Test Shoot With Nikon D7000 And Morgan (NSFW)


Finally got to try out my new camera and lens a bit and wanted to share my results and thoughts for those who love this kind of stuff. My Canon T3 with the Canon 50mm f1.4 which has been my kit for the last 6 years, and my new Nikon D7000 with the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 which I recently acquired. The image above is the same shot taken with each camera from the same angle with the same settings and lighting, right out of the camera. Below are the two images after adjusting levels in lightroom to match (roughly).

The main factor is how much brighter the Nikon is. Basically a full stop difference over the Canon. And it captures more of the scene even though they’re both crop sensor bodies with the same focal length lenses.

Again, above is straight out of the camera, and below is after adjustments.

It’s funny how sometimes events line up in just the right way and something really good comes out of it. I wasn’t actively seeking to upgrade any of my equipment when this all came about, but I suppose in the back of my mind there were thoughts about how having a bit more resolution would make some of my artwork ideas a lot easier to accomplish. And I’d been somewhat concerned as of late that my old T3 might fizzle out at an inopportune moment and a backup would be wise to have around. Then this opportunity fell in my lap. I was given a Nikon d7000 by one of my students as payment for coaching. I happened to have an old beat up 20mm nikkor lens that I was using for fun on my Canon, so I put it on the Nikon and voila! But since the blades on that lens are stuck open at f2.8 I knew I would need a different lens if this was to be a proper backup. I was looking for minimum investment for decent quality and I found exactly that in the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 II for $68! Lots of great reviews actually. I wasn’t expecting much. As long as it worked I knew it would be adequate for backup purposes. But WOW was I surprised to find that it performed just as well as my $400 Canon 50mm 1.4. Honestly I was blown away. It’s super quick, very sharp, manual focus is silky smooth, the bokeh is nice and creamy, it’s whisper quiet and well built too. I really expected to zoom in on the test shots and find that the Canon was sharper but that simply wasn’t the case. No, I haven’t done extensive testing in different scenarios, and these 2 kits aren’t exactly equal, but this one test demonstrated to me that I could do some serious work with this setup.
I still have to get used to working with the Nikon, but I think once I add another lens to the arsenal it will take over as my main kit. Looking forward to more fun with it. The full set from my test shoot with Morgan coming very soon…

Test Shoot With Nikon D7000 And Morgan (NSFW)

4 thoughts on “Test Shoot With Nikon D7000 And Morgan (NSFW)

  • July 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm
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    Steve, the upgrade seems to make a real difference. I have also read a lot of positive reviews on the Yongnuo 50mm. I have the flash and love it!

    Keep shooting!!

    Lamar

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    • July 22, 2017 at 11:22 am
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      I think you’re right. I’m extremely impressed with them. I’ve used their original manual flashes for years without a single issue. I’m really curious about their 35mm but the reviews on it haven’t been as great.

      Oh, and I meant to tell you that your shots of Bettye came out fantastic!

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      • July 22, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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        Thanks, when you have Lighting the Nude Part 2, let me know. I really learned a lot in that workshop.

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