Monday, September 25, 2017

Am I the Perfect Match?

The arguably best DSLR – Nikon D850 already made it’s way to the first happy customers. We have seen pictures of the box, the camera, unboxing videos, and happy owner’s faces all over the internet. We’ve also seen the first images coming from this amazing camera, ISO comparisons, and samples of its capabilities, especially when coupled with a good performing lens.

Speaking about good performing lens, we are coming to today’s question: “Why Nikon keeps pushing this mediocre performing lens (24-120mm) as a kit lens for it’s pro cameras?”

24-120mm f/4 is not a bad lens in any means, but it is far away for being a good match for high resolution cameras – I would say everything above 24mpx. Of course, all this is arguable but there are thousands reviews out there, as also image samples, which confirm my words.

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D7500 should be D6000

Last night Nikon announced D7500. One would think it is a successor of the D7200, but in several interviews Nikon clearly stated that this is not the case. They even confirmed this in the D7500 promo video for Nikon Canada. The full specs you can find here. But this is not a full review article. I want to share my thoughts about this release.

We know it is Nikon’s 100th anniversary this year. And we all expect something big and important to be released – like the Big Bang for Nikon – a mirorrless DX or FX, a new retro camera, new MPx beast, etc. Instead, so far we receive small camera upgrades. And let’s think for a second about this one – D7500.

Do you play tango? You first move forward, then make a step backwards. This is how I see D7500. It didn’t make any sense to be a D7200 replacement, as some of its specifications are upgrade, and some are downgrade. It takes many features of the D500, but it loses some, getting closer to the D5600.

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Two more things, Canon…

Although I may consider myself primarily a Nikon shooter, I have a good Canon setup, and I use it for both professional and leisure work. I'm not going to describe here which features of which system I like most, nor this is a Nikon vs. Canon article. Also, in the past 3-4 years, I have been in search of a good travel system – smaller, but without losing the image quality and flexibility of the DSLR. I started with Sony, then sold all my Sony gear and moved to Fujifilm.

The problem is that once we start to add professional zooms to these “small” cameras, the system becomes no longer small. So I just abandoned the idea (for now) to have a third system for travel. In that regards, the new Fujifilm X100F (and I had the X100S) is quite good by itself to be a good travel camera – with enough MPx, fast auto focus and excellent image quality. But let’s go back to Canon...
I had a good price offer for my 5D Mark III, and I sold it just before the Mark IV announcement. I wasn’t afraid to stay without the camera for a while, because I had my Nikon gear to cover for my work. With big excitement I was waiting for the upcoming Mark IV. And it came but the big excitement disappeared, and I felt a bit disappointed from Canon's decisions for this camera.

I’ll share with you my thoughts from 3 different perspectives – as a wedding photographer, as a landscape photographer, and as a videographer – what are my main reasons to not be excited about 5D Mark IV. And I said MY REASONS. So, please, DON'T JUDGE ME too much. You can share your thoughts and your experience with 5D Mark IV in the comments section below.

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