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Nikon D800

I’m not sure if this is my first post about the Nikon D800. I’ve been following the forums and photography sites since my return from Nepal and I’m becoming somewhat curious about the Nikon D800 specs. Not that there’s anything I miss in my D700, it’s still the perfect workhorse in any situation but I might be interested in video, although I know (pitfall!) that I will spend even more hours behind the PC to edit video’s. While I try to be outside as much as possible in this time of the year.

I’m not interested in more pixels (with even bigger files), a detachable display and a tiltable grip. Video would be the main driver to consider the upgrade. Maybe build-in GPS, even better high ISO performance (102.400???), dual card slots (why not SDHC?) or autofocus point across the whole image.

The video dilemma

As you may have read in previous posts, I’m looking for a compact camera with the capacility of shooting HD video. My current video camera does not support HD (it’s 7 years old), it is huge compared to modern standards and it’s video only (I don’t consider it’s 1.2MP photo function useful in any way).

So the purchase of a camera such as the Panasonic GF1 seemed an obvious choice. I’m totally satisfied with my Nikon D700 and not ‘in the market’ for a to be released successor that will definitely be capable of shooting HD video.

Two news recent news items made me think twice: Petapixel (and other sites) published an article about cine lenses for DSLR’s by Carl Zeiss, with interchangeable Canon and Nikon mounts.

House director Greg Yaitanes announced on Twitter that the final episode of the season was shot entirely on a Canon 5D mark II.

Recent video samples I’ve seen demonstrate what modern DSLR’s are capable of. So I’m in doubt now. Shall I join the crowds desperately looking forward to the D700s, D800, D900 or whatever the successor of the D700 will be named?