The Nikon CP8400 was purchased in mid-February 2005, mostly taking the place of my CP5k. These are a sampling of the shots. The low-light results are astoundingly good! The camera is even less intrusive than the CP5k when working extremely close to the subjects. It is by far the best "street" camera ever used. I was delighted to find that both the TC-E2 and TC-E3ED work fine with the UR-E15 adapter. There is no lens setting for the 2x on the menu, but I manually zoom out for both until there is no vignetting. Since the camera is unaware of the telephoto components, manual selection of area for exposure and focus works fine. The WC-E75 provides the equivalent to an 18mm->64mm zoom. Very sharp and matches the way I see very closely. Added in mid 2006 was the FC-E9 fisheye component, which I use for HDR images in 3-D rendering, and for 360°x180° panoramics.

Les and Don
Sherwood Park, Boston Pizza

Two shots taken in the Sherwood Park, Alberta store of Boston Pizza. The lighting is a mix of neon with a few incandescent lights, and is an extremely challenging place for photography. The CP8400 yielded the best results by a considerable margin over the CP5000 and the CP990.

"Urban Bike"

RAW format allowed the capture of a very wide dynamic range image, and processing it for maximum detail from the brightes highlights to the darkest shadows.

Polar ice
One full second exposure off monopod, using BSS - Best Shot Selector. Amazingly sharp.
Spring MeltIntense patience
Sprint for the bus
First sequence. With the larger buffer, I expect to shoot a lot more over the coming months.
Even at ISO50, night photography is not only possible, but can produce outstanding results when used with long exposures and RAW format.
Delightful Raneeta, London Drugs assistant manager of the camera department who made buying the camera not only a pleasure, but downright entertaining!
Turf War
I think it was a dispute over turf, but the combatants appeared to be mostly full of hot air. This was shot with the venerable TC-E3ED 3x telephoto lens component.
Don and Les
I find amazingly good colour under really terrible fluorescent tubes. With the CP990 in this venue, I could not even approach good skin tones.
The CP8400 has timed exposures all the way to ten minutes. Shooting at night at ISO50, the level of ambient light pretty much limits me to not more than a minute here in the city. My plan was to shoot minute long exposures in order to gather several strikes using ISO50 and f-8.0. The aperature of a 6.1mm lens at f-8.0 is so tiny that the flare from the streetlight and the lightning was too much. I tried 30 seconds at f5.6 and then dropped to eight seconds at f2.9. Since I find fireworks or lightning against a black sky terminally boring, I set my exposure based upon the foreground. I wanted a sense of time, place and scale. Since it was a very energetic storm, I had no problem getting many good shots. Of course, all were shot from a tripod and all were exposed as RAW.
Spontaneity at 1/5th of a second in very low light. Using BSS (Best Shot Selector) I was unable to capture the decisive moment, so concentrated on the decisive event.
Extreme low light.
Late winter snowstorm. Neutral tones remain steadfastly neutral.
Renoir's Cock
Renoir's Café in downtown Edmonton.
Signs of spring.
This was shot on a day with quite spectacular clouds. I let the interval timer run for a couple of hours, and made a slide show of cloud movement - very nice. However I also noticed that the camera had caught a bit of activity below my apartment as well. This is a composite of it. The interval timer has opened all manner of possibilities.

"Rainbow Over Suburbia"

The WC-E75 with its 18mm equivalent focal length let me catch both ends of this rainbow with enough room to catch a bit of a second rainbow above.

"Bob Kadylo"

And very serious he is looking! This was shot in a classroom at ISO50 with the 3x TC-E3FD. Using a tabletop tripod to steady the camera and BSS (Best Shot Selector) to deal with subject motion as well. Since the lens does not care to focus at such close distances, I set the camera on Macro mode and it worked fine. 1/5 of a second f-4.9. The lens is the equivalent of a 255mm telephoto on a 35mm camera system.

"Escalating Reflections"

Mirrors ring an escalator at West Edmonton Mall. Europa Boulevard at the Mall, below. RAW format was used to handle the extreme dynamic range of the scene.

RAW format was again used to capture the extreme contrast in the scene, moving most of the colour information to the mid-tones.


With the extremely short focal lengths and smallish sensor, it took the TC-E3FC telephoto component and a very close view, to get even this gentle blurring of the background. In 35mm terms, this was shot with the equivalent of a 255mm lens. A very nice little cat indeed.

Fisheye to Panoramic

The FC-E9 fisheye -when processed by the Polar Cooridnates filter in either Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro - can be unwrapped into a panoramic image showing everything in the hemisphere. More at Panoramas

©2006 Larry N. Bolch