Nikon D810 Hands on in Tohoku


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

[video=youtube_share;BXc97AA_vC8]http://youtu.be/BXc97AA_vC8[/video]

be sure to watch the HD version

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
 

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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

[video=youtube_share;qeuGOwpLySY]http://youtu.be/qeuGOwpLySY[/video]

Not all were in traditional attire
 

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[video=youtube_share;U3NgN2sPQJc]http://youtu.be/U3NgN2sPQJc[/video]


Morioka Sansa Odori, shot with a Nikon D810 and 18-35mm lens
 

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[video=youtube_share;LOJh-8rP074]http://youtu.be/LOJh-8rP074[/video]

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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