As a wedding photographer who has exclusively used Nikon cameras for over 10 years and shot over 300 weddings in the last 7 years, I thought I could share my experience with the brand so far.
One of the things I hear most about my photos is “how did you get that color?!!” The answer is simple…the colors produced by Nikon cameras and lenses are stunningly beautiful, with a certain warmth and richness that gives them an artistic feel without losing a sense of reality. This is what has kept me loyal to the brand, and I believe I owe much of my success to Nikon equipment and how it matches my personality and the way I see the photos.
These days, I am using three different mirrorless Nikon cameras: the Nikon Z7II, Nikon Z6II, and the little beast Nikon Z50 as a last resort. They are paired with the S line Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8, besides the Nikon 26mm 2.8, and Nikon 40mm 2.0 as backups. In the past, besides the Nikon D5200 and Nikon D600, I have also used a couple of Nikon D750s paired with the F mount version of the 2.8 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses, with a 35mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8 as backups.
Truthfully, despite having used other cameras, the cameras I have mentioned above, especially the D750 and the Z series, have always delivered by constantly producing sharp photos and colors that are rich, vibrant, and true to life, with that special added artistic flair that I love so much. This makes editing and post-processing much easier, as the colors are already so beautiful straight out of the camera. And the raw files? Oh my God, the raw files are so much easier to edit. Trust me!
But it’s not just the colors that make Nikon stand out. In terms of technology, Nikon might not always be at the forefront, but it’s never far behind. Take autofocus, for instance; it’s probably not the most cutting edge, with the exception of the Z9, of course, but the difference between brands is almost negligible, and my hit rate is still absurdly high. And even if wasn’t true, I think I would still use them beacuse of that artistic feel to them.
Finally, it is important to deconstruct a common phrase that is repeated so often: “it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer”. It’s bottom line true, but I think the most correct sentence should be: “it’s not just any camera, it’s the right brand for every photographer”.
Nikon it’s got to be you 🙂