I never thought I would be saying these words, but I have gone ahead and switched from my beloved Canon equipment to Nikon; the manufacturer that I have had certain “issues” with for years. If you’re interested in my reasons for this transition, then please continue.
I once found myself floating around the oceans as a cruise ship photographer for a year and during this period was provided with Nikon gear, a D90 to be precise, previous to this I was an avid Canon user, I loved Canon, their quality, their design, the feel to their lenses, I even used their printers, I was simply team Canon. After my time floating around while pretending to be a sailor and using Nikon kit for about 12 hours a day, I was even more made up that I would be using Canon gear for the rest of my clicking days. I wasn’t impressed with the build quality of the Nikon gear and we had a certain set from brand new. After a couple of months use, the rear body rubber grip was peeling off and also the zoom grip on my lens was coming loose, so I wasn’t impressed in the slightest. On the rare occasion that I got to go out and shoot something other than cruising passengers, I would sometimes take the Nikon and was secretly impressed with the quality of the shots it took, particularly the sharpness and the dynamic range, alas, I chose to ignore that and stuck with my Canon kit.
Fast-forward 6 years to 2016, after 10 years of dedicated use of Canon equipment, I’m smelling a change in the air and I’m considering all sorts along with Sony’s mirrorless system. I was looking for something fresh, something lighter on the back and neck and also a full frame sensor, something that has eluded me due to budget for many years, that’s all until a Nikon body named the D750 came along. I was lucky enough to discover a fantastic review of said camera on the website of an equally fantastic wedding photographer named Ross Harvey so I’ll save the in depth details for him to explain http://www.rossharvey.com/reviews/nikon-d750-review
The thing that really caught my attention with this camera was its ability to handle low light conditions, the amount of detail that you can pull from shadows is incredible, as is the lack of banding and other artifacts that usually come with low light conditions, high ISO and long exposures and being the avid low light shooter I am, this was a no brainer.
Update – I have now shot a full wedding in 36 degrees heat with the Nikon, my impressions, very impressed indeed. It hardly missed a beat and for my first wedding, the results are pretty good. I shall be releasing a blog post soon with the results. Which you can now find here