A year ago the new flagship camera by Nikon, the long-awaited D5, became part of our arsenal.

Ours won’t be a “workshop” review, but we’ll talk about our sensations during the intense days that characterize a wedding service. So no graphs, test photos at various levels of ISO, lists of the myriad functions of the various menus.

It is a subjective review, unquestionably, but centered on experiences in the field, where we immediately noticed the real improvements and qualities of the Nikon flagship, and can base our opinion on our way of seeing and living photography, particularly in a sector like weddings, where timing is everything and everything is right now. The choice of the parameters, lighting for the various scenes that appear before us, the unrepeatable instants between the spouses that have to be caught practically instantly. Immediacy is what wedding photography is all about.

We’ve been working for years with the Nikon D4, and before that with the Nikon D700 and Nikon D3, all of which have given us a lot of satisfaction when it comes to wedding photography, so the choice of the D5 was one we could make with our eyes closed, once we’d seen the characteristics on paper.

The body of the machine is similar to that of the D4, although as soon as you pick it up you notice the more pronounced grip for the thumb and the greater depth of the indentation for the fingertips, as well as the sensation of a slightly squarer shape. We particularly liked the decision to move the ISO key to the place formerly occupied by the MODE key, which enables us to vary the sensitivity instantly without moving our hands and taking our eye off the eyepiece.

The weight is, like all the flagship models, rather significant, but perfectly balanced as usual, whether you use a fixed lens like a 50mm, or one of the longer, heavier 70/200 lenses. This means that even after an intense day at the wedding your wrists don’t ache too much after you pack up and go home.

The new touch screen display is an improvement of the D5, really convenient for scrolling or enlarging the photos, eliminating the need to use the button or rings, as well as giving better resolution than the previous models. In live view it’s also very practical to be able to select the focal point instantly, without using the joystick. Another fundamental new function that we like a lot is the fact of being able to shoot a rapid-fire series at 3fps in quiet mode, very useful in those intimate moments in church when any noise would be invasive.

Among the noteworthy news is the automatic lens calibration selectable simply by pressing two keys, though we haven’t needed it as yet.

Our impressions during the first uses were amazement in many respects, although the most impressive were the speed of the autofocus and the resistance at very high ISO.

The autofocus really is amazing, whatever mode you choose it’s a step ahead of its predecessors. In chase mode you rarely lose the reference and in dynamic AF area mode, when you select a focal point, the adjacent points help to maintain the subject in focus even when it moves around near the chosen point. This is a help that saves a lot of picture that would otherwise be lost. In all this, the speed of the continuous AF is also a help, as well as the ability to focus practically in the dark.

As regards the resistance at high ISO, we could go on about that for hours, also on the basis of the many tests and opinions seen on the web, but we’ll just say that, as regards our own experience, we took pictures with excellent results under conditions in which our previous reflex cameras had difficulty even just in focusing. It’s a step forward that enables us to forget about using the flash and getting files with a lot of noise, in any case, easily removable during the post-production stage.

As regards balancing of the white, we noticed an improvement over the D4, in that the complexion almost always maintains the right shading even under difficult lighting conditions.

Nikon D5 gives you security, speed, reactivity and quality beyond any expectations.

In our opinion, Nikon has done a wonderful job, raising the bar even higher than its predecessors did. At weddings this enables us to get excellent results even under difficult conditions.

These first impressions of ours will be analyzed more in-depth as we go along, and we’ll be able to talk more knowledgeably about the many strong points of this reflex. For now we can say, however, that our expectations were amply satisfied by the Nikon D5, indeed, we found its performance jaw-dropping in many cases.

All this is backed up by the prompt assistance provided by Nital Italia when needed, and by the recognized quality of the Nikkor optics that have accompanied our work as wedding photographers for many years.

A year ago the new flagship camera by Nikon, the long-awaited D5, became part of our arsenal.

Ours won’t be a “workshop” review, but we’ll talk about our sensations during the intense days that characterize a wedding service. So no graphs, test photos at various levels of ISO, lists of the myriad functions of the various menus.

It is a subjective review, unquestionably, but centered on experiences in the field, where we immediately noticed the real improvements and qualities of the Nikon flagship, and can base our opinion on our way of seeing and living photography, particularly in a sector like weddings, where timing is everything and everything is right now. The choice of the parameters, lighting for the various scenes that appear before us, the unrepeatable instants between the spouses that have to be caught practically instantly. Immediacy is what wedding photography is all about.

We’ve been working for years with the Nikon D4, and before that with the Nikon D700 and Nikon D3, all of which have given us a lot of satisfaction when it comes to wedding photography, so the choice of the D5 was one we could make with our eyes closed, once we’d seen the characteristics on paper.

The body of the machine is similar to that of the D4, although as soon as you pick it up you notice the more pronounced grip for the thumb and the greater depth of the indentation for the fingertips, as well as the sensation of a slightly squarer shape. We particularly liked the decision to move the ISO key to the place formerly occupied by the MODE key, which enables us to vary the sensitivity instantly without moving our hands and taking our eye off the eyepiece.

The weight is, like all the flagship models, rather significant, but perfectly balanced as usual, whether you use a fixed lens like a 50mm, or one of the longer, heavier 70/200 lenses. This means that even after an intense day at the wedding your wrists don’t ache too much after you pack up and go home.

The new touch screen display is an improvement of the D5, really convenient for scrolling or enlarging the photos, eliminating the need to use the button or rings, as well as giving better resolution than the previous models. In live view it’s also very practical to be able to select the focal point instantly, without using the joystick. Another fundamental new function that we like a lot is the fact of being able to shoot a rapid-fire series at 3fps in quiet mode, very useful in those intimate moments in church when any noise would be invasive.

Among the noteworthy news is the automatic lens calibration selectable simply by pressing two keys, though we haven’t needed it as yet.

Our impressions during the first uses were amazement in many respects, although the most impressive were the speed of the autofocus and the resistance at very high ISO.

The autofocus really is amazing, whatever mode you choose it’s a step ahead of its predecessors. In chase mode you rarely lose the reference and in dynamic AF area mode, when you select a focal point, the adjacent points help to maintain the subject in focus even when it moves around near the chosen point. This is a help that saves a lot of picture that would otherwise be lost. In all this, the speed of the continuous AF is also a help, as well as the ability to focus practically in the dark.

As regards the resistance at high ISO, we could go on about that for hours, also on the basis of the many tests and opinions seen on the web, but we’ll just say that, as regards our own experience, we took pictures with excellent results under conditions in which our previous reflex cameras had difficulty even just in focusing. It’s a step forward that enables us to forget about using the flash and getting files with a lot of noise, in any case, easily removable during the post-production stage.

As regards balancing of the white, we noticed an improvement over the D4, in that the complexion almost always maintains the right shading even under difficult lighting conditions.

Nikon D5 gives you security, speed, reactivity and quality beyond any expectations.

In our opinion, Nikon has done a wonderful job, raising the bar even higher than its predecessors did. At weddings this enables us to get excellent results even under difficult conditions.

These first impressions of ours will be analyzed more in-depth as we go along, and we’ll be able to talk more knowledgeably about the many strong points of this reflex. For now we can say, however, that our expectations were amply satisfied by the Nikon D5, indeed, we found its performance jaw-dropping in many cases.

All this is backed up by the prompt assistance provided by Nital Italia when needed, and by the recognized quality of the Nikkor optics that have accompanied our work as wedding photographers for many years.

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