Cameras

Nikon Professional Bodies

Nikon professional cameras are the finest in the industry for wildlife photography, particularly action. These cameras also excel in portraiture for capturing the moment and perfecting it with the finest color reproduction. I trust Nikon cameras because their equipment is consistently “best in class,” from Base ISO performance, to low-light performance, to 3-D Focus Tracking to guarantee the shot. Nikon’s cameras simply deliver.

Nikon D810

The Industry Benchmark

The Nikon D810 was a revolutionary prototype when it first came out in 2014, at a time when it was peerless. What is remarkable about the D810 (in an era where today’s cameras quickly become yesterday’s news), is even today, 3 years after its release, the D810 is still a benchmark in its ability to pull out detail in the shadows. To quote DP Review: “… at ISO 64 the D810 has industry-leading noise performance. That means the cleanest, crispest images south of medium format, and dynamic range that matches even the Pentax 645Z.” While it is getting a bit long in the tooth, the Nikon D810 will remain a strong performer for many years, and it is this camera to which I attach my wide-angle lenses for landscapes, my portrait lenses, as well as my macro lenses for fine detail.

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Nikon D500

The Most Well-Rounded DSLR Available

Nikon hit a home run with the D500. It has won multiple award its first year in production, where DP Review summarized it best: “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), very good image quality, dynamic range, with superb ergonomics & customization, and a better AF system than any other camera—all combine to make the D500 a great choice 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.

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