>So far I have not encountered a landscape that was moving so >fast that I could not capture it at 4 FPS. Obviously the D800 >is not a camera for the sports photographers and >photojournalists.
Why do people keep saying this?
With the grip, which surely ANY sports photographer would be putting on anyway to balance against that 300/2.8, 400/2.8, or 600/4, the camera will shoot 6fps.
The F3 shot 6fps and was arguably the most iconic sports camera ever built. The F4s shot 5.5, the D2x shoots 5, and moved a GREAT many pro sports guys over from film.
We had 25 years of Sports Illustrated where there was no motor winder at ALL. 6fps is plenty fast enough for me, and it's been fast enough for sports shooters all around the world for the past 20 years. It's only in the past VERY few years we've seen the 8-9fps stuff, and quite honestly, very few people need or use it. I'd say fully half of my sports shots are done with single frames. And that includes my bat on ball, tennis ball on strings, ball leaving the pitcher's hands, volleyball spike, etc.
I remember my sports shooting mentor commenting to me after me remarking about his F3's frame rate... If you can't get the shot on a single frame, the motor drive isn't going to help you any.