The comfortable grip on the D750 made it easier to carry around than I had expected, and because of that, street photography was a breeze. The first FX-format DSLR camera to have a tilt-screen LCD monitor, it produces beautiful image quality even at high ISO sensitivity, which broadens the range of artistic expression possible. Here are my thoughts after taking the D750 to the streets, quite literally.
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/1.8, 1/500 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Shade
Looking up at a cat walking on the roof of a restaurant in the early morning. The tilting LCD monitor makes it easier to shoot scenes from angles that would otherwise have been difficult to achieve.
I travel overseas once a month to shoot cityscapes and the people living there. This time I visited Paris, France at the end of summer with my trusty D750 in tow.
In street photography, mobility is an important factor. My shooting style is to walk around town from morning to evening. That’s because the further I walk, the higher the possibility of encountering subjects or scenes that I would want to shoot. However, to do so, your camera and lens have to be lightweight. With the body weighing in at approximately 750g, the D750 is ideal as it is a lightweight FX-format camera.
Personally, I usually carry one camera and 3 lenses with me when I do street photography. I generally use prime lenses as the main lens for my camera, favouring the lightweight G lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. I also carry a zoom lens, which provide great flexibility of the focal length, so that I can capture a greater variety of subjects.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR/ FL: 24mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/8, 1/320 sec, EV+1.0)/ ISO 100/WB: Direct sunlight
The Eiffel Tower, which is synonymous with Paris. The camera is able to resolve the detailed parts of the steel frame, making for a very sharp image. The textures of the clouds can also be depicted, giving the image a dynamic finish.
The first thing I noticed when using the D750 was how well the grip is designed. The deeper grip fits more comfortably in my hands and allows me to hold the body more securely. This makes it easier to prevent camera shake even when shooting in low light conditions. Street photography often involves walking around for long hours with your hand on the grip, ready to shoot at any time. This was very comfortable on the D750.
It is also the first FX-format DSLR camera to feature a tilt-screen LCD monitor, and this makes it possible to comfortably shoot from angles that were previously difficult. Being able to comfortably take shots even from a low perspective, such as at the eye level of a cat, allowed me to incorporate the background into my shots with little effort. I could also take street photos unobtrusivelly; by holding the camera at waist level, I could snap away without attracting attention from the people nearby. Autofocus in live view photography also allowed for stress-free shooting.
The D750 employs a monocoque body design, a first for FX-format cameras, realising a lightweight body while maintaining ruggedness and a unified aesthetic. It also employs a deep grip and tilting LCD monitor.
Image processing capabilities have also evolved markedly. EXPEED 4 provides image processing performance that is almost on par with the high-end D810. Picture Control allows you to perform fine adjustments in even finer detail. It also allows you to adjust settings such as Saturation and Contrast, as well as Clarity. I adjusted these according to the ambience of the scene so that I could render the colours the way I intended.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR/ FL: 85mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/4.5, 1/200 sec, EV+0.7)/ ISO 100/ WB: Direct sunlight
I captured padlocks that had been hung on a bridge’s railings by lovers. By setting a positive value for Clarity in Picture Control, I could further emphasize the texture of the metal.
To capture dramatic-looking images of the town at night, it is important to that high-ISO images are of high image quality. To that end, the D750 boasts dramatically improved high ISO performance, producing images that would satisfy professional photographers even at ISO 6400. The superior sensitivity performance of the D750 was such that I was able to use Auto ISO Sensitivity Control for the freedom to shoot without worrying about the ISO setting. The kit lens comes with built-in vibration reduction (VR), which makes it even easier to obtain clear, stable images.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR/ FL: 29mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/5, 1/50 sec)/ ISO 6400/ WB: 4170K
Thanks to the excellent ISO sensitivity of the D750, you can enjoy street photography even with the kit lens. I intentionally adjusted the white balance to retain the yellow tones of tungsten lighting in this image, in order to convey the ambience of the street at night. At ISO 6400 there was minimal noise in the image, providing a quality that is more than sufficient for almost any application.
The D750 employs a 51-focus-point AF system. Equipped with AF-Area modes which are good for shooting moving objects, such as group-area AF which utilizes five AF points simultaneously, the camera accurately established focus on moving bicycles and pedestrians. Its autofocus detection range in low light is −3EV, so autofocus operated accurately even when shooting in a dark alley.
In addition, the D750 is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, which is handy when travelling as it allows you to transfer the photos you have taken to a smartphone on the spot, and then upload high quality photos to social media, blogs, and so on, to share your recent status with others.
The D750 proved to be a trustworthy companion for my shoot in Paris. Not only does it have outstanding mobility, it can be said to be a superbly balanced camera in all aspects, faithfully depicting subjects with a fast shutter response time and superb image quality. I didn't experience any stress whatsoever during the shoot. It combined the mobility of the D610 with the high functionality of the D810 to be just the right camera that I needed for street photography on my travels.