Wel­come to is­sue 68

NPhoto - - From The Editor -

I know, I know, this month’s head to head be­tween Nikon’s en­try-level D3400 and the top-of-the-range D5 (see page 84) isn’t ex­actly a fair con­test, and it’s inevitably a bit tongue in cheek, but there is a se­ri­ous point to it. The fact is that these days, even Nikon’s en­try-level D-SLRs are stag­ger­ingly good.

Thanks in part to mas­sive im­prove­ments in sen­sor and pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy over the last decade, the D3400 – which sits at the bot­tom of Nikon’s cur­rent line-up – is ar­guably a bet­ter cam­era than the pro-spec mod­els that topped the range just 10 years ago, at least in terms of out­right im­age qual­ity. In other words, if you’re lucky enough to own a D3400 or D5500 (or, for that mat­ter, any of Nikon’s more re­cent en­thu­si­ast mod­els), to all in­tents and pur­poses you own a pro-qual­ity cam­era – al­beit a few years later than the pros them­selves.

Sure, it’s not all about out­right im­age qual­ity, and en­try-level bod­ies – and lenses – have their lim­i­ta­tions, but as this is­sue’s bril­liant fea­ture on page 14 ex­plains, by un­der­stand­ing what these lim­i­ta­tions are, and how to work around them, you can achieve amaz­ing re­sults on a cam­era that costs a tiny frac­tion of what Nikon’s pro­fes­sional mod­els will set you back. And in the case of the D3400 and the D5, that frac­tion is one thir­teenth, give or take. Happy shoot­ing, and here’s to a cre­ative 2017! Paul Gro­gan, Ed­i­tor paul.gro­gan@fu­turenet.com

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