Nikon D750 Review, Recommended Settings and Tips

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151015 Update: After a season of shooting it confirms our suspicions that the D750 is the best wedding camera we’ve ever used. Only slight gripes include arrangement of control dials (why in the world is “Effects” between Manual and Memory 1&2!?!??), poor battery life and limited flash sync speed. But really: love this camera. Wishlist: (a) focus points that covered the entire image area (currently too centralized which limits creative composition) (b) allow programmable buttons to toggle memory settings for quick-paced fast-changing lighting situations and (c) while I’m at it: where’s your radio off-camera flash control Nikon??? Pretty please?

150503 Update: All four of our D750’s went into Nikon service and were successfully adjusted to remove the shadow cast. Crisis averted 🙂

150113 Update: We, along with many other D750 users, have seen a strange top-edge shadow on images where the camera is pointed towards a light source. Thankfully, Nikon has acknowledged this issue and promises to fix the affected cameras later this month (January 2015). Here’s hoping they can do so before wedding season gears up! Link to Nikon’s official statement here.

Note: this is a living document, a.k.a. a work in progress 🙂 I’ll be adding more Nikon D750 videos, full review write-up and links as I get to know this beast of a camera over the course of the next couple of weeks. Nikon D750 unboxing Nikon D750 ergonomics review and comparison with the Nikon Df  A virtual Masterclass in camera setup: Recommended settings to maximize responsiveness, reliability and ergonomics + Photo Mechanic software: download and uniquely rename multiple memory cards from different cameras at once into the same folder with the following Photo Mechanic renaming scheme:

  • {id}-{year2}{month0}{day0}-BrideGroom-{timesort}-{frame4}
    • where Nikon Image Comment = {id}
  • OR: if customizing image name in-camera (see video above), can insert first 2 characters from image name instead.
    • i.e. {fbas:0,2} in lieu of {id} to create:
    • {fbas:0,2}-{year2}{month0}{day0}-BrideGroom-{timesort}-{frame4}
  • Tip: First cull/edit pass we sort by camera. Second cull/edit pass we sort all images from various cameras chronologically

+ Back button autofocus video coming soon.


  • Buffer limitation (15 RAW vs Df’s 25).  Hoping fast SD cards will prevent hitting the buffer wall when shooting RAW fast action.
  • LCD robustness.  Despite Nikon’s claims of weather sealing, I’m worried about the very thin and exposed ribbon which connects the articulating LCD to the body.  Only time (and use) will tell if my worries are justified (I hope I’m wrong!).

Initial Impression:

Out of the box, it’s 2 big thumbs up: couple a *very* responsive autofocus + decent low-light sensor in a relatively lightweight package = the best DSLR for most people, including pros and amateurs alike. 141019-Nikon-D750-Review-2000px

Final thoughts:  I think Nikon has created a beast of a DSLR for many.  From here on out, I feel the D4S will be only purchased by pro sports shooters, the D810 by pro commercial/landscape shooters and the Df by those desiring a retro body and lots of dials.

For everyone else, the D750 is the best full-frame camera to get.

Thanks for being here and would love to hear your thoughts!

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  • Michelle November 6, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    I was so happy to stumble on this review– I’ve been looking for a real world look at a camera from someone who shoots weddings and uses lights as well. Thanks so much for posting this! How does the focus speed compare to the D4 in low light situations? One of the things that I’ve always loved about my D4s is the autofocus speed in extreme low light, but I’d love to move away from the size of the body since I travel to all of my gigs. How have you found the responsiveness when there’s little ambient light?

    • Dave November 14, 2014 - 3:45 pm

      Hi Michelle! So glad you stumbled upon our site 🙂 Re: Focus vs D4. Very well. The viewfinder may be a tad dimmer, but I’m *very* impressed with the speed and surety of focus even in low light. After a year of shooting the Df’s, it seems super-speedy, but even against the D4 it can definitely hold its own 🙂

  • Ian November 8, 2014 - 6:25 am

    Can you save the wedding settings in the U2 settings. And if u did So would the camera default back to original settings when ur not in the U2 mode? Great video!

