A Hands-On First Look at the Nikon D850

The Nikon D850 has more people excited about its release than any other camera for quite some time. With a plethora of features and a wickedly competitive price point, it looks to be quite possibly the most complete all-around camera ever released. This hands-on first look examines if that translates well in real-world usage.

Coming to you from Kai W, this video follows him as he tests the new Nikon D850 out in a variety of situations. I have to admit that I was a bit blown away when I first heard of the camera's specs: a super-high resolution sensor, but with a top-of-the-line AF system and a sports-grade FPS rate (when you add the grip). There's really not any camera out there that combines that set of features without any apparent compromise (never mind the video specs as well), so it's understandable that the D850 has piqued the interest of more than a fair share of photographers, including me, even as a Canon shooter. It seems like Kai is generally a fan of the camera as well. If you're interested in preordering the D850 (set to become available in a little over a week), you can do so here.

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11 Comments

Anonymous's picture

What did you expect the D850 to sound like? ;-)

Paulo Macedo's picture

I believe i'll be selling all my Canon gear. I was a Canonhead, call it fanboy...but i just can't find any other reasons to stay Canon, besides the EF 135 f/2 L.

Ricky Perrone's picture

I jumped ship in 2014 when the D810 came out, sold A TON of Canon gear, took a little hit and haven't looked back once since I edited my first Nikon RAW file. Its a night and day difference. I'm no fan boy, not by a long shot but Nikon makes some great cameras.

William Howell's picture

What do you love about 135 f/2?
I just got my first new camera in almost ten years, a D500 and it is awesome!

Paulo Macedo's picture

Don't know, well i do...photos taken with this lens look gorgeous, the detail and contrast it has... :O

Usman Dawood's picture

The Sigma art version works on both Nikon and Canon so you may not miss anything. If Nikon serves your needs better, I say go for it.

Paulo Macedo's picture

Focusing issues, i don't find them reliable as my Canon couterpart.

Usman Dawood's picture

That's very true and I agree with you. I found that once I've calibrated them using software from Reikan they work without any issues at all. Any previous focusing issues are permanently gone. Give it a try.

Anonymous's picture

A lot of people love Sigma Art lenses and that's great for them. I would never have one. Focusing issues and the images just look kinda cold (emotionally, not color) to me. Since I'm not an artist, I need my camera to make artistic images. :-)

Usman Dawood's picture

The cold image is very true maybe the Zeiss will work better for you :p

Grant Beachy's picture

I sold a 3 canon bodies and 8 lenses last year, and everyone thought I was crazy. Now I'm loving that I have a full Nikon lens kit to add the 850 to. Even the 750 files make me so happy compared to Canon. A pair of 750's for event stuff and the 850 for portrait and architecture will be ridiculous.