The chance to shoot with Nikon’s new D850 was an opportunity too good to knock back, when offered by my good friend Ken.
These few words are not a review of the 850, but my thoughts after only a very short period of use.
The 850 feels similar but different to my 810. The grip is slightly deeper and appears to be more comfortable for my regular sized hand.
The 153 point focus didn’t get a workout as I was using my MF Zeiss Milvus 50 and 21.
Has Nikon made the 850 any easier to use MF focus lens with, the quick answer is no.
The new LCD is very impressive when compared to the 810, much more detail and better to pixel peep with. The articulation is a welcomed addition.
The image quality is excellent, you may well ask are 45.7 Megapixels better than 36.3 Megapixels to be honest I’m not sure I can tell the difference. Having said that, I did not take exactly the same shot with both and compare them side by side.
The shutter to my ear is slightly more noisy on the 850 then the 810. I didn’t use the 850 in burst mode.
I enjoyed my time with the 850 it was joy to use and I felt at home with it. As usual Nikon has moved the buttons around to confuse you as they do with all new models.
The burning question would I shell around A$5,200 to add one to my bag, the quick answer is No. My reasons are my 810 is only 3 months old and I have a D4S if high speed mode is required. If I didn’t own both of these cameras, then yes the 850 would be a worthwhile purchase as it’ll be an excellent allrounder especially if you purchase the optional battery grip to get extra FPS.
Thanks Ken for the use of your beloved 850 and chat as we walked around Sydney CBD.
I thought this shot was appropriate to end this article!