After shooting on a consumer camera for a while with kit lenses I knew it was time for an upgrade, but the question was, do I stick with what I know (Nikon) or do I jump ship and move over to the dark side (Canon). I spent weeks researching new full frame cameras by both companies, looking at MP rating, focal points, image quality, but the big thing that was hovering over my head was price. Luckly I have made some amazing connections across the country via social media and I contacted fellow photographers to help lead me in the right direction. Their input helped me make the decision. I ended up upgrading from the Nikon D5100 to the Nikon D610 and improved my glass by purchasing an 85 1.8g Nikon lens.
Now lets talk about the D610 for a few minutes. I was shooting on a crop sensor camera, losing some image quality and size, but the first time I shot with the 610 I felt like I wasn't missing a thing. It honestly took a little getting use to when it came to being able to fully adjust my settings without having to go through 8 million menus to change my ISO, Shutter Speed or Apature. My images after my first shoot with Aspyn were amazing, the clarity, the vibrance of colors and even the detail blew me away. I knew I had made the right decision when I came to buying the camera. The D610 Retails for around $1500 (US Dollars) and I highly recommend it if you are looking to get the best bang for your buck. The battery life is another thing that makes the D610 stand out from the D5100. I have taken thousands of images off of just one battery which in my opinion is one of the best features of the camera. The dual card slots also is a huge help when you are working with multiple models or covering a wedding, no need to stop and change cards when you are full.
The 85mm in my opinion is the best protrait lens on the market. It gives you the right amount of zoom so you dont have to be in people's faces to cature the moment, plus with it being so low in apature (1.8g) it allows a very nice bokah effect blurring the backgrounds out just enough to make your subject stand out. Now this glass is fast, the auto focus its quick in high light situations but in low light it tends to struggle. Another thing to look out for with this lens is the focal distance is tight, it takes some getting use to if you are like me and manually focus your cameras. I know, I know why not use auto focus? I'm still stuck in my T.V. News training of doing everything the hard way, but I'm getting there. I would highly recommend this lens to anyone that wants a solid lens for their camera. I bought my used from Adorama for around $500 (US Dollars).
Over all I am very pleased with my decision to stay with Nikon. Nikon as a company caters to the still photographers by making their cameras comfortable and balanced in your hand and with Nikon's brand name you know you are getting something you can trust that will last