Upgrade Time: iMac and Nikon D800

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: August 21, 2012

Category: General

Hi Folks,

Well if you follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) you’ll have seen that I’ve been through a much needed upgrade lately with regards to replacing computers and cameras.

iMac
The home based iMac has been replaced with a new 27″ model pimped to the max and the first machine I’ve had with a Solid State Drive.

I was kind of undecided if a Solid State Drive (S.S.D.) was going to be worth it and indeed make all that much of a difference but now I’ve got it all I can say is WOW!

Press On and the computer is On…no delay. Click to open Photoshop and no sooner do you click then it’s up and running.

Sure an S.S.D. does mean a heavier investment but the time it’s saving is definitely worth it especially as some image file sizes are pushing into the silly numbers.

Nikon D800
As for cameras Ive finally moved away from my beloved Nikon D3 and have replaced it with the Nikon D800.

So why not the D4?
Well the D3 was my first camera when I started in business and at the time I wasn’t 100% focused (no pun intended) on exactly what I wanted to specialise in. You see I was doing everything…portraits, weddings, food, still life…you name it I was probably doing it…or rather trying to when clearly what I was doing was spinning too many plates.

The D3 was the best option for shooting weddings because of its low light capability but after only a handful of weddings I realised it wasn’t for me and then started wishing I’d opted for the D700 instead; great camera and of course a lot less £’s

So leading up to upgrade time I’d ruled out the D4 from the off especially after hearing rave  comments about the other new kid on the block…the Nikon D800.

I’ve only had the D800 a few days and am already blown away by the quality of the files it produces; the resolution, colour and sharpness I’m seeing in the images I’ve taken with it so far have certainly confirmed I’ve made the right decision.

Other benefits like the weight & size make it a welcome upgrade too and not forgetting the all important cost; significantly less that the Nikon D4 with it averaging around the £2400 mark.

I’ll be taking the D800 with me to the Netherlands this coming weekend for the combined workshop I’m doing with my buddy Frank Doorhof [Link] so I’ll be sure to keep you posted with how it goes.

One thing’s for sure though with that 36 Mega Pixel Full frame sensor it’s going to be a Details Love Fest 🙂

Catch you tomorrow,
Glyn

•Oh and of course this also means there’s a Nikon D3 in need of a good home ;)

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10 Comments

  1. Brian Worley

    I’m quite interested to hear if the resolution jump will impact your retouching techniques or approaches. One thing I know is that working on 12MP files is quite different from 22MP files.

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  2. Darren House

    Brian Great point! Also for those of us who have a normal computer will the extra file size mean a must upgrade if you buy these new extra high pixel cameras?

    On another point as most people see these images on the web how much difference will be seen or detail wasted?

    @darrenhouse_ 🙂

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  3. Mark Tizard

    My son talked me into a Mac 27in pimped up to the max with SSHD, all I can say is AWESOME , no hanging around waiting for things to load.

    ENJOY

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  4. Kevin Sharpe

    Good to see you’ve got the D800 Glyn, it’s a great camera and the upgrade on your mac will stop any slowing down working on those big files like my mac has! look forward to seeing the results! I hung onto my D3 for the rapid fire when I’m doing my 5-7 frames for HDR, only thing I found the D800 is a bit slow on, have a great day.

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  5. Kevin Sharpe

    On Darren’s point, the display on websites won’t make a difference, but wait until you want to have your work on the side on a bus, now that’s when you’ll see the difference, I’ve found the D800 is like a medium format camera on a DSLR budget, I just love it!! 🙂

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  6. Michelle

    Congrats! I got my d800 the other day and my jaw dropped when I saw the files on my screen. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro with no upgrades. I use an external drive to import photos too. I had no issues uploading raw files to Lightroom and didn’t really notice a speed lag in doing so. I did see a lag with load time on editing when zooming in and out but it wasn’t too bad. I haven’t tried photoshop yet. I will be upgrading to a SSD tho. The slight lag in Lightroom will be an issue when mass editing.

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  7. David Fisher

    Rumours are that there is an imminent refresh of the imac coming. Did you consider waiting for the newer tech and if so why did you decide to go ahead and purchase anyway? Just curious as I am burning to make the switch from PC but I’m unsure whether to wait and see if the September refresh rumours are true or just go ahead and purchase.

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  8. Neil Foster

    Hello, Glyn, You will have to excuse me as Im a 62 yr old and not all that computer savy. I find it all a bit overwhelming.
    However I just bought a D800 and was dismayed to see that my iMac of 2008 vintage would not open my raw files.
    I understand I need to upgrade but to what??.
    Would a 21.5″ with 2.7Ghz and 8Gb of ram do it or would I be better in the long run to go to the 27″ with 16GBram 3.4Ghz etc,
    Also will I need to upgrade from CS3. Im quite happy here really and it frightens me to change.Regards & thanks Neil(NZ )

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  9. Olympus OM-D E-M5

    Did you consider waiting for the newer tech and if so why did you decide to go ahead and purchase anyway? Just curious as I am burning to make the switch from PC

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  10. Photography Tips and Tricks

    It’s a great camera and the upgrade on your mac will stop any slowing down working on those big files like my mac has! look forward to seeing the results! I hung onto my D3 for the rapid fire when I’m doing my 5-7 frames for HDR, only thing I found the D800 is a bit slow on, have a great day.

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