« on: January 30, 2015, 05:30:53 PM »
I shoot a D800 and was very skeptical about "needing" 36mp at first, but I think it's a lot like cars - if you drive a Civic you probably can't, or don't want to, imagine needing 400hp, but after you drive a faster car for a few years, you find it hard to imagine getting around without that extra "emergency" horsepower. Likewise, those 36mp that seemed excessive to me at first, have saved more than a few shots for me with the ability to crop heavily yet retain a printable image. That and the detail in landscapes I've printed as large 30" x 40" is absolutely amazing. I would never go back to a lower mp primary camera.
I will say that file size is an issue even at 36mp, even with lossless compressed. Hard drives may be cheap, but if you're shooting at these mp, plan on buying a few of them. And multi-image Photoshop composites? Get used to .PSB files.
I think 36mp is enough, but would not turn down 50mp, and I'm sure it's coming to Nikon as well as to Canon, but I'm not sure I would see much improvement at my largest print size, or crop requirements. It would have to come with other performance improvements, notably FPS, DR and high ISO IQ before I would upgrade.