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