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    Default Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    I was given an opportunity to bring this baby to the Tohoku region of Japan to see what it can do.
    Since my itinerary was really tight and I would need to travel to a different prefecture daily, I wanted to travel light.



    Light??!!? with a FX sensor DSLR? Some would advise me otherwise
    This is my solution of full DSLR functionality and light weight.

    Use a lighter lens, simple. I do not want to cut corners on the controls and IQ that I get with a FX DSLR so i select lenses that are sharp and at the same time, light.
    In this case, I requested for the AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G ED Approx. 385 gand the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Approx. 350 g


    this make the full camera and lens weight less than 2 Kg. I mounted the Markins LN-800 L Plate without any problems, the use of an L-plate allows me to use a smaller and lighter tripod setup.
    I travel to distant places and I do not want to compromise on my image quality.

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    The Nikon D810 uses the same Li-ion EN-EL15 battery as the D800/E, one thing i noticed is the new Battery Charger MH-25a
    I will try to find out what the difference is that the some older MH-25 is rated at 0.9 amps - the newer MH-25 is rated the same as the MH-25a - at 1.2 amps.
    so it could mean that it charges the EN-EL15 a little faster.

    A quick search give an official answer by Jul 29, 2014 by Nikon_Chelsea
    "The MH-25A and the MH-25 are interchangeable."

    Real usage inclusive of some long exposures of fireworks



    this is a fresh battery with just one full charge

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Ok the Nikon D810 is no longer new, you can get all the specs from the internet and get a feel of it at Nikon's Showroom and at the shops.

    Firstly the new shutter mechanism is quieter than the D800/E, significantly quieter. I believe that the vibration from the mirror slap has also been reduced.



    the sun rises at 4:50am in Niigata, there are small rice fields everywhere
    I mounted the 85mm and shot this

    ISO 400 f4.5 1/800s Aperture priority
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    Waterfalls calls for long exposures with a ND10

    Nikon D810
    18.0-35.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
    f16 30 secs ISO 64

    just look at the tones at ISO64

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    The Northernmost Ama Divers from Kuji City


    85mm f3.2 1/2000s ISO200


    85mm f6.3 1/250s ISO200

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    In the dark restaurant stairway


    Check out the dynamic range
    18mm f4.5 1/80 ISO800

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post


    Waterfalls calls for long exposures with a ND10

    Nikon D810
    18.0-35.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
    f16 30 secs ISO 64

    just look at the tones at ISO64
    No colour cast with the ND10? Or did you correct the colours in post?

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    No colour cast with the ND10? Or did you correct the colours in post?
    no colour cast

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    since this camera has alot of video features, i tried my hands on a little video



    be sure to watch the HD version

    Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    no colour cast
    Sorry ah, but which ND10 you used ? :P

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Quote Originally Posted by alfie View Post
    Sorry ah, but which ND10 you used ? :P
    Haida
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1261508

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Nice shot !.....Full res raw or direct to jpg when shot?
    Last edited by sammy888; 20th August 2014 at 07:51 AM.

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Quote Originally Posted by sammy888 View Post
    Nice shot !.....Full res raw or direct to jpg when shot?
    the long exposure waterfall?

    Shot Direct to jpeg, don't have enough memory cards for the 10 day trip to shoot RAW.
    I brought in total 136GB of memory



    Not all were in traditional attire
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    Morioka Sansa Odori, shot with a Nikon D810 and 18-35mm lens

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    And the Wa-Odori after the main parade i over
    the Wa-Odori is where everyone can join in and dance but in a circular direction instead of along the festival route
    watch out for the ang mo near the end of the video, he dances very well

    note the strong back light and the dynamic range captured resulting in preservation of shadow details
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    Morioka Sansa Odori in Iwate, Tohoku

    Nikon D810 with a 18-35mm lens
    ISO3200




    Look like judges that were going to select the best troup
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    Fanning the Fans in the Hot Summer


    Even Fuji-san was there

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    no colour cast
    Thanks! Time to check out those filters.

    BTW, is your D810 affected by the thermal issue?

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    Thanks! Time to check out those filters.

    BTW, is your D810 affected by the thermal issue?
    so far I have not noticed any spots

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    Default Re: Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku

    Thanks!

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