Nikon D500 Review

D500 - The briefest review! I often like to do I will give you the summary of my review up front. This is now the king of APS-C cameras. There is NOTHING better- but does that mean it is the best camera for you?  Let’s discuss what I love and what I less than love about the D500.  But before we do let's mention the previous champ of APS-C - the Canon 7D Mark II. The 7DM2 was the king in this class and I loved the AF peroformance and ergonmics but even when it was released I was frustrated with lack of articulating touchscreen and wifi, I feel like Nikon looked at what was missing there and said here you go - oh and we have stuck an excellent sensor in there with files that while not noise free are certainly clean enough to deliver to clients at 12,800The D500 Offers

  • No AA filter for noticeable sharper images vs Canon 7D Mark II
  • 10 FPS
  • The BEST AF system of any APS-C camera to date
    • FAST
    • Aaccuratelyy tracks moving subjects (in low light on the dance floor IT WORKS)
    • Excellent AF customization options
    • AF Point Coverage across the frame.   
    • The little thumb joystick for moving the AF point is perfectly placed
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Rugged articulating touchscreen
  • Wifi with smart bluetooth NFC system that once set up automatically transfers the images

In the hand this is the nicest feeling Nikon camera I have ever held.  Typically I have found the grips to be a little too narrow on Nikon cameras and with the D500 they have rounded that out nicely.  And typical of most Nikon prosumers the physical control buttons are excellent with little need to spend time in the menu - which is good because although the camera has a touchscreen you can only use it to select focus in live view and navigate playback, it does not work for menu navigation.  If you consider that a downside the only other downside I can come up with is the focus in video -Nikon still does not off dual pixel AF system like canon so we very much have that womp womp effect while it searches for focus (demonstrated in the video above)  - if you don’t need autofocus while filming you can ignore this issue.  Overall the 4K video quality is VERY good. Now lots of people made a big deal about the 2x crop factor when shooting 4k  Just go buy a slightly wider lens and you will be fine. I think many people watching this video and reading this post will be trying to figure out if they should go with the Nikon D7200, The D500 or a full frame camera like the Nikon D750.    That full frame sensor on the D750 is still going to give you slightly better results in low light, The D7200s strength is saving you $1,000 and still providing an excellent all around camera capable of shooting sports and wildlife as well as being slightly more travel friendly.  As much as I love the D500 it is more camera than most of us need and you could put that $1000 toward a nice lens or TWO that will do more for your photography than buying the more expensive body UNLESS you Really that AF system for FAST subjects - FAST action sports, birds in flight or maybe you do want to record in 4K video too.  Benefit of the D7200 vs the D500/D750

  • Smaller and Lighter - almost 1/2 lb lighter than the D500.
  • Cheaper - Buy the Nikon D7200 from B&H Photo (Body only $1046)
  • Vs the D750 you only need DX lenses which are cheaper and lighter too.

Benefits of the D750 vs the D500/D7200

  • Full frame sensor better in low light - 24MP full frame vs 20MP crop in D500 and 24MP crop in D7200
  • Lighter than the D500
  • Offers articulating screen vs the Nikon D7200
  • That full frame look (do you hate me for saying this? )
  • The best value Full Frame camera on the market (regardless of manufacturer) Buy from B&H Photo (Body only $1996.95)

Benefits of the D500 vs the D750/D7200

  • The BEST AF speed, coverage and accuracy
  • 10 FPS vs 6ish in the D750/D7200
  • No AA filter for increased detail.
  • Rugged Articulating touchscreen
  • Pro body form and function with manual control for just about everything
  • Wifi with Snapbridge for easy auto transfer of your photos
  • Vs the D750 you only need DX lenses which are cheaper and lighter too and you have additional "reach" because of the crop factor.
  • Buy the Nikon D500 from B&H Photo (body only $1996.95)

For me - If you are a general photographer including travel get the D7200.  If you want better quality in low light get the D750 and if you are photographing action, FAST action the D500 makes the most sense.  Or if you want 4K video with Nikon.I want to know which of the three you would pick and why? And what feature of the D500 is your favorite. Leave a comment below. I will be collecting the best to share in a future video.  Support our work - Buy the Nikon D500: the Nikon D7200: the Nikon D750:

NIkon D750 $300 Savings!

