From Nikon D90 to Nikon D610

Hi there!
I posted some photos on Instagram and Facebook about the new dSLR camera I got this Summer, but didn’t really talk about it here.

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In the image below you can see my new camera (Nikon D610) on the right and the old one (Nikon D90) on the left:

Since 2011 I’ve been shooting with the Nikon D90 which is considered a “mid-range camera” and has a DX sensor. At the time I was taking a photography course and after explaining to the teacher what I wanted to do with photography he suggested the D90. Indeed it worked perfectly for me!

Only very recently I started to feel a bit limited by the camera and started considering an upgrade.  So this Summer I decided to get the D610, which they call a “prosumer camera”, already equipped with an FX sensor (full-frame).

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I don’t want to get too technical as it’s also not the point of this post, I just want to show you the main differences I noticed and the reasons why the D90 was starting to frustrate me a bit.

1) Lenses

Since the D90 has a cropped sensor I was not getting the exact focal length each lens has. For example, when I shoot with the 35 mm lens on the D90 the result is actually closer to an image at 50 mm full-frame equivalent (35mm x 1.5 crop factor = 52.5mm).

I took the same photo with both cameras using different focal lengths to illustrate this. I had my tripod on the same spot all the time:

2) Sharpness

Another thing that I wasn’t really getting with the D90 was that sharpness I saw in some images from other photographers. To be fair the D90 is a 6 year-old camera, so naturally the sensor cannot compete with what is currently available. I don’t know if you’re able to see it in the two portraits below (shot with the same lens at the same aperture), but the difference now that I have the D610 is huge, my images are so much sharper!

3) ISO

The ISO limitation on the D90 was also something that started to be annoying. From a certain point if I would go higher with the ISO value I would have quite some noise in my images, but with the D610 I can bump the ISO and it’s just fine!

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Another nice thing that came with this upgrade is that now I can have 2 memory cards in the camera. There’s a cool option to set the camera to save the photos on one card and save copies on the other as a backup.

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What’s your experience with upgrading cameras?
Do you also change when you see you’ve hit a limit?

Happy Monday #1

I hope you all had a nice weekend! I was feeling a bit under the weather so I stayed home editing pictures, reading, cooking and relaxing.

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Last week I shared here:
How to take creative self-portraits at home
My experience photographing at a music festival
A few portraits of my friend Joana

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I’m back shooting with Romina on a regular basis, below are some shots I took for the last posts published on her blog:

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I’ve submitted some photos and notes about my beach vacations for an online feature. I can’t wait for it to go online so I can share with you the link and story behind it! In the meantime, here’s one of the pictures:

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I’ve started following this blog. She’s a Norwegian writer/photographer living in London and she shares pictures of her daily life – they’re sooo beautiful and everything is so inspiring! I love it ♥

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For this week I’m planning to publish a post about my new camera (Nikon D610) and at least one post with portraits, who knows maybe two!

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HAPPY MONDAY

A couple of days with Joana

My friend Joana came to visit for a couple of days in August. On her last day here we stopped in Geneva for a mini portrait session by the lake. It was cloudy that morning, but perfect for photos as the light was very uniform.

Joana and I are friends since we were kids. Our moms are friends so as you can guess we were often together! We try to see each other every time I go to Portugal, but the last times I went there we couldn’t manage. So I was really happy when she decided to book a trip to visit me in Switzerland.

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One of the days she was here was actually one of the hottest days of this Summer, so I took her for a walk by the lake in the morning and in the afternoon we went to a small forest up in the hills of the city. There’s a huge tower from which you have a beautiful view over the city and there are some animals too, I always find it fun to take people there.
Here are some photos of that day:

The portrait photos were taken with the Nikon D610 (using the 50mm lens) and the other images are all from the Fuji x100s.

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Here’s a photo Joana took of me while I was snapping some pictures by the lake: