My Precious: The Nikon D750 Experience

    Nikon D750

    Gollum (Smeagol) lusted after the Ring of Power.

    The Knights Templar sought the Holy Grail.

    And, alas, I sit here hoping to, once again, hold a Nikon D750 in my two impish hands.

    It all began with an innocent request to test three new Nikon lenses:

    Unfortunately none of these lenses were compatible with my cropped-format Nikon D7200 DX camera.

    The good folks at Nikon then made a fatal mistake. They suggested that I use the lenses with a Nikon D750 ($1,999.95), which they would provide for a short period.

    The deal was the camera and lenses were to be returned to them after three months. As an addicted snapaholic, I agreed.

    Never having used a camera with a full-format sensor before, the next three months only added fuel to the fire. My “old” camera – – – a Nikon 7200 DX – – – was set aside as I wandered my little corner of the globe, snapping pictures like a madman and amazed by how much of an image my old rig had missed.

    The greatest eye-opening experience was when I tried it out with my old DX lenses. A red outline appeared in the viewfinder, showing me what the lenses “saw” in comparison to a full-format image. That, was the final fuel to fire up my addiction.

    I started petting the camera, calling it “my precious.” I plotted strategies, hoping that the folks at Nikon would forget I had it. The addiction became real!

    Alas, now the D7200 DX and its lenses are back in my case and the D750 has been returned to a warehouse somewhere in New Jersey.

    Key features of “My Precious” include:

    • A 24.3 megapixel sensor
    • The ability to shoot at 6.5 frames per second
    • Full HD video at 60 frames per second
    • A wide-angle, 3.2-inch tilting TFT-LCD monitor
    • Two SD card slots
    • A shutter speed range from 30 seconds to 1/4000th of a second

    Of course there’s everything you’d expect from a digital SLR including a built-in flash and variable shooting modes ranging from manual to point and shoot.

    The first thing I noticed about the three lenses I requested was how much bigger (and heavier) they were than their DX counterparts. This, I assumed, was because they had to work with the full-format (FX) chip in the camera and there was a lot more glass in the lenses.

    The images were noticeably sharper than those I had taken with my DX rig, especially around the edges where many lenses fail to maintain focus.

    The only problem I had was with the fisheye zoom lens – – – and this is a “defect” that I’ve found with most lenses of this type: You can see the tubular structure of the interior of the lens as you use the zoom to increase the fisheye effect. A bit of creative cropping solved this problem. My suggestion is to forget the zoom and use a fixed-format fisheye.

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    • Michael L. Berman has more than 40 years' experience writing and editing for The Hartford Courant, The Norwich (CT) Bulletin, The Journal of Commerce and The Middletown (CT) Press. Mike's Techtalk column was syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service from 1995 to 2000 and appeared as a computer and technology blog on www.shns.com until No. 19, 2013. You can also visit Mike's consumer technology website at www.jocgeek.com.

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