I’d like to start off by saying that I do not consider myself a photographer, at any level. That said, since last summer I have developed a serious case of the photography bug, which you can check out on my Instagram. Up until June 2014, the highest level of camera gear I had used prior to the D810 was a CoolPix P600 that Nikon Canada sent us to try out. Otherwwise, I had only used my LG smartphone, and a Samsung Galaxy Smartcam for all my photos. I’ve heard people say it time and time again, “it’s the photographer that makes the photo, not the camera.” Well, that’s not entirely true, especially when you’re shooting events with moving subjects, and in low light. Skill alone isn’t going to get you accurate focus without a high end camera body, no matter the level of talent. That’s why I really enjoyed using the D810.
Last summer I had an opportunity to give the Nikon D810 a test run for about 4 weeks at various indoor and outdoor events, and the results were better than I had anticipated. The low light performance is outstanding, and the image quality is second to none. I had read in a press release that the D810 improved the focusing accuracy and speed over previous models. As a result, the auto focus system made it simple for me to capture key moments of live events with very little effort. The size took a little getting used to at first, as my hands aren’t used to carrying such a large camera, but after a full day of using it, its ergonomic design feels comfortable in your hands. The design also helps with gripping it securely in busy environments, such as music festivals and clubs. The AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens Nikon provided us was perfect for a beginner such as myself, despite keeping it in the default Auto or Program mode. We also gave it to our friend, and professional photographer, Tobias Wang of Visualbass who used it to take the following photos, and many of the clips in our Veld Music Festival recap video below.
Given that I don’t have any experience with other SLR/DSLR brands or models, I can only attest to the simplicity of this particular unit and am now considering purchasing it as my first professional camera. The only decision for me now is whether or not I want to officially become a “photographer”.