Nikon D750 Review: Part 1, Farewell Canon

This has been a strange few months for me. After a lot of thought and a few gear rentals, I ended up selling all of my Canon cameras and lenses. After a brief few months with the Sony a7R and a7S, I ended up here, with a Nikon D750. 

A little wet after an afternoon at Lewisville Lake 

A little wet after an afternoon at Lewisville Lake 

ISO 640, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/125 - Pushed about 3 stops in lightroom

ISO 640, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/125 - Pushed about 3 stops in lightroom

My biggest fear about switching to Nikon was that I wouldnt be able to wrap my head around the control scheme and layout of the cameras. There were some quirks that took some getting used to, but after one week with the camera in addition to customizing some of the menu and button functions, im very happy with how the camera handles. Handling was always great on the 5D mark 3, but after using the D750 since November, everything else about the 5D pales in comparison. 

I've shot in some really challenging situations with the D750, and it has performed admirably in all of them. From landscapes, to really dark bar concerts, to weddings, I have been completely impressed with the results. I see myself shooting with this camera for a very long time. 

Another huge benefit is the greatly improved video quality. I've included a promo video I shot for DSG Arms entirely on the D750 at the end of this post. In short, its probably the best image out of a traditional DSLR (barring the Canon 1Dc) on the market today.

Pros:

  • Amazing RAW file flexibility
  • Fantastic Low Light performance
  • Very fast AF speed and general usability
  • 6.5 FPS feels pretty snappy
  • Improved video performance, 1080p 60fps

Cons:

  • The buffer fills up a little quicker than I would like, but thats about it. 

Lake Grapevine - 35mm f/2D @5.6, ISO 100

Lake Grapevine - 35mm f/2D @5.6, ISO 100

35mm f/2D @ F/2

50mm 1.4, ISO 160, 1/640

85mm 1.4, ISO 200, 1/640

25mm f/2, ISO 1250, 1/80

50mm 1.4, ISO 100, 1/400 - This sign sums up my feelings about the D750. 

85mm 1.4, ISO 200, 1/80

Most of the above video was shot in 60p, so I had the ability to retime in post. The 1080p 60FPS image looks really great, and the 24p image is beautiful as well. Nice sharpness and resolution, great colors, and decent dynamic range help add to the versatility of the D750.