The New Love of My Life



I got my first camera for my 12th birthday.

I've owned a camera every day since and taken at least one photograph every day - well almost.

My Last film camera was bought on a trip to New York from Adorama - a Nikon of course! This was back in 2002 and since then I've gone through dozens of digital cameras.

When I started to get paid for my photography I thought I needed a "professional" camera and got a Nikon D2.


Hugely expensive, even second hand, but wow, what a revelation compared to other digital cameras at the time. But for weddings I found it really over the top and cumbersome. I later moved to a D800 for it's huge resolution and updated AF system, massive dynamic range and it just seemed really exactly what a wedding photographer needed.


I used my lovely Nikon D800 for years....

Slowly I started to see a few cracks in the D800's perfect camera expectation. Firstly there was the huge file size problem - a single 36Mp raw image requires the entire memory that a 10 year old laptop had (well almost) and post processing in Lightroom became a real issue. Processing 1000 images from a wedding; even the initial selection of 250 to work with caused frustration. By the end of processing the 250 individually then uploading I was screaming.

Maybe 36Mp wasn't necessary!

Also there were shortcomings - AF at disco's or evening shots were always troublesome. Noise at any ISO over 1600 was prominent and fast burst shots like the confetti moment were limited. Finally - and I'm sure this is a issue for all wedding photographers - the Bride and her Dad - and later her new Husband walking up and down the aisle. Moving people were not the D800's strong point and I was happy to get 3 or 4 shots in focus of each in this situation. Caused by lowish lighting usually, no flash usually allowed, sometimes a backlight and people jumping in front to get pics on the smart phone or just waving arms. Not my favourite part of a wedding!

So I searched for a "better" camera - I drooled over the Sony A7rII (but again way to many pixels), the Sony A9 but few lenses and hugely expensive. The Nikon D4 - but back to "big" and cumbersome for a full day's wedding photography....

Then I stumbled across another Nikon Full Frame camera - the D750.

Supposedly a prosumer camera rather than pro. but I checked out the details - watched videos - read reviews. Was this my new best friend?


I got it two days ago - and this IS IT!

I've yet to do my first wedding with it (tomorrow!) but already spent hours practising and here are my observations so far - I'll update these after the wedding :-)

NOT SO GOOD 1) Doesn't really look very intimidating for a professional photographer - aren't we supposed to have huge beasts for cameras?

2) It's more compact than what I'm used to and the buttons and controls seem a bit close together and small. Sure I'll get used it it.

3) The dial positioning is an inch too low for really comfortable use whilst shooting (same as a D7000)

THE GOOD


1) Image quality in low lights - wow this is simply amazing! I used to set my highest ISO on the D800 at 1600 as I once mistakenly shot most of a 50th Birthday Party at 12800 (don't ask how) I spent days afterwards trying to get rid of the noise simply to get enough images for the clients not to complain. They still looked awful to me.

The shot on the right on our cat was in almost darkness - just a single table lamp in the room and shot at 12800 ISO - all I've done is increase the exposure half a stop in LR. No Noise Reduction at all. That's it - where's the noise??

I'll be setting max ISO to 12800 for auto ISO settings with the D750. Crazy.

2) AF - so again the shot of our cat - practically dark and yet with a 85 1.8 lens instant focus and spot on. I was with my wife on the motorway and focused on a road sign and shot in fast burst - 12 images and EVERYONE in perfect focus at 70mph!

3) Exposure - my D800 in difficult lighting was troublesome. I always use spot focusing and AE lock nowadays as several times in Churches I've had shots all over the place exposure wise if I left it to matrix. The D750 seems much better with not a single shot yet badly exposed in testing - and I love the single point with highlite compensation. I won't be getting caught out ever again.

4) Fast ish burst mode - nearly 7 frames a second is enough for weddings I think.

5) It's ONLY 24 Mp - and Lightroom can pretty much keep up with me - should be way less maddening than the D800 images.

6) Flippy screen - I can see this being useful for those overhead or floor shots - great.

So it's getting ready for tomorrow's wedding and I'll update this post after.

But YES - The Nikon D750 is my New Best Friend!

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