    • Dave November 14, 2014 - 3:47 pm

      Hi Ian. Yes: I was exploring U1 and U2 setting and loving them at the last wedding. Just watch out as the User settings record a LOT of info including JPEG vs RAW etc which could be a problem if you’re not careful. I believe Manual remembers the last settings after coming from U1 and U2, so really it’s like having 3 different settings 🙂

  • olivier November 9, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Hi !
    thanks, some nice informations and settings even for non wedding photographers !
    I just can’t see the real use of easy ISO but i’ll probably come back to that setting later and see the point.

    Thanks for sharing your tips 😉

    • Dave November 14, 2014 - 3:48 pm

      Hi Olivier! It’s just to “force” the camera to not pump up the gain and increase noise when not needed. But really, the sensor is so good in low light it’s not really an issue. But faster access = better 🙂

  • Ty November 12, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Thanks Dave for a great in depth setup walk through. A lot of gems in there!

    • Dave November 14, 2014 - 3:49 pm

      So glad you’re finding them Ty 🙂 Happy shooting and God bless 🙂

  • Peter November 16, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful tips. what do you think of the D750’s lower light sensitivity for shooting like at wedding/indoor ? too grainy ? what was the max ISO you had to use?

    I am always troubled by Nikon too reddish/orange skin on jpeg, what settings do you use to solve this problem? I don’t want to shot RAW or to retouch every shots in post. Thanks again.

    • Dave December 3, 2014 - 11:44 am

      Hi Peter. Low light has been wonderful so far. Will shoot 6400ISO without worry. Not quite as good detail as our Nikon Df’s but nothing to worry about at this ISO. Re: jpeg skintones. Can’t help with this one as Fuji still has unmatched JPEG’s in my opinion 🙁

  • Ditho November 16, 2014 - 8:06 pm

    Thanks Dave, i just bought my D750 and found your video it was helpful.

    • Dave December 3, 2014 - 11:45 am

      Thanks for taking the time to write Ditho! Enjoy your D750 and happy shooting! 🙂

  • Nelson November 25, 2014 - 6:53 am

    Hey Dave, very helpful review. Interesting to see that we actually use a very similar “custom button layout. I currently have the D600 which doesn’t allow me to use the AF/AE-L button as AF-ON, so I use the PREVIEW button as my AF-ON and the FN button as the “flash off”.
    I went to B&H yesterday go get my hands on the D750. There are definitely improvements over the D600. Definitely loved the grip, size and weight. It felt well balanced and extremely comfortable, but there are a couple “minor” things that caught my eye:
    1- The preview and function buttons in the front of the camera seem to be smaller. I personally like to use the “Preview” button as my AF-ON which I control with my middle finger. It is important that I have a good touch over this button. I don’t see it being a major issue, but coming from the D600 it definitely caught my eye.
    2- I was holding the camera to my eye with both hands, one on the lens and one on the grip, The minute I pressed that shutter I felt something different. I felt a slightly more aggressive shake coming from the shutter box every time I pressed the shutter. After comparing it to the D610 on display, I called the salesperson’s attention to that and his exact words were “good call, there is definitely more vibration coming from the shutter box”. Do you have the same feeling when shooting the D750 vs DF? I hope it doesn’t become an issue when shooting at lower shutter speeds.
    3- That tilt screen definitely feels a little flimsy.

    Thank you for your review. Im just waiting on the new Sony A7II to come out and see if the sensor performs as well as the D750 so I can make my decision. I would love to go mirrorless but Nikon is definitely making it hard for me to pull the trigger lol

  • Gautam November 29, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    hi Dave

    Excellant video. I just got a d750 after several years of using canons, and this was very useful. Is it possible to have your user settings in a downloadable file. Would be outstanding …


    • Dave January 28, 2015 - 10:42 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Gautam. Re: downloadable file. I did that for a previous camera and found out the files are camera-firmware-specific. This means if your firmware differs from mine, then it won’t load. That’s why I decided to go over each menu item so no matter what firmware you have, you can find these settings of use. Hope this makes sense. Happy shooting!

