2018—One More Camera

For my photography adventure in Yosemite, I rented Nikon’s newest camera, the D850 which has bells and whistles that even my flagship Nikon D5 doesn’t have.  I wanted to see if I liked it well enough to buy it.  It isn’t a wildlife camera which is my primary photography interest but, like the D800 which was my first full frame camera, the D850 is heavy on the pixels with super resolution.  One file from the D850 is more then double the size of a single file from my D5.  Needless to say, I loved using this camera in Yosemite.  It is much lighter than my D5 so it makes a good camera for toting around.  And it has lots of features that make it intriguing to use.   I decided to extend the rental for another couple of weeks so that I could take it with me to the Grand Canyon next week.  The D850 has been flying off the shelf and the wait time to buy one is lengthy because they are not in stock anywhere so I thought that was my best option.  As it turns out, it helps to be friends with a Nikon Ambassador.  On our drive home from Yosemite Monday,  I mentioned my problem to Moose (the Nikon Ambassador).  He pulled a few strings and by Wednesday afternoon, a brand new Nikon D850 was in my hands.  Thank you, Moose.  With the addition of the D850, I now own three phenomenal Nikon cameras.

I spent much of Thursday morning reviewing settings and just playing with this wonderful camera.  Bobo expressed considerable interest in my new acquisition.  She really doesn’t like to have a camera lens pointed at her but she was curious and I managed to beckon her to the box with the lure of a couple of peppers.  The combination of this great camera and my new 24-70VR lens allowed me to hand hold to get these shots at ISO 64, the first shot at 1/15 second and the second at 1/20 second.  Of course, the only reason I was able to get these is that Bobo stood perfectly still for just that fraction of a second.  Most of the shots were a green blur.