Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III: Part 1

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The new Nikon D750 wasn’t the camera many Nikon fans had hoped for, a true successor to the vaunted Nikon D700. Whereas the D700 was basically a pro camera in a prosumer body, the D750 is a prosumer camera, period. As such, Nikon still hasn’t launched a camera that can follow in the path of the D700. For Nikon fans, the D750 wasn’t really needed.

But for Canon fans jealous of the dynamic range that Sony’s sensors deliver in the Nikon (and Sony A7 series) cameras, the D750 might well be the answer to their dreams. Because if the D750 is close to any other camera in specs, it’s to Canon’s 5D Mark III. The only major difference seems to be the price, with the Canon being about $1,000 more expensive than the Nikon.

That’s why I wrote when the D750 was launched that it wasn’t aimed at Nikon consumers, but at Canon buyers.

Let’s back up a bit.

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Nikon Aiming at Canon’s 5D Mark III with New D750?

Nikon today joined the party of pre-Photokina 2014 product announcements by announcing the long-rumored D750 DSLR, a 20mm f/1.8 lens and a new small flash.

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Nikon D750

The D750 will offer:

  • 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • the same EXPEED 4 image processor as in the company’s D810 and D4S
  • Wi-Fi
  • a tilting high-resolution LCD
  • 51-point autofocus
  • 6.5 frames per second
  • advanced video comparable to D810
  • ISO range of 100-12,800 (with expansion up to 51,200)
  • a flash sync speed of 1/200.

It’ll cost S2,300. As such, it sits above the D610 with faster operation and a more solid body and below the D810 with 24 megapixels instead of 36mp. It’s a bit faster than the D810, though.

At the same time, it’s lacking some of the features that would have made it the successor to the vaunted D700 DSLR that many had hoped for.

It almost makes you wonder why Nikon bothered to roll out this camera, considering it’s not the action-oriented camera many wanted and just sits a notch above the D610.

Aimed at 5D Mark III?

Looking at the specifications, it looks as if it’s aimed squarely at the Canon 5D Mark III, which almost has similar specs, but is about $1,000 more expensive.

Nikon already lured quite a few Canon users to its D800 series with its high megapixel count and wide dynamic range.

The D610 was not up to par with the 5D Mark III in terms of overall operation, but the D750 appears to be and seems to offer similar functionality, build and sensor size as the Canon, but with the dynamic range Nikon has become known for.

And so Nikon has lowered the price of switching by roughly a $1,000. Of course, we don’t know yet what Canon will announce in the coming days, but the forums are abuzz with a Canon 7D replacement.

That’s all nice and well, but the 7D line is APS-C format and no matter how much Canon improves the dynamic range on the 7D successor, if at all, it will not be the new full-frame camera many Canon users are hoping for, which is in essence a 5D with more dynamic range and more megapixels to compete with the Nikon D810 at the same price point.

Ironically, that 7D might be the action camera that Nikon users were hoping for.

The D750 will be available late this month. Nikon also offers a new battery pack/grip for the D750 with a steep retail price of $400. Unlike in some previous generation Nikon DSLRs, the D750’s frames per second doesn’t seem to increase when the optional battery pack/grip is attached.

AF-S Nikkor 20mm f1/8G ED Lens

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The company also announced a new wide-angle lens. It’s meant for full frame and is Nikon’s first ultra wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture. The lens will be available later this month for $800.

SB-500 Speedlight

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Finally, Nikon is bringing the SB-500 speedlight to market, which is actually a combination of an on-camera strobe and a LED video light.

The complete specifications and pre-order information can be found at B&H (affiliate links):

Sony Joins Nikon, Canon in Product Rollouts with Intriguing RX100 III

sony-rx100It has been a week with lots of product announcements, something which normally happens just before a big trade show. I might have missed the show, but I got the announcements. Initially, I was going to write about the news from earlier this week, but I decided against it since all these products were either not of that much interest to me personally or were out of my financial reach.

But then Sony threw a curveball with the new RX 100 III. I’ve been intrigued by the RX 100 for a long time, since others write with rapture about it as one of the best – or the best – pocketable quality camera out there. But I don’t do cameras without viewfinders, unless they serve a very special purpose (I have a waterproof Pentax without a viewfinder). They don’t work for me, so I never seriously considered buying or even renting the RX 100 I or II.

The III has a pop-up EVF, which is apparently pretty decent and which has a diopter adjustment, another biggie at my middle age. If the image quality of this camera is as good or better than its predecessors it should be a sweet package. Another nicety on this camera is a fast 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. [Read more…]

That Road Trip, Photographer’s Block and Mixing Camera & Lens Brands

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So, we’re back home. Drove about 1700 miles in a few days in weather ranging from summery to snow and sleet. Walked over college campuses, dined in small diners and enormous Italian eateries and saw parts of the United States much unlike our suburban New York neighborhood.

Actually, my teenage son and I have been back for a while now.

But I was hit with photographer’s block, if such a thing exists. Strange thing, that. I usually don’t suffer from that more common affliction called writer’s block, although I do write more than I end up posting.

But I do sometimes encounter an inability to open images in Lightroom and start editing them down. Wonder if others have this as well.

With me, it usually goes like this: I find a great place to shoot, take dozens of pictures, I’m excited about the shoot and what I see on the back of my camera, I put the images on my computer, I get less excited as I see flaws when I blow up the images. I end up being disappointed with the contrast between the fun and excitement of the shoot and the end result. I dither… [Read more…]

Sigma Sets Price of 50mm f/1.4 ART at $949

Sigma today set the price for its long-awaited 50mm f/1.4 ART lens at $949 with availability at the end of the month in the United States. Early tests apparently showed that the lens outdoes the outstanding Sigma 35mm ART and comes close to the $4,000 Zeiss Otus.

My stars must be aligned right, because Zeiss has promised me an Otus loaner for later this month and I’ve pre-ordered the Sigma, so I’ll have the opportunity to have the two do battle on my Canon 5D Mark III and Sony A7R (I sold my Nikon D800e).

It’s interesting how the best normal lenses now are apparently those produced by third parties instead of the camera manufactureres themselves. How come it looks as if they’re dropping the ball when it comes to matching their lens line to the progress they’re making with their sensors?

If you’re interested in the Sigma, here are the B&H links:

50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Canon EF

50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Nikon F