If you are a Nikon enthusiast like I am, you know Nikon recently released the D5 and will soon release the D500, a top of the line DX camera. The D5 is Nikon’s new full frame flagship. In the words of “James”, one of BSP’s photo enthusiast friends, the technology in the D5 is “amazing.” Nikon lays it out nicely:
What determines when Nikon releases a full-frame flagship camera? When technological innovation demands it. Introducing the D5, an FX-format DSLR that makes the impossible possible. Huge advancements in sensor design, autofocus, metering and image processing result in thrilling new capabilities—low light shooting all the way to ISO 102,400 (expandable to an unheard of ISO 3,280,000), precise AF detection and tracking across that entire ISO range, regardless of your subject’s speed or direction changes, blazing fast 12 fps continuous shooting, 4K UHD video and, of course, image quality that captures the hearts and minds of your viewers. This is not iteration, friends. This is innovation…spectacular innovation. How will it change the way you shoot?
BSP can’t afford the kind of cash outlay related to the D5. BSP also believes the cost of the D500 is absurd for a DX camera, no matter what the capability. So we went ahead and purchased the D750, one of Nikon’s current high quality full frame bodies. That body along with a 24-120MM lens costs roughly the same amount as the D500. The D750 is positioned between the D610 and the D810.
The D750 is bad ass. It has built-in WIFI, two slots for memory cards, 24.3 megapixels (as if megapixels truly mean anything, it is equal to the D610), 1080P recording and is of course, full frame. It’s also heavy as hell. It’s much heavier than my current DSLR, the D7000.
The one drawback is, I have to upgrade my lenses. I only had DX lenses before, an 18-200MM & a 35MM. Both work well on my D7000, but are mediocre at best on my D750. I think they only use 5MP of the sensor. The 24-120mm FX lens I received is not Nikon’s best product. Here’s what I’m considering:
24-70mm: one of Nikon’s best lenses, a midrange telephoto. I’d love to get this because of the versatility of the lens … it has low light capability, but it’s expensive as hell. The VR version I’ve linked is $2300.
70-200mm: A great lens for shooting sports and motion but also a bit pricy in the $1900 range (on sale).
70-300mm: This device is actually a nice lens, but isn’t particularly great in low light. It’s quite inexpensive at $500.
28-300mm: I’m leaning towards this device. It replaces two lenses, and while it’s not a low light device like the 24-70mm, it’s got a lot of ability. For $770, it’s got real potential, especially when paired with a prime lens.
50mm: Teamed with the the 28-300mm lens, the 50mm offers very good low light capability. Nikon offers an f/1.4G, a terrific prime, and a nearly as good f/1.8G for half the money.
If any of you out there are Nikon / Nikkor aficionados, I’d like to hear what you think.