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My 1st Full Frame Experience
Old 12-05-2008, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I sold my D300 to my assistant and upgraded to the new Nikon D700. Today I had my first model shoot with my new camera and was anxious to put it through the paces. I set my studio up in the normal way and positioned the model ... then took my usual eight steps back and began with a few test shots to check my lights. Woah ... it felt like I was in the other room ... so I zoomed in, and zoomed in ... and zoomed all the way to 70mm (using my 28-70) ... and I still had to take five steps toward the model to get a nice portrait crop. THAT'S when I realized that things were gonna be very different with this camera.

Feeling uncomfortable standing just three feet from the model, I switched to my 70-200 and stepped back into my comfort zone. Whew! Looks like I'll need to rethink where I stand on all my future shoots.

Has anyone else had this experience? What else will I encounter as I use this camera?

Here are my first images from the new camera (it's only fitting that this was the model's first photoshoot)

D700, Nikkor 70-200, three Alien Bee lights


D700, Nikkor 70-200, two Alien Bee lights and 48" gold reflector


D700, Nikkor 28-70, SB-800 speedlight
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Re: My 1st Full Frame Experience
Old 12-06-2008, 08:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Outstanding shots Marty! Now I have full frame envy too......
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I can see wanting to distance yourself from that one... *No bad brain don't make me touch her* She is gorgeous and so are the shots.

P.S. Congratulations on the camera and "discovering" that talent.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Howdy Marty, nice shots.

You're also going to notice slightly more than a stop's difference in depth of field. F4 on the D700 will be a hair shallower than F2.8 was on the D300.
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Old 12-07-2008, 02:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Howdy Marty, nice shots.

You're also going to notice slightly more than a stop's difference in depth of field. F4 on the D700 will be a hair shallower than F2.8 was on the D300.
Only because you have to move closer to keep the same crop with the same focal length. If he backs up and uses a longer lens, you won't see much of a change in DOF. At least that's what I've experienced moving from the D200 to the D3.

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wait till you shoot with your 17mm...
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Ahhhh yes, my 17mm (I haven't bought that lens ... yet). I'm definitely looking forward to getting back to shooting travel landscapes and wide angle shot. Until then ... here are a few more pictures from our shoot. Next shoot is tomorrow with an amazing and experienced model. Stay tuned.

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Marty, congrats on the new camera.

Happy holidays my friend!!

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Marty, congrats on the new camera.

Happy holidays my friend!!

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Happy Holidays to you also. The new camera continues to amaze me ... and this week, I get to really test the camera -- magazine submission shoot today, model portfolio shoot Tuesday, sexy boudoir shoot with the MOM of one of my favorite models on Wed. (could be fun, could be ... Yikes!!); an artistic nude shoot with a local "dancer" on Wednesday night; the return of Gabriela, one of the hottest models I've shot in a long while on Thursday ... and finally, a corporate executive headshot on Friday. Now THAT'S how to break in a new camera! Stay tuned for pictures as soon as I get some time to post them. Until then, have a great week and a very safe and happy holiday season.
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Outstanding shots Marty! Now I have full frame envy too......
Shooting without it is like using a 35mm film camera with 21mm film loaded in it.
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