"Need" vs "Want"

March 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Lately I've been drooling over the recent Nikon announcements for the D4 and the D800. I had even convinced myself that I was going to buy the D800. However, last night I started to really ask myself if it is "need" or "want". The answer to the question is probably the same as it would be for many of you out there, if you were to seriously ask your self the question. for me the answer is no, I don't "need" it. However much I "want" it, I don't "need" it.

 
After all, my D700 didn't suddenly suck just because the D4 and the D800 were released. I can still create fantastic images with my D700. While I can't print as big as I could with the D800, I usually print at 12" x 18" or 8" x 12", and only a few times at 20" x 30". If I need a larger image of a static subject such as architecture or a landscape, I can always stitch images together on that rare occasion.
 
One of the major drawbacks of the D800, at least for me, is the overhead involved in using a 36 megapixel camera. The RAW files are approximately 75 MB and the resulting TIFFs can be in the neighborhood of 250 MB per image. So 3 shots could easily eat up a gig of space on my network storage. I went to Germany recently and return with close to 7000 frames. That's over 2 terabytes for that one trip alone. Sure, not all of the images were keepers. But even after discarding the rejects, that's still a significant amount of storage needed.
 
Now I'm not saying that there's no need for a D800 in the world. Tt's just that for they way I shoot today, it doesn't fulfill my needs. My needs may change in the future, and at that time, I'll re-evaluate it.

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