Cameras

Nikon Professional Bodies

Nikon professional cameras are the finest in the industry for wildlife photography, particularly action. Sony cameras have comparable sensors, but their speed, ergonomics, AF, and overall robustness are simply not in Nikon’s league. Canon cameras are comparable to Nikons in speed, ergonomics, and robustness; however Canon sensors still are a bit behind, and their AF systems are not in the same league either. I trust Nikon because their equipment is  always “best in class,” from Base ISO performance, to low-light performance, to 3-D Focus Tracking. I shoot Nikon because I make no compromises.

Nikon D810

The Industry Benchmark

The Nikon D810 was a revolutionary prototype when it first came out in 2014, and it had no peer back then. To give you an idea how good this camera was ‘then’, the D810 is still an industry benchmark today, having the broadest in Base ISO dynamic range (as of this writing, in 2016). Even 3 years after its release, the D810’s ability to pull out detail in the shadows is truly amazing. While it is getting a bit long in the tooth, the D810 will remain a strong performer for many years, and it is this camera to which I attach my wide-angle lenses for landscapes, portrait lenses, as well as my macro lenses for fine detail.

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Nikon D500

The Most Well-Rounded DSLR Available

Nikon really hit a home run with the D500. Richard (of SenScore) told me personally, “The D500 will turn out to be one of the most important cameras in Nikon history, in my opinion.” DP Review concurred, “The D500 is the most well-rounded DSLR we’ve ever tested, and among the very best.” To again quote DP Review: “Autofocus is the D500’s great strength: along with the D5 it’s the best we’ve ever used. Just as mirrorless cameras appear to be closing the gap when it comes to following simple subjects, the D500 comes and blows them (and its DSLR rivals) all out of the water.” My own experience echoes these findings. The D500’s combination of reach (1.5x crop factor), superb image quality, better Dynamic Range than 99% of all full-frame cameras, superb ergonomics, speed, and a better AF system than any other camera on the planet make the D500 peerless for wildlife photography. This is the camera to which I have my Nikkor AFS 300mm VR II attached, with or without the 2x TC III extender, giving me 450mm or 900mm of reach, respectively.

See @ Nikon: Nikon D500