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

Saracens v Harlequins at Wembley Stadium in the Aviva Premiership Championship.

Nikon D5, Nikon 400mm F2.8, 1/2000 sec F2.8 ISO 1100. Shot using AF-C in D25 area AF mode. Photograph by Mark Pain

Even at ISO 2000 the files look sharp with a complete lack of noise or signs of in camera over-processing. Now that the D5 has 20.8 megapixels a shutter speed of at least 1/2000th is needed to freeze most fast moving sport. What many people don’t realise is that the more megapixels you have the faster shutter speeds necessary to freeze the same action. In real camera terms, six years ago I would have been shooting the whole of this year’s FA Cup Final on a D3s on a shutter speed of 1/800th sec. This year I was shooting the match at 1/2000th sec on a D5 - to freeze the very same type of images.

Mark Pain is a multi-award winning UK-based sports photographer who covers major events worldwide from the Olympic Games to the Ryder Cup. Mark was the Chief Sports Photographer for The Mail On Sunday for more than 20 years, and was named Sports Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2011 at the British Press Awards. Mark launched the first ever Sports Photography School in 2011, and was named the British Airways Olympic Photographer Of The Year 2012 at the prestigious UK Guild Of Picture Editors Awards.