Nikon has added the excellent D750 to the April Savings/Rebates list.  These deals expire April 25th!The D750 is my pick for best value full frame DSLR - Watch my full review. Image quality and feature set of this camera is excellent.Buy from B&H Photo or Amazon  Free accessories included in addition to the instant savings. Using my links helps support this site and the content I provide. Thanks!Nikon D750 - Best DealScreen Shot 2015-04-16 at 9.36.33 AM Link to the Bundle Savings on B&HNikon Savings and Bundled Deals on B&H 

Nikon D810a and D750 Filmmakers Kit

NIkon announced a new version of the D810, the D810a tuned/tweaked for astronomy photography and a D750 bundled with a slew of lenses and accessories useful for videographers.

Nikon D810a for those with stars in their eyes

Bought as a bundle saves you just over $600!Coming Soon for $3,996.95 Preorder from B&H Photo Video | Amazon

Photo Mish Mash 41: 2014 Wrap UP

 Photo Mish Mash Ep #45 Date: 12/19/14Question: Photo Resolutions for 2015?Week in review:D750 Review -Touchscreen DebateCold Weather - touchscreen glovesHOT PINKCheap 50mmThe last image critique of 2014Film vs Digital CostsYear in review:What camera did we shoot with most?What focal length? is Sorry :( is the successor to the great art of the past (QUote by?)And Peter Lik’s 6.5 million print - something more expensive Frosts - is now worth 35 Billion and surpassed Twitter in users. . . . has bought Fotolia and will be rolling it into their Creative Cloud subscriptionDiscussion:Higher ISOSSony A7s vs GH4Savings, Convenience (size, weight, lenses battery life, 4k crop and FUN!)If I was shooting weddings or needed to be ready for anything anytime - a7S would probably be my pick but for my needs GH4 is sweet.B&H DealReader Questions:printing your own photos on Pixma pro 100 or other printers, battery grips primary manufacture or third partyTheBiscuitHDDo you think that the canon 24-70mm f/4 is a good option for filmmaking ?Wesley OxenhamIs there a cheap canon prime lens (non-L-lens) that is better than an expensive zoom L lens? (comparing the same focal length)Dalibor MrkicAre we going to see assignment critique again?Todd Davisis there any reason to keep old images on your HD from clients that have already paid? How would putting them on DVD etc, work?Frank WhiteQuestion: Do you and Christina plan to get into hybrid photography (marrying photography with vidoeography)?OldSchoolandNewAny thoughts on printing your own photos rather than sending to a lab...maybe on a canon Pixma pro 100?Knut Aage Dahlwould IS be a valuable feature when you grab stills from a video?Matt JuneWill you ever have a local meetup? I mean like a greet and meet?good general posing book.. suggestions?Creative Live Classes - Flash for E5 - Books -Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson best shot of 2014

Nikon D750 Review & D750 vs Nikon 610 and 810

I have been shooting with the Nikon D750 for the last month and it is time to share my thoughts with you. D610 Offers an excellent sensor for just $1500D750 Offers a versatile camera that excels in low light focusing and produces very clean images at high ISOsD810 offers 36MP with no optical low pass filter (OLPF) this gives you stunningly detailed images D610 and the D750 share partial MA Skeleton. D750 gets carbon fiber exterior increasing strength and decreasing weightNikon Full Frame DSLR Weight:

  • D610: 1.87 lbs (850 g)
  • D750: 1.65 lbs (750 g)
  • D810: 2.16 lbs (980g)

