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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2012, 12:36:55 AM »
I own both, 1DX and 5D3.  Let me say this.  At high ISO, say 12,800, I can still print 8 x 10's or better with very fine detail and no noise with the 1DX with minimal processing, whereras the 5D3 requires a lot more post processing.  Also, the 1DX files can pull more shadow detail and highlight recovery.  Despite having 3 less MP's, the prints are substantially better.  My Nikon buddies who shoot sports, ie D4, say they wish they had a 1DX instead when they look at my RAW files and prints.

I have no experience with the D800/E.
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2012, 12:36:55 AM »

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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2012, 02:31:55 AM »
I own both, 1DX and 5D3.  Let me say this.  At high ISO, say 12,800, I can still print 8 x 10's or better with very fine detail and no noise with the 1DX with minimal processing, whereras the 5D3 requires a lot more post processing.  Also, the 1DX files can pull more shadow detail and highlight recovery.  Despite having 3 less MP's, the prints are substantially better.  My Nikon buddies who shoot sports, ie D4, say they wish they had a 1DX instead when they look at my RAW files and prints.

I have no experience with the D800/E.

The 1dx makes the D4 look like a toy. Sharper, better focus, better resolution, better lens mount, faster frame rate...

But one thing that the 1dx seems to do that makes me scratch my head is that it exposes differently. I've seen photos that were taken at the same time, same settings, same lens, but the 1dx is about a third stop darker. If I need to expose longer on the 1dx vs the 5d3, to me that defeats the point of the 1dx's cleaner ISO performance. You have any experience with this? Same thing with Nikon cameras, they seem to expose 1/3 to 1/2  stop brighter than canon at identical settings. That would be a pretty nice advantage it seems.
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2012, 03:06:45 AM »
As you've said you WILL get the 200L at some point, so why not make that priority one....

then over the next six months as we see where Canon's sensors (and the big MP sensor) are going, have a rethink then...there may be something more 800e-like, that will take your current glass.
(and who knows, if it's in a 1 series body - you'll get all the bells and whistles you're craving now)
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2012, 03:13:31 AM »
As you've said you WILL get the 200L at some point, so why not make that priority one....

then over the next six months as we see where Canon's sensors (and the big MP sensor) are going, have a rethink then...there may be something more 800e-like, that will take your current glass.
(and who knows, if it's in a 1 series body - you'll get all the bells and whistles you're craving now)

True. I wonder, is there anyone on here that owns that lens that could test something for me? I would love to see the difference in bokeh between the 200 f2 @ f2 and the 85 1.2 @ 1.2 & 1.4. Take the same photo with both lenses and compare. Would be an interesting test I think.
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2012, 06:07:14 AM »
For what you are doing or plan to do, I'd either pick up another 5D Mark III or 5D Mark II as a backup, AND the 200 f/2L, which is amazing.  I'd sell the 7D. 
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2012, 01:01:12 PM »
I bought a D800 to see what it could do, and a D800E will be similar.  For landscape use where DR and lots of fine detail are needed, the camera really shines (assuming you have a supurb lens for it).  Thats the rub, you have a very small selection of Nikon lenses that will let you get that maximum resolution from the camera, the 14-24 should do that, or you can get a Zeiss 21mm.  Just don't try to find a equivalent to a 135mm L or 100-400mmL, for example.

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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2012, 02:25:20 PM »
I bought a D800 to see what it could do, and a D800E will be similar.  For landscape use where DR and lots of fine detail are needed, the camera really shines (assuming you have a supurb lens for it).  Thats the rub, you have a very small selection of Nikon lenses that will let you get that maximum resolution from the camera, the 14-24 should do that, or you can get a Zeiss 21mm.  Just don't try to find a equivalent to a 135mm L or 100-400mmL, for example.

I'm wondering if the Nikon 24 1.4 and the sigma 85 1.4 have the resolving power to give me all those beautiful details.
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2012, 02:54:30 PM »
I've always bought and wanted better cameras, always been somewhat unhappy with everything. From 400d and the 5d, through the 5d2, 1d3 and 1d4 and the 5d3. Kind of big issues for me with all of them. Then I bought the 1d X, last camera i'll ever buy, do not even remotely care what Canon will replace with it.. Mind>Blown.... every single aspect from build and layout to IQ and functions. I can't stress enough how different from the 5d3 it is...
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2012, 03:24:01 PM »
I've always bought and wanted better cameras, always been somewhat unhappy with everything. From 400d and the 5d, through the 5d2, 1d3 and 1d4 and the 5d3. Kind of big issues for me with all of them. Then I bought the 1d X, last camera i'll ever buy, do not even remotely care what Canon will replace with it.. Mind>Blown.... every single aspect from build and layout to IQ and functions. I can't stress enough how different from the 5d3 it is...

Is the banding really improved over the 5d3? I do like to push my shadows a lot, so that is one thing that has been bugging me about my 5d3. I shoot almost exclusively with natural light, so that is a big deal for me. And I know the d800e is amazing at pushing shadows.
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2012, 03:49:06 PM »
I've always bought and wanted better cameras, always been somewhat unhappy with everything. From 400d and the 5d, through the 5d2, 1d3 and 1d4 and the 5d3. Kind of big issues for me with all of them. Then I bought the 1d X, last camera i'll ever buy, do not even remotely care what Canon will replace with it.. Mind>Blown.... every single aspect from build and layout to IQ and functions. I can't stress enough how different from the 5d3 it is...

