Here's a quick preview image from the 2013 tour opener for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at the Pageant. This was shot with the Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. Hit the jump for the exposure and an little crop, just for fun.
The exposure on this image is 1/100 second at f/2.8 and ISO 5000. I'd been shooting at a higher ISO, but when Grace Potter dropped to the stage, the frontlighting was killed and it was all backlighting and accents from the sides, so I dropped the shutter as well.
As you can see noted, I shot this gig with the Nikon D800, somewhat as a test for myself as much as anything. Is the weak 4 FPS fast enough coming from the Nikon D3's 9 FPS? The answer is “pretty much.” It's not ideal for events, but it's certainly more than workable.
And here's a crop of the full vertical height of the image.
Now the interesting thing here is that the resolution on this relatively extreme crop is still 3278 x 4912—or, in other words, still a 16.1 megapixel image. Easily more resolution that the Nikon D3 or D700's 12 megapixel file.
None of this should really be surprising, but it does go to show a real world value in the absurd resolution of the Nikon D800: flexibility.
Full set and shooting notes coming up soon.