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1 Sterne muss ich abziehen wegen der zustand der Kamera, Es macht wirklich tolle Bildern, aber der Nikon D850 war nicht neu, leider habe ich als Weihnachtsgeschenk bekommen und beim erstes Mal einschalten war keine Angabe, der spräche einzustellen, was bei einem Nagel Neu Nikon der fall, wehre. Auch der Shutter count beim erste Bild war 4... Ein wenig enttäuscht bin ich schön. Aber solang der Händler wirklich 3 jähre Garantie gibt, ist, dass eigentlich okay.
The best Nikon body ever built. Bar none! About time Nikon showed the ‘rest of the middling players’ like Cannon, Sony and Fuji; how to build a DSLR. Love the 4K video! Is it better than any other mirrored DSLR made? Yes. Is it perfect? No. It is losing a star over the following: Upper left control knob. Some ignorant Manager at Nikon allowed “QUALITY” to occupy a position on the most expensive real-estate on the entire camera. Another poor decision maker at Nikon mixed the memory slots. Really Nikon??? XQD and SD mixed together? Incomprehensible! Finally – the shutter release is horribly “mushy” with little tactile feel. Nikon should partner with a Trigger/Rifle manufacturer to see what a good trigger feels like. Then incorporate that ‘feel’ into the Shutter release. I get several “multi fires” because the mushy feel allows a bounce photo to be taken. But those are just my personal peeves with it. Otherwise, I highly recommend it. Is it worth the $$$ in the age of moving towards Mirrorless Cameras? Yes – just like buying a new gasoline powered car ‘now’ is in the evolution to battery cars. The transition to work out ‘problems’ and optimize the systems will take a decade. Buy Mirrorless in the late 2020’s and onwards. For now, the D850 will easily take you to that time.
I've been using the (much more expensive) Nikon D4 for my food photography since 2013, but as soon as this camera was announced, I realized it would be much better suited for what I do - high frame rates and high ISO performance just aren't that important to me. Now I've finally bought it!
Generally, I hate straight-out-of-the-box reviews where folks have barely used the product, but I've learned enough in five days of shooting that I feel confident sharing some well-informed first impressions. I'll update later if anything changes.
Here's what I love about this camera:
- Between the massive image size and the (about damned time) removal of the low-pass filter, image quality and detail is dazzling. Boggles my mind that other cameras have a filter that blurs detail to avoid moire. You can fix moire in Photoshop, but Photoshop can't reclaim the detail lost because of that filter.
- The focus shift function. I do a ton of focus stacking, and this camera automates (and perfects) the process of acquiring a series of shots that, when combined in Photoshop, capture everything in focus. I shoot stacks in about 1/10th the time now, which is really important for food - the longer you shoot, the more greens wilt and the more sauces congeal.
- Wifi. About time, Nikon! And amazingly, I have actually gotten the SnapBridge app to work, though it's clear from reviews that most people have had a lot of trouble with it. The CamRanger I used for my D4 had more functionality than SnapBridge (I especially miss the histogram), but the live view quality is a LOT better in SnapBridge, and viewing photos is a little easier. For what I need, it's adequate.
- Roll and pitch indicators in the viewfinder, not just in liveview.
- Touchscreen makes menus easier to navigate (and it's a LOT easier to "type" in it now, though a QWERTY keyboard would've made that a little easier)
Here's what I don't love:
-EN-EL15 battery. Really, Nikon - you give a serious camera that takes 50MB photos the same battery that my old D40X and Nikon1 use? That is NUTS. An impressive beast like this needs an impressive battery, like the EN-EL18. Yes, I know you can accessorize to use that battery, which I will probably end up doing, but the D850 should be built to use that battery right out of the gate.
-No built-in bottom grip for vertical shooting. Again, this is an impressive camera for serious photographers; it's silly that I should have to pay extra to add a grip. I shoot a lot of verts, so I'm sure I'll end up adding the grip (Vello for $100, not Nikon for ***$400*** - wtf?), but I shouldn't have to.
