Legendary National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg was given unique access to the Nikon D800 ahead of its launch. In this exclusive interview with WDC he shares his first impressions of the new camera

Jim Brandenburg Interview with WDC

One of the world’s

top nature photographers, Jim Brandenburg spent three decades working

for National Geographic. His feature, North Woods Journal, shot in the

wilds around his home in Minnesota, contained the biggest selection of

images in the magazine’s history. His seminal book, Chased by the Light,

spawned an Emmy nominated TV documentary and even an iPad app. He has

produced numerous other books and won many awards and his fine art

prints sell worldwide through his website and galleries.

So it’s

probably not that surprising that when Nikon was looking for someone to

road test their top secret new DSLR, with its revolutionary new 36MP

sensor, they asked Jim. That camera would become the Nikon D800, and in

this interview he talks about his experiences with the new camera.


What Digital Camera Nikon D800 review

Jim Brandenburg’s website

Jim’s Blog

Chased by the Light iPad app (US)
Chased by the Light iPad app (UK)

What Digital Camera’s D800 Hands on Preview

Nikon Website (D800)

Nikon D800 microsite

Nikon D800 Promo Video

  • Scott W.

    I really enjoyed the interview, thanks for posting in full length !

  • JMallorqui

    Fantastic Camera. I’m publishing information about this camera in my blog: http://www.jmallorqui.com

  • Andrew

    Fantastic interview, and just to clarify, he converts his 12bit or 14bit RAWs to 16bit tiffs.
    Tiffs come in two flavours, 8bit and 16bit. You don’t get more data, the converted raws will only ever use 12bit or 14bit of the tiffs 16bits until he starts adding photoshop edits/layers.
    Hope this clears things.

  • Steve F

    Has anyone ever seen anyone who is given a preview device giving a bad review? The truth will out in the first two months of release.

  • Nigel Atherton

    Jerry, the video at the top of this page IS the full interview (20.12min). The shorter one on YouTube is 5.19min.

  • StuD700

    Erm… No video guys. Has it been pulled??

  • Abhisek Jana

    He is talking abt TIF ( 16 bit ) coming out of RAW ( 14 bit ). He is one of the bast photographer..he cant afford mistakes 🙂

  • Mary Doo

    I wonder which is the optimum choice for shooting landscape and wildlife?

  • Pat Downs
  • Jerry E.

    I’ve tried two different browsers with fully access authorization to this page & can find nothing to open/link to the full interview. What am I doing wrong?

  • Tom Sweet

    I now shoot almost exclusively with a D3S and use my Mamiya and Zenza Bronica medium format cameras as “collectors” pieces. I can’t wait for my D800 for the applications that it will best serve. The interview was very helpful.

  • Amer

    Small correction: it is 14bit file, not 16bit.
    Great interview!

  • Mister Pogi

    Finally a guy we cannot argue with because he did use the D800 extensively. It’s funny how so many Nikon shooters are unhappy with it and also many Canon shooters are unhappy with the 5D mkIII. Sigh. Some people are just born to complain. LOL. Anyway Great interview. Thanks!

  • Jarle Aasland

    Interesting. Thanks.

  • Sunil Singh

    This interview has distilled over a span of 20 minutes the essence what a ‘made for purpose’ camera should be. .GREAT !!