  • Nelson Santos December 2, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    I pulled the gun and got myself a D750. Gonna shoot a wedding this Friday and see how it performs compared with my D600. Im actually afraid of liking the D750 too much as I was hopping to convince myself I will be ok selling my Nikon gear and going with the Sony A7S and A7II lol
    I was navigating the D750 menus and I found this “store points by orientation” (a8 menu). Man this is awesome! Usually when im shotting formals and I move from vertical to horizontal shooting I have to move my focus point so I can focus on peoples faces. I guess I wont need to change focus points anymore! This option is AWESOME!!!
    Btw, I need your help! I see I can assign the preview button to Bracketing Burst. Unfortunately I was never able to make this work. I was hoping I could shoot a 3frame exposure bracket when im pressing that button but I cant get it to do anything. Do you know how to make it work? Sometimes I whish I could go from an hi key shot to a silhouette by quickly bracketing.
    Thank you for your helpful videos

  • Nelson Santos December 6, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Hey Dave. I shot my first wedding using the D750 yesterday and I noticed a couple things that seem to not be working properly.
    I set my AE-L/AF-L to AF-ON so that my shutter butter is used just to fire the camera. I also set my “a2 – AF-S priority selection” to “Focus”. I noticed that when I focus in AF-S and then I recompose, most of the times the shutter button wont fire. I thought “maybe its because not in focus anymore because I recomposed”, but since I have my shutter button to fire the camera only, this should not happen… at least it doesn’t happen on my D600.
    Also, I have “image review” on, but it doesn’t always give me an image review, and when it does, it does take a fraction longer than the D600.
    Also, the battery life on my D750 is quite poor compared with my D600. I usually go though a whole wedding with 2 batteries on my D600 no problem. I went through almost 3 batteries on the D750 and I dint really use it all the time!

    • Dave December 8, 2014 - 10:46 am

      Re: AF-S with Focus priority. Camera won’t let you fire when AF-ON button is pressed until the camera thinks the active focus point has acquired focus. This is why I don’t use this mode (revisit settings video for my setup). Re: Image review. I don’t turn this on, but I can think of a couple reasons the viewfinder won’t turn on: shutter 1/2 press or AF-ON button will engage meter and focus respectively, which would likely over-ride image review. Would image review delay be due to larger file size/RAW?? RE: battery life. Ditto. I’m wondering if the awesome tracking focus is to blame, but definitely notice the D750 eats batteries fast. Cheers and happy shooting!

      • Neil September 2, 2015 - 12:06 pm

        Huge thanks for this, I was panicking why it wouldn’t let me fire! fixed

  • Sanda December 18, 2014 - 1:17 am

    Hello Dave,
    I just got this new camera D750. It’s look like a wonderful to play and a lot of infomercial to learn! So far your video is very helpful and thank you for sharing. I also do like taking the landscape, natures and buildings pictures so can you please help me how to set up for best for these kind of shooting?

    Thank you again for your wonderful videos and tip.


    • Dave December 18, 2014 - 9:03 am

      Thanks for the kind words Sanda and congrats on your new camera! It’s a joy to use 🙂 Re: Landscape setup. I would set up the camera very similarly with back-button focus but maybe with the following changes: 1. Shoot with the focus mode on AF-S (AF single shot servo). 2. If shooting at lower handheld shutter speeds with non-moving subject try using Quiet shooting mode (to reduce camera shake). 3. When shooting on tripod, use timer and mirror lock-up to prevent camera shake. Besides that, shooting at the native ISO100 would achieve the best tonal range for post-processing. Hope this helps 🙂 Merry Christmas and happy shooting!!

  • Gautam December 22, 2014 - 11:38 pm

    Hi Dave:
    Just a follow up to my earlier post on whether its possible to have a file with your user settings for download. It will make it much easier for a beginner on the D750, because I believe the user settings can be saved to U1 & U2 and backed up, but you will know that better.

