Sun 01-Apr-12 03:59 PM | edited Sun 01-Apr-12 05:23 PM by xtrememac
I had evaluated this camera on paper well before having one for a long term evaluation. If you search prior postings you will find my comments on the things I did and did not like on paper. A number of the issues I expressed here I had expressed concern with on paper.
My hope was that the D4 would provide a significantly superior experience in image quality, handling, focus speed or other aspect that could only be experienced by actual evaluation that would mitigate or at least offset the downside of the goofy card setup, for instance. Granted given my dislike for the impact such a storage system the pros would have to be quite a bit better than the D3s I so dearly love. After a thorough evaluation of the product itself, I wrote the piece you refer to. Sadly, the D4 by my and many other reviewers comments does not surpass the D3s in a significant way in image quality or handling, and does not deliver the same portrait look that I love in the D3s. These evaluations could not be done on paper.
Again, as I said I was evaluating the unit for my use, not general use. The D4 may be the perfect choice for some, just not me. For those who own a D3s, and do not care about video, wait for the next model. If you do not own a pro body, you have a choice...
However, no matter who uses it, the D4 card setup using 2 unmatched cards (including one the 2 largest suppliers of professional camera memory (Sandisk and Lexar) have no current plans to manufacture) remains goofy and unprofessional IMO.
It is my sincere hope that nobody gets stuck with a $6k camera with an orphaned card slot. That decision is a lot different for the enthusiast with a couple of cards and the pro with literally thousands tied up in the latest CF cards, but again, YMMV.