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My Completely Biased Opinion of D4 versus D3s and D800e

dwight200

Stow, MA, US
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"RE: My Completely Biased Opinion of D4 versus D3s and D800e"

dwight200 Registered since 30th Jan 2007
Wed 19-Dec-12 01:39 AM

I've had my D4 about a month now and like it. I came from a D3, not a D3S.

>- Skin tones and color depth seem much better on D4 compared
>to D3s, especially at higher ISOs like 3200. In fact, skin
>tones are downright beautiful...

They look good to me. I'm not a great judge of skin tones.

>
>- White balance appears to be more accurate in my estimation.

I generally use auto WB and it frequently requires adjustment in LR. I don't use NX.

>
>- Not enough info to truly gauge high ISO compared to D3s,
>although I’m getting some gorgeous crisp images with wonderful
>color fidelity at high ISOs. At the very least, I’d say they
>are comparable – although the slightly better DR, better color
>depth and better skin tones (not to mention extra MP) puts the
>clear advantage in the D4 corner IMHO.

I shot an event recently using ISO's of 6400 up. LR handled the noise well. I was able to get good images up to HI-1, usable images up to HI-2. Of course YMMV. I got images from HI-4. I even got images from HI-4 when I couldn't see anything through the viewfinder. I won't go any further than that.

>
>- Focus in low light and general autofocus accuracy and speed
>– WOW! The D3s was stellar. The D4 is epic.

Yowza! My keeper rate has at least doubled (based on clear images, not composition).

>
>- Backlit buttons. Don’t undersell this feature – especially
>if you do low-light and/or night work. Re-worked virtual
>horizon works great too!

No experience yet. Haven't done night work yet.

>
>- Great ergonomics. D4 is more comfortable to hold and just
>feels better. Will have to get used to new button layout,
>although I like how easy it is to access some key AF features
>and pix controls. Camera feels a touch lighter, but when it’s
>this big to begin with (and you’ve got a Kirk L-Bracket on
>it), it’s still honking big, lol.

My only complaint about the Kirk L-Bracket is that if you mount it tight to the camera you can't get your finger in to open the data ports. I have to leave a gap, which makes the camera slightly larger, which makes it just a bit harder to fit in my bag.

>
>... And at least from where I’m sitting, the 16.2 MP
>image quality doesn’t look too shabby either...

Although I don't do large prints and most of my images are computer or web only, they do look better. Maybe it's just because I know there's more data there than the screen can show me.

So far it's a keeper.

Dwight
http://small-farm.org

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