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Chris Niccolls’ First Hand Review Of Nikon’s New D750

By Anthony Thurston on September 18th 2014

D610, Df, D810, D4s, there seems to be a plethora of Nikon full frame options out there and the list just grew larger with the addition of the new D750. But what does the D750 do to differentiate itself from the rest of the Nikon FX lineup? How does it stack up to the D610, D700, and D810 – which is it more closely related to?

Chris Niccolls, and the CameraStore TV, offer some answers to these questions, and more in their latest comprehensive first hand review featuring the new Nikon D750.

As with many of you, I was expecting more of a “true” D700 successor in this camera when the rumors of the D750 name leaked a short time prior to its announcement. My initial reaction was, like many of you, one of disappointment. That said, the more that I watch video overviews like this one, and the more that I think about it, the more the D750 tempts me.

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This really is the first Nikon DSLR to really seem like a true option as a dual stills/video camera, if only – as Jordan mentions in the video – there were some more codec options. But, that is something that could, in theory, be taken care of in a firmware update.

I grow more interested in the D750 by the day, even if the price is not something really in my budget currently. That said, if it is in yours, pre-orders are currently open over on B&H. Jump on over to get on the list and you can be one of the first to get your hands on this impressive new full frame body from Nikon.

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What are your thoughts on the D750? Has this video, or ones like it, changed your opinion from your initial reaction? Leave a comment below!

[via The CameraStore TV on YouTube]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Trav Ste

    Saw ISO pic showing 102400. The specs say max is 51200.? Curious for low light aurora videos etc and since half the year it’s pretty dark in northern latitudes for pictures. This camera may become my first full frame sensor camera. The sony a7s or df, no video, are my other options since d4s etc are a bit much. Thanks for the review. Specs say a battery grip doesn’t make this any faster.

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  2. Gene Gregory

    the review kind of left me hanging and wanting for more feedback. hahahaha waiting for an action review for this camera. by the way guys even putting a battery grip on the D750 will it still shoot 6.5FPS?

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    • Matthew Saville

      That is correct, the battery grip will NOT “over-clock” the D750, unfortunately. Fortunately, there’s a pretty slim chance of people actually needing 7+ FPS, in most cases. Unless you’re shooting birds in flight or NFL games, you’re good to go IMO…

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  3. Joyce Shields

    So, I am still plugging away on my D700. I shoot mostly natural light children/family portraits. Your review seems to support my opinion that for the price, the D750 is a good next step for me. My question is about the 24-120 lens. I currently have an 80-200 f2.8 and a 50 f1.8 that are my go to lenses. Do you see the kit lens with the d750 as a good choice in my circumstances? Thank you for the review.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Based on what you already have, getting the kit seems like a waste of money to me. I would just get the body. Unless you want some sort of walk around all in one lens, then the kit lens will do nicely.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Joyce, if you shoot mostly natural light portraits of children and families, the main question is, would you be willing to give up over two stops of aperture, just to gain zoom? If you mainly use the 80-200 for portraits, then consider maybe adding an 85 to your arsenal for that extra-beautiful shallow DOF look when you can’t shoot your subjects at 200mm lol. Or if you find yourself mainly turning to your 50mm, then consider either upgrading that lens to the 50 1.8 G if you haven’t already got it, OR consider getting the Sigma 50 Art if 50mm is just your favorite lens in the whole wide world, ….OR if you’re like me and you’re kinda “meh” about 50mm, then maybe try the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, or the Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G or 35mm f/1.8 G…

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    • Vince Arredondo

      If you have the extra grand to spend on the kit, and based on the lenses you already have, go for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art. You will love it!

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    • Anders Madsen

      Joyce, I was in a somewhat similar situation when I decided to switch from Canon to Nikon about half a year ago – I had no lenses whatsoever and the 24-120 was obviously very high on my list of options (as was the 24-85 since I was buying the D610, where the 24-85 is the kit lens).

      In my case (I am a commercial, portrait and fashion photographer and I make a living with my camera), I chose NOT to buy the 24-120 and bought the “holy trinity” instead: 35-50-85 mm f/1.8 G. The image quality I get from these lenses is fantastic, especially considering the price: Sharp, nice bokeh, beautiful colors, and I can shoot in just about any light strong enough that I can see my subject.

      However. And there is a pretty big “however”.

      For children I am not sure this is what you want. Yes, the technical quality is great, but they are primes. You will zoom on your feet, and if you find, that for this particular child, the current focal length isn’t working, you will need to take a small break and switch lenses.

      Personally, I would probably be looking at a 24-70 f/2.8 instead – and, if your customers are happy with their images, perhaps keep the D700 for a while longer while buying the 24-70 and making it pay for itself, before taking the plunge on a D750.

      I came from a Canon 1Ds MKII with a 28-70 f/2.8 more or less welded permanently to the body, so I can definitely vouch for the practical usability of a full frame body with a 24-70, but I can understand if you feel that it’s a pretty big investment. Nevertheless, I think that in your situation, it is probably the most sensible solution.

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    Thanks guys that was a great review.

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  5. Mi Guel

    Great Review…..

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  6. Austin Swenson

    Yeah I think this is a good solid option for wedding photography and all kinds of group gatherings, not quite the replacement all the Nikonians were hoping for, but still a good body none the less.

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  7. Chris Nachtwey

    I’m actually completely sold on the D750. It appears to be a prefect fit for my work as a wedding photographer (I’ve never been one to get caught up in gear debates). Come the off season I will be buying two of them as long as there are no dust, oil, overheating,etc. issues..lol

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