Weekly Nikon news flash #435

I am still without power as a result of hurricane Irma. Coverage in the next few days will be delayed. I hope everyone in the path of the hurricane is safe.


Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 version 2.26.0 released (buy here for $149.95):

  • Added support for the D850.
  • The principal features added with the D850 are as follows:
    • With the exception of some features, the controls on the D850 can now be used during live view.
    • When recording movies to HDMI devices, users can now start and end recording via the Control HDMI External Recordingoption in the Camera menu.
    • Custom Setting g2 (Highlight brightness) in the D850 Custom Settings menu can also now be accessed via the Custom Settings option in the Camera menu.
  • The direction of the shading in the live view highlight display can now be changed using the Highlight display option.
  • Added a Live View item to Preferences.


→ The latest Nikon deals:


Nikon expects India to be among top 5 markets in next 3-4 years.

100th anniversary of Nikon 4th exhibition in Japan: "The world of F-mount NIKKOR".



→ New data at PhotonsToPhotos: Nikon D850 Photographic Dynamic Range (PDR).


Nikon Japan issued additional information on macOS High Sierra compatibility.

New Kenko Tokina 400mm f/8 N II mirror lens announced

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  • Spy Black

    I want a Nikon MEGASTAR in my bedroom…

    • br0xibear

      I want Salma Hayek in my bedroom…but each to their own, lol.

      • doge

        Maybe circa 1995.

      • Sebako

        I’m sure she’ll come if you promise her she can see your Nikon MEGASTAR.
        Actually Megastar is a manufacturer of planetarium projectors, and although they have since diversified, their original claim to fame was the Homestar line of home planetarium projectors, so, you know, installing one in any room of your choice within your dwelling is actually feasible.

    • sickheadache

      U can do it one better..take away Mega and place in Porn.

  • JJ168

    Keep safe Peter.

    • Thanks, I am good.

      • sickheadache

        U live in TrumpLand. Rush ran away..must of been too much fake hurricane for him.

        • I prefer not to comment 🙂

  • Take care Peter 🙂

  • m35g35

    Stay safe admin!

  • Richard Haw

    i will make a short review of that Tokina lens for my blog, their headquarters here in Japan is just walking distance from my house.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    Great to know you’re safe Peter, stay so!

  • Nikon User

    Take care Peter!

  • Captain Megaton

    So the DR measurements at PhotonsToPhotons show that the dual-gain of the D850 means it almost matches the D750 above ISO400, but the D750 has greater DR at ISO100 than the D850 does at ISO64?

    That’s comforting news for us D750 owners … though twice the pixels does count for something I guess. 😉

    • Nikkor300f4VR

      I love my D750.

      • Captain Megaton

        Me too!

      • br0xibear

        I’ve seen a lot of articles and videos calling the D850 the best all round DSLR to date, but if you add price to the equation, personally I think the D750 is the best all round body.

        • Rick Francis

          I love my D750, and the dynamic range at ISO 100 is phenomenal. *IF YOU DON’T NEED CERTAIN FEATURES*, then it’s a better deal than the D850, sure. But I’ve been limited at times by buffer size, focus speed with fast subjects (esp. in low light), lack of focus peaking for video, etc. so am eagerly awaiting my backordered D850.

          Still I’d say the D750 is one of the best deals out there for a huge number of photographers. As indicated in the original post, it’s about half the price of the D850 and is right with it in DR and high ISO performance.

    • akkual

      Yup. It makes it really hard to justify the upgrade. If only we would have gotten D850s with the sensor from D750 and AF + other stuff of D850 at the price of current D810 price, I’d be definitely updating. Now I really need to think that is it worth to throw all that money onto D850 just to get those nice features I’d like to get. On the other hand, those small deficiencies in usability of D750 have put me several times consider swapping to D810, so…

    • TurtleCat

      The difference in dynamic range is still very, very small. Other than a numbers game it really doesn’t matter in real world photography.

