I’m sure there are many amateur photographers who occasionally consider upgrading to a DSLR and would like to know more about how it would enhance their craft. After all, isn’t the photographer’s eye for composition what really matters?
Obviously a better camera results in better quality photos, and in this post I hope to address a few of the specific enhancements and possibilities that a DSLR can provide your photography. In particular, I’ll be looking at two of the newest models to hit the market from two of the industry’s most iconic brands:
Within Nikon’s current offering of full-frame DSLRs, the D750 represents an upgrade from the D610. It also incorporates some features from the D810; 51-point auto focus (AF), for example. This five-minute video from Nikon is a great overview of the D750’s features:
For those unfamiliar with the term, a full-frame digital DSLR camera has a sensor that’s about the same size as 35mm film. To fully explain it would require going into some detail about things like focal length and crop factor, which you can learn more about if you’re so inclined. Essentially, there are two main benefits to going full-frame:
Arguably the D750’s most notable upgrade is its 100-12800 (Lo 1 to Hi 2) ISO sensitivity, which is double that of the D610. In lay terms, this refers to the camera’s sensitivity to light. So if you’re planning on, say, going on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of European cathedrals, the D750 would definitely help you take beautiful shots in low light.
As the 7D does not appear to be accompanied by its own concise-yet-informative YouTube video, I sought some expert advice; specifically Matt N. from the Camera Department at the Granville St. London Drugs. According to Matt, the Mark II has been eagerly anticipated by camera geeks everywhere since the original EOS 7D was discontinued. Together, we ran through its extensive list of features, which includes:
Unlike the D750, the Mark II is not a full-frame camera. However, its APS-C sensor and Intelligent Viewfinder provide approximately 100% field of view plus exceptional low-light performance. Matt was particularly impressed with the Mark II, calling it a huge upgrade over its predecessor; in fact, he described both its ISO (low-light capabilities) and 10 FPS (high-speed) shooting as “ridiculous.”
Either of these two cameras provide the tools to help you capture infinitely better photos, no matter what, where or when you’re shooting. With larger sensors and pixels capable of storing more information, they also provide you with many more options when it comes to printing and display. (In fact, there’s a whole other post about them.)
My last post was a feature about DSLR cameras, with specific focus on two new models, the full-frame Nikon D750 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II. While each came with a laundry list of new, improved and amazing photo and video features, there are a couple of advantages that set virtually all DSLR cameras—especially full frame—have in common:
As you might have guessed, photos taken with cameras such as these reproduce very well at large sizes. After all, DSLRs are much too big of an investment if all you’re doing is creating screensavers for yourself. To display photos with the magnitude they deserve, enlargements from the PhotoLab are the only way to go.
Ultimate enlargements and the process behind them were covered extensively back in February, so I won’t revisit those details here. To quickly summarize the process:
Of course, if you really want to bring out the best in your high-quality photos, you’ll want to use a fine art paper.