The Future of Cars Is Electric



I have long been a firm believer in the statement entitling this post. I carry a deep love for the Tesla Model S and can’t really imagine owing any other car.

I remember the first time I took a seat behind the wheel of a Model S and felt right at home. It had a flair to it that no one can currently match.

And for now it remains the most attractive automotive offering available. The current 90D has a range beyond 500km on a single charge, can be easily recharged at Tesla’s Supercharger network and it still catches me out how well thought through it is.

Now Porsche is hiring 1000 people to work on its Model S competitor, the Mission-E’s production version. I also have to admit being a little bit of a Porsche fan, though the chance of me ever buying one of their cars with an internal combustion engine are slim.

However, would I buy their Mission-E or its younger production sibling once available? Looking at the Porsche micro site  about the Mission-E the specs look very tempting. Over 600hp and over 500km range match the Tesla.

It uses many of Tesla’s genius solutions such as the low mounted battery pack in the floor hat helps delivering perfect driving dynamics. But it also claims a few design goals which fix some of the Model S’ flaws, such as the ability to handle continuous acceleration and deceleration cycles. The Tesla reduces performance at some stage to protect from overheating (though that doesn’t really happen in normal driving, we are talking 0km/h to 200 to 50 to 200 and so on).

I think the Model S also looks a little better from the front, but prefer the Mission-E’s rear. Looks are always a personal taste issue, and we have to wait for the final car which more likely than not will have a toned down design.

But Porsches efforts prove that I am right and EVs are taking over.

In the 2020s we will have mainstream electric cars as well as improved high end models from Tesla and new ones from Apple, Porsche, Audi and probably a few more. We will see how Telsa will continue to innovate and lead the EV industry. Porsche might catch up or follow closely. It is an exciting time, finally ridding of Oil, but also opening new challenges. While affordable electric car models are coming, the all new challenge is called fast renewable expansion.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750 Ordered

After a long while of trying to decide on the perfect camera for my needs, I now ended up ordering a Nikon D750.

Nikon D750

In this post I am going to explain some of my reasoning.

First of all, I want to mention the cameras that I considered: These were the Sony A7S, Sony A99, A77 II, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D7100 / D7200 and the D750.

Then the long process of selection started: initially I loved the idea of the 7D Mark II. Fast autofocus and even faster bursts (10fps)  with a large buffer sounded like my kind of thing. As a wildlife hobbyist I don’t need a 1D X or Nikon D4S but coming nice to it is nice indeed.

Seeing the first raw images of the 7D II made me change my mind though. The files had not the colour I hoped they had and with rising ISOs the image gets rather soft. Furthermore, dynamic range is just not great at all. And when the video quality revealed to be very soft and not as easy to sharpen as the 5D Mark III the 7D was out.

In terms of video though, there was nothing that could beat the Sony A7S. Low light is amazing, sharpness is amazing, and even the video codec makes me smile. This could be the ideal camera, if not for the photo quality. While sufficient, 12MP is not an ideal resolution today and speed and autofocus are useless for wildlife. The amount of autofocus lenses, while irrelevant for video, is not sufficient to make this my main tool for both photo and video.

The Sony Alpha A99 is simply outdated and the A77 II has that horrible 2x (compared to full frame) crop in video mode, using only a M4/3 size portion of the sensor instead of the full APS-C sensor.

This leaves still the 5D Mark III on the table as well as anything Nikon makes.

When comparing the 5D and the D750 side by side it becomes obvious which way to go for my need: out of camera video of the Nikon is better, the raw files have much higher dynamic range, it is faster, has, in my opinion, better autofocus and the low light capabilities also outshine the Canon.

The D7200 is not available until April (I need the camera for early April latest) and the D7100’s sensor is just not as good. Further, the grip on the D750 is much more comfortable than both of the crop Nikons.

As the price difference to the D610 is small enough, I decided that the D750, for me, lays in the sweet spot of price and features.

D750 back

As I was shooting Sony previously and don’t have any Nikon lenses I ordered a 50mm f/1.8 and a 28mm f/2.8 with it. I still have a need for a tele-lens, but it is not fully decided yet which one I would use. The options are Tamron 70-200 f/2.8, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8, Tokina 70-200 f/4, Nikon 70-200 f/2, Nikon AF-S 80-200 f/2.8 and Nikon 300 f/4 D, or something else if it makes sense and fits the budget. As you see, it is not even narrowed down yet.

Having tried the D750 before as well as having read too many reviews, I am comfortable so far that it is the ideal camera. FX format quality and low light sensitivity, together with amazing autofocus should make it very fun indeed.

AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

As soon as I have it in my hands, I will let you know with a first preview and sample shots and I will post a full review after I had it for a little.


(image copyright for product shots: Nikon Europe BV)