Think twice before you upgrade your camera body!

After using my lovely D700 Nikon for more than 5 years I decided to buy the new D810 body.

What I didn't consider was the rest of my digital infrastructure. My computer is even older than my retired D700. In terms of our quick changing modern world: Close to stone age ...

That's why my happines about my new pixel monster (called Nikon D810) decreased when I copied the first bunch of pixel monster babies (called high resolution photos) with my USB 2.0 card reader to my computer. The transfer speed was not much quicker than one angstrom per week, that means: Very very slow.

Luckely I already had an USB 3.0 PCI card installed in my computer for my big external backup disk so I thought buying an USB 3.0 card reader (I have Linux and cannot transfer the photos directly from the camera) would solve all my issues.

What a false estimation! Any kind of even small photo manipulations like removing the dust spots from the pixel monster babies took an eternity, too!

Instead of buying a new computer I decided to buy a 1TB SSD disk and replace the old one. In detail: Backup all the stuff, replace the disks, reinstall the operating system (Linux) and copy back my files. Voila, my old computer was now quick like a racing car! But this opened my eyes just for the next issue: My slow DSL connection!

The uploads to Dreamstime took so much time that I stopped drinking coffee in the meantime not to poison me with caffeine! Just when I was getting more and more contemplative about my slow internet connection I received a phone call from my internet provider. As if they could read my thoughts they offered me a much quicker connection for nearly the same price!!!

Reflexively I said "YES!". "How old is your DSL router?". "Uhhh, around 10 years ...". "Then you need a new one!" . "Brrrr......!"

Here is one of the first photos from my new D810:

Mount Si, USA

Photo credits: Jdanne.

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February 25, 2016

Jdanne

Seawatch1: Yes!

February 24, 2016

Seawatch1

I just did, Jdanne. Looks like crap to me. (I've always said you never know what a buyer needs. Congrats! ) You know that was a joke, right?

February 23, 2016

Jdanne

Corluc and Wlliamsphere: Thanks a lot!
Corluc: Sooner or later you need to upgrade. So you shouldn't wait too long.

Seawatch1: You should read my naughty blog (not everybody took it as joke!):
My ugliest photo at DT
By the way: I don't know who buys such an ugly photo but it has a quite good revenue!

February 23, 2016

Corluc

Thanks for sharing your issues, I'm in the same condition and at the moment I am resisting to upgrade my camera just to avoid these painful problems!

February 23, 2016

Williamsphere

I went through the upgrade drill last year too. I agree. There is a domino effect that changes how other equipment performs. Good to think about. Good luck with your new set up.

February 22, 2016

Seawatch1

Glad you like it. We should have fun here in addition to learning about photography.

February 22, 2016

Jdanne

Thank you Unteroffizier and Seawatch1!

Seawatch1: Your joke is good!

February 22, 2016

Seawatch1

Your dsl connection is so slow, it took me quite awhile to read your post.

February 22, 2016

Unteroffizier

Having more pixels is good and allows more options in cropping. But that really limits the discipline to get things done right on the spot.

February 21, 2016

Jdanne

Thank you Perstock and Adammeadows12!

February 21, 2016

Adammeadows12

glad you got it under control, lovely image hope to see you evolve as a photographer with your new toy :)

February 21, 2016

Perstock

Yeah, upgrades tend to be both tricky and expensive...
On the other hand - lightyears of enhanced capabilities!
Just think about cropping to get perfect composition. Now you can crop a landscape image to portrait and still got more resolution left than the D700 delivered...
:-)

February 21, 2016

Jdanne

Thank you Vilaimages! You are right, the quality is extreme.

February 21, 2016

Vilaimages

But once you are all set, it will be worth it. The image quality is out of this world. I had a D800 for some time now.
Congrats on our new toy!

February 20, 2016

Jdanne

Thank you Alessandrarc1!

February 20, 2016

Alessandrarc1

Its hard to stay on top, man! Everything changing so quickly! Most people don't realize that more megapixels means more need for space to store them, more memory etc! Good post!

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