It’s time, once again, for Jason to answer more of your Nikon-related questions, qualms and queries
Our resident Nikon expert Jason Parnell-brookes answers your questions and solves your problems. If you’d like Jason to come to the rescue regarding your Nikon-related question, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we reserve the right to edit queries for clarity or brevity.
I’m upgrading to a full-frame body, mainly for shooting concerts and indoor events, but I also love wildlife photography. On my budget, should I get a new D750 or a secondhand D810 or D3S? Simon Scotting
Jason says... the D810 and D3S are more up-market, ‘pro-grade’ cameras but I’d definitely go with the D750. The 12.1Mp image sensor of the D3S is quite old and fairly low in resolution. Conversely, the 36.3Mp sensor of the D810 has great resolving power, but image noise is more
of a problem when shooting concerts or indoor events, where you’ll often need to use a high ISO setting. Compared with both of these cameras, the late generation 24.3Mp sensor of the D750 coupled with the same Expeed 4 processor that’s featured in the D810 delivers far superior high-iso performance. In this respect, the D750 is one of the best DSLRS ever made. The megapixel count and 6.5fps maximum drive rate also make it very adept at wildlife photography.
I’m confused about which lens to buy with a new D750 body. Is the 24-120mm VR or 28-300mm VR better? Also, are D-type lenses compatible and can I still use my DX lenses? Vincent O’neill
Jason says… Personally, I’d avoid the Nikon AF-S 28-300mm VR lens. The mighty zoom range is nice to have but performance is lacklustre in terms of sharpness and distortions. Naturally, the AF-S 24120mm VR doesn’t give you as much telephoto reach, but delivers significantly more wide-angle coverage, which can be a big bonus. Image quality is significantly better and the f/4 aperture rating remains constant throughout the zoom range. Clinching the deal, the 24-120mm costs around £1080/$1100 to buy on its own but, if you purchase the D750 as a ‘kit’ complete with this lens, its price effectively drops to about £450/$500. Bargain! Also, yes, D-type lenses are compatible with the D750 and you can use your existing DX lenses in ‘Crop’ mode, although the maximum available image size will shrink to 8.75Mp.
Do you know of any kind of converter that will enable me to use my old Sigma Sony A mount lenses on a Nikon camera body? Frank Bauer
Jason says... I’m afraid the short answer to this is ‘no’. I’ve never seen one and I also checked with Sigma for you, just in case. They said that due to the flange distance, the large difference in physical size of the rear of the lens, and the electronics, it’s not viable to make an effective converter. Sigma does offer a mount conversion service for some of its more recent ‘Global Vision’ lenses, but this isn’t available for the older models. Similarly, Sigma also markets a mount converter for using some of its own Sony A and Canon-mount lenses on Sony E-mount bodies. Naturally though, that won’t really help you with those Nikon bodies.
Do you know of a company that can remove the anti-alias filter from my D5100? Ken Flatt
Jason says... The benefit of removing the anti-alias (AA) filter is that it increases the camera’s potential to capture very fine detail. The trade-off is that it’s more susceptible to moire patterning and false colour. Some companies do offer a service to remove the AA filter from certain Nikon cameras and replace it with a non-aa filter, but I’ve never seen the D5100 on their lists specifically. It’s also an expensive procedure that typically costs more than the D5100 is worth. A much better and more costeffective solution would be to sell your D5100 and upgrade to a camera that doesn’t have an AA filter. For a DSLR that’s a similar size and specification, you could go for a D5300, D5500 or D5600.
A consummate all-rounder, the D750 beats both the D810 and D3S for image quality at high ISO settings
The price of the 24-120mm VR is heavily discounted if bought as part of a D750 kit
It’s possible to have the mount and electronics of most Global Vision lenses changed, but it can work out cheaper to sell the lens and buy the alternative Nikon-fit edition
Later editions of Nikon’s D5xxx series cameras from the D5300 onwards omit the anti-alias filter