Body & Design
The original D1 can be considered a true design classic, it was a breakthrough camera from a price, form factor and quality point of view. It was the digital SLR which change everything and it set very high standards for anyone to follow. In the eyes of many (and I admit to being part of this) the D1 was (and still is) an object of desire.
The D2H therefore had a very strong basis, and Nikon weren't about to make any radical changes which would destroy people's expectation of what the brand means and what the single digital 'D' digital SLR means. Just like the D1 then the D2H has almost square proportions (from the front), is made from a very strong magnesium shell and feels 'brick solid', you only have to pick up the camera to realize that it is built to last, ready for any type of environment. There is also something intangible about cameras like the D2H which simply make them far more satisfying to shoot with.
A closer look at the new design shows that Nikon have listened to the photographers rather than the marketer's and have made logical, functional, ergonomic changes which make it a better overall 'instrument for photography'.
In summary the changes are:
- Front of camera - External White balance sensor above Nikon
badge, larger lens release button, repositioned focus mode switch, new
customizable FUNC button below DOF preview button, new front control
dial for vertical hand grip
- Top of camera - Shutter release panel now slopes forward at
a more acute angle, exposure mode dial also slopes to left slightly,
much larger top control panel
- Side of camera - All digital connectors (USB, A/V out, DC-IN)
have been moved to left side of camera, now with full rubber covers
- Rear of camera - Larger and easier to press buttons, a new column of four buttons beside the LCD display, big 2.5" LCD monitor, LCD moved to center of body and fitted more flush to body, uncovered ISO/QUAL/WB buttons and rubberized control dials. Also new is the addition of a front control dial on the vertical hand grip
As you can see from the skeleton diagram below Nikon has added numerous rubber gaskets between body portions, controls and compartment doors to improve the camera's environmental sealing. They aren't claiming the camera to be waterproof but at least more 'weather proof' than the previous D1 series. Remember that the camera is only as weather proof as its weakest link, this is includes the lens mount and only a few of the more recent Nikkor lenses have rubber seals around the mount ring.
Side by side
Here you can see the D2H beside it's direct competitor, the four megapixel, 8 fps, Canon EOS-1D. Both cameras have similar proportions and similar levels of build quality (although Canon make stronger claims about environmental sealing). The D2H weighs in at 1.24 kg without a lens but with its battery compared to the EOS-1D's 1.58 kg, a weight saving of over 340 g. This can be in part attributed to the D2H's lighter (yet higher capacity) Lithium-Ion battery pack which is about half the weight of the EOS-1D's NiMH pack.
In your hand
In your hand the D2H feels amazingly solid, natural and comfortable, the design of the grip is excellent, right down to the small 'finger tuck' on the inside lip of the grip, the hook grip and the sculpting of the rear of the camera. Add to this the fact that controls are excellent and easy to use, big buttons help a lot, the entire grip areas is covered in excellent sticky high quality rubber and I have no problem stating that the D2H wins my award for the best ergonomic design (yes, it's better than the EOS-1D in this respect).
New to the D2H is its big 2.5" 211,000 pixel LCD monitor. This big screen provides a very big and bright image, that said I didn't feel that image playback was as sharp as it could have been. The screen also doesn't have an anti-reflective coating and so can suffer from reflection in sunny conditions. The camera is supplied with a clip-on screen protector which has a clear center which has no detrimental effect on image brightness and will help to protect the screen.
Top & Rear Control Panels
The D2H has two control panels, in the same tradition as the D1 the top concentrates mostly on photographic settings (shutter speed, aperture, bracketing, focus etc.), where as the smaller rear control panel covers the digital aspects such as sensitivity, white balance, image size/quality. Both panels have a green backlight which can be illuminated by flicking the power switch to the lamp position, it's spring loaded and returns to 'ON', the backlight stays on for the 'auto meter-off' time (CSM c3). You can also choose to have the backlights come on with any button press (CSM d7). You can customize the information displayed on the rear control panel and viewfinder display via CSM d6.
Each panel is shown below along with a diagram of all information displayed.
