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Nikon D810 (1 Viewer)

Neil

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I'm still very impressed with the AF of the D810 and images seem sharper than the D800. Even big crops come up ok despite the hazy/polluted light we get here.
I had a reasonable day with the 500/4 + 1.4x despite not being many birds about.
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Brin

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For those looking to buy: I have been shooting with the D800 for a couple of years and was looking for a second camera- have ended up picking up a D810 and alternating them. These are early impressions of the 810:
Picture quality overall is similar to the 800 (that is, brilliant, and allowing for creative cropping without loss of quality) but I like the quieter shutter and the mirror up mode. Group Area focus in AFC needs some more practice, but looks promising. I would like to be able to choose one focus mode for all birding situations, but am still fiddling about to find the best options.
It feels a little more solid and than the 800 and I'm a little more confident of its weather-seal. Shooting speed is noticeably improved (but I could still use more).
Undoubtedly more of a landscape camera, but a shade more adaptable than the 800 for wildlife, I feel.
Bought it at HDew cameras (UK based) - good price and service.

PS bought it eight weeks or so ago and am still waiting for some sunlight here in the North of England to test it properly.
 

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Neil

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For those looking to buy: I have been shooting with the D800 for a couple of years and was looking for a second camera- have ended up picking up a D810 and alternating them. These are early impressions of the 810:
Picture quality overall is similar to the 800 (that is, brilliant, and allowing for creative cropping without loss of quality) but I like the quieter shutter and the mirror up mode. Group Area focus in AFC needs some more practice, but looks promising. I would like to be able to choose one focus mode for all birding situations, but am still fiddling about to find the best options.
It feels a little more solid and than the 800 and I'm a little more confident of its weather-seal. Shooting speed is noticeably improved (but I could still use more).
Undoubtedly more of a landscape camera, but a shade more adaptable than the 800 for wildlife, I feel.
Bought it at HDew cameras (UK based) - good price and service.

PS bought it eight weeks or so ago and am still waiting for some sunlight here in the North of England to test it properly.

I had been using the Group AF Mode but I found after my recent trip to India that it had trouble focusing on small birds so I've changed to 21 Focus Points. Seems better but needs more practice.
Neil.
 

Neil

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I took the D810 on a short trip to Delhi last week. The weather was bright sunny but hazy. Mostly shooting from a car so attached the Nikon TC 14E11 to the Nikon 300/4 afs lens. My companion was shooting with a Canon 800/5.6.
I had trouble holding focus on the small birds e.g. weavers but it did a reasonable job on flight shots.
Neil.
 

Neil

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Here are some of the photos from India.
Neil.
 

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DPS

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Wonder if Nikon will go to 50MP+ to keep up with the Joneses (Canon) next time?

It's not all about MPs - I suspect the new Canon 50mp cameras will have a fight on their hands to better the D810.

Time will tell when real people get their hands on them.
 

seaspirit

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It's not all about MPs - I suspect the new Canon 50mp cameras will have a fight on their hands to better the D810.

True! Higher sensor resolution only fully pays out if lenses have resolving power to match it. Most current lenses will be the limiting factor on the high pixel **** sensors , as many are already on the "only" 36 MP Nikon lenses. There was initially a lot of disappointment with the D800/D800E for users with the wrong glass and too high expectations. The Canon forums will tell a similar story. And to replace those already high end lenses with lenses that meet sensor resolution -if they exist- will cost the real money........

UH

P.S> Sure Nikon will come up with something new at one point .......
 
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JPAC

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True! Higher sensor resolution only fully pays out if lenses have resolving power to match it. Most current lenses will be the limiting factor on the high pixel **** sensors , as many are already on the "only" 36 MP Nikon lenses. There was initially a lot of disappointment with the D800/D800E for users with the wrong glass and too high expectations. The Canon forums will tell a similar story. And to replace those already high end lenses with lenses that meet sensor resolution -if they exist- will cost the real money........

UH

P.S> Sure Nikon will come up with something new at one point .......

Mmm, they did, a D810A but it's for astrophotography.
http://www.nikon.com/news/2015/0210_dslr_01.htm
 

Neil

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I took the D810 on a short trip to Sydney and had the 1.7x teleconverter on the 300/2.8 . With low light levels I cranked the iso up to 1600.
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Neil-T

Moorlands Macro: Close up and personal....with bug
I'm loving mine at the moment, I have just bought a second hand 600mm f/4 AF-SII non VR. I still need to get used to it and need to read up more on the best settings for bird photography, and especially birds in flight with this lens. Here are a few images from the past few days.
 

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Duke Leto

Without habitat, there is no wildlife. It's that s
Traded in a D200 got the money off from Nikon and the value of the D200. D810 for a shade over £1900. Having used it for 3 months IMHO, its nothing like the D800e which I use for Macro work. The AF is better, the shutter is whisper quiet in Q mode and in standard is quiet enough. ISO range very usable up to 12800 as my recent badger shot proved. Access to the crop mode and AF via the front buttons are thumb wheel are excellent. Using it with anything between and including an AF-D 50/1.8 up to a 600/4 offers excellent results.


Stood next to my friend on Saturday, me using the D810 and a 600/4, him trying his new Canon 200-400 on his 1DX with the internal TC on and he failed to acquire a passing SEO where as my D810 took a nice sequence of 9 shots with only one soft!!
 

Neil

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I'm loving mine at the moment, I have just bought a second hand 600mm f/4 AF-SII non VR. I still need to get used to it and need to read up more on the best settings for bird photography, and especially birds in flight with this lens. Here are a few images from the past few days.

You should be happy with these. Excellent work with the new lens.
Neil.
 

Neil

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I'm using shooting the D810 in 1.2x Crop Mode to get the extra speed but you still have big files to work with. This is the original and a crop for today out on the mudflats. The Redshank turned up about 5 metres out from the hide just as I was packing up.
Nikon D810 and Nikon 300/4 afs lens and 1.4x teleconverter.
Hong Kong,China
March 2015
 

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Neil-T

Moorlands Macro: Close up and personal....with bug
Those are MEGGA shots Neil. Could I be cheeky and ask you your in camera settings. You can PM me if you like, no worries if you don't want to share them. Neil.
 

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