D800 Ultimate Test - Killer Whales From One Mile with 24-70mm Lens

Last night, I went out to a local waterfront park with my family for a Sunday evening picnic. We were eating our sandwiches and skipping rocks when I spotted a pod of Orca about a mile away. I always have a camera with me, and this time around I had the Nikon D800 with a 24-70mm lens. Photographing a killer whale a mile away with a 24-70mm lens is an exercise in absurdity. However, I snapped a shot anyways just to see what I’d get. I figured that the D800 might have enough pixels to barely resolve the whales that were tiny dots in the distance.

So, how’d the D800 do? See for yourself…

Here's the shot right out of the camera. Nikon D800 with 24-70mm lens, zoomed to 70mm. Can you find the Orca?

Here's the shot right out of the camera. Nikon D800 with 24-70mm lens, zoomed to 70mm. Can you find the Orca? Trust me, they're in the photo somewhere.

Here's the 100% crop. Not bad! These Orca were over a mile away. One more reason to really like the D800.

Here's the 100% crop from the picture above. Not bad! These Orca were over a mile away. This is one more reason to really like the Nikon D800.

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