 Nikon D750 Review (16)One of the headline features of the D750 is the articulating display. The first full frame DSLR to offer.  There is some nervousness surrounding the ribbon connection powe to the screen and yes an articulating screen is more prone to issues but all in all the additional angles you can shoot at without craning your neck or guesstimating on the composition are appreciated. The D750 is the smallest of the three and like the D610 some buttons on the left have dual purposes depending on the mode you are in.  I find this to be slightly annoying The D810 has a dedicated button for almost everything and includes a dedicated AF-ON button too. Nikon D750 Review (17)The D750 has the newest focusing system of the three cameras with excellent performance in low light. Same points and spread as the D810 but with better low light performance. D610 is capable but not my first pick for speedy focusing when the light levels drop. Nikon D750 Review (18)My Favorite features of the Nikon D750

  • AutoFocus Performance
  • High ISO & Lack of Shadow Noise
  • Video Performance
  • Size & Weight
  • Articulating screen
  • Wifi

 Nikon D750 Review (19)A few small items that I don't love about the D750.

  • Grip
  • Two Handed Control & dual purpose buttons
  • Smallish Buffer (fastest fps)
  • Video limit to 20 min at 1080p (30min at lower resolutions)
  • Separate settings for live view
  • AWB isn't perfect (more inconsistent than I would like)

Overall I would be very happy to use this camera professionally. 

Buy the Nikon D750From B&H Photo & Video (Free accessories included)

Sample Images from the D750 with the Nikon 24-120 Lens and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Lens (Sigma Lens Review)

Photo Mish Mash Ep 40: LIVE!

 Updates on my review of the Nikon D750, Is photography Art? A recent 6.5 Million dollar photo stirs some controversy, The D5500 is rumored, skipping the D5400 - you might be surprised to find out why. Lytro cameras now offer focus spread and we answer reader AND viewer questions. This was our first live show and a big thanks to all those that jumped in and commented/shared their thoughts as we recorded. More live shows are in the future.News:Lytro offers Focus Spread Technology D5500 Rumours will include a touchscreenDiscussion:Is Photography ART? This recurring discussion was brought to the forefront again when Peter Liks "Phantom" sold for $6.5 million and Jonathan Jones of the Guardian had strong opinions that photography is not ART. photo in color: reference Google Search results of Antelope Canyon body or lens?? What is more important to the overall AF experience?Do you know how much the 5DMk4 will cost?Should I wait to buy the Canon 5D III? Is canon going to refresh the line-up?Would there be an increase in image quality and low light performance going from an XSi to a 7D mk1?5D MK IV with Sony or Canon sensor?More towards the business end, for people in portrait photography, what are the best ways to get your name out there other than word of mouth and FB utilization.I have a crop sensor dslr(70D). For christmas, I have the budget for either, a canon L lens like 24-70mm or a full frame body. What do you recommend I buy?Are all macro lenses change their max aperture when you focus closer to the subject?

Photo Mish Mash Ep 31 - Rumour Roundup week we chat more about the almost official Canon 7D Mark II, the Official D750 from Nikon along with a pile of new and rumoured lenses, discuss the possible split direction that Nikon and Canon are heading and answer some excellent reader questions- including, can you feed your family as a photographer :)Photo Mish Mash Ep #31 Date: 9/12/14Your weekly source for any and all things photographyWeek in review:Image Critique - new assignment! - GoPro bag not the GroPro bag and two new lightweight video tripods70D Saga - 3rd times a charm?GoPro TimeLapse Photo Asssignment -8:32 News:iPhone - Iphone 70D? Phase detection on chip7D MArk II Rumour Roundup Lenses 24 EF-S STM, 24-105 STM is realT6i unlikely now. maybe at Photokina at the end of OctD750 from NIkon f/1.8 from NikonNew Nikon Flash with LED X100T - nice aps-c camera with fixed lens 1299 - pricey! Cool hybrid viewfinderReal life phostohop eye dropper -Huge SD card priced SD Card Discussion:Direction of Canon and Nikon as companies51:18 HUH WHAT SEGMENTJonOf SpartaI have a question for you as a photographer , someday if God willing that I'm planning to take a Bachelor's Degree in Photography after I graduate from my Bachelor's of Arts in Digital Film Making that I'm taking right now , because I'm into photography right now.A lot of people telling me that there's no "future" in photography , or I won't get rich if I become a photographer, It won't be enough to feed a family (some parents said that to me , which is kinda offending if you're a photographer)Unlike taking other courses like Animations , Doctors etc.I would like to know a photographer's statement.Thank you very much.59:32 Reader Questions: Pic(k) of the WeekToby:

