Good things. Not so good things. Little great things (or none). That’s what the D90 and Sig50-150 did today, in a reasonably well lit walled arena today.
Let’s get the lens out of the way first. Obviously it is capable of crisp detail and buttery bokeh, and it’s AF motor is fast, smooth, and silent. For those who wonder, this is a detail of the 8m rope I use to walk my crazy Beagle partbred, Google. It hangs on the outside wall, near the house’s front door
My main concern with using the D90 is twofold. One, being a DSLR, it’s equipped with an OVF. Meaning, no exposure preview at any time (well, there is a Live View mode, but focus is so slow I could catch a sleeping snail). Hence, I need to rely on the camera meter. Which is not to bad per se, but easily fooled by tricky contrasty conditions. And two, sporting a SIX year old sensor, it doesn’t handle noise too well above ISO 400…
Here, with a NEX camera, I can just use Manual mode and decide in real time what shutter speed to use to slighty underexpose my subject while letting the background highlights burn, but to acceptable levels. I meter “with my eyes”, flick the shutter dial with my thumb, and hit the shutter. It all takes less than a second, I use the whole scope of the camera’s excellent DR, and I’m happy
No such thing with the D90. I have to anticipate how the camera’s gonna behave and what it’ll chose to expose, and compensate accordingly. And it can VERY easily change its mind, as the focus point moves across the arena
I have Active D-Lighting (Nikon’s equivalent to Sony’s DRO) set to Auto, which does a fairly good job of pulling shadows, but I still have to massage the files back to acceptability in Photoshop later. And yes, I doubled everything in RAW files. And didn’t touche a single one. I hate fiddling with RAW. And for the love of God, please don’t mention it 😉
Pirouette was super nice. Marla hadn’t ridden her in two weeks (and the pony’s been sick in the meantime, landing a spicy vet bill in my mailbox), but she was calm and behaved. Turns out she was hot, and not back to full health (I’m praying I don’t have to call the vet again, or else I’ll to start thinking about what organ to give up…)
My D7100 has escaladated to a Paypal dispute. Let’s hope it’s ruled in my favor, so I can consider upgrading my D90 to the D7000. And if I could persuade the owner of my loaner unit to part with it, that’d be just perfect !!