    This would be a great Christmas gift to your viewers. Best wishes and Happy Holidays,


    • Dave December 23, 2014 - 10:25 am

      Hi Gautam, the reason I do not provide a file is that it is firmware-specific. Nikon has already released a D750 firmware (which I have not updated to) since my purchase, and anyone with the latest firmware may not be able to use any file I generate on the older firmware. I know this because I DID provide a file along with my previous D700 settings video, and it was a big pain when people needed updates due to differing firmwares. That’s the reason I did the review in such detail – so everyone can benefit regardless of firmware version, now and in the future. Hope that clarifies. Merry Christmas to you too and thanks for being here 🙂

  • Sergio December 27, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    Very informative and reliable tips for customizing the D750, I have tried the majority of the tips you mentioned in the video, very useful for me the ISO button (REC button) since I had to press the left ISO button and it was really annoying. Got my D750 last Thursday and I love it, also I upgraded its firmware and some settings were in the same place you mention in the video. Thanks for sharing all this info and I will keep seeing more videos from you in the future. Happy holidays!

    • Dave December 27, 2014 - 10:23 pm

      Congrats on the new camera and thanks for the kind words 🙂 Blessings and thanks for being here!

  • Tien December 28, 2014 - 12:23 am

    Hey Dave, have you experienced this banding issue when shooting into light for flare. Many d750 owners have posted videos regarding this problem with the D750.

    • Dave December 30, 2014 - 2:03 pm

      Hi Tien, Only shot one wedding and lots of personal photos, but haven’t noticed the issue, though I do believe it to be real.

  • Preet Sagar December 30, 2014 - 5:52 am

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for the fab review. I got two of them after reading your review (i have been canon shooter all this while and jumped the ship). I am facing couple of issues with it and would really appreciate your help.

    1) Skin colors and white balance is all over the place, specially in mixed lighting situation. I have tried a lot of things, AWB, Custom AWB, Manual WB but when trying to balance flash with the ambient the skin tones are just horrible.

    2) With 64 GB Card inserted the camera only shows 1.3k shots at times and 1.9k shots other times and that too not accurately. Got the scandisk cards. Camera during the last wedding said only 40 hots remaining however the card still have huge space left when loaded on the laptop, is it the card or the camera issue?

    3) It is not compatible with Phottix Odin:p – I think I will have to switch back to the good old Yongnou.

    • Dave December 30, 2014 - 2:06 pm

      Hi Preet! Re: skin tones. It’s just an adjustment as every brand has a different “look” to their sensors. For pro work we always shoot RAW so we can tweak white balance to accommodate skin tones. We also prefer to shoot with flash a LOT which also helps create better skin tones regardless of camera make. Re: estimated images remaining. The estimate depends on a lot of factors including ISO, RAW/JPEG setting and, in my experience, is NEVER accurate 🙂 It’s not a defect, but also not a great feature. Best to always have extra cards on hand. Re: Phottix Odin. It’s definitely compatible, but you will need to purchase the NIKON version of the Odins.

  • Preet December 30, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    Thank you for the response Dave. Shooting raw myself but there us this green tint in shadows from time to time. I’m finding it challenging specially with flash.

    I have odins for Nikon but they don’t have the update firmware for D750 which is a bummer.:)

    • Dave December 31, 2014 - 11:05 pm

      I see that green tint more when we *don’t* shoot with flash – typically when there’s grass or glass around tinting our world. Gelling your flash may help with something like 1/2 CTO. Cheers and happy New Year!

    • Mark Romine January 13, 2015 - 10:17 am

      There shouldn’t be a need for a firmware update to sue the Odin TCU on D750. Mine have worked fine straight away. I have read where some other D750 users have found that after attaching the TCU and tightening it down that there is some play between the unit foot and the D750 hot shoe and that by twisting it slightly counterclockwise it fixed the problem.

  • Preet Sagar January 13, 2015 - 10:35 am

    Thanks Mark. The issue I am facing is that they fire well but I cannot change the flash settings using the Transmitter. That has to be done manually from the flash itself.

    • Mark Romine January 13, 2015 - 10:56 am

      Your comments made me get my gear out and double check everything. I can control power levels and change modes using an on-camera TCU to control an SB900 mounted on an Odin receiver. I’m able to control power levels in either manual or TTL modes. Everything also seems to be working with an off-camera Mitros + being controlled by a TCU. Do you have more than one TCU and/or Odin receiver?

