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#1 John W

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 12:21 PM

https://backcountryg...on-d850-review/

 



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Posted 09 November 2017 - 11:27 PM

It is really interesting.
And disheartening...Here I am getting ready to pull the trigger and get a D500, and Steve and another (Mark Smith, Florida bird photographer on YouTube, https://youtu.be/kvWZu-u8UjY) both seem to be relegating the D500 to "backup" status in favor of the D850!

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 08:26 AM

Haha, Mark !

I wouldn't write off the D500 just yet.  This time last year it was considered to be the best wildlife camera around.  It hasn't gone bad just because the D850 came on the market.

There's a down side with the D850 too.  Those huge files and the need to shoot with a faster shutter.  Terrible shortcomings, I know ;)



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 01:28 PM

Great link, John.

Fascinating review from Steve.



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:56 PM

Definitely can't write off the d500 but the d850 is probably the best piece ever made ^_^



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:46 AM

Some interesting comments by SP on another forum:

All that said, one of the main reasons I really like this camera is that it can do most of what my D500 and D5 can do in one package. When I'm out shooting, I'm often switching between the D5 and D500 as I need more "reach" to get to my subjects and all that juggling gets tiring after awhile - not to mention the missed shots it causes too! Sure, I could use a zoom, but I prefer fast primes for wildlife. With the D850, I don't need to constantly switch bodies - I can fill the frame one minute and crop the next, it doesn't matter, pixels to spare. 

Of course, that's not the only reason I like the camera, but it's a big one smiley.gif

 

 

Cropping a D850 to DX (19.4MP) is much more enjoyable than a D5 (9ish MP). Fill the frame and either camera works just fine for my purposes

 

and :As it turns out, the D850 really checks all the boxes for 80% or more of my work. In fact, if I were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one camera body, it would be the D850 without question. With that single camera, I can capture wildlife, action, landscapes, macros, and just about anything else that I encounter while I comb the island searching for coconuts. 

Read more: https://nikonrumors..../#ixzz4y8WXCDSW



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 10:31 AM

All very interesting to watch technology advance though for ME the law of diminishing returns applies,  however had I arrived at the stage where I truly felt my D800 was holding me back and the D850 would guarantee my pics would improve to a degree that was worth the expenditure involved in replacing my D800 with the D850....hmm..?  Other than that the flip out LCD would be a great advantage to save getting down and dirty for those low down pics, saving my old bones into the bargain, but perhaps the D860 or whatever will have a fully articulating LCD...hmm..?   Truth is I have not scratched the surface of my D800`s capabilities which far outweigh my own photographic capabilities thus I am in no rush to replace my present body... and think that those who know far better than I suggest investing in better glass might provide more opportunity to capture improved images..... Nikkor 600mm...?hmm..! (-:



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 04:31 PM

You will not regret the better glass Geedee, that is for sure and the 600 mm 4.0. Is well stunning πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 07:26 AM

Chelsea loves her 600mm. Given that she's only little, she must have a trailer to haul it about.



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:22 AM

 

One more comment from SP:

Q - Steve: Being a strict wildlife photographer, would you recommend still the D500 over the D850 for this type of photography?

Great review by the way, and thanks for writing the ebooks

A - Depends on how close you normally get. I prefer full frame for wildlife – I like the shallower depth of field I get due to the closer distance to the subject for a given focal length. However, if you’re gonna just crop to DX all of the time, the D500 is no slouch and is an exception performer.






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