Ask Uncle Ronnie – June 2017


JAskUncle1
Nikon D810
JAskUncle2
Nikon D750

Should I Upgrade?
I am a Nikon D200 (2006 model) user, hobbyist photographer and planning to upgrade my camera with D750/810 or D500, to bridge the gap between technological advancements since 2006. However, lot of rumours floating around is causing decision paralysis for me. Below are few of them:

1. Nikon has stopped production of D810!

2. Nikon is going to release upgraded version of D750 soon.

3. Mirrorless cameras are apparently the future and will be soon replacing soon D-SLRs (eg: Sony’s progress in sensor technology and expansion in camera/lens range is indication towards this change).

Hence what should I do?
1. Should I stick to Nikon range and upgrade to models available in market or wait till end 2017 ~ mid  2018 for new launches from Nikon? Ask your question to Uncle at sp@nextgenpublishing.net likely to be replaced with another newer model. So the happiness of something new in the camera world is always short-lived. What genre of photography are  you interested in? If landscapes and portraits are your priority, then I would suggest a full-frame model

Or

2. Should I consider changing over completely to Mirrorless technology option, such as Sony?

Capt C. K. Singh, via email

I don’t believe in waiting for newer models to come (as and when they come). I like to enjoy life today! One cannot be sure what new features the newer models may have and whether the new features would be as per our liking/ requirement. Newer models also mean more cost! And within a year or so, the new model is most likely to be replaced with another
newer model. So the happiness of something new in the camera world is always short-lived.

What genre of photography are you interested in? If landscapes and portraits are your priority, then I would suggest a full-frame model like the D810 or the D750. The D750, in my opinion, is the best value-formoney full-frame model from Nikon ( currently). The D810 has more bells and whistles, but is also more expensive. If wildlife, macro or action photography is your choice, go for the D500.

Mirrorless cameras may be the future but according to me, that will take another 5-7 years. And that does not mean that D-SLRs and lenses will not be available. In words of Winston Churchill “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time”.

JAskUncle3
Nikon D500
JAskUncle4
Nikon D5300

Noise Issue
I am currently using a Nikon D7100 and Nikon 200-500mm VR lens. Even though I shot the picture shown here at ISO 250, I can see grains in the image. Do I need to change the camera?

Praveen Kumar, via email

I do not see grains (noise) in your image. You don’t have to change your camera. There are fine waves in the water but that’s not noise. In general, to avoid noise, shoot at the lowest ISO possible and do not underexpose. I note that you are shooting in JPEG.

Whatever settings you set in Picture Styles in your camera (like sharpness, contrast and colour saturation) are applied to the JPEG images. If the sharpness is set to a higher level, you could get noise. When you shoot in Raw, these parameters are not applied to the images. I suggest you shoot in Raw but you’ll have to learn about using the Raw Converter (Adobe Camera Raw or ACR) to edit your images.