I was looking forward to putting this camera–and–lens combo through its paces in an environment where anything can happen at any distance from the vehicle. The in-camera crop factor (Image Area option) of the Nikon professional FX series provides a great option to extend the effective focal length of the lens.
|f8.0 | 1/2000 SS | ISO-280 | EV -1|
First off - the D810 is an amazing camera. I was blown away by its dynamic range and amazing image resolving capabilities. The D810 was improved. Dynamic range and low light image quality (high ISO in other words), while offering a higher frame-rate for on demand shooting with an increased buffer capacity. The quiet shutter, intuitive feels and excellent build quality of the D810 makes it a joy to use.
|f4.0 | 1/500 SS | ISO-2000 | EV +0.3|
Now for the lens! I have just traded in my Nikkor 500mm f/4 for the previous version of the 400mm 2.8 - so knowing what that beast weighs, the first time I picked up the new 400mm f/2.8 from its case which also looks quite different than previous Nikkor super telephoto lens cases, I was flabbergasted by just how light it really is. At first touch, it feels only slightly heavier than a 300mm f/4 would feel. It is as sharp as you can imagine and the focus acquisition is snappy and responsive, making the lens a real pleasure to work with in the field.
|f18 | 1/10 SS | ISO-500 | EV 0|
|f4.0 | 1/1000 SS | ISO-1250 | EV 0|
|f4.0 | 1/1250 SS | ISO-360 | EV -0.7|
|f22 | 1/30 SS | ISO-64 | EV -1|
Until next time, keep clicking!