Nikon D750 Announced and Available for Preorder

Nikon has officially announced the D750 Full Frame camera along with a new battery grip, the MB-D16, a new multimedia flash, the SB-500,  and a new 20mm f/1.8 and magnifying filter size 52mm. All are available for pre-order- links below. I expect this Nikon D750 to sell well, more thoughts after the photos and specs.

 >> My Full Nikon D750 Review is now online <<

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  • Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit
  • Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution- Higher FPS possible in DX Mode.
  • Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording - even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.
  • Compact, lightweight and slim unibody (monocoque) body design with tilting Vari-angle LCD display

Pre-order the NIkon D750 andThe Nikon D750 full frame DSLR camera (price: $2,299.95, $3,239.96 with 24-120mm f/4 lens With all preorders your credit card is not charged until the camera ships.  If you are considering this camera put a preorder in NOW - quantities are going to be limited through the fall. You can always cancel the order- More than once I have hesitated on a preorder and found myself scrambling or paying a premium to avoid waiting months.Nikon D750 body will be available September 23 - Preorder from Amazon | B&H | AdoramaNikon D750 kit will be available September 23 - Preorder from Amazon | B&H | AdoramaNikon MB-D65 Battery Grip will be available in September - Preorder from Amazon | B&H | AdoramaNikkor 20mm f/1.8G will be available September 25- Preorder from Amazon | B&H | AdoramaNikon SB-500 will be available September 25- Preorder from Amazon | B&H | AdoramaNikon 52mm Close-Up Lens will be available September 23- (watch my macro options video, includes a discussion about close up filters) Preorder from  B&H | AdoramaScreenshot 2014-09-12 06.37.48NIkon has quite the full frame (FX) line up now - Nikon D610, Nikon Df, Nikon D810, Nikon D4s. The D750 sits just below the D810, borrowing and actually improving on the AF system with 51 AF points.  It does include a popup flash and all of the video features of the D810 but adds WiFI and a tilty screen.  In this crowded line up the D750 offers lots to love and the body only price point is reasonable for a camera at this level.  I expect that this will be in high demand through fall and into winter. I'd love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment below. Support my work. Purchase your gear through the links above.  Screenshot 2014-09-12 06.46.27I recommend PNY SD Cards. The 64GB Card offers 90MB/s and costs just $33. Reliable, fast and plenty of room for all your photos and videos. 

Nikon D750 Specs Leaked

Screenshot 2014-09-11 10.11.23 Canon's 7D Mark II isn't the only new DSLR that we will hear about in the next few days. Nikon has a new FX (Full Frame) camera coming - official announcement may be tonight.

  • Nikon D750 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • Tiltable 3.2-inch RGB monitor with approximately 1.2 million pixels
  • Weather sealed
  • New, improved mirror / shutter mechanism
  • AF system with 51 focus areas
  • RGB sensor with approx. 91,000 pixels and light-weighted metering option
  • 6.5/FPS
  • ISO 100-12,800 (expandable to 50-51200)
  • Effects Modes
  • Improved Picture Control
  • Full-HD video with 1080p at 24/25/30/50 / 60p
  • Improved functionality while filming
  • Integrated stereo microphone
  • Exposure preview and aperture control in Live View mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Professional Wireless communication via UT-1 and WT-5

The standout features for me - Tiltable LCD, exposure preview AND aperture control in Live View. Nikon's lack of exposure simulation has never been a deal breaker but is certainly a hassle in some shooting situations, that coupled with the buggy aperture control during live view/video and you can end up frustrated.  Looks like Nikon has addressed that head on. Rumored price - $2500 - $2700 for body only.   The grass always looks greener on the other side! As a Canon user I see some pretty green grass in Nikon's fields and I hope we hear something credible about the 5D Mark IV before the end of the year.