Wednesday morning Melinda from Action Camera called to tell me my new Nikon D5 XQD had arrived. I couldn’t rush right over because I had just returned home following a session with my trainer and I needed to jump in the shower first. It was probably one of the quickest showers I’ve ever taken! Within the hour I was on the road. As I write, I have only just unboxed the camera, I’ve done nothing else. Battery is charging. I had thought of doing the kind of “unboxing” that seems to have become so popular with photography enthusiasts when they receive new equipment. I had just watched a hilarious “unboxing” video purported to be a D5 unboxing with everything but the D5 coming out of the box …even a kitchen sink, I think. I decided that was just too much work. So I took a couple selfies using the Df, a miniature camera by comparison, on a tripod. I am one happy camper! And on Thursday, I’m going with my friend Bruce from my Camera Club up to an area called Bear Valley near Williams for wildflower and, I hope, some wildlife photography so I’ll get a chance to try it out in the field.
Here’s as much of the “unboxing” as I could muster. And now that the battery is fully charged, I decided to record the sound of the shutter. It is one fast shutter, but I’m not sure how it compares with Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II, which I had the pleasure of using last year when I visited my friend Connie in Texas. It got me my first in focus photographs of roseate spoonbills in flight. But I’m sure my friends Connie and Richard, who also has one, will let me know how the Nikon D5 compares. I set the the shutter speed to 1/8000. That was 132 shots taken in 11 seconds. Now I wonder how many photographs I’ll be taking on any given outing?