Nikon D5: a pro photographer's opinion
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Nikon D5: a pro photographer's opinion

Zara Tindall (Phillips) jumps the lake At Badminton, on her horse High Kingdom.

Nikon D5, Nikon 400mm F2.8, 1/3200 sec F3.5. ISO 320. Shot using AF-C in D25 area AF mode. Photograph by Mark Pain


Mark Pain:

The first thing you notice when you use a D5 is the blisteringly fast and accurate autofocus. Many cameras feel quick and responsive the first time you pick them up, but very few continue to fill you with more and more confidence every time you use them. But the D5 does just that. It takes everything the D4s did well and improves on it. But most importantly Nikon seemed to have listened to photographers’ feedback on what wasn’t so good about the D4s and transformed those areas of performance with a total redesign.

The new AF system is nothing short of sensational. If you set the camera up properly the D5 doesn’t miss a beat. User error is far more likely to be the reason for a missed shot than the camera letting you down, even for the best of photographers.