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


The D5 seems to have that same balance, ease of performance and feeling of class that the D3 had. It’s the camera the D4 and D4s so nearly were. Of course it’s early days and I’ve only been shooting with it for a month or so. A camera’s abilities can only be fairly judged over a much longer period of time in a far wider variety of conditions than I have used the D5 in so far. How the camera performs at a rain soaked night match at a dark non-league football ground in the early rounds of FA Cup at 8000 ISO is just as important as how it performs at 200 ISO in bright sunshine at the Final at Wembley.

But the Olympics is the ultimate test of any camera claiming to have a sports pedigree and I’m seriously excited to be heading to Rio in a couple of months time with a couple of D5s at my side. The huge variety of sports both indoors and outdoors and the technical challenges they present will push the camera to its limits.