Top Control Panel
Exposure compensation value
Number of shots in bracketing sequence
Number of intervals for interval timer photography
Focal length (non-CPU lens)
Sensitivity (ISO equiv.)
|*2|| Aperture (f-number
/ number of stops)
Number of shots per interval
Maximum aperture (non-CPU lens)
PC mode indicator
|*3|| Number of frames remaining
Number of shots remaining before buffer fills
Capture mode indicator
|*4|| Electronic analog exposure
Bracketing progress indicator
PC mode indicator
Rear Control Panel
(& high gain)
Number of frames remaining
Length of voice memo
White balance fine tuning
PC mode indicator
Diagrams reproduced with permission from the Nikon D2H manual.
|Patrick Finds Inner Peace by ecastellon|
from Your best photo of the week!
|Forks by Kukla|
from Arranged everyday objects
Starting October 1st, Getty Images will no longer accept images in which the models have been Photoshopped to "look thinner or larger." The change was made due to a French law that requires disclosure of such images.
The 3D printed panoramic film camera known formerly as the "Cycloptic Mustard Monster" is officially available as a DIY kit through Kickstarter.
Snapchat is using its augmented reality tech to replace the sky in your photos. The so-called 'sky filters' can swap out a boring sky for a colorful sunset, rainbows, a starry night, and more.
A court ruling our of Newton, Massachusetts has set an important legal precedent for drone pilots: federal drone laws will now trump local drone regulations in situations where the two are in conflict.
Photographer Mathieu Stern has put together another interesting vintage lens shootout. One model, three lenses, three locations.
From landscapes to motocross and white water kayaking to a wedding, exactly what can't the D850 do?
Calumet UK and Wex Photographic, two of the biggest photography retailers in the United Kingdom, are going to officially merge tomorrow.
macOS High Sierra came out today, but if you use a Wacom tablet you need to wait a few weeks before you upgrade. According to Wacom, they won't have a compatible driver ready for you until "late October."
Do you think a $3,000 Canon 80D video rig can compete with an $80,000+ Arri Alexa setup? Well it can't, but check out this video anyway to see how the rigs compare.
Seven simple rules to make sure you get the most out of your next photography outing.
Vitec, the company that owns popular accessory maker Manfrotto, has just acquired JOBY and Lowepro for a cool $10.3 million in cash. The acquisition adds JOBY and Lowepro to Vitec's already sizable collection of camera gear brands.
A master drone pilot has captured one of the most incredible (and highly illegal) drone videos we've ever seen by flying around, inside, onto, and under a moving train.
Intel just debuted their 8th generation desktop CPUs, and the lineup packs a performance boost for 'content creators' that photo and video editors might be intrigued by.
Canon is developing a 'Free Viewpoint Video System' that will turn real life sports games and events into immersive 3D interactive experiences. It's video game-like camera control IRL.
A veteran photojournalist, Rick Wilking secured a spot in the path of totality for the August solar eclipse. While things didn't quite pan out as predicted, an unexpected subject in the sky and a quick reaction made for a once-in-a-lifetime shot.
The new iZugar 3.25mm F2.5 super fisheye lens offers an insane 220-degree angle of view. That means it can basically see behind itself... good luck keeping your feet out of the shot.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember that time you took a picture of the frozen pizza baking directions.
A Craigslist poster has discovered the worst possible way to photograph a car: taking pictures of pictures displayed on a cracked and scratched up smartphone screen.
With the iPhone X coming out soon, the title probably won't last, but the iPhone 8 Plus is officially the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested, and the iPhone 8 is second.
Kodak's new Facebook Messenger chatbot is trying to bring back the 'Kodak Moment' by digging up your old social media photos and trying to sell you prints and custom coffee mugs.
Affinity Photo for iPad was touted as "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the Apple tablet." This update makes it that much more convenient.
Yashica has released a new teaser video, and this one claims they'll be releasing an "unprecedented camera" in October on Kickstarter. Ready... set... speculate!
Storage solutions company Synology has just released its very first 6-bay NAS tower. Combined with the DX1215 expansion units, it can hold and control up to thirty drives.
We're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS M6.
The venerable Canon PowerShot G1 was announced seventeen years ago this week, marking the start of a line of enthusiast-focused compacts that's still alive and kicking.
Super macro photographer Can Tuncer captured these incredible close-ups of a single peacock feather using a special setup and three different microscope lenses.
After successfully crowdfunding the Biotar 75mm F1.5, Oprema Jena is at it again. This time they're bringing back the Biotar 58mm F2: the world's only lens with a 17-blade aperture.
Adobe's move to a subscription model is treating it very well indeed. The company has posted record revenue for the second quarter in a row, hauling in a mind-boggling $1.84 billion.
More details have emerged about the potential sale of Blackstone's 45% stake in iconic camera brand Leica.
Popular mobile editing app Snapseed just got a major update that includes a new interface and 11 new presets for both Android and iOS, as well as adding the Perspective tool to the iOS version.