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Photo of the day: Black-crested titmouse

Black-crested titmouse, Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Black-crested titmouse, Rio Grande Valley, Texas

I’m back after another trip to my favorite birding destination, the private ranches of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.  A group of photographers joined me for three days of photographing birds from private photo blinds. By using the blinds, we not only got close to the birds, but we had perfect “studio” settings to photograph them in!

This black-crested titmouse is probably only 4-5 inches in length, and yet we were able to get great close-up shots of it. For this image, I used my Nikon D810 and 500mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens with TC-14EIII teleconverter. The 36 megapixel D810 allowed me to crop the image without sacrificing detail.

I’m already putting in my plans to photograph in Texas next year. If you’re interested, please become a member of my workshops group so that you’ll be the first to know when the trip is announced. I only have space for six photographers, so you’ll want to reserve your spot ASAP.

Why Fast Cards Matter: Nikon D810 Performance

The Hoodman Raw Steel USB 3.0 card reader delivers fast download speeds from CF and SD cards.
The Hoodman Raw Steel USB 3.0 card reader delivers fast download speeds from CF and SD cards.

I won’t be the first one to tell you that fast cameras need fast memory cards. However, even the fastest cards differ in their read/write speeds between the theoretical and the actual achieved speeds. Read/write times not only depend on the tech specs of your card, but also your camera and transfer devices.

In the field, card read/write speed affects not only how fast the camera’s buffer can clear, but also how fast you can copy images to your computer. When transferring your images to a computer, the following factors are important to consider:

  • Card Speed
  • Reader Speed
  • Reader Interface (eg. USB/Firewire)

D810 Performance with CF Cards

I compared download speeds for 27 images (14-bit, lossless compressed) from the Nikon D810 using two different cards:

I tested each card using the Hoodman Raw Steel reader via USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces.  I downloaded my images to my computer using Photo Mechanic 5 and my typical settings. These settings included file renaming and adding IPTC data to each image as it was copied.

I tested the buffer performance by setting the D810 to capture 14-bit lossless compressed full-size raw images (NEF format) in continuous high-speed release mode (5fps). I determined the number of images I could capture before the buffer was full, and I timed how long it took for the buffer to clear. With these settings, the buffer count shows 19 frames. Continue reading Why Fast Cards Matter: Nikon D810 Performance

Sensor Plane Podcast #11: Nikon D810

Hands-on with the Nikon D810

I just received a new Nikon D810, which I bought from site sponsor B&H Photo. Although I’ve only had the camera in my hands for a few hours, I like it a lot. On paper, there aren’t that many discriminators between it and the D800/e. The D810 has a new sensor that dispenses with the Optical Low-Pass (OLP) filter entirely for ridiculously sharp images with amazing detail and resolution. In reality, these differences are quite small as compared to my D800e which used some technical trickery to “eliminate” the OLP filter.  In this episode of The Sensor Plane, I discuss my rationale for upgrading and compare the D810 with my other cameras. Stay tuned until the end where I offer some tips for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!

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Download an audio only version of this podcast (mp3) here

Why did I choose to upgrade? As usual, it’s in the details. While no single feature of the D810 blows me away, it’s the sum of the parts that really makes this a solid upgrade. More importantly, it’s how this camera fits into my kit that sold me on it. Continue reading Sensor Plane Podcast #11: Nikon D810