The Nikon D750 – Review after Use

58797The Nikon D750 is the camera that brought me fully back to the Nikon fold. All the specs have been covered in other places. Here is Nikon’s direct link to all of that http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/dslr-cameras/D750.html.  The point of the specs is to give you an idea of what the gear can do. From reading the sheets back in November, it looked as though the D750 might be the do-it-all photo tool a pro can use for all gigs. The low-light promise, autofocus capability, compact size, and adaptability spoke to me. In addition, the preliminary reviews were positive.

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Coming back to Nikon was like returning home. The dials and menus make more sense to me. Putting the D750 into service was immediate. I used the camera for several late season races in miserably cold weather. In January, it was the instrument of choice for a wedding in Colorado Springs. Throw in a few events and a volleyball tournament, the sampling is broad enough to give a fair picture of how the Nikon D750 performs. The low light performance is stellar. Noise and color accuracy hold well up to ISO 6400. Images created at the 12,800 range are not just useable, but at professional standards with just a little work in Lightroom. The jpeg files out of camera are extremely smooth. They may be a little too much so for some, but okay. DSC_5455

So, why jpegs? Sports images often need to be spot on out of camera. Raw/NEF is not an options when the card goes directly to an editor, and published digitally within an hour. Therefore, the jpeg algorithms are important. The addition of the “flat” setting provides a nicely muted color spectrum while giving that wide dynamic range which Nikon does so well. These are just things to keep in mind. So much RAW speak is out there, and you can do more in post with those files. However, the reality for many pro photographers is “jpegs please.” In that case, the D750 is very impressive.

My choices came down to a used D3s, stretching far for a D4, a D810, or the D750. The main factors of decision for me were cost to useable features. The newer CAM focusing module in the D750 made it a better overall choice than even a D4. The better low light focusing capabilities allow me to capture events with ease. The D4 is a sports shooting monster that functions nearly as well in low-light, but the extra cost was not justifiable over the potential of being able to purchase lenses that would help with the work. The D3s would be a great choice if outdoor events were the focus. In addition, the D750 has some amazing video potential to meet the increasing demands on photographers to provide some video coverage on occasion.

There has been an issue with the sensor placement in the D750 and a recall/repair is in effect. The real world implications of the flare that occurs have been limited in my experience. The only time this happened was on a snowshoeing trip to Mt. Evans, at midday, directly shooting into the sun with a 28-85mm kit lens. I should not have triggered those five exposures anyway. It was a confluence of bad elements. From what I hear from others, the fix from Nikon mitigates the issue. I will post more when I send mine in for service.

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While we transition into Spring, the camera will see more usage. I use it alongside of a D7100, and it easy to match the images from the two. The color depth and dynamic range send a tingle down my spine when RAW images are examined on a computer. You could easily print images the size of a door. For a $2300 investment, I feel as thought the D750 is D4-light and a D810-light combined into one package, giving all around pros a great tool that does so many things very well. Combined with some of the newer Nikon lenses, the focusing performance is blazing and astounding.

Useful resources: http://www.rossharvey.com/reviews/nikon-d750-review

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