Into The Wild

Wildlife professional and Nikon Ambassador Moose Peterson takes the Nikon D750 into the field to create his sharpest photos ever

With its 24-megapixel sensor and EXPEED 4 processor, the Nikon D750 takes features from Nikon’s other high-end DSLRs, the D610 and D810, to create a powerful tool for nature photographers. Award-winning photographer and Nikon Ambassador Moose Peterson has been using the D750 since late 2014, and he shares his impressions and insights on the standout capabilities of this impressive DSLR.

“The image quality is really quite amazing,” says Peterson. “I really like the way it deals with color and white balance. And it does a great job of getting those multiple variable strands of a particular color and bringing them to life, rather than just melding them together. They’re all just very distinct, and that color is very important in my photography.”

To get the best possible performance from the D750, Peterson uses NIKKOR lenses. “The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED shines because of the big, beautiful image that it produces—the 24mm ƒ/1.4 being such a tack-sharp lens. I’ve been using it a lot in portraits, and the detail is incredible. The combination is just dynamite! I also use the AF Fisheye Nikkor 16mm ƒ/2.8D and the AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED a lot on this camera. I was just down at Bosque del Apache with the 18-35mm and the D750, and we had thousands of geese and cranes flying overhead. Every single one of those birds was really sharp, and you can put them on a screen or a print and see the feather detail. It’s impressive.”

Beyond image quality, the D750 has been designed to be intuitive and user-friendly. Peterson explains, “The D750 is compact and light, especially compared to some other cameras with similar resolution and features. Its flip-out monitor is the cat’s meow. I can flip it out and take macro pictures at low levels comfortably.” Everyone is shooting video these days, and Peterson is no exception. He describes how much easier that experience is with the D750: “I’ve been shooting video more and more. Looking for the various video controls can be frustrating on other cameras, but the D750 has its own menu system just for the video content. I really enjoy that feature.”

We all want to share our images. Social media has made that easy to do, but many serious photographers, including Peterson, have felt limited by the smartphone-centric nature of apps like Instagram. With built-in WiFi, the D750 gives you a new solution, as Peterson explains, “I’ve been using the built-in WiFi quite a bit. With the Nikon app, I can quickly get images off the camera, do a quick edit on my smartphone and put them online or post to my Instagram account. That has really been a lot of fun for me. Until the D750, I wasn’t on Instagram because I don’t really spend much time taking pictures with my phone. I’m really enjoying how easily I can share my photos this way.”

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    Not mentioned but a feature I like is the difference group autofocus sensor selection modes that can be changed while looking through the viewfinder and turning the command dials.

    The rear LCD screen tilts out and is great when using manual focusing tilt shift lenses. Add in that all the camera shooting settings are displayed on it in large fonts and it is a big help in low light situations too.

    The D750 is an amazing camera. Its smaller, “feels just right” body features a bright viewfinder, fast frame rate and the quickest, most reliable autofocus I have ever used! If your photography demands action shots that are clear and crisp, or if you love rich, 3D-like landscape and nature photography, the D750 will not disappoint. I have been a long-time Nikon shooter, and this is clearly the best camera I have ever owned. I love making photos and videos with it!

    While I respect Mr. Peterson’s work and love Nikon products, the comment attributed to him regarding the 24mm f/1.4 as a portrait lens must be a mistake.

    In the print version of this article, Outdoor Photographer clearly labels it as a Nikon advertisement. That’s why the quote marks around some of Peterson’s words. But surely Nikon didn’t send him out with no more than a fisheye and an 18-35mm zoom lens to shoot portraits and wild birds. (“…Thousands of geese flying overhead …every one really sharp …you can see the feather details …it’s impressive.) Impressive, indeed. I can’t wait for him to get a D810. I’ll be expecting thousands of geese with goose dandruff clearly visible in the prints.

    Its’ a great DSLR …no doubt about that. But by giving it a Low Pass filter have Nikon done the right thing? Is it something that will not affect wildlife & landscapes photographers ?

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