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Nikon D750 in the Field
Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:23 PM on 09.28.14
->> Who used their new D750 this weekend? I took mine to NCAA football, paired with a Sigma 120-300/f2.8 "S." Very competent little sports camera. Wish it was 8 fps, though. AF system felt better than D600 for sure, better than D7100.

Wireless function was very easy to figure out and excellent for what I need (live Tweets and feeding photos to my SID for their updates). Much less of a battery drain than Eye-Fi.

Still culling my take but very pleased.
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Steven Bisig, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 10:56 AM on 09.29.14
->> Thanks for sharing. I was excited about the rumors that this body would be a little higher fps (a true D700 replacement).

I was really looking forward to this being a great second body for both shooting video and sports.

Was it a night game? If it was, how was the noise at high ISO?
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Robert O'Rourk, Photographer
Setauket | NY | USA | Posted: 7:29 PM on 09.29.14
->> I used my D750 for the first time Saturday nite. ISO went as high as 10000, with results as good as the D4s, when cleaned up in LR. I shot with a 24-140 f4 lens to get end zone and wide shots, while using 400 with D4s for typical game shots. My biggest issue was not setting autofocus to S point. The factory settings are for people pics.
Other than just getting used to a new body, I thought it very nice. I will continue to use it as a second or third body
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 10:34 PM on 10.01.14
->> I would be close to being a buyer if it had a D300/D700 style body and ergonomics instead of the D600/D7100 style. A fast flash sync would also be really nice, but I guess that's not coming any time soon. And I'd much rather use CF cards instead of the little SD cards.

6.5 frames per second is fast enough for me, and I think the flip screen could come in handy for scrum shots where you hold the camera over a crowd and hope for the best.

I'll probably get one eventually, after they figure out what the problems are for this model and they get them fixed. Maybe Santa will bring me one.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 10:44 AM on 10.02.14
->> here is a shot at 12800 sooc. https://scontent-a-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t31.0-8/1669598_1020405668...

i know its just a dog shot...but look in the shadows....the noise is remarkably similar both in type and amount to my d4s

af seems snappy as well.. Needs a vert grip though.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:28 AM on 10.02.14
->> Brad...

The D750 does has the auxiliary grip MB-D16 that you can purchase for $370. However, according to the camera's manual there is no mention that the secondary pack will increase the FPS whereas one gets a boost in FPS speed with the D700 and D810 with their grips. It just provides storage for a second battery for extended power life like the D800/E and D600/610 grips, plus you get a vertical shutter trigger button.
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Paul DiSalvo, Photographer
Highlands Ranch | CO | United States of America | Posted: 11:39 AM on 10.02.14
->> Re. FPS - I seem to remember reading that the Xpeed4 data rate is the limiting factor on the FPS. That's why the power supply has no effect on the upper limit.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 12:28 PM on 10.02.14
->> yep i knew that Doug. Thats also why buying an oem version would be stupid. The 3rd party grips are 40-80 bucks and do everything just as well as the nikon version. Too bad actually.
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 2:34 PM on 10.02.14
->> Yeah, Brad, the prices of those new Nikon grips are ridiculous. I was willing at around $250 and getting a benefit of more speed with past models, but at near $400 I go the cheap route and it works just fine. One of my cheapo grips slowly drains the battery when it's attached, so I just take it off when I'm not shooting. Or I can get another one for $50 and maybe it won't. Recently, I've just gotten used to shooting without it and I rarely miss it.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 11:33 PM on 10.02.14
->> Doug,
check to see if Adorama has their own grip (Flashpoint). I had one for the 600 and it worked perfectly.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:11 AM on 10.03.14
->> Debra...
I don't need a grip as I'm not buying a D750. I have D810 bodies with Nikon grips and they work superbly for general, commercial and sports work. But thanks for the tip that others may use.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 1:10 PM on 10.03.14
->> It always takes a while for the 3rd party grips to come out...but Nikon has been slowly jacking up the price of their grips - frankly, they appear to be tied more to the price of the model they're attached to than any functionality. Gone also are the days when grips could be used on multiple bodies - every new body will have a grip.

I noted in the D750 they turned the battery sideways, so due to this important change they couldn't possibly adapt an existing grip. ;-)

At least they're using the same batteries. Panasonic makes a new battery for every camera they have.
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Paul DiSalvo, Photographer
Highlands Ranch | CO | United States of America | Posted: 8:14 PM on 10.05.14
->> A friend shot some high school volleyball at ISO 12800 with the D750 the other night. They look pretty clean. Here's a link http://www.mattdanphoto.com/Full-Galleries/Volleyball-HS/20142015-School-Ye.../
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 10:38 AM on 10.26.14
->> I wrote up some of my initial impressions on my blog, including some sample images at ISO 12,800 and 6400. This is a nifty little jack-of-all-trades camera.

http://sportsphotoguy.com/nikon-d750-field-test/
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Mark Perlstein, Photographer, Photo Editor
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 10:58 AM on 10.26.14
->> Buying D750 plus some more toys after PhotoExpo. Thanks, Chuck. Any dealer other than Sammy's throwing in extra's?
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Mickey Bernal, Photographer, Assistant
nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 6:21 PM on 11.05.14
->> I shot the SESAC Awards Sunday night with the D750, and I couldn't be happier. The Red carpet was fine, but the real test came in the dim ballroom for the awards show. The D750 performed flawlessly at ISO 4500 all the way in the back of the ballroom. My one and only complaint is that it does not have the feel of the D300.
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Thomas Oed, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 11:39 PM on 11.05.14
->> I'm thinking hard about one of these, paired with the 24-120, as a lighter weight alternative to my D3/24-70. Worked an event last weekend that ran well over 11 hours, and other than a short break in the middle, it was almost non-stop shooting. They had me too close to use the 70-200, where I could have used a monopod to hold the weight, so by the end of the night, and all the next day, my shoulders were screaming at me. I had a shoot 2 days after which only ran a couple of hours of intermittent shooting, and I was in pain again.

