Four Years with Nikon D810
My journey started almost four years ago. In the cold winter morning, I woke up feeling like a champ logging into my BH Photo account and making life changing decision! I used to be a Canon man you know…First Blackmagic Cinema Camera made me go Canon route for lenses and my first professional still camera was Canon 5D Mark III. Funny but I never liked that camera. Something didn’t worked out between us. After pretending to like the camera, I pulled the triger after only two weeks of using it.
Before purchasing Canon 5D Mark III, my heart was set to Nikon D810. I made a decision based on my laziness to deal with selling all my Canon glass and converting to Nikon F mount. Not a perfect situation considering I had a solid number of Canon lenses. Well….I had to do it. Nikon arrived few days after purchase. All excited I shredded the wrapping to pieces. Camera immediately felt solid in my hands. Even though it was my very first Nikon I ever used, Nikon and I clicked together. Once it got dark I went to Coronado, CA to take some long exposure photos of the downtown. Straight off the bat my first photo blew my mind away. It was night and day comparing to Mark III. At that very moment I knew that this camera was the right decision.
Nikon D810 performs extremely well outdoors. Dynamic Range of this camera is truly stunning. Even over exposed images can be brought down later in post and have details recover. Camera performs very natural and 36 megapixels definitely make huge difference when it comes to retouching. Most of my shots I made just based on LCD screen. I like to be portable when I shoot and not drag laptop or any other extra hardware with me. Being sneaky and fast is my style of choice! Back screen of the camera is bright and vivid, and it’s very easy to see what you actually shooting, even in the bright sunlight! Power is another great achievement of this camera! I can shoot at least 2000 images on a single battery! Way more what manufacturer really claims!
Couple years back I went to Yucatan with my girlfriend and her family for two weeks, believe it or not, I never recharged my battery and made over 2500 shots and still had some juice lft when I arrived back home. So battery life is no issue with this camera!
COLOR & EDITING
Camera shoots 14bit NIKON NEF RAW format, you can choose from Uncompressed to Lossless compression format. Editing is a breeze, camera retains incredible amount of information even if you crushed or clipped the highlights. Color look great and natural, along with pin point auto white balance, that I use for every single situation. So far, after 4 years, each shot that I took is spot on. Pretty nice ratio, considering I made over 80,000 photos. Lossless compression will round up approximately 38 megabytes per RAW photo, allowing you to shoot over a thousand photos per 64 gigabyte memory card, which is enough for any kind of photoshoot.
So why am I writing all this years later you probably thinking, well the new Nikon D850 is out, and a lot of people are selling D810 right now! Despite being and “old” camera, it’s still packing an incredible punch for very low at the moment! Should you get D850 instead? Well… If you don’t mind spending over $3k for a new camera my answer is absolutely! However if you just getting into photography, or want to upgrade to full sensor for cheap, this camera is a fantastic choose!