After a little over four years since its release, I finally bought the Nikon D850. I’ve always been a Nikon consumer and have had many of Nikon’s DSLRs, from the Nikon 8008s to the most recent Nikon D750. These cameras are a workhorse that takes a beating and never fails. Also, the fact that I’ve owned many of their lenses as early as the ’90s. That is primarily the main reason why I still use Nikon. You can still use their F-mount lenses with any of the vintage cameras, except for the new Z mount cameras. Although that still can be solved with Nikon’s FTZ adapters. The adapter allows you to use any new Z camera with their DSLR’s F mount lenses.
Since I live in New York and a subway ride from B&H Photo Store, I searched their website for a decent-used Nikon D850. After months of waiting for one to appear, I finally found one rated at 10. A 10, according to B&H, means no sign of wear, and it had a shutter count of 150. This rating was perfect, only $300 cheaper than the current market value of a new D850. Along with the camera, I also bought the vertical grip also known as Nikon’s MB-D18, Sony 120GB G Series XQD Memory Card, Sony MRW-G1 CFexpress Type B/XQD reader, and the Watson EN-EL18C Lithium-Ion Battery Pack. According to Nikon using the EN-EL18C battery will give you 9 frames a second. If you were just using the regular EN-EL15 battery it will just give you a longer life.
I’ve worked with this camera for the past two years at the theater I work. As the Dir. of Operations, I ordered the D850 to be used as a primary camera to take photos of our on-stage performances. It works perfectly in the low lighting and its dynamic range is incredible. You can lift the shadows from underexposed images without losing quality. In a scenario like in a theater is very common to deal with underexposed images since the lighting is changing constantly. I will be testing this camera soon after I finish my chemo treatments. It will a few months but I will try it out with wildlife, family gatherings, and headshots.
Hope you enjoyed this quick blog, and I will be writing more in the near future. I have many of the vintage lenses that I will be testing like the Nikon 50mm 1.8 (pancake lens). Also, I’ll be writing about some of the techniques I use during a shoot. Besides photography, I will share my thoughts on developing websites and videography. So enjoy it and I will be back soon.