I migrated from D3 and D3X to a D4 and have never handled a D3S!
The main- and sub-command dials of my D4 are definitely quite a bit "stiffer" to rotate than they were on my earlier models. Is this a new "feature" of the D4, or are the dials of the D3S similarly stiff? TBH, I'm hoping that the strong indexing relaxes a bit with more use...
To me, the dials of the D800 seem somewhat smoother than the D4, but frankly I doubt very much that Nikon would have different switch mechanisms for the two bodies.
I wouldn't call the D3S command dials stiff. They don't spin free. In retrospect they are stiff enough to prevent most accidental changes to settings while not being too stiff to move when I want to make adjustments.
To me, the D4 dials appear to be "relaxing" a bit with use, but those of the D800 continue to feel smoother. I am convinced that the index mechanisms are all significantly stiffer than the ones in my D3 series bodies - but can't put them side-by-side as I no longer have those.
I bought a used D4 and notice that the main command dial is very stiff and has a 'rough' feel. Almost as if the teeth of a cog are worn. The camera has 50k actuations.
I have taken it to Nikon to have the wheel replaced. The quoted me $200 for the job. The part is quite cheap, but as they have to open the body, new rubbers are required. I am waiting for the part to arrive.
I also have a D3 and notice that all the command dials on the D4 are much stiffer, even the seldom used ones at the bottom of the grip.
The D4 front dial appears to bounded by magnesium on both top and bottom, whereas the D3 dial is bounded by magnesium on top and by the rubber grip on the bottom. I would have expected the opposite--the D3 dial being prone to getting bound up due to the rubber (I had this problem on a camera in the past).
Hi Al, Interesting thought! Maybe the effect is something to do with the different gasket arrangements. If so, it seems quite conceivable that the D4 dials really are becoming a little easier to rotate!
Thu 12-Apr-12 02:10 AM | edited Thu 12-Apr-12 02:12 AM by michaelted
I personally feel that the layout and physical operation of this camera is absolute perfection. The D4 is my second dslr replacing the D90. Everything is laid out perfect for my size XL glove hands. The Fugi x100 on the other hand is not so fat finger friendly.