Obviously both of these items would have added to the cost, but I gladly would have paid another $500 for this camera to have those features built in.
- Settings banks, and I'm going to just quote Ken Rockwell on this because he says it well: "No camera-state presets, just the same clumsy 'settings banks' Nikon has used since 2003. The lesser cameras (D750 and down) are better here as they have two mode-dial settings, U1 and U2, that let us recall complete sets of camera settings with just one click." The settings banks just recall the camera the last way you used it, so you have to be extra careful to check whether you changed an important setting on your last shoot in that settings bank.
- For men only. Not really, but I'm still irritated as hell at Nikon for their 2017 publicity stunt for this model: sending 32 pro photogs across Japan to test the camera, but not including a single female photog among them. I've been a journalist since 1988 and I did not have one single newspaper job where there weren't a TON of female photographers. Nikon's oversight was stupid and insulting; I hope they never do that again.
Slow focus, not at all a wildlife camera. Picture quality not nearly as good as expected and I've never had any camera that had so much digital noise. Anything above ISO 800 makes the images almost unusable. Reviewers call this "Perhaps the best camera in the world." Don't you believe it. My D500 was twice the camera this is and now I have to figure out how to get rid of this albatross and get another D500.
I owned this product for 30 days. I am not a professional photographer, by any means. What I can say about the camera is that I ended up returning it because it was too heavy, the auto focus was driving me crazy, and it needed a tripod most of the time to take clear detailed photo - especially to photo stack. I like to hold my camera and shoot from odd angles, so this unit was not a good choice for me. I am also a 5' 2" woman and the weight was too much to hold up for long durations, especially if I wanted a hand held shot. I am currently looking at mirrorless Sony's and Panasonic's for the internal stabilization and full frame options. The photos that I was able to take clearly were phenomenal, so if you are a tripod professional type, then go for this camera, as there are more lens options at better prices.
I purchased the camera body only to replace my D 800 body that has served me so well. Up front I want to say my removal of a star is only because the stack focus feature will not work with my Nikon ED 200mm Micro lens. This AF lens is the true top of the line for macro work and almost all by itself is the reason I purchased Nikon equipment anyway. I am certain I would have paused if I knew for certain this was the case with this camera. The news is buried on page 212 of the owners manual.. AF-S or AF-P lenses only and only on release settings A or M. I can also report this feature does not work with Tokina 100mm macro which has been my backup for some time now. It might be possible that a firmware update in the future will fix this oversight, but if you do macro work and want to use the best lens on the market this camera body will simply not offer you the auto stack focus feature you might want. It also requires the date to be set to function in this mode as well.
Having said that up top, as the information is not readily available and I want to save you several hours of looking for it.
The other half of my work is landscapes and wildlife and this camera wildly exceeds my dreams as far as capabilities. I think it will capture images that exceed my skill level. The D 850 with the AF-S 14-24 f2.8 lens is a creature of the night and low light. Bring your cable release as this guy will do detail you have never thought about capturing. The silent live view photography is brilliant and provides a sharpness I have simply not seen before anywhere.
Huge files are an organizational nightmare, but that is the work we do. This camera is a true upgrade. The chip is all Nikon and not Sony so this performance is all in house there and truly wonderful.
There are minor changes in where the buttons are, but its as ergonomic a style for right handers as I have ever seen.. with your eye to the ocular everything seems literally under the proper digit to function it without ever having to look. I like the joystick in particular to move the autofocus point. Its weighty but feels solid and proper in your hands. I do not miss the flash. The tilt screen on the camera back if wonderful and the touch screen feature really helps you be fast when you need to be. Network, bluetooth and smart device connections are what the future of photography is about and these features work very well on this... It will xfer 2mp jpeg images to your smart phone instantly which is wonderful for impatient family.
Very happy I own this camera.. it is an awesome machine... but I am unhappy my $1800 macro lens will not work with one of the major features of this camera.
Without a doubt it's a great camera, but I was a little disappointed that my battery charger was missing the small component/adapter that lets you plug it in and missing the power cable. No help from Amazon without returning the entire box which I wasn't in the position to do with photo jobs depending on this camera. Otherwise great camera!
