Nikon D810 DSLR filmmaker’s kit is now shipping

The Nikon D810 DSLR filmmaker's kit is now shipping and is currently in stock at Amazon and B&H (with free expedited shipping). The kit offers savings of $993 off suggested retail prices when purchased separately and includes:

  • D810 DSLR camera (body only)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens
  • AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens
  • 2 x EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion battery (1900mAh)
  • ME-1 stereo microphone
  • HC-E1 HDMI Cable (18")
  • Ninja 2 video recorder
  • 58mm variable neutral density filter
  • 67mm variable neutral density filter
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  • Eric Calabros

    The best giveaway would be 10bit 4:2:2 codec.
    Yea I know, wont happen

    • Guest

      Isn’t that how the ninja records?

      • David Peterson

        It isn’t what the D810 outputs then.

      • Eric Calabros

        hdmi output is till 8bit

        • Spy Black

          Computing post-process in 10-bit still helps however. Just make sure you shoot flat, you’ll make the best of the 8-bit data.

          • Eric Calabros

            Open a 8bit jpeg image in photoshop, convert to 16bit mode, try to lift shadows, does it help? Nope

            • JamesT

              Converting the standard out of camera H.264 to higher quality editing formats, such as 10 bit ProRes 422 HQ does in fact make it easier to grade and edit. It’s not the same as true source files of that quality, but noticeable better than grading off the H.264 files.

            • Eric Calabros

              how you explain it technically?
              however, Panasonic gives you 10 bit in their much lower priced camera, its not rocket science, just needs more bandwidth

            • Spy Black

              You weren’t paying attention. I said shoot flat and work in hi-bit. You’ll make the best of the 8-bit data.

            • bzzzt–wrong. The HDMI output will not have macroblocking artifacts.

              More accurate would have been to say “open an 8bit TIFF with tone adjustments applied in camera”. That gives you something substantially better to work with than the lossy compressed on-board files. Especially for action and grading.

              But hey, if you don’t want it, don’t buy it. Problem solved.

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  • jefferylewis

    Has anyone calculated the savings?

  • PGi

    Sorry but a filmmaker uses a set of zeiss or Ais primes with aperture ring

    • Justin

      Sorry but a filmmaker uses a Red Dragon or similar camera with appropriate lenses. You must mean youtube moviemaker!

      • Omar Salgado

        Sorry, but a filmmaker uses FILM.

        • nobody cares

          Sorry, but filmmakers make film.

          • whocaresnobody

            Check out this circlejerk

          • Yep, Kodak and Fuji are filmmakers.

        • You’re right. After all, Ridley Scott isn’t a film maker.

  • Sam

    The kit is nice but I will prefer a 28 mm 1.8 over the 35mm

  • Leif Anderson

    Any idea when the Animator’s kit is shipping?

    • Drewid

      The Animator’s Kit started shipping the week of July 20th and (at that point in time) is only available via the Nikon Store. B&H did not have it. Lastly, be aware that none of the kit options qualify for the Switch&Safe special. The Nikon store also with witholds taxes on every order unless you perovde a tax exempt form.

      • Leif Anderson

        Thanks, I ordered an Animators kit August 7th from the Nikon store, but it is still on back-order. They havent been able to tell me when it’ll ship out. I need it soon but hoping it won’t be months.

  • juergen

    does anybody know?
    1.can the display be switched off on the D810 when a monitor is conected via HDMI, its not possible on the D800/e

    2. are the steps of correcting exposure still only 1/3 of a EV, I think there are smaller steps on the D4s (I am thinking for timelapse)

    thanks for an answer

  • dbltax

    28, 50, 85 would make a lot more sense than 35, 50, 85

    • Sam

      I agree with you

  • 24×36

    Here’s a different kind of “kit” Nikon should offer –

    D810 body plus MB-D12 Battery Grip plus BL-5 Battery Cover plus ENEL18a Battery plus MH-26a Dual Battery Charger for ENEL18e (delete EN-EL-15 Battery & Charger).

    I’m sure there’s plenty who prefer this “package” and would appreciate not having to piece it together (they would probably appreciate some discount for removal of the unneeded EN-EL15 Battery and charger, too!).

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