After 4 great years, my Nikon D90 and I have finally said goodbye. It was tough, it was emotional, but it was time. Ok, maybe it wasn't as dramatic as that, but it was a big milestone in my photography experience so far - upgrading to full frame. Of course, this meant sticking with Nikon as I already had lenses, remote releases etc. Also, Canon weren't really offering (in my opinion) anything great enough to jump ship for. I mean, yes, the Canon 5DIII is amazing with a price tag to match, but that itself is ageing and I'm sure will soon be replaced with the Mark IV (I'm ignoring the 5Ds and 5Dsr, ridiculous megapixel count!). So, staying with Nikon left me with a few options. The Nikon D610 - cheapest of them all, quality seems to be under control now after the pretty disappointing issues with early copies, and contains a lot of features suitable for most shooters (2 card slots, big LCD, fair autofocus system). But, something was off with me. It seemed (and felt in the shop) a little underspec, a little too entry-level (hopefully that doesn't make me sound like a gear snob, really I'm not!). That left the D8xx series and the D750. The D8xx cameras really are beautiful, GREAT ergonomics, absolutely packed full of features and of course that MP count. All the images I have seen from these bodies are amazing, and I've read many articles from photographers moving to the cameras from medium format. However, the price and the megapixels eventually stopped me from pulling the trigger. My computer purely wouldn't cope, which would mean further expense after purchase. Same thing with lenses too - I would absolutely have to buy new glass for that sensor.
So, it had to be the D750 for me. Two card slots, magnesium-carbon monocoque, same AF system as the D810/D4 (Multi-CAM 3500II), GREAT sensor (24.3 MP), slightly smaller and lighter than the other Nikon FF bodies (750g with no battery), it seemed like a winner.
Nikon have really worked hard with their packaging, to make it more environmentally friendly and streamlined - so, more cardboard, less plastic, easier to re-package the gear. Great. There's not an awful lot in the box, which is fine as you get everything you need (giant manual, naff strap, charger and cable - disappointed there was no wall adaptor here, USB cable).
And then there was the body. Initial impressions were that it was surprisingly weighty (obviously not as heavy as the D810, that is a beast) but it feels reassuringly heavy and it feels very well built. Much has been made of the skinnier LCD on the top of the body, but all the information is laid out sensibly and actually it seems a little bit more streamlined. The back of the body contains that fantastic 1.2 million pixel RGBW screen out of the D810, which can also tilt. This was the one thing that actually made me apprehensive about this body - I was worried about catching the screen and tilting it when getting it in and out of the bag. We will see how this goes with more use...
Finally, one of my favourite features of Nikon's new range of cameras, is the improved ergonomics. Specifically, the grip on the D750 is fantastic! Deep, curved so that your middle finger can rest under the shutter, and the thumb grip has also been beefed up. Coming from the good ol' D90, this grip is a revelation.
Final thoughts? The Nikon D750 is a great looking camera, with fantastic ergonomics and a great feature set with a weather sealed sturdy metal composite body. Yes it is pretty heavy, but not "I need a splint for my wrist" heavy. Loads of pro features and in my opinion the sweet spot of megapixel count. Initial shooting impressions will be coming soon, when I took the camera out for the first time to a local air show. Stay tuned, thanks for reading.