New Year, New Camera

The difference in size is only minimal compared to the old D7000 on the right.

After 49000 shots in 3 and a half years in 13 countries on 3 continents; temperatures ranging from -20 to +40 degrees Celsius; deserts, ice and jungles I am retiring my trusty old Nikon D7000 as my primary camera. I just replaced it with a new Nikon D750. I am going to continue using my old camera as a backup or when I need the extra reach for teleshots, but I’ve been wanting to upgrade to full frame for a while now and I found a great deal on the D750 so I went with it.

I always loved my D7000, it has great image quality, all the pictures you see on this site are taken with it, a rugged body to survive the constant traveling with only a few scratches and good weather sealing, although a few buttons stopped working after constant exposure to the Irish rain this fall. 

There are only two complains I always had about it. One is the mode dial, with no way of locking it in place it would often get turned into a different mode when taking it out of the bag or just simply be carrying it over the shoulder. This often led to missed shots when I had to react to a situation quickly but the camera would start a long exposure since it was set to the manual exposure from the night before. The D750 still has a mode dial but now you are able to lock it so it can’t get knocked to a different setting on its own. But it still has the stupid green idiot mode and scene presets, this is just stupid on a camera in this high price range. It turns the camera from something professional into a toy for rich tourist without a clue. Oh well but I only use it to change from my costume user settings to manual mode and just ignore it for the rest of the time.

My second complain about the D7000 was the autofocus system. While great in good light and with enough points to follow the action, it just sucked in low light. This was ok for landscape since I would focus manually anyways but I missed many shots of low light action because the camera simply wouldn’t find any focus. The D750 has the new autofocus of the D4s and from what I’ve seen so far it works perfectly. Combined with the incredible low light performance up to Iso 12800 I now finally have a camera that is ready for anything I might encounter on my travels.

Of course no camera is perfect and the D750 is no exception. The fastest shutter speed is only 1/4000 of a second but since I rarely shoot wide open in bright condition and with the option to choose an Iso of 50 this shouldn’t be a big problem. The top screen is smaller and doesn’t display as many options as they used to but these are thing I don’t change that often anyways like white balance or picture quality. The only thing I don’t like is the new tilting screen. I have nothing against them on compact cameras, I love it on my Rx100 Mk2. but I don’t see the point in one on a DSLR since the live view autofocus is still way to slow for anything serious and it just drains the battery. I don’t shoot video and don’t need it for stills, it’s nice to check the screen when on a tripod but I never had a problem to do so even without it. I will see how it works out when I start to really use the camera and if I get the feeling it could brake easily I might just tape it down.

The only use I found so far for the tillable screen: picture control.

 

For my the D750 is going to be the perfect travel camera, a small rugged body, great image quality in any light with still manageable file sizes even in RAW and even the wifi might come in handy from time to time in the rare occasion that I need to post some pictures quickly on the go. It also has the same battery as before so I already have an bunch of spares and can travel with just one charger for both cameras.

Apart from a few test shots around the house I used it this evening for an after sunset shoot of the Stiftsruine in my hometown of Bad Hersfeld. I used it with a cheap 14mm Walimex lens but the performance is just amazing. Even in full resolution on the big screen the details are just mind blowing. The only limitation now is the quality of the lenses. The corners of the walimex really suck but it see them before on the crop sensor. You can see the final result below. It was shot at F16, 64,5sec and Iso 50 on a 3 Legged Thing Brian tripod with a cable release.

Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld at 14mm.

I’m looking forward to many incredible adventures all around the world with my new companion and of course many great pictures. 

If you are interested in a small portrait shoot and are from around Bad Hersfeld please contact me since I really want to try this awesome camera out in such a situation…and I really want to shoot some more portraits.

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