Welcome to issue 68
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 firstname.lastname@example.org