The Nikon D750 is the first FX-format camera equipped with a tilting LCD monitor. In this article we will explore the possibilities of the D750 by putting it to the test in landscape photography, and see what kind of worlds are revealed when shooting at low and high angles. We also explore the ease-of-use of the monitor’s hinge structure, and take a look at the display during shots. (Report: Toshiya Hagihara)
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR/ FL: 16mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/11, 1/15 sec, EV +1.0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Direct sunlight
I took this shot from the perspective of an ant to bring out the strength of a fern, which grows while spreading its leaves wide to seek light deep in the forest.
I shot in an uncomfortable posture, as you can see in the photo above. In such situations, nothing beats having a tilting LCD monitor. Taking such shots through the viewfinder would probably have given me lower back pain!
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED/ FL: 38mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/8, 1/30 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Direct sunlight
This scene was captured from a bridge on a scenic path. When I took a shot with a bird's eye view from the top of a bridge, I was able to depict a dynamic landscape.
Scenes with a bird's eye view are common in landscape photography, but it is hard to take such shots while looking through the viewfinder. Having a tilting LCD monitor allows you to shoot comfortably.
Ultimately, equipping FX-format cameras with a tilting LCD monitor is of great significance in terms of expanding the range of photographic expressions in the future. The D750 employs a 3-axis hinge structure, allowing the screen to be pulled outward during operation. Tripods are heavily used for landscape photography, and using the tabs at the top to pull out the monitor is great for fuss-free operation even in cases where you are using a wide tripod mount. Even when the monitor is tilted 90° upwards, it is not blocked by the rubber on the eyepiece. Furthermore, unlike with cameras whose monitors open horizontally, the D750’s monitor is aligned with the optical axis, which means you can operate the camera like you usually would.
The D750 has a tilting LCD monitor with a 3-axis hinge structure that can be tilted 90° upwards and 75° downwards. When stored, the monitor is incorporated into the camera body. The tabs at the top (circled) are for pulling the monitor outward, so that you can then draw the whole monitor closer towards you. With a moveable range that makes the monitor easy to use even with a tripod, you can say that the D750 is designed to suit the preferences of professional photographers.
When shooting in Aperture-priority Auto or Manual in live view, changing the f-number changes the depth of field in real time. This is a handy function for checking the bokeh quality.
Being able to zoom in on images is an indispensable feature for checking the focus point or checking for camera shake, but it is meaningless if images are unclear. On the D750, even if you zoom in to the maximum on a very small part of the image, it is very clear, which enables you to check the image in detail.