Important things to consider when buying Nikon D810:
consider buying a fast and spacious memory card for D810, it’ll be a life-saver!
our recommendation: CF memory card with a recording speed of 120 MB/s and with a memory size of at least 64 GB
use it as your primary memory card
Should You Buy Nikon D810 if You’re A Beginner Photographer? Our Honest Advice.
Here is the thing:
We never recommend full-frame DSLRs for beginner photographers because by the time you figure out how this camera works and how to use all the camera settings, there will be something newer and cooler.
The interface of D810 is designed for experienced photographers; the beginners will definitely find it complicated.
It’s a special filter on the sensor, which makes the transition between pixels smoother, and this way improves the quality of color rendering in certain shooting situations.
The engineers also removed the opticallow pass filter(OLPF), which further sharpens the images (with a risk of moiré on some periodic textures.)
However, amoiré pattern is more hypothetical because you’re unlikely to encounter this effect in real-life shooting.
Initially, an experiment without a filter was first carried out on D800E.
Nikon realized that no one was experiencing any significant issues and the sensor without the filter went to the masses in the form of Nikon D810 (and D7100 too, by the way).
Having no low-pass filter does such a good job that the photos are sharp even with the lenses that aren’t very sharp.
What I like about this camera as well is that the shutter noise is quiet, you practically don’t hear it when shooting. If you’re familiar with D7100, then you’ll have an idea how quiet it is.
Nikon D810 Review: A Few Words About Burst Rate, Autofocus, Video and ISO
Thanks to the EXPEED 4 processor that the camera received, its burst rate is 5 frames per second at a high resolution (compare it with the 4 fps of the last model), and up to 7 fps at a lower resolution.
The fact is, the frame rate corresponds to the one on D700, so it makes D810 pretty much universal.
The standard frame rate is 8-9 fps in high RAW + JPEG resolution and up to 20 frames in JPEG. It’s pretty good for a camera with such resolution, the image buffer is pretty large.
Now, even though 5 fps is pretty low for a full-frame camera, it’s still enough for shooting sports related events.
Here’s something worth mentioning just in case: you can shoot pretty much anything at a rate of 5 fps.
But if it’s something sports-related, then just turn your camera to DX mode so that it gives you extra frames per second (one or two, depending on whether you are using an additional battery pack or not).
In terms of autofocus system, it hasn’t changed.
It’s the same Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX with 51 focus points and 15 cross-over sensors, which makes autofocus very fast and accurate.
And still there have been improvements in their algorithms. There is now an automatic focusing on a group of points.
There’s a wide range of autofocus possibilities:
fine-tuning of all points and the possibility of selecting a zone;
adequate tracking autofocus;
perfectly working 3D tracking;
I mean the face tracking autofocus is so great that you won’t even want to get off the auto mode. 3D tracking and dynamic area autofocus almost always “hit the target” from the first shot.
In Live View mode, contrast autofocus works – it’s not as fast but it’s just as accurate.
The tracking autofocus definitely improved, and it’s something that will especially appeal to videographers or hybrid shooters.
Speaking of videography. The video capabilities in D810 had also been modernized.
What I am trying to say here is that this Nikon DSLR is fully adapted for professional videoshooting with its Full HD recording at a rate of up to 50p/60p.
A thing called Picture Control “Flat” was realized especially for videographers, which gives them the maximum of color correction capabilities for post-processing.
To record audio, you can use external stereo microphones, and during recording itself, you can actually monitor the sound using headphones.
Last but not least, video-recording can be done onto a memory card, an external recorder using an HDMI connector, or both.
What about ISO?
The maximum ISO threshold is up to ISO 12800, and in the “Hi 2” mode you can now take photos with ISO of up to 51200.
With such characteristics, there is no need for high-aperture lenses. The minimum ISO now is not ISO 100, as was seen in D800, but ISO 64 (in the “Lo 1” it’s ISO 32).
Overall, the images at high ISO, let’s say 10 000, look absolutely amazing.
Yes, you’ll see a bit of noise but it’s definitely tolerable.
5 Best Lens Recommendations for Nikon D810
1) As an “all-in-one” lens, then consider the universal Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR .
You’ll be able to shoot pretty much anything you want.
2) For wedding photography, portraits, landscapes/travel 24-70mm f/2.8 is brilliant.
It costs a lot but it’s definitely an exceptional lens (and very popular too).
3) If you’re heavily into portrait photography, consider getting 50mm f/1.4G.
Its smooth autofocus and amazing bokeh will win your heart.
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