEG-4
• H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Storage
Storage typesCompact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
WirelessNone
Remote controlYes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)900 g (1.98 lb / 31.75 oz)
Dimensions146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1
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