On Assignment : Cliff Mautner

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Starting his career as a photojournalist, Mautner is now considered one of the world's top ten wedding photographers by American PHOTO Magazine.

Speed and power, without compromise: that's how I'd sum up my impression of the new Nikon D800. I now have the established medium-format image quality inside a phenomenal, incredibly responsive Nikon machine. At 36.3 megapixels, the D800 produces unprecedented image quality and resolution, all inside a body that boasts revolutionary technological advances. The 3D color matrix metering III, the wide dynamic range and the improved AF performance in low light are just a few features that are glaring improvements. Put simply, the D800 allows me to concentrate on the light, the composition and my subject without having to think about much else. In years past, wedding photography was traditionally captured with medium-format equipment for maximum image quality. When the genre adopted 35mm format, it was widely accepted that image quality would be compromised in lieu of speed and convenience. Now, however, my wedding portraiture has a depth I've never seen before, and my style of shooting will be enhanced rather than compromised, all thanks to the D800.