A Camera Review - From a Unique Perspective

Most photographers have read several reviews on new cameras put out from industry experts, but this camera review, is incredibly unique! Chris Thombs is a commercial photographer/videographer from Edmonton. AB and is putting the new Nikon D600 through it's paces while sky diving! Chris Thombs, One Step Beyond, Nikon D600 "D600 Nikon DSLR First, thank you to Nikon Professional Services, the skydivers at Eden North, Dayne and The Frolics for the chance to test, experiment, and get creative with the D600. Chris Thombs, One Step Beyond, Nikon D600 To start, the D600 is half the size of full frame (FX) DSLR cameras, which makes it lighter to carry or wear on a skydiving helmet. It’s also jam-packed with features and capabilities that are easy to use creatively. Nikon D600 mounted on a Bonehead camera helmet for Skydive Photography: Chris Thombs, One Step Beyond, Nikon D600 During the testing of the D600, I chose to focus on three capabilities: the Auto ISO, video recording, and the flash commander mode. Here’s what I found. Auto ISO Skydiving photography has been dominated by Canon for years, even though people only use auto functions. Using auto functions has two risks: (1) having just the fingers or feet in focus because the shutter speed priority overrides the smaller F-stops, or (2) having the F-stop priority overriding, which slows the shutter speed to the point of causing blurring. With Nikon combining the Auto ISO function with a smaller DSLR body that has a FX sensor, the photographer can now use the camera to capture the desired depth of field (DOF) at the shutter speed of choice. This is perfect for using hyperfocal distance settings to make the most of a subject within an acceptable focus. Graduation/Solo jump of a student after completing AFF course: Chris Thombs, One Step Beyond, Nikon D600 Normally, when I prepare my camera for skydiving, I set the speed, F-stop and ISO on the ground, using a light meter reading to get the best reading possible. Then I confirm it in the airplane from the window, on the way up to jump altitude (hoping cloud cover won`t roll in and block the sun, and that the people I will photograph have enough skill to keep the sun on their face or at my back). Now, with the Auto ISO in conjunction with the matrix metering, I can photograph back-lit people, fly in creatively to fill the frame, and have the subject be better exposed while back-lit or top-lit. This provides me with more creative options to choose from. Nikon D600 with Auto ISO on while doing Skydive Photography: Chris Thombs, One Step Beyond, Nikon D600 Video Skydiving video is normally captured by purpose-built video cameras that rely on small sensors to get the maximum amount of DOF. The video from the D600 is vibrant and has High-Definition quality (HD 1,920 x 1,080 / 30 fps), not found in most off-the-shelf video cameras. With the D600, you can set up the camera to shoot video, then get enough information in the video file (using the full frame sensor with good quality glass), to allow zooming during editing and still get great usable images.From there, you can use combinations of selective focus and filters to bring cinema quality out of the sky.

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