The D850 is rolling out, and I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in a small way in this world-wide release effort. Below, is a portrait of Leon, a champion longtime boxer and now a trainer.
The above, and the shot immediately below were made with one SB-5000 Speedlight, fitted with a Lastolite Speed Lite 2 Plus softbox. The lens is the Micro-Nikkor 105 f2.8 for the tight portrait, and the environment below was shot with the Nikkor 28mm f1.4. The camera is 45.7 megapixels, and in continuous shooting mode, fires at 7fps, which accelerates to 9fps with the power grip. It has a tilting LCD, 4k UHD video capacity, and a base ISO of 64. The camera’s a monster. Fellow Nikon Ambassador Dixie Dixon referred to shooting it as going into “beast mode.”
I could continue to spew numbers all day, because the camera does have impressive numbers, but the bottom line is that the camera is the amazing nexus of the two most dominant, important issues for photographers–resolution and speed. Tune in tonight at 6:00pm EST for a Livestream event where Dixie and I will share some insights and also have the great fortune of being with Nikon’s Obi-Wan, Lindsay Silverman, to answer any tech questions. Following on from that, Corey Rich and Lucas Gilman talk through the camera’s prodigious video capabilities with Nikon’s Steve Heiner. Presiding over all is the experienced, engaging educator and television host, Melissa Niu. She will keep things moving when Lindsay and I wander too far into the pixels.
The pix here are the result of a few hours in a boxing gym with the camera and a few Speedlights and a couple of amazing athletes. But this brief stint sparked my imagination, and I can’t wait for this puppy to start rolling into full-blown production. Much more, as they say, tk….