The difference in the resulting pictures after such a simple change was amazing. But this really got me thinking about how many of my other lenses might look entirely different if I made a similar change. The answer: All of my lenses now make sharper pictures. Every single one.
When a new camera is released, the main question in my mind is always, “Will it make me a more effective photographer?” In other words, will it give me capabilities that make me more valuable to the people who see and use my pictures? Before I replace what I’m currently using, I need to know what it can do. After 10 days with the new Nikon D850, I have the answer.
Every introduction of cutting-edge camera technology brings a set of new possibilities—some insanely valuable, some with questionable merit. What really matters to me is, “What will the technology allow me to do that I can’t already do?” If something is just marginally better than what I already have, I’ll likely stick with what I’ve got. But if it will allow me to make pictures that I couldn’t make any other way—or nearly as easily—then the line forms behind me to get my hands on it.
There is no question that the D5 is a stunning piece of technology. The specs on the camera are convincing enough, but it wasn’t until I had the body in my hands that I realized how many possibilities were housed inside. After only a week, I’m certain it’s the camera I’ll use more than any other. Here’s why:
A camera is simply a tool that allows me to capture light in a box and hold it there until I’m ready to see it or share it. But a camera is also an extension of my mind and intention. To that end, a great camera can be a frictionless part of the process, while a poor one can be a frustrating impediment.
The results of both the testing and the real-world use were repeatable and the conclusion was irrefutable. I wasn’t using the right camera for the kind of work I do and I decided that it was time to make the switch to Nikon. And so I have.