I really did luck out on Saturday afternoon. Sunday was a total bust for shooting: dark and rainy. (If you watched Sunday Night Football last night, that was the weather we were getting here, too—I'm a hundred miles from Chicago.)
I did something marginally useful with the camera yesterday, at least.
I futzed with it.
On the old CompuServe Photo Forum back at the dawn of Time, it was called camera-fondling. I just fiddled with the thing in my armchair (yes, I have an armchair) while suffering from Packer withdrawal (bye week this week). Worked out all the buttons, explored the menus, practiced various ways of holding it, "tested" a few things." Heh.
There's very little remarkable about the D800/E in this respect except how utterly comfortable it is. It's not even all that complicated unless you want it to be. The full-sized, 100% viewfinder is great, even with my glasses on; I can make it do pretty much everything I want it to do without much problem; and it fits my hands just fine. As I said before, various individuals might have one or two niggles based on the way they personally like things to be laid out, but longtime Nikon shooters are likely to have zero problems adapting to this one.
What's more, The weight and bulk of the camera with the 35mm ƒ/1.4G makes it easier for me to hold the camera steady. I compared shots taken of the bookshelf at various shutter speeds with the same shots by flash, and I can handhold this pretty low for me. I do better with it than I do with, say, the K-5 or the G3.
I use a wrist strap with it. When I transport an SLR, it hangs from my right shoulder via a small-pad UpStrap, by far my favorite camera strap because it doesn't slip off my shoulder. (I can't hang a camera from my neck for more than a few minutes). When I shoot I carry the camera in my right hand and let the strap dangle. The wrist strap is for insurance. The one I use is the OpTech Cam Strap QD, an $8.95 special for small digicams that comes in a wide variety of colors (mine's black; I linked to the blue one because the picture's better). I wouldn't want to let a heavy DSLR like the D800 ever dangle from such a lightweight wrist strap, but it's enough to catch it if I ever lose my grip. (I tested it, ten inches above the cushions of the dog's bed just in case of failure.) The Nikon is comfortable to grip and hold, and I find it comfortable to carry.
[Ed. Note: I removed the original section about moiré from this post, because I think I messed up.
I can say for sure that I looked closely at a large number of the photographs I took with the D800E over the fivc-day rental period, and I could find no evidence of anything that looked like moiré or false color or interference patterns. That's not definitive evidence of anything except that I didn't happen to observe any problems during this trial.
My apologies to a number of commenters, whose comments are now "orphaned"—that is, they respond to something that's not there any more. Apologies as well for any additional discomfort, inconvenience, disappointment, etc. this late change might cause anyone.]
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