  • Preet Sagar January 13, 2015 - 11:01 am

    Thanks for checking this Mark. I have one TCU and two Odin receivers with SB 910 flash. I will go home and try again. For some reason I can neither control it in TTL mode nor on Manual mode:(. Wonder if the unit has some issues. Will have to go check it with the supplier.

  • Mark Romine January 13, 2015 - 11:07 am

    Maybe if you could barrow another TCU from someone or rent one from somewhere to see if it is your unit or not.

    • Dave January 13, 2015 - 1:12 pm

      Thanks for your advice Mark and for testing Preet. I’ve had friends who are long-term Odin TCU users who found their TCU’s failing. After troubleshooting they found the shoe-mount portion of the TCU was worn down and not connecting properly with the camera’s hotshoe. Another reason we’ve since switched flash systems.

  • Edward Chan January 29, 2015 - 6:14 pm

    Hey, I enjoyed you video it was very informing and useful. I find some of your settings to be very useable. I had no problems with this unit. I really like using this camera compare to my other cameras for now. My D800e which are more for portraits and landscape and sometimes my D300 shows up for the long reach still shots. All in all I’m so loving my D750 as a all around shooter and yes it stays in the “M”mode and raw. I haven’t had much issues reguards to the shooting into the light the flaring problem. I just shot the King and Queen in Shuri Castle Okinawa last month and no issues even the video’s came out. Bird photos no problems. A on and off board flash sometimes which really is spot-on. I’ll keep in touch on your video’s and newer subjects in review. Thanks, For sharing. God Bless.

    • Dave January 29, 2015 - 10:00 pm

      Thanks for writing in and glad you found some settings of use Edward. Sounds like quite the shoot for the King and Queen!! Happy travels and shooting 🙂

  • Tammy Pence February 19, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    Hello! Thank you so much for all the great information. I hope you make additional videos. You are so easy to follow and understand! You mentioned that there is another video that covers back button focusing….where can I find that? Thanks again for all your help. I have a wedding this weekend and I’m excited to try out what I’ve learned!

    • Dave February 20, 2015 - 9:43 am

      Thanks for the kind words Tammy! So glad to have you here 🙂 I haven’t made the back-button focus video yet, but it’ll be on this site when it’s ready. Happy shooting!

  • Däni February 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm

    Hi Dave , sorry I emailed you through your studio site not knowing you had this forum .
    Having always shot stills , I am struggling to figure out the video auto focus or best setting so things don’t keep going in and out of focus any tips on that .
    By the way great work on the easy to watch video and different button assignments works great

    • Dave March 3, 2015 - 8:09 pm

      Hi Däni, Glad you found me here 🙂 Re: video focusing. I setup as noted in the video (also check “g” custom movie settings to use back button focus etc). Should do the trick 🙂 If you want to use the shutter to focus, make sure to set your AF-mode to AF-S, NOT continuous, and you should be able to focus only when you want to. Hope that helps!

  • Motti March 3, 2015 - 9:19 am

    As for the sleeping mode (stand by Timer), I found out that it effects the time it takes my camera wakes up when pressing ‘Menu’ or ‘i’.

    The Nikon D750 has a bug that somehow effects the wake up time when pressing the above buttons. By setting the camera to ‘No limit’ on the Stand By Timer, the camera seems to wake up immediately each time I press a button.

    Maybe someone has a different experience…?

  • Eneida Gastal-Keith March 18, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    Hi Dave,
    I am what people use to call a serious amateur photographer (with some stock photography already sold), and now that I retired from my full time job I want to try to become a more active and maybe professional photographer. I just bought a D750, which was a huge jump from my previous D80, and a daring thing to do in terms of budget. Your review helped me feel confident that I made the right choice ( I found you on YouTube and from there I came here). Thanks so much for such a wonderful review and for all the useful tips!
    I would like to take the opportunity to ask you something. My camera came with an AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm 1Ç4 G Ed lens, which seems to be working well for everyday photography. I do love to take really close closeups, however, and I have not succeeded to take anything even close to decent with this lens (the cheap all-purpose lens I had with my D80 used to do a pretty decent job with closeups). I wonder if there any lens for the D750 (full frame), that would be good for real closeups but still affordable (something definitely under $500.00 and, if possible, under $400.00.
    Thanks again!