      • akkual

        That is true. At the end it depends more on the size of your exports. If you print large, nothing beats more top quality megapixels and D850 is your new king (except medium formats). If you publish only in web, you can go with any modern camera sensor, even micro thirds. Only exception is D750’s impeccable ISO invariance: you can shoot on ISO100 and push it to ISO3200 and still get about the same result as you’d have gotten at using ISO3200 already in the camera. D850 seems to have a bit worse ISO invariance, although it produces equivalent ISO3200 results to D750’s ones when used at ISO3200 (the german test linked in nikonrumours couple days ago).

        • Dmitry Anisimov

          With D850 you have choice to make IQ somewhat better by using proper ISO setting. Is having choice better or worse?
          Some old Sony CCDs had no analog gain at all, so yes, they were ISO-invariant, but is this good?

      • Captain Megaton

        It’s a full stop between ISO100-400. 11 vs 12 EV. Small, but not insignificant when pushing shadows 3-4 stops as illustrated by the shadow noise visible in the recent D850 dreview gallery.

    • Dmitry Anisimov

      Looks like results are not normalized to area

      • Captain Megaton

        Comparing with the DxO data for D750 and D810 I believe you are correct and this is the per-pixel DR shown.

  • Cole Mccann

    Keep safe Peter.

    • Nikkor300f4VR

      Yes, and don’t forget the snap some photo!

  • PhoThor

    Well, i have to say that i own both the D750 and the D850. I did a test
    myself where i chose a wall with texture, same light, same iso, same
    lens and only altered the exposure. Then i looked at the under-, and
    overexposed files with +- ev in acr (i matched the resolution by
    downsampling). In my findings the D850 had more DR at Iso 64 vs Iso 100
    and Iso 3200.The results by photonstophotos seems to be similar to the
    DXO findings for 1:1 pixels as the D750 has more DR at 1:1. But at the DXO
    test where they check for resolution and printing the D810 has more DR
    at Iso 64. Since Photonstophotos says that they check for resolution i’m
    kind of confused, but my test is reproducible and there is definitely
    more Detail in the D850 files. For example:

    At Iso 64 vs Iso 100 the D750 can go from 1/2000 to 3s and still show detail.
    The D850 can show detail from 1/1000s to 8s!
    At Iso 3200 the D750 can show details from 1/125s to 6s. The D850 can show details from 1/125s to 15s!

    I
    did my test with no light except LED lightning inside one room. Since i
    don’t know which kind of effect the LED’s would have on this test, i
    have redone the test with the exact same results. The lens was the
    105mm 2.8 micro nikkor. Iso 64 vs Iso 100 was done with f/4 and altering
    exposure. Iso 3200 was done with f/36. Since i don’t claim to have as
    nearly as much knowledge as photonstophotos it would be interesting to
    get an explanation why my results differ or if the results
    photonstophotos posts is equivalent to the dxomark findings based on 1:1
    pixelpitch.

  • Yanis Menard

    Thanks!

  • Adrian Gopal

    Keep safe Peter!.

  • I would say the Raw DR: ISO-invariance at base ISO https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c72114cb354c1b0d6e1830158a4a23793b92f5ab0fad1b186e3da6d52ff4b12.png of the D850 if f’n amazing. Bill C’s graph doesn’t visually show you what real life shadow lifting looks like, and, how the acuity, robustness of color fidelity ( lack of color casting ), and noise mitigation. The D850 looks remarkably impressive, given the pixel pitch and fps this camera can do.

  • MadDogDrake

    Keep safe Peter!.

  • Logan Russell

    Yup. It makes it really hard to justify the upgrade. If only we would have gotten D850s with the sensor from D750 and AF + other stuff of D850 at the price of current D810 price, I’d be definitely updating. Now I really need to think that is it worth to throw all that money onto D850 just to get those nice features I’d like to get. On the other hand, those small deficiencies in usability of D750 have put me several times consider swapping to D810, so…

    • Rohit Chawla

      could you explain a little more the “small deficiencies in usability of D750″…?

  • MB

    It seems Huricane is calming down, no power for millions yet though… let’s hope everything will be fine in no time…
    https://youtu.be/5gFntKt8ABI

    • I am still without power.

  • Ferlitax

    Keep safe Peter!.

  • yasmirr

    Stay safe admin!

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