I Love My New D850 Everything that was lacking in my D800 has been addressed with this release. It will take time getting used to the touch screen. What a joy it is to go walking about with camera. Update: I have removed a star because of SnapBridge. Nikon will tell you that SnapBridge will help you connect to your iPhone, it will only do that in a very temporary and fragile period, then it will disconnect and you will not get back that connection without going through a huge setup process over and over again. SnapBridge in my opinion is lie. Nikon should be embarrassed by the poor quality of this app, there are thousands of other complaints backing me up on this.
I only got this camera a few days ago so I'll try to update my review as I go. I'm upgrading from the d800, which I looooved.
Pros: - Touch screen is nice (with some caveats) - Resolution bump is nice - Improved Live View functionality, tap-to-focus-and-shoot is neat! - Viewfinder is muuuuch better - Shutter sound is nice. d800 was cool but loud, sounded like a guillotine coming down. This is much quieter. - Flip screen is definitely useful, especially for video. - Video quality (especially color) is better. - Focus system is improved, though far from perfect. Face/object-tracking is nice but hit-or-miss. Re-selecting a face/target is confusing. - Automated focus bracketing (and later stacking) opens up some fun opportunities.
Cons: - Some low ISOs actually seem *noisier* at 1:1 than the d800, including ISO 400. Weird... Obviously with the added resolution you can resize to 36mp and get some pretty nice clean results, but I was still surprised by this. - Video still not that useful for handheld (more details below). - Rolling shutter. - Video still 8-bit and thus has very limited utility in the end. - Thumbpad is smaller, new joystick selector might be useful in the long run but at first it feels a bit convoluted as a second selection pad. - Snapbridge drained my battery in one day (while the camera was off) without actually transferring anything useful. - Menu system is super dated and doesn't really take advantage of the touch screen, and the entire wifi/bluetooth system feels underdeveloped, to put it lightly. - I actually used my in-camera flash occasionally so not having that is significant. - No GPS. I could probably buy shoes now that have GPS so not having this in 2017 seems silly. - Battery charger does not include extension cord, so you can only plug directly into the wall, which may pose problems with crowded outlets. I think for $3,200 they should throw in a 50 cent cord.
Regarding video: It baffles me that cameras that can record 14-bit beautiful images don't offer the option for 10-bit video. I get that storage/bandwidth may be an issue, but this should be a priority for all of these DSLR companies. In 4 years I'm seeing great improvements in resolution, but what good is resolution when I can't tweak results in post and my sky will always blow out if I expose for everything else? It would absolutely be possible to shoot video with acceptable color in a very controlled situation. But if I have that much control, I'm likely to be on a budget where I can afford a camera with high-bitdepth files. So frustrating.
If you read the manual, while it's true that you can shoot in 4k, there are SO many caveats that it's insane. Nearly every cool feature is disabled if you're at that resolution. Notably, while there's a feature that digitally smooths camera motion (by shaving off the outer edges of the picture), you can't use it at 4k. You can do it in post, of course...
The pros absolutely outweigh the cons. In the end, I bought this for the image quality, and it's pretty great. There are enough changes to the features and controls that I literally am reading through the user's manual and trying to absorb the intended workflows. I was hoping my jaw would drop at the results, but this feels like incremental improvements. I won't be surprised if DXOmark calls it the best sensor on the market. But having waited 4 years, I guess I was hoping for more. I've barely scratched the surface on what you can do here, but early buyers need to know about some of these details.
I was able to capture some decent video in terms of color, where the range in the scene wasn't too bright.
However, I'm finding the autofocus system in video mode to be absolute GARBAGE. Plan on manually focusing. Relatedly, I have focus peaking turned on, but it seems to only work when in Liveview *stills* mode, not video. Still need to figure out why I can't see it when shooting video.
Regarding my above comment on noise at low ISOs, it seems to only show up occasionally. Sometimes the images are cleaner, sometimes at 1:1 they are pretty noisy.