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Nikon D810 with guest appearance by Cuddles

f5.6 | 1/125 | ISO 125 (Nikon D810. Nikon 70-200mm 2.8. )

f5.6 | 1/125 | ISO 125 (Nikon D810. Nikon 70-200mm 2.8. )

My new Nikon D810 arrived yesterday. I was like a child on Christmas morning, all giddy and excited. I am still figuring it out, but so far I lovelovelove it. This is an upgrade from the Nikon D800, so I am not completely unfamiliar with this body and the transition is definitely much smoother than my last leap–when I upgraded from a  DX to FX.

I took a few quick shots outside today but not as many as I would have liked because of the weather. We had an ice storm last night and I actually had no power at all until around noon. One feature this model boasts is ISO: low end is 64 and high end is 12,800. Unfortunately, I do not have shots of either extreme, but maybe I will try that this week.

This camera is also supposed to be sharper. I know, sounds strange to me too. I always think of lenses in terms of sharpness, not cameras. But Nikon has gotten rid of optical low pass filter, which causes a little vibration inside the camera. Eliminating this vibration makes for added sharpness and resolution.

Crop of image 1.

Crop of image 1.

The dynamic range is super impressive and the D810 has the latest processor, EXPEED 4, which is noticeably faster than EXPEED 3. The shutter is also very quiet. The D800 was kinda loud! Other new features include highlight-weighted metering and group area AF. I have yet to investigate all of the new possibilities.

One important thing I have investigated is ISO quality. The D800 was pretty good at higher ISO’s, but the D810 is even better. Here’s a shot of Cuddles taken at ISO 3200. No noise reduction was used at all in post. In fact, it’s even sharpened a bit. Plus it was shot wide open.

f2.8 | 1/125 | ISO 3200 (Nikon D810. Nikon 70-200 2.8)

f2.8 | 1/125 | ISO 3200 (Nikon D810. Nikon 70-200 2.8)

To me, that is pretty impressive. My D800 was not that clean at 3200. This is a game changer, imo. And the quality doesn’t really get unacceptable until after 6400. But even then, there are great noise reduction programs out there and I think one could really push the ISO on this camera and get usable results.

More shots of Cuddles …

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Hopefully the weather will be a little nicer tomorrow and I can get out and break in my camera!!!!!