Bottom of Camera


Nikon® D850 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Bottom of Camera

Let's look to the bottom of the camera. We have our serial number. Record that for insurance purposes. Standard tripod socket, so all sorts of monopods and tripod accessories will hook into that. We then have our battery compartment, takes a standard Nikon battery that they've kinda kept pretty similar for the last several generations of cameras. The EN-EL 15 comes with a quick charger, or possibly comes with a cord depending on what country you come in. You can get anywhere from 1200 to 1800 shots or more, depending on your usage of the camera. The battery charger will have a little light that blinks on it to let you know that you're charging the battery, and then it will go steady when you are fully charged on that. If you wanna check the battery status, in the Setup Menu is gonna be a nice, very thorough look at how many shots you've taken with the battery, how good it is, and its overall lifespan. Talking about the batteries, Nikon has had a few issues with the batteries over the y...

ears. One of the things you may wanna take a look at, if you are using older camera batteries on this new camera, is they had a little designation on there. The lithium ion 20, these are the okay ones. Lithium ion 01, you're not gonna get as much life. You're not gonna damage the camera, but it's a relatively short life. And it's potential that Nikon will still replace them. I'm not sure if they're still doing that right now, but you can check with Nikon if you do happen to have those old batteries, 'cause they have a new version of it. Now, they also did have a bad batch of batteries come through at one time. So, you wanna take a look on the back of your camera. These were batteries that came out with the D800, D800E, D7000. It's getting to be quite a while ago, but it's possible you may still have some of these batteries around. If you look into the serial number of the battery, the ninth character, if it's an E or an F, you should be able to get that battery replaced. It was basically a bad batch of batteries that came from Nikon. So, take a look at your batteries. See if that's an issue. I would probably not use those batteries in the camera if that's the case. Next up, we have our vertical grip extension. The camera uses the MB-D18 vertical grip, which is really nice for people that have larger hands or people that do a lot of people photography, 'cause you end up shooting vertically and it's more comfortable having your hands in that position on that vertical grip when you're shooting. Now, this is gonna come with a battery holder, so you can put your standard battery in that holder into the bottom of the grip. But, you can also use standard double A batteries. If you're in a far-flung location, and your batteries die, all you need is double A batteries, which are available almost anywhere. Now, one of the things that has been talked about a lot on this camera is the fact that it can shoot nine frames a second. Well, it can, but there's kind of a big caveat, and that is is that, first off, you need the MB-D18 grip, which is gonna sell for a little under $400. You need to have a battery, which is not designed for this camera. It's designed for the D5 camera, and if you have a D5 camera and you're buying this as a backup or secondary camera, fantastic. This is gonna work out really well for you. For anyone who does not have a D5 camera, this is gonna be a very expensive option. Because you need to go out and you need to buy that special EN-EL 18 battery, which is about $115. You're gonna need that little grip cover so it works in your type of vertical grip, which is another $25. You're probably gonna wanna charge the battery up from time to time, and that charger is just a fantastic price of $370. So, overall you're gonna spend about $ to go from seven frames a second to nine frames a second, if you don't have all that gear already. So, it's an expensive option. If you do need it though, it is available. So, you can do it. Normally, the camera shoots at seven frames, but you need all the accessories if you wanna get to nine frames per second. There's a little door over on the side of that finger grip. This allows the EP-5B power supply connector to kind of come through. You put this dummy battery in there, plug it into the EH-5B, and you can have continuous power to your camera. If you're working in the studio or in some sort of scientific environment, or something where you need constant power to the camera, you don't have to worry about batteries dying. You can have constant power supply using these adapters. Looking at the front side of the camera, we have a few controls and a few little indicators. The first one is the self timer lamp that lets you know when the self timer is gonna fire. If you don't like that turning on, you can go into the Custom Menu under a9, and turn that off so it does not turn on. We have our sub-command dial that we've used quite a bit throughout this class, and the preview button, which we've talked about a few times. In the normal photography mode, it is the depth of field preview. So, what happens is when you look through the viewfinder, it's at maximum aperture. But, when you press in on this button, you get to see the world through the depth of field that you will get when your lens stops down to the given aperture that you have set. So, that's just a very simple little press of the button. In modern times, it's not that big a deal. In many cases, we just simply shoot a photo and look at it on the back of the camera. But, under certain bright light situations, out in the daylight, it's kinda handy to have 'cause it's very, very easy to see.

Class Description

Get the most out of your new Nikon D850 with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. You'll learn why this camera is highly sought after by enthusiasts and professional photographers alike. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand the camera's buttons, menus, and functions.

In this Fast Start class John will show you:

  • The major new feature called focus shift shooting which allows you to capture infinite depth of field for product and landscape photography
  • How to take advantage of the 153 focus points that can be customized to fit your needs
  • The step-by-step process of setting up the Snapbridge wireless images transfer to your phone so you can instantly upload during the shoot.

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. With over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the NIkon D850 settings to work for your style of photography.


JIm TRull

I like John’s teaching style. The class is a good comprehensive overview of the new Nikon 850. Although I have owned Nikon’s for several years I found the class to be very helpful with all the new features this camera offers. I highly recommend the class.

Daniel Schuffert

This is a great class showing everything that the D850 can do. His presentation skills are good, the visuals are also good, and the content is priceless!


John is great. This is a well explained and articulate hands on demo of the D850. Assuming you have the fundamentals of photography down, you will pick up everything there is to now about this dynamic and exciting new tool offered by Nikon. I would recommend this class to anyone who owns this camera.