What the Nikon D7500 is Missing

I recently tried using a Nikon D7500 and discoverd a couple of missing features.  They are not missing in the sense that they were supposed to be there.  They are missing in the sense that you would expect that the D7500 would be a ‘better’ camera than the D7000, D7100, etc that came before it.

  • The D7100 has a programmable interval timer, the D7500 does not.  This feature allows you to set the camera to take a specified number of images with a specified amount of time between the shots.  (For stop-motion video, event documentation, etc.)
  • The D7100 has two SD memory card slots, the D7500 only has one.  For casual users, this may not be a problem; but if you are serious, or professional, it is essential to have that second memory card slot to use as a backup.  Only once have I had a memory card fail me after a photo-session.  I sent the lifetime-guaranteed SD card to Delkin and they happily replaced it.  They asked me if I would like them to try to recover my images from the card (a Delkin service) and it felt so good to be able to say “no need for that, but thank you.  I have a backup card with all the images.”
  • The D7100 has the “Flash Commander” function, the D7500 does not.  This is Nikon’s method of using the camera’s built-in pop-up flash to control remote Nikon speedlights.  Whether in your home studio, or on location, the ability to adjust the output from your fill lights saves a lot of time and a lot of walking.  Perhaps they are trying to get us to buy the $599.95 SB-5000 flash?

The D7500 does have a tilting display.  For me that is a big “so what?” feature.

The D7500 does have some of those features that let it do things with your “phone”.  Another “so what?” feature that to use, you need to spend hundreds of dollars on a ‘phone’ to use.

If I were to use the D7500, I might have some positive things to say about it.  But due to these missing features, I don’t think I will ever pick one up again.

On a slightly related note;  I do experience excessive drooling when I think about the Nikon D850.

Best Batteries for Off Camera Flash (Speedlights)

If you are more than a ‘guy with camera’ you know how important off-camera flash is; especially on sunny, cloudless, days.  This article deals with battery performance for external camera flash units (‘speedlights’).

As an electronic engineer I have known for decades which type of battery to use in high-current devices.   This video by Maha Energy includes a 2 minute video which shows  you the difference.

I would like to point you to this 2 minute video on the Maha Energy website that shows you the astonishing performance benefit of NiMH battery over alkaline.  Not only do NiMH cells out perform alkaline type, they will pay for themselves and a good charger very quickly.

It is extremely important that you use a good charger with your rechargeable batteries.  If you have been experiencing crappy battery performance or battery life, it is probably the fault of your charger.  Most drugstore / fleamarket battery chargers charge for 14 hours whether the cell needs it or not.  A proper smart charger is the best thing for your rechargeable cells.

I am extremely satisfied with the Maha 8 cell charger and the 4 cell charger / analyzer.

What about lithium-ion battery technology?

Li-ion batteries are the choice for laptop computers and electric cars because they can pack so much energy into such a small space.   And that is exactly why they are dangerous… because they pack so much energy into such a small space and once they catch on fire, there is no way to extinguish the fire.   This is why it is getting more difficult every year to fly with devices which contain li-ion batteries.  It is already very difficult to ship them by “next day air” shipping services.

I expect someday soon we will see speedlight manufacturers jump on to the li-ion fad.  Be assured, I will not be buying one of them, it just will not be worth the expense and difficulty.

Make Your Images “Come Alive”: Show Motion

If the photograph you are about to make is of a subject in motion, you need to show motion.

Show motion in an image about a motion.

An image about a motion would include any type of photograph in which something is in motion; this could be a child on a swing, swinging a tennis racket, or a boxer’s face when hit by his opponent.  And of course, 2 wheel activities!

Let’s compare these two photographs.

     

I assure you that the motorcycle was moving faster than the bicycle.  Can’t believe your eyes?  No, you Click Here to See More Photos and Read the Whole Article