More D810 & Lens Notes

Well, over the past few days I have settled down a little and have been trying out the cameras.  When I go out and shoot I do so for fun, and I have to be careful some days because I get rather picky about taking shots and these past few have just been those days where I just did not feel the photos.

I tend to experiment during such periods, more compelled by these cameras and their novelty.  That said I usually trash 99% of what I take in terms of final keepers that will go to the online gallery.  I hope to reduce that number going forward, but then again I might not take anything if I did.  So what I share in blogs most times are going to be what I call conversational work.  If you want to see what I think counts, look in Newer and Older Works from the top menu. Some of the older gallery is not cleaned up yet, so there are a few non keepers there as well.

 

Lens Notes

These few were probably the ones I liked most, but still not keepers, that said they are good leads to future keepers in playing with Bokeh on some of my lenses.  These were done with the Nikon 105 F/2.8 ED VR and Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 IF VC.

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Nikon 105 F/2.8 ED VR

Little Swirly Bokeh going on!

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Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 IF VC

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Nikon 105 F/2.8 ED VR

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Nikon 105 F/2.8 ED VR

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Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 IF VC

Unfortunately not fast enough shutter speed!

 

Sensor Notes

Regarding D810 Colors, I had believed in poorer light there was a trend towards saturation when converting form NX-D.  Better light like the pictures above show more balance.  Saturation has been added to balance shadow management and other processing.

Where the D810 still lacks in my mind is that Wow in DF images.  I now believe that the WOW in DF images comes from a combination of color and brightness that give them what I call a spit shine!  We’ll see if that plays out as I move forward.

One of the orders of business for me was a D810 Sensor Torture Test.  The photo below was shot at ISO 64 and then lifted from darkness, minus the sun, F/22 and -3EV.  I was not sure how well the D810 files would lift as my experience is that in photo processing the needles move things much less in a given action with the larger files and extra data to slush through.  All that data pays in spades though!

BEFORE

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AFTER

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You can see a magenta cast and this is only a test shot which only merit is to put the sun in the corner of the frame for my test.  There is little noise here showing that the shadows can be seriously lifted and highlights can be extensively preserved at base ISO.

Thats it for these weeks D810 update, maybe more next week!

Mark

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