Nikon D850 review part 3: four-legged creatures and more impressions from the Great Bear Rain Forest

…That’s a bit of a long title but it does summarise the next couple of images and the subject of this article.

During my processing/editing of the D850 images I’ve noticed a couple of things. First, it’s very easy to bring back the (not really lost) shadows and (not really) blown highlights. When I look at some of the images during editing in either ViewNX-i (albeit not much editing there) and Photoshop CC, it’s remarkable how much of the tones can be tweaked to an acceptable level; basically get things back in balance. In the image below for example, I was certain that the reflection of the late morning sun on the river would have caused a lot of blown highlights. Not the case: in Camera Raw it was quite easy to bring them back to a more balanced level.

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D850, f/4, 1/1600 s., ISO 280, 0 exp. comp.

This tells me that the various articles on the Internet are correct: take for example a look at this one:

Photographic dynamic range of the D850 lower than ISO 3200 easily beats the big guns like the Nikon D5 and the Canon 1D X Mark II while beyond ISO 3200 it’s almost on par with the Canon, which is just crazy for the 46MP from the Nikon vs. 20 MP from the Canon:,Nikon%20D5,Nikon%20D850

The other thing I’ve noticed while editing my images, is the total lack of having to change the white balance of the RAW files. On my D4S this was pretty much always the case; however on the D500 considerably less. I have not changed the white balance of any of my D850 images so far; something I have NEVER done with my previous Nikon cameras (D500 excluded). This does however include generating the TIFFs out of ViewNX-i and not import the RAW files into Photoshop CC/Camera Raw. PS does not have a clue how to read the colours of the D850 (yet) while the Nikon software seems to capture it 100% correct. Not having to change the white balance is  real time-saver during editing… makes it more fun to do.

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D850, f/4, 1/1250 s., ISO 500, +0.3 exp. comp.

Cuddly bears (at least some of them) were not the only wildlife we saw in the Great Bear Rainforest. There was a small deer family that seemed to wonder around the lodge we were staying at. For some reason they liked to hang around and enjoy the vegetation and were not intimidated by the guests and staff whatsoever. So on one late evening I took my D850 and 600mm and approached them to take a couple of shots. Sort of together with this little one, ISO 1600 was a ‘walk in the park’ for the D850…

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D850, f/4, 1/1250 s., ISO 1600, -0.7 exp. comp.

In my next article I’ll probably include some more fluffy creatures before I call it a day. After that, I was triggered by a reader to do a comparison between the D4S/D500 and the D850 (I don’t have any other DSLRs) so that might lead to some interesting conclusions… stay tuned!

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