    • Dave March 18, 2015 - 7:39 pm

      So glad you found me Eneida and thanks for the kind words! Great choice of camera. Re: macro lenses. I am not a macro specialist, but to take macro shots of rings and other small details I always carry this extension tube set: It pairs nicely with my prime lenses and gets me super-close. You can find the rest of my kit . Hope this helps and all the best in this your new ventures!

      • Eneida Gastal-Keith March 27, 2015 - 1:08 pm

        Thanks so much for your answer. This looks like a very affordable alternative. Will it work with my D750 + 77mm lens?

        • Dave March 27, 2015 - 9:50 pm

          Very welcome Eneida. Re: compatibility. Don’t know that particular lens, but it works on all my Nikon lenses.

  • Raph April 19, 2015 - 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the setup tips Dave ! Pretty sweet. So I have my AE-L/AF-L set to AF-ONLY and I have it set to AF-C focus priority. Is there a way to disable the shutter button when pressed by itself ? It won’t focus when AE-L/AF-L is pressed and not focused (which is what we want) but the shutter will press and take a blurry photo when pressed all by itself (not really what I want as Im afraid I will think I have focus when I actually don’t/… hope that makes sense.. Thanks!

    • Dave April 19, 2015 - 10:07 pm

      Very welcome Raph.

      Re: AF-C shutter settings. I’d prefer to have a blurry shot than no shot, but you may want to play with Custom Setting a1: AF-C priority selection and try Focus. But since you’ve disengaged the shutter and focus buttons I don’t like to be locked out of executing the shutter and want it to do my bidding i.e. Take a shot whenever I press the shutter; not only when the camera *thinks* it has focus. This is especially needed when it can’t reliably focus in very dark situations: I’ll lock focus on something with high contrast at the same distance as my subject, then recompose and hit the shutter and even if the camera doesn’t think it has achieved focus, it’ll take the shot I want. Hope that makes sense.

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  • Terence Goh May 6, 2015 - 4:55 am

    Hi Dave, just bought a new D750 and went through your Youtube tutorial on best settings. Just one quick question as i am very new to Nikon/Dslr.

    Since i’ve changed Record buttons to ISO, how to i record movies now 😛



    • Dave May 6, 2015 - 1:36 pm

      Hi Terence. Congrats on the new cam! Re: video record. Necessarily you must be in MOVIE Live View prior to starting a video recording; while in Video live view the red Record button functions as … A record button 🙂

  • Winston Mattis July 1, 2015 - 3:02 pm

    I was on a shoot on Sunday for a local church ,and was surprise to see that noise level of my D3, was better than the D750.
    Has any one found the noise level higher?

    • Dave November 17, 2015 - 12:09 pm

      Hi Winston. D3 has much less resolution than the D750. If you’re comparing 1:1 pixel level on screen, it will be different than printing the same image at the same size. I noted in the above review the D750 was a bit noisier, but we have no reservations shooting at 6400ISO at this resolution.

  • Bethany Dawn November 20, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    Hi Dave! Thank you so much for this awesome video! I just switched to the D750 from the D700 and this was the most helpful video out there. Would you change any of these settings for family photography? I photograph a lot of younger families where the kids don’t always stay still…I also need to make sure in my group photos everyone is in focus. It seems like the single af point might not be best for this? It just freaks me out to see one small focus point when I’m shooting a group. I know raising aperture will help but wondering what you would recommend. Thank you so much!

    • Dave November 21, 2015 - 6:41 pm

      Very welcome Bethany! Re: family photography. Same setup, but if you’re chasing fast little kids around, switching to High-speed (6 frames a sec) may help capture those elusive moments of awesome 🙂 Re: Group photos. I do not find single focus more accurate than Continuous (yup: it’s that good). And the correct way to ensure everyone is in focus is to stop down on the aperture.

