Nikon released image samples from the D800 a few weeks ago. With all the new hardware and software I recently purchased, I decided to try and edit one of the marketing samples.
This sample was taken with a Nikon D800 by famed wedding photographer, Cliff Mautner. The original was taken in RAW and converted to a JPG. Unfortunately, Nikon won’t provide the actual RAW file, but the 17MB JPG Fine sample will do.
Here is what the original looked like:
If you click on the file, you will get a 50% reduction of the original 75MB JPG. I had to do this to be able to post to this blog. The image details, even at this highly compressed and reduced sample are stunning! Supposedly, there was no editing done on this original. If you could see the original 17MB JPG file, you could see every hair out of each pore on her face, tiny specs of make up dust, even the edges to her contact lenses!
Again, these edited samples are a 50% JPG reduction from the original 17MB JPG which was created from a 75MB RAW file! I went a little overboard and over-cooked her face a bit in both edits. I could have spent another 10 minutes getting it just right, but my purpose wasn’t to get the perfect image, it was really to test out what it would be like to edit these types of files.
After this experience, I am a bit worried about the performance with editing a 75MB RAW file. The file I was editing was only a 17MB JPG file and my maxed-out iMac i7 with 16GB of RAM was far from snappy! Aperture 3 definitely needs to be upgraded to keep up with these new file sizes. Lightroom 4 seemed to handle the larger files better.
Should I cancel the D800 and save a little longer for the D4? Oh, first world problems! 😛