Nikon D800 Action

I read this question time after time on Web forums:  “Can the Nikon D800 be used for wildlife photography?”  Well, why not?  Here are two full frame images taken last week during a short stop I made at Bosque del Apache.  Both images: D800E, Nikon 600mm, ISO400, early morning light.   FYI, I don’t have the extra battery pack for the camera so the motor drive rate is 4 frames/second.   Anyone else remember when 4 frames/second would have been considered pretty amazing?  Remember winding film with your thumb?






  1. Norm Vujevic January 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    A thumb ? I met you at a seminar in Michigan with Larry west. What a journey. Your book on nature closeups has been a Bible to me. Thanks so much. Elephant shots are great ! Norm

  2. Bob January 25, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Thumb. I started with an Exacta and remember using the other thumb. Wish you would come out with a new edition of the professional nature photographers book. It has been my go to book for many years but every time I run into you it seems you’ve learned some new tricks since it was written.

  3. Rick Popham January 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Yes! I also remember when shooting at ISO (ASA?) 400 would have not resulted in an image with this quality.

  4. Andrew McLachlan January 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Nice photos…love my D800 for wildlife…I remember never being able to quite master the technique of extracting film after rewinding it mid-roll to change to different film…I still have that gizmo too.

  5. Wayne Nelson February 3, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    The D800 is a superior wildlife camera. The sensor resolution, megapixel size and ability to push ISOs means even more with wildlife than landscapes. If memory serves me, when I began with K 25 is was called Kodachrome ll.