  • Dmitry February 4, 2016 - 10:22 pm


    ”The Nikon D750 battery (EN-EL15) was designed to last longer than any Nikon battery before.”
    How many single RAW pictures it can take on one charge? i’m far off from the numbers at the
    manual. Nikon checked the camera and found no problem.


    • Dave February 5, 2016 - 9:04 am

      Hi Dmitry, there’s many factors which will influence your battery life: like using AF-Continuous vs Single servo etc. I don’t put much into the battery specs and instead bring 4 batteries per camera to each big wedding event. Hope this helps!

  • Tara February 27, 2016 - 1:17 am

    Thank you so much, Dave for this video. Can the settings you mentioned also applicable for home studio photography?

    • Dave March 19, 2016 - 8:33 pm

      Most definitely Tara. It’s how we shoot in our studio.

  • Anthony March 18, 2016 - 10:06 pm

    Dave, What a great tutorial on the D750! You hit the nail in the coffin! However, I am coming from a Sony a77 to the D750 and I can’t obtain maximum focus with the D750. My images are not as sharp as the a77 when I play it back. How do I achieve maximum sharpness with the D750? How do you know when the images are sharp? Maybe, the a77 has a sharper focus than the D750, which focuses soft.

    • Dave March 19, 2016 - 7:50 pm

      Thanks Anthony. Re: D750 focus. I would suggest checking your focus on each lens and adjusting as necessary using a tool like lens align.

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  • Eric Carlson March 27, 2016 - 9:42 am

    David, I just stumbled across your review and hints for the Nikon D750. Wow! What a fantastic information blog! Thank you, for a down to earth commentary, that is precise and easy to follow.
    My question… plea, is will/when can we expect something similar on the upcoming Nikon D500 ?
    I hope it is on your,” to do list!”. Thanks again, Eric.

    • Dave March 27, 2016 - 10:19 am

      Glad you found it of use Eric 🙂 No plea needed: you only need to send me two Nikon D500’s to test and keep 😉

  • Kev May 2, 2016 - 7:16 pm

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the video – everything makes a lot of sense. Solving problems that I didn’t know that I may have in the future – perfect.

    I have two quick questions:
    1. When you give your camera to another shooter to take a photo of you, does your setting (that disengages the autofocus from a half press of the shutter button) cause much grief for the new user? Or do you quickly reactivate the focus via shutter button before handing the camera over?
    2. For some reason, I can’t move the focus point around in the D750. I am able to set the modes to AF – S and S, but my indicator square won’t move when I attempt to toggle the little joypad. Any hunts about what I am doing wrong?

    Thanks for the video

    • Dave May 2, 2016 - 9:58 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Kev!
      1. We don’t give our cameras to other people as we’re professional photographers (hee hee).
      2. Likely the lock located aROUND the 4-way toggle has slipped over to the “L” for Locked position. Switching if away from L should release the focus point selection.

      Cheers and happy shooting!

  • Jason May 28, 2016 - 7:07 pm

    Hey Dave

    I just bought a D750 and discovered your video on recommended setting. It was the most useful information I have found to date. I’m very interested in your back button focus video. Do have a timeframe in which you plan to release it? Thanks for the useful information!

    • Dave July 5, 2016 - 3:38 pm

      Hi Jason, Glad you found it of use! Re: Back Button focus. No timeline as my “real jobs” and family have been taking up my time.

  • John Chan December 14, 2016 - 12:38 pm


    Which do you use the most to shoot pictures, Lv or viewfinder ?

    • Dave May 17, 2017 - 10:12 pm

      Definitely viewfinder

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  • Yuvraj thapa May 14, 2017 - 2:49 am

    Hi ! It was really good to see your video on Nikon d750. I really like the settings you have used in it, it’s the best settings I have found on internet. But I am little bit confused about focusing. When I try to recompose while being in AF-C i can’t. The focus just gets away after recomposing. Do I need to use AF-S?? Or how do I use in AF-C. I don’t know how to use AF-C that much as I am new. I would love to get a good explanation on it. Thanks!!

    • Dave May 17, 2017 - 10:13 pm

      If you’ve assigned the focus to the back button, then after the image is focused on what you desire, just release the back button and the focus motor will stop, leaving the focus on what you want. Cheers!