What are your reasons for the D850? Just wondering/looking for something that will help me decide.
I wish I had time for the upcoming mirrorless to come out and be proven, housing and such, but I dont.
Well I haven't read through this thread, perhaps this has all been said but...
1. Smaller, which translates to significant size/weight reduction in housings. Its under-appreciated but very important - it will handle better in and out of the water.
2. 10fps would come in very handy in some shooting situations - I wish I had that.
3. In a certain sense it has better magnification/DOF for macro - though one can crop a D850 file to nearly D500 dimensions, but it would change your shooting style.
4. Its much cheaper, as are some housings.
5. Rectilinear super wide lenses will perform better behind the same size dome. Soft corners are a real challenge.
6. If you prefer fisheyes, the Tokina 10-17mm is a DX gem that has no FX equivalent (perhaps the new 8-15mm + kenko TC).
7. It really is right up there in quality - I've shot it alongside my D810 topside and its brilliant, the price difference does not reflect an overall image quality difference. Better value for money.
Why I'd personally go D850:
1. I want the highest resolution possible - I've had my images blown up to full wall size (7+ meters across) for up-close viewing. Every pixel matters then. But honestly the 12mp from my old D700 is plenty of resolution for 99% of things.
2. I'm set with my full frame lens lineup. I'd have to buy new lenses (superwide zoom, 40mm macro as I love the 60mm view on FX).
3. Marginal edge in dynamic range (0.8 stop by DXO's measurements). It means nothing for 99.99% of people and situations, but I often push my camera's boundaries. I've managed some impressive high contrast shots with the D810, but I shoot some weird stuff.
4. I do love my 16-35mm on the D810 - its my go-to lens (but only behind Aquatica's 9.25" megadome). Perhaps the 10-24mm or some other lens on a D500 would perform as well or better but I don't really know (yes I'm sort-of contradicting #5 above... with a smaller dome D500 would win)
5. I shoot topside more than UW and would prefer the D850 there.
1. Hugely smaller & lighter. World of difference.
2. Come such a long way, with the right setup (quality body & lenses) most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference from a DSLR.
3. I generally tell people today that unless they know they want an SLR, if you have to ask yourself the question, just go mirrorless.
Hope that helps. Cheers,
Oh and just looked at some of your work. Awesome stuff. I see you shoot some action sports too - I'd go for the D500 hands down for that.
Edited by Undertow, 20 August 2018 - 11:34 PM.