Is the banding really improved over the 5d3? I do like to push my shadows a lot, so that is one thing that has been bugging me about my 5d3. I shoot almost exclusively with natural light, so that is a big deal for me. And I know the d800e is amazing at pushing shadows.

Yeah, I can push the X-files (nerdyhumor) a lot more.

If I want the best possible shadows expose for them and pull down the highlights. For absolute shadowpush the d800 might be better, I don't know. I guess if that is on top of your list of important things. Look into the d800. For me I can get everything as good as I want, so I don't see why I could want a d800 just to push shadows 5 stops....

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« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2012, 04:26:41 PM »
I've always bought and wanted better cameras, always been somewhat unhappy with everything. From 400d and the 5d, through the 5d2, 1d3 and 1d4 and the 5d3. Kind of big issues for me with all of them. Then I bought the 1d X, last camera i'll ever buy, do not even remotely care what Canon will replace with it.. Mind>Blown.... every single aspect from build and layout to IQ and functions. I can't stress enough how different from the 5d3 it is...

Is the banding really improved over the 5d3? I do like to push my shadows a lot, so that is one thing that has been bugging me about my 5d3. I shoot almost exclusively with natural light, so that is a big deal for me. And I know the d800e is amazing at pushing shadows.

Yeah, I can push the X-files (nerdyhumor) a lot more.

If I want the best possible shadows expose for them and pull down the highlights. For absolute shadowpush the d800 might be better, I don't know. I guess if that is on top of your list of important things. Look into the d800. For me I can get everything as good as I want, so I don't see why I could want a d800 just to push shadows 5 stops....

Hehe. x-files.

But the 1dx might be too heavy for a hike at night, a "star trek" if you will.

Sorry, that was a stretch.

But on a more serious note, I think the 1dx might be the best option... Although it is a little more expensive...
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #26 on: October 14, 2012, 04:36:39 PM »
Coming back to the original question I would go for the 1Dx and stay away from the D800 or D800e. I have both Nikon and Canon for professional reasons and I am not a fan of one specific brand but.... I love my D3x as well as the D4 but the D800 has some major issues from my point of view. When the AF works and when all the conditions are respected you get great shots and prints. The main issue if the AF performance. It's quite interesting to see that a lot of tests show that the 24-120 or even the 28-300 are better than the 24-70 on the D800 !!! Don' t even try to use a Zeiss with a d800 because the AF assistance is useless. And so on ...
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2012, 04:46:26 PM »
Coming back to the original question I would go for the 1Dx and stay away from the D800 or D800e. I have both Nikon and Canon for professional reasons and I am not a fan of one specific brand but.... I love my D3x as well as the D4 but the D800 has some major issues from my point of view. When the AF works and when all the conditions are respected you get great shots and prints. The main issue if the AF performance. It's quite interesting to see that a lot of tests show that the 24-120 or even the 28-300 are better than the 24-70 on the D800 !!! Don' t even try to use a Zeiss with a d800 because the AF assistance is useless. And so on ...
The 1Dx is the best body I ever used in my life. I am coming back from a couple of months on the Silk Road and I stopped using my 5DMkIII after some time. The new 24-70 is outstanding, the 85F1.2 too and the 70-200 is as good as the Nikon. Now, I use my MkIII with the new 40mm as a street camera and the 1DX for serious work.

I think I may go for that 1dx.

But just to be clear, if I did go for the d800, I wouldn't be putting much stress on the AF system. I would only af for still, posed portraits, and live view MF for landscape, cityscape, and any other "scape" i feel like shooting.

You guys do make a good argument in favor of the 1dx though. The price is just a hard pill to swallow.
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« Reply #28 on: October 14, 2012, 04:48:36 PM »
The only down side to the 1DX I heard on these forums compared to the 5D3 was its shutter noise was louder than that of the 5D3. I think you should consider that...

I don't have experience with the 5D3, but compared to the 1D4 it is much less.
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« Reply #29 on: October 14, 2012, 07:23:07 PM »
This one makes by far the most sense to me:
You have two awesome cameras already.  yes the 1dx is hot but its the lens that makes it.  Think of that 200f/2 at f/2 slicing your subject out.  Sharp as all get out.  You'd be creating photos that not a lot of others will be able to.  As a wedding photographer myself, why not set yourself apart by providing higher quality of work with a lens like that?  5d3 is perfect for the wedding world.  Yes its not 12 fps, but do you need that?   Are you missing the moment by not blasting it to death?

If you got the nikon, you'd have a different set of lenses to deal with as well and I see that as a huge pain in the ass.

If you're looking to really improve your portfolio, you already have the cameras to do it so a great lens is the obvious choice.  If you just want to have fun and burst people to death, then by all means maybe the 1DX is the way to go.
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Re: 1dx, or d800e?
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