I understand the perspective about not having the same ergonomics, but in may case I think that would be an advantage. I think the combo will be about 1 1/2 lbs lighter, not including the vertical grip which is a necessity for me.

To me, the biggest drawbacks would be the different batteries, as well as SD instead of CF. Obviously that's what helps the camera be smaller, but if the D3 is still in the bag, which it would be, then I'll need to drag around those cards, batteries, and charger as well.

The lighting in the venue was adequate enough that I don't think I'd miss the one-stop slower glass, and again the weight being the key issue, especially since the newer camera should handle low light even better than my now 6-year old D3. The added reach would have been nice as well. I needed to be able to go as wide as 24, but zooming in further than 70 when possible would have been really helpful. Swapping lenses on the fly really wasn't an option, and would have been something else for my shoulders to complain about.. lol

Any other considerations I should keep in mind?
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 8:43 PM on 11.10.14
->> Purchased mine last week. Shot a football game and loved it. Especially with the 200-400 F4. Focus is fast and locks on tight. The shutter noise and feel are different from the D3 and D300. The first frame sounds slow, but it's firing at full FPS. I actually like the SD card because I can read it and an CF card at the same time.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 2:25 PM on 11.11.14
->> I shot a very dark concert with it 2 weeks ago and I was a little disappointed, to be honest. Focusing was not nearly as fast as I expected and it searched A LOT. To be honest, my Df worked better that night but nit yesterday when I used it to shoot in a very dark theater that has been closed for 40 years and is now being renovated.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 3:53 AM on 11.12.14
->> Interesting, Debra. What lens were you shooting with? I used mine with the new Sigma 50/1.4 "Art" lens last night and was very impressed with the AF speed and accuracy (although I was shooting in a reasonably well lit auditorium).
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Kevin Pataky, Photographer
North Haven | CT | USA | Posted: 2:50 PM on 12.01.14
->> I bought the D750 and find the frames per second are really lacking to do sports like football and hockey and reserve its use for field hockey and soccer - hopefully baseball in the spring.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 10:32 AM on 12.02.14
->> Chuck-the 24-70 f2.8 and the 85 1.8. How do you like the Sigma lens? I have heard great things. I am thinking about getting all new primes.
The concert was one of the darkest I have ever shot.
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Stanley Leary, Photographer, Photo Editor
Roswell | GA | | Posted: 10:29 PM on 12.02.14
->> Few blog posts I did on the camera

Nikon D750 has arrived!
http://blog.stanleyleary.com/2014/11/nikon-d750-has-arrived.html

Nikon D750 vs Nikon D4 @ ISO 100 and ISO 12800
http://blog.stanleyleary.com/2014/11/nikon-d750-vs-nikon-d4-iso-100-and-iso...

Nikon D750 available light ISO 12800, 25600 & 51200 @ Wedding
http://blog.stanleyleary.com/2014/11/nikon-d750-available-light-iso-12800.h...

Nikon D750 used for annual family Christmas photo
http://blog.stanleyleary.com/2014/12/nikon-d750-used-for-annual-family.html
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Doug Kapustin, Photographer
Woodstock | MD | USA | Posted: 10:49 AM on 12.03.14
->> I'm considering this camera, among others, as a third body, and to use as remote on occasion. Has anyone using this body determined whether there is a way to fire it via a Pocket Wizard?
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 2:56 PM on 12.03.14
->> @Doug - You can fire remotely with a Pocket Wizard - or even via WiFi with Nikon's app.

@Debra - New Sigma is awesome sharp BUT mine will not focus period beyond about 15 meters - severe front focus. Pretty sure I have a bad copy and it's on its way back to Sigma. Here are a couple of shots with it -

http://sportsphotoguy.com/the-art-of-sports-sigma-50f1-4-art-does-college-h.../
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Jeff Lautenberger, Photographer
Baltimore Area | MD/PA | United States | Posted: 8:53 PM on 12.03.14
->> @Doug This is the official PW cable for the D750:
http://www.pocketwizard.com/products/cable_accessory/cameracables/n-mcdc2-a.../

Third-party version here:
http://www.flashzebra.com/products/0134/index.shtml
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Stanley Leary, Photographer, Photo Editor
Roswell | GA | | Posted: 10:24 PM on 12.16.14
->> Bought an off brand grip. Here is my review

http://blog.stanleyleary.com/2014/12/review-of-battery-grip-holder-pack-for...
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:19 AM on 12.18.14
->> I'll see that grip review and raise you...some colored arrows. ;-)

http://sportsphotoguy.com/vertax-d16-grip-for-nikon-d750/
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 1:58 PM on 01.06.15
->> With regards to the Vertax D-16 grip mentioned above, I purchased one and had the (now well documented) battery drainage issue. A full battery would be dead in 24-26 hours with the camera off. I am sending it back.
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Darin Sicurello, Photographer, Assistant
Gilbert | AZ | USA | Posted: 3:51 PM on 01.16.15
->> I guess there is a "flare" issue and there is a recall.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6783820232/update-nikon-will-service-flare...
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