ENTER THE Nikon D800/D800E
When Nikon released their super high megapixel DSLR, the world was basically gasping for air. How dare Nikon? Packing so many megapixels in a small 35mm sensor. Imagine the kind of details that would be possible with that kind of resolution. I watched a video on YouTube of landscape photographer Hans Strand talking about his choice of camera. I did a little research, looked at his images…and then his gear list. He packed a Nikon D800E as a second camera. I was like…shit…I’m going Nikon.
SELLING OFF ALL MY CANON GEAR
I sold off all my Canon gear within the month and bought a D800E. Frigging 36 megapixels of detail. It’s mine. This camera was basically every DSLR pixel-peeper’s wet dream. Shooting a headshot you can zoom in and see details of every single pore of a person’s face. I quickly mentioned this to my makeup artist and she sorta panicked for a moment.
This is an example of what 36 megapixels can do. This is the original image from a shoot I did outside Ion Orchard.
Zoom in to a 100% resolution and this is what you see.
Welcome to the world of megapixel whores.
So all this while I thought I wanted more megapixels, more detail, more resolution. I was so wrong. Even after playing with the D800E for about a year, I still couldn’t get that satisfaction whenever I saw my images. There just wasn’t that ‘look’ I knew I wanted. I wanted something that looked ‘real’…like…has that ‘realism’ of real life. I wanted to capture something that looks realistic.
That’s how I came across Hasselblad.
Funny thing, I didn’t read about it anywhere or was even looking at an advertisement. It was on an episode of Pro-Photographer, Cheap Camera challenge on DigitalRev TV on YouTube. Seeing Eric Wong working his Hasselblad and the kind of images that he can churn out…I was hooked.
This was the beginning of a romantic relationship with the Swedish camera.
About the author
Alexcheous Cheng is a professional photographer from Singapore who shoots a wide range of commercial pictures through his brand Paragon Pictures. His notable clients include multinationals like Citibank, Johnson & Johnson and Amcor, to name a few. He believes in doing things a notch better and his passion is delivering the highest quality images because ‘if you do the same thing as everyone else, you will get the same results’. For enquiries for your own photography campaigns, drop him a mail at http://www.paragon.pictures/contact/.