The deepest impression I had after using the Nikon D750 was of the clarity of the view through the viewfinder. The viewfinder is an important, frequently-used element, and when it comes to actual shooting, the clarity of the view through it has great significance. This report looks at how the D750 fares in an actual shoot, and also explores its Special Effects mode, featuring on an FX-format camera for the first time. (Report: Toshiya Hagihara)
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED/ FL: 105mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/3.2, 1/640 sec, EV+0.7)/ ISO 200/ WB: Direct sunlight
With viewfinder shooting, the strengths of the D750 are demonstrated, particularly for moving subjects. I took photos while following the insect. Thanks to the excellent viewfinder I was able to focus very precisely
The optical viewfinder on the D750 has 100% frame coverage. Together with a viewfinder magnification of 0.7x, your subject will appear larger and easier to view. Along with the slimmer body of the D750, the lens section of the eyepiece has also been newly designed. The glass pentaprism and newly designed focusing screen ensure a bright and clear field of view. The multilayer coating employed on the main mirror that directs light to the viewfinder is the same coating as that employed on high-end models such as the D810, which means the colours displayed look more natural. Furthermore, the viewfinder uses an organic EL (OLED) display system, which provides excellent visibility.
The glass pentaprism used on the D750.
The OLED display provides excellent visibility even in bright locations.
The sequence drive unit has been improved by employing four motors, just like on the D810, to reduce vibration and noise. By setting the release mode dial to [Qc], you can shoot at 3 fps with the quiet continuous shutter-release mode.
The D750 mirror mechanism. Mirror control works just like on the D810, employing four motors, which contributes to low vibration, quiet operation, and a slimmer body. When I used the D750 for an actual shoot, I could clearly tell it was quieter than models such as the D800 and D610.
Setting the release mode dial to [Qc] enables quiet continuous shooting at 3 fps. This is a feature that can be used in a wide variety of scenes.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR/ FL: 68mm/ Special Effects mode (f/9, 1/160 sec)/ ISO 400/ WB: Auto/ Miniature effect
With the Miniature effect, you can obtain an effect that appears as if you shot a diorama, without having to use an expensive tilt-shift lens.
The Special Effects mode is a familiar feature on DX-format entry-level models that is making its debut on FX-format cameras with the D750. However, it goes without saying that even advanced amateurs can enjoy the photographic expressions produced using the Special Effects feature on the D750, a first for FX-format cameras. Seven types of effects are available, ranging from unique effects such as Miniature Effect and Selective Color, through to practical effects such as Silhouette, High Key, and Low Key. When using the live view, images are displayed with the effect applied in real time, so you can enjoy creating an original work while checking the impact of the effect.
On the D750, seven effects are available for your selection: Night Vision, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key, and Low Key.
If you use live view, which provides a real time display, it enables you to check your specified range or amount of impact of the Special Effects mode in the LCD monitor during your shoot.
Born in Kofu city of Yamanashi Prefecture in 1964. Joined an advertising agency and became involved in catalogue production and event planning. Became a freelancer after leaving the company, and currently specializes in natural landscape photography, also actively writing for photography magazines. A member of the Japan Scenery Photographers Association (JSPA).