Nikon D850: Negative Digitizer

The newest Nikon DSLR has attracted some attention from the Silver Circle, believing it is yet another indicator of the “return of film,” a second coming for the devoted Fans of Film. Reasoning that if Nikon puts it into a Digital Camera, then the devout will be rewarded in this world. Hallelujah

Well, it isn’t much of a step forward. To save you the half hour it took me finding the section of the manual about this Fabled Feature, I present a snap of that page:

From Nikon:

Negative Digitizer

To record positives of copies of film negatives, press the i button and select Color negatives or Monochrome negatives for Negative digitizer.

Position the negatives in front of a featureless white or gray background.

We recommend using an AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED or other micro lens and either natural light or an artificial light source with a high Ra (color rendering index), such as a light box or a high-CRI fluorescent lamp.


Take the photograph.

Press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the photograph and save it in JPEG format.

Negative Digitizer

No options are available for correcting dust, scratches, or uneven colors due to faded film. Photos are saved in JPEG format regardless of the option selected for image quality; photos taken with a JPEG option selected will be saved at the chosen setting, while photos taken with NEF (RAW) or TIFF (RGB) selected will be saved in JPEG fine format. Some menu items and features, including bracketing and focus shift, are unavailable, and optional flash units cannot be used. Exposure mode is set to A and cannot be changed.

Screen shot of instruction showing the entire process, step by step:


D850: Digitizer