Today Canon announced a highly anticipated update to the sports and wildlife shooter’s camera, the Canon 7D. After over five years of long wait, the new Canon 7D Mark II finally saw the light of day and it is not here to disappoint – Canon crammed quite a bit of power into the camera and made it a speed demon with a very impressive speed of 10 fps. Aside from the speed, the biggest highlight of the 7D Mark II is its impressive autofocus system. Borrowed from the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X, the autofocus system has a whopping 65 autofocus points, all of which are cross-type. Similar to the new Nikon D750, the Canon 7D Mark II also has -3 EV sensitivity, which means that it can focus quite well in low-light situations. To drive 10 fps continuous shooting speed, 65 focus points and 1080p full HD video recording at 60 fps, the 7D Mark II comes with dual DIGIC 6 image processors. Nikon shooters have been waiting for a “Pro DX” camera like this for many years now, so with Canon releasing the 7D Mark II, many of us might be wondering if Nikon will ever respond with a similar camera.
Technically, the article is supposed to be called “Nikon Speedlight Comparison”, because Nikon calls their flash units “Speedlights”. This article is written as an introduction to the current and older line of Nikon Speedlights, specifically the Nikon SB-300, SB-400, SB-500, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800 (discontinued), SB-900 (discontinued) and SB-910. In addition to some basic information on each Speedlight, I will provide a comparison chart on the bottom of this article as well, to make it simpler for our readers to understand the differences.
We recently ran a giveaway with our friends at Nero Trigger and although I messed up the giveaway announcement date (originally posted as September 5, but it was supposed to be September 12), for which I apologize, we still had great participation from our readers with a total of 932 entries. After eliminating the cheaters and duplicate entries, we used a random number generator to pick the winner.
The Nikon D750 has the most advanced autofocus system Nikon has produced to date, thanks to its new Multi-CAM 3500 FX II autofocus module that is capable of focusing in dim light conditions with a -3 EV to +19 EV detection range. While the camera is capped at 6.5 frames per second of continuous shooting speed, one might be wondering how long the camera can shoot continuously, before the buffer fills up and the camera slows down. In this article, we will explore the buffer capacity of the Nikon D750 and compare it to the D610, D700 and the D810 cameras.
As we have already pointed out in our announcement, the Nikon D750 shares quite a bit with the D610 when it comes to size, ergonomics and resolution. There are, however, some big differences in terms of autofocus performance, with the D750 employing top of the line autofocus system borrowed from the new D810 with superior ability to focus in low light. Let’s take a closer look at the camera specifications and see the differences between these cameras. Please keep in mind that this comparison is purely based on specifications. A detailed comparisons of all the features and their real world relevance will be provided in our upcoming review.
Our partners at B&H and Adorama informed us earlier today that they are already accepting pre-orders for the newly announced Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED lens and the SB-500 Speedlight. All three should start shipping at the end of September, which is in roughly two weeks. If you would like to pre-order and support our efforts, please use the below links.
Below you will find image samples from the new Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G lens that we wrote about earlier today. Except for one image, most images were taken with the new Nikon D750. Unfortunately, since EXIF information is missing on these images, it is hard to say what aperture was used at each shot. On images with visible background blur, we can assume that f/1.8 aperture was used. Looking at the detail level, the sharpness of the lens seems to be amazing wide open. Once I obtain information about each image, I will update this article with more details.
If you would like to see what the Nikon D750 is capable of in terms of image quality at different ISO levels, check out some of the image samples below. These were gathered from different Nikon websites and unfortunately, not all of them have full EXIF information. The ones that do will show underneath each picture.
The last announcement from Nikon today was for the new SB-500 speedlight, Nikon’s first speedlight with a built-in LED light. With a guide number of 24m at ISO 100, it is not a very powerful flash unit (the SB-600 is at 30m and the high-end SB-910 is at 34m), but it is quite flexible with the head tilting up to 90° and rotating horizontally 180° to the left and right. In addition, it can be used as a commander or a remote flash unit and it is fully compatible with the Nikon CLS system. At $249.95, it is priced $80 cheaper than the higher-end SB-700. What’s exciting about this unit is not its typical features, but the built-in LED light. With approximately 100 lumens of brightness, the LED light can be used as a small video light or potentially even assist in acquiring focus in low-light situations. The LED light can be operated independently from flash, which means that you could actually detach the SB-500 from the camera and use its LED light exclusively, if needed. I personally welcome this innovation in speedlights and I believe it will be quite useful in some situations.
Together with the D750, Nikon has also announced a brand new full-frame lens, the Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED. This lens announcement is really exciting, because it is Nikon’s first 20mm f/1.8 ultra wide-angle lens with impressive specifications and optical design. Not only does the lens feature aspherical elements and Nano coating for reduced aberrations, ghosting and flare, but it also comes with two ED (Extra Dispersion) glass elements that are typically used in expensive, professional lenses for extra clarity and superior sharpness. With a gold ring and a price tag of $799, this lens seems to be of superb value for low-light wide-angle photography. Looking at its wide-open sharpness (more on that below), it seems like the lens could be a great candidate for astrophotography. Let’s take a look at the lens in more detail.