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This camera is the best DX camera yet when it comes to build quality and speed, and is the best camera I’ve ever used when bythpm comes to autofocus capability extremely helpful for sports and wildlife.

Buy the D on Amazon. This week I had a chance to rent a Nikon D to shoot a soccer game, so I rented it for 3 days from BorrowLensesand spent some time testing it in various settings where I normally use my older D Over the past six years since I bought the D, I’ve rented or borrowed most of the modern Nikon lineup, from the D to the D and D4s, and I’ve also been fortunate to try out some more ‘exotic’ to me, at least glass with some of these cameras.

I’ve considered upgrading my older D body for some time, but I’ve been waffling for years on whether to go with a midrange FX body, or stick it out for the high-end DX body. After waiting many years for something better than the Ds, I finally used a D What follows is my quick take on this camera—in this review I’ll bytthom focus on a few highlights like handling, high ISO image quality, and autofocus performance, since there are many reviews elsewhere that get into the nitty-gritty like scene modes, software settings, button configuration, 4K video performance, etc.

D with my 1st generation mm 2. Picking up the D, you realize it’s a pro-level body. It has more heft than any of the semi-pro bodies, it has magnesium and carbon fiber reinforcement, and it’s a good finger taller in the grip. Bythomm people love this, some people hate it. I love it, because my hand fits perfectly on the D grip, while my pinkie only loosely holds the bottom of the smaller bodies D7xxx, etc.

With a vertical grip, it is a solid bythkm for a flagship model in terms of look and feel. Buttons are illuminated, making for a pleasant experience shooting in darker locations. This is a really nice feature, and having it on the D at a nighttime soccer game made me feel the same way I did when I bought my first laptop with a backlit keyboard.

It’s so much easier to be discrete and find the right button. With muscle memory, you’ll not need the backlighting as much over time, but it’s definitely handy, and the lights are a nice white tone, not the ugly blue that screams cheap.


Speaking of muscle memory If you jump between a semi-pro and pro body often, you’re already used to the fact that every generation and lineup of Nikon body seems to swap a few buttons.

Nikon can never settle on a particular layout. On the D, the ISO button jumps over to behind the shutter, the movie record button to its left.

There’s an OK button tucked near the bottom left of the back I’m not going to get into the details, but I really wish Nikon would settle on a layout for a few years, and try to be more consistent. Once you start taking pictures, you’ll hold the camera up to chimp The touchscreen is gorgeous.

The mid-generation models had x or higher resolution, but were still just okay for previewing sharpness and color. Photos popand you can easily see when pictures are slightly out of focus, even when zoomed out.

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I really hope Nikon standardizes on this higher-resolution display for the semi-pro bodies in the next generation. It’s a huge improvement. Having a touchscreen with only a few supported gestures at this time is nice, as is the ability to swivel it for photos in awkward positions or low on a tripod There are a lot of comparisons around the web, and DXOMark rates the D at ISO for sports compared to for the D and for my Dso I would expect only a marginal improvement over what I’m used to.

So let’s see a series of shots with a progressively higher ISO value, shot in available light in my office.

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Here’s the test rig:. I would buy an FX camera if I needed an extra stop or two. I locked focus, used bytgom lock-up, and switched off VR on the lens to try to stabilize the shot, and the difference in sharpness seems mostly due to the camera’s in-body noise reduction.

The bthom up to and including ISO is pretty awesome for a DX body —on par with the D, and definitely better than my D Lately, Nikon’s been besting other manufacturers with a higher number of cross type focus points and better software for ‘3D’ continuous focus tracking. They decided to change the game yet again with the amazing new AF system in the D and D5, with a whopping sensors 99 cross-type spread out across the viewfinder. Souls and Goals Soccer D70000.

D with mm 2. They’re not as good as what I could get in better lighting or in a daytime setting, but they’re excellent considering the weak ambient lighting!

Using the D’s 3D continuous autofocus tracking, I set the first point, half pressed the shutter with the point on the person, then gunned at 10 frames per second and watched as the focus point stayed on top of the person or object I initially set. It even worked well focusing on a player as he ran behind another player for a couple frames!


Even though the D5 has the same autofocus system, the D’s autofocus points cover almost the entire viewfindermeaning this is the first DSLR to have the same sort of AF coverage that mirrorless cameras and smartphones enjoy—except the AF system is way more intelligent and snappy, at least for photographs Coming very late to the SnapBridge party, I ybthom high hopes that the iOS app was finally up to snuff and SnapBridge would be as seamless with my iPhone as my old EyeFi wireless SD cards were back in the day with my laptop during events.

Unfortunately, after spending a couple hours bytthom getting things connected at home There’s no way I’m going to spend half an hour setting SnapBridge is a gimmick at this point. And, sadly, it’s slower and worse in every way than carrying around a card reader and doing everything the old-fashioned way. Thom Hogan spells out the myriad problems with SnapBridge d77000 much more detail. If you shoot sports or wildlife, and enjoy the 1.

In anything but the worst bytuom, the D keeps up d70000 the D5 and exceeds all other cameras for autofocus tracking and continuous release speed. All the byyhom little niceties like backlit buttons and a double-resolution LCD that flips up and down are just icing on the cake.

If autofocus and the crop factor aren’t important for your style of shooting, and bythim require utmost overall image quality, especially at high ISOs, you might be better served by Nikon’s FX cameras, like the D for incredible dynamic range or pretty much any other FX camera for better high ISO performance.

But as always, invest more in the glass you put on the camera body than the camera body itself—I can make a better image with an ancient D50 and my 2.

Body and Handling D with my 1st generation mm 2. Here’s the test rig: Autofocus performance – Sports in terrible low light The main reason I chose to rent the D over the D was it’s legendary autofocus performance. Souls and Goals Soccer Game: Summary If you shoot sports or wildlife, and enjoy the 1. Gear mentioned in this post: Two Cameras and a Killer Lens Combo.

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