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Nikon D850, Priorities

I know some readers want to know specific things about the Nikon D850.

I’m working as hard as I can, but I’ve lost some time including being ill yesterday and today and the smoky conditions and the unwanted rat problem. (Update: I seem to be recovering from whatever Bad Thing I ate, joking of course but it would be justice).

Plus, I don’t like to publish things that I am not entirely sure about, I like to confirm anything about which a doubt lingers.

For example, D810 vs D850 color looked identical to me in my first try. So maybe there is some other situation or colors that do differ. I see relevance to real differences in field shots, and I don’t have a studio, but it can be tough to get the right scene with constant lighting.

As another example, whether the D850 compensates for focus shift, particularly with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G and given the lousy out of the box accuracy of the Nikon 105/1.4E. Setting aside the very concerning +20 fine focus adjustment needed to get it focusing at the right distance (suggesting that the flange focal distance issue can push FFA to its limits), the variably-blurred focusing at f/2.8 makes it trickier to prove-out something, say, at f/4. That said, setting the D850 to f/4 and focusing/shooting set that way delivered excellent results (with +20 FFA), whereas f/2.8 did not! What do I conclude with that? I think the D850 compensates for optical focus shift, but behavioral variability raises legitimate doubt.

Nikon D850 flange focal distance issue

Nikon PR has not responded appropriately regarding the flange focal distance error question—five days ago I asked to be put into contact with a knowledgeable technical representative. I’d expect a camera company to want to jump on what looks like a build error in general (both bodies plus user reports).

Update: just got this today:

Currently we have the senior technical marketing team here in the US working with Japan to see if they have any insight into your inquiry. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back from them, which will likely take some time. Thanks for your patience in the meantime!

Any response is good, but I have a phone and Nikon has a phone. I am not a person to dawdle, so I guess I don’t understand why making a phone call is so hard.

Something new

Finally, priorities have to shift just a bit: stay tuned for something new here in this blog tomorrow.


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