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Nikon D850 or how we can trade in the bird we have in our had for the one sitting on the fence

The first question that I have for you is this one: have you, somehow managed to push your D810 camera to the limits and you got to the conclusion that your camera is not able to handle your current requests in order to create better photos? Does this one not have the best dynamic range, or does it not have the quality of details as you may need in your photos? By any chance can you prove or show any photos were I might see that this camera is limiting you in your creativity? May I? Let’s just make one thing straight from the beginning: I am not writing this article out of pure frustration; if D850 will be a great camera, I will be one of the people that will buy this camera since I am considering to buy two great lenses, which I consider true optical jewelries from Sigma: the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 and the 14mm f/1.8. But, please just go ahead and read the article until the end and then judge for yourselves. I have decided to write this article in order to help the people that, right now do not realize what it means to have a camera with more than 40 MP, no matter the manufacturer.
Let’s all sit down and think this through. It is well known that lately Nikon has been changing the focusing algorithm, through out various firmware updates. And this came with a “nice” surprise for Sigma lens users, since they realized that after the firmware update, their lenses would not focus properly, even though before the update they were working fine. Did you got the idea? Yeah, THAT’s TRUE; the camera producer does not want to share the profits with other lens producers. They need to protect their profit made by selling their own lenses. Would you think that the new camera will just work perfectly with any of the Sigma / Tamron lenses? Do we have any reason to think it might not? I think we kinda do.
I was just wondering, how come Nikon is leaking and giving camera specification way before the camera hits the market? As far as I am aware, this has never happened with Nikon and is not a common practice for them. Can it be perhaps some users are already looking for alternatives among other camera producers and Nikon still wants to keep them as customers?
It can as well be.​

I’m just wondering just how many Nikon users will be able to afford this new camera? Are they just aware that the new camera will bring down their budget with new items to buy? What kind of items you may ask? Well, allow me to tell you …
First item to get: I know that the 14-24 mm f/2.8 is a bit soft on the corners even on D810. How will this one be on the D850? Worse? I can only think so. So in case Nikon has already prepared the new 14-24mm f/2.8 E, well ladies and gentlemen we have our first invoice to pay: we can only guess it will be around 2500 Euros or even more…
How about the old 24-70 f/2.8G (which I have honestly never liked as so I have not recommended it) was already replaced with the 24-70 f/2.8E, which is around 2500 Euros or more, and not to mention the new 70-200 f/2.8E, which is freaking expensive. So far we are getting closer to almost 10.000 euros (depending where you can get your lenses from). Oh and let’s not include exotic lenses like the 105 f/1.4E or God knows what other telephoto lenses. I can only imagine how happy the people at your bank will be when you walk in asking for a loan for your new lenses.
Actually hold on, as you can get the cheaper lenses from Tamron or Sigma; oh, but wait … those are not free, are they? And by buying them do you actually have any assurance that they will not have any focusing issues, or God knows what other issues with the new camera?
I wouldn’t be crazy just to say this, but I would rather want to test the camera with those lenses.

Guess where you second new bill will come from: that’s right … your old computer. Your current system unless you have the highest configuration money can buy now, will most likely not be able to handle a proper workflow with those big files coming out of the camera. I just got myself a new computer system, and I can only tell you this: have at least 2000 Euros ready for a new system. Oh wait … you somehow want 4K editing and so on; get new video card, high speed SSDs, high speed memory and lots of it; most likely the new SSD M.2 will be highly recommended. You think that your new laptop is powerful enough; it won’t be anymore. You might have to wait to open up a new TIFF file or NEF for at least 30 seconds if not more; adding some contrast might take around 15 seconds, basically for almost every operation you will see that spinning ball for at least 15-30 seconds or more, depending on the operation or command given.
Now that’s a high productivity: out of 6 hours for editing, almost 4 of them will be lost due to the spinning wheel while waiting for some operations to complete.

By the way, there is a new invoice waiting for you: yes, you might have already guessed it … it’s for the new SSDs and you new storage system. What you have right now will get full in no time: and this is coming from someone who has worked with D810 and not with the D850.

Of course, we should not forget our normal questions in regards to the camera: will they use the same silly way of gluing the rubber on the camera / lenses that will get loose after a while?
I do have to say that a lot of people had quite embarrassing moments when the rubber was coming of out of the top series camera like D3, D3s, D4 or D4s.
And what about the autofocus? Will it work properly with other lenses? And how will the new image processor be? Cause the last one was giving you one hell of a purple tent when you were working with the curves to get some details out of the shadow. And what about the mirror system? As far as I know it require mirror alignment after less than 30,000 shots (and this on the professional cameras).
Just wondering now how will the 4k video look like, cause as far we know, Nikon is not that advanced party in here, as the codec they use has a bitrate of 25 MB/s for Full HD video and about 50 MB/s for 4K video. Let’s just consider the 8K video pure marketing, only for those who dream about it but will never get to actual work with it. It’s going to be useless to try to view any 8K content on current generations of TVs/monitors. However, has anyone considered this: how will some dust look on the 8K video or some sand grain that somehow made it to the camera sensor? I can only imagine how well defined it will look on the video.
Not to mention in case there will be problems with the mirror mechanism and oil will get on the shutter or the sensor. Which can happen even when you do time-lapse; been there, done that and saw it happening to me.
As I have already stated, I only wrote this for the people that can actually use their brain when it comes to decision-making. Those who were already super excited about the new specifications will only run to get the new camera, even though the new camera will not bring too much improvement over the old one; but they just need to have it.
I can accept the fact that I can be wrong so I don’t want you to give-up any dreams you might have of owning a brand new camera. I’m aware that this will bother some people ... perhaps, even more, but this is the reality and that is what I consider I should write about. 

Hakuna matata!

Just one more thought before I will finish this article: I can honestly recommend you to be honest with yourselves; whatever you may choose or do, it will not affect me in any way, but just be really honest with yourselves: do you really feel limited by the old machine? Does it stop in any way your creativity?
Just look in the mirror and be true to yourselves when you will answer this.

I can honestly say that I am a bit scared by the impact of my work with the Olympus system and the continuing growing migration towards this system; I know people that have moved to this system after reading my reviews for it. I’m just wondering what will happened, if for God’s sake, something wrong will happen to Olympus? Will those people chase me for moving onto the new system? I don’t want anyone to move to the new system just cause I did it. It was my own choice. Friends, please do use the camera that you have until you really feel it will not longer be able to help you in a creative way or will break. Don’t sell cameras with less than 10000 shots. That will only mean that you have barely used the camera. Use the monkey behind the viewfinder, cause as far as I'm aware money don't grow on tree for you … or do they?

If you chose to change your camera every 1-2 years and you only go out two times per year to shoot some photos, then it means you are, for sure, a victim of the aggressive marketing.



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