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Nikon D750

| On 17, Jan 2016

The appeal of a camera with a full frame sensor seems clear. A larger sensor captures more light, and with a larger resolution, a clearer and more detailed image.

Here’s a link to check the price at B&H
D750 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

The D750 is a powerhouse, complete with a 500 page manual to detail the intricacies of the controls and features. Luckily, Nikon was generous, providing me more than a month to complete the review. The script ran over 30 minutes, and I struggled with that length.

Eventually, rather than creating multiple videos, I decided that a single interactive video, where viewers can use an on-screen menu to navigate to the sections of interest, or skip ahead when a section is too long for their interest would be my best approach. I’ll be interested to see the impact of this on viewer retention, and I’m very interested to have your comments on this approach.

The photos used in the review are all available on Flickr, where you’ll find their EXIF data. Paul Marshman, the Travelling Boomer was kind enough to join me for a wildlife shoot in Toronto’s High Park – he took some amazing shots and provided good insight.

I was fortunate that I was able to catch a lunchtime performance by Emilie-Claire Barlow at the First Canadian Place waterfall stage and Liam Titcomb at Burdock. Sarah Factor was very gracious in allowing me to shoot some demo scenes during her show at the Free Times Café.

If you have not had the opportunity to dine at Ravine Vineyard Bistro in St. Davids Ontario, please make a reservation. We’re members of their wine club, and the harvest dinner evening pictured in the video is an annual highlight for us. We also visited the Peller 10 below ice wine lounge – an entire room made of ice for ice wine sampling.

The camera and lenses were on loan from Nikon Canada, with thanks to Steve at Strategic Ampersand. DSC Labs has graciously loaned my some colour alignment tools – the xyla chart and the chroma selfie which I’m wearing in some scenes.

Thanks to my family and friends for their indulgence and patience. Kim ran into Santa outside the Christmas store in Niagara on the Lake.

The on camera scenes were shot in December the lobby of the Royal York, First Canadian Place, Union Station, Brookfield Place, Air Canada Centre (with the statue of Johnny Bower), Eaton Centre, Mercatto and at Toronto City Hall. In retrospect, several of those scenes needed on camera lighting.

The on camera scenes were shot by Doug White using a Sony A6000 with the 16-70mm Zeiss lens on a Manfrotto monopod. I used a Parrot teleprompter with my iPhone. On camera audio was recorded on a Tascam DR-70D using a Sony ECM 44 lav. Its ability to record my voice even in noisy environments is a great asset.

Although most of the camera screens were recorded using an Atomos Shogun, some features are not available when an external monitor is connected, they’re shot with the A6000, as are all the camera beauty and macro shots. The viewfinder was recorded using an iPhone balanced on the back of the camera. This doesn’t work entirely to my satisfaction, but it’s the best I’ve been able to find.

As always the camera screen captures are edited, speeded up, slowed down and otherwise manipulated to fit the narration.

In post, I edit using Final Cut 10.2.2 on a 27″ 5K iMac. VO audio is recorded from a Rode NT USB.

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