My D4 is supposed to show up today. I had ordered through B&H Monday and was put on a p reorder list. they told me 2-4 months. I assumed everyone was having problems getting D4's. Well I found one actually two at Jacks Camera in Muncie, Indiana. I cancelled the B&H order and have one coming from Jacks. No I am in no way connected with Jacks Camera. Just an old customer. THEY HAVE ONE LEFT!
My question is, I will be shooting using this body Thursday evening into the night time. It will have lighting of some sort probably standard lighting used at fairgrounds Grandstand areas.
I will also use my D3 which is set for the high ISO and noise reduction settings. Is the D4 set up the same as the D4 in this area??
If some one experienced with the D4 could give me the ball park setup on the D4 for the high ISO shooting and noise reduction settings I would appreciate it very much.
I don't think the transition from the 3 to the 4 will be that difficult but I just do not have any time to really get into the manual at this time. But I will after Thursdays shoot.
You are so right Marty! Took some night shots at an NTPA pull under lousy lighting . But the shots came out stunning! I love my D4 the D3 is also one great camera! My d300 now has backup status. Bob Barnes Van Wert, Ohio
Yeah Carl, I have read a few other similar reports....I'm so up in the air right now. I want a D4 and I can swing it next month if I can find one. I thought I wanted a D800E and while that sounds good, a D4 serves my needs so much more. Always choices, always....
Thanks Wally for the link above, I place the greatest stock on Rob Galbraith's information. Good to see and hear his impressions.
Regarding choosing a D800E vs. D4, that is indeed a tough one! D4 of course can do it all and is favoured in highest of high ISO (~6400 and up), ruggedness, speed, responsiveness, unfillable buffer, and probably a small nod on AF too.
If these areas are of most importance to you, then D4 it is
Most of their website is non-functional and giving the Apache server 403 error. I have sent a message to the company through Facebook asking them to fix the problem. I'm interested in seeing the comparison myself.
You're welcome. They responded, and their site is again working. You can now see their tests and conclusions.
There are things I agree with about the way they did their tests and others I don't. There are conclusion with which I agree and others I don't.
I've a friend with the Canon 1Dx. On the same basic tests we concluded the following:
High ISO/Noise - D4 Low light autofocus - D4 Autofocus speed - 1Dx Autofocus accuracy - D4 (center focus point only) (not in their tests) Autofocus consistency - D4 Shadow and Highlight recovery - 1Dx Green Screen - We didn't see it in my D4, and we don't see it in the images.
We tested with various similar lenses and these cameras and concluded that in some cases the Nikon lens with the D4 produced the better photo, and in other cases the Canon lens with the 1Dx made the better photo.
All in all, except for the autofocus in low light test, we thought the 2 cameras were both wonderful, that in most of the tests we were splitting hairs to pick a winner, and that neither of us needed to dump either company's product for the other. There is no clear winner here. Over and over again the history of these two companies is that they leapfrog each other.
We both have substantial investments in lenses and compatible equipment. We saw no reason to waste that investment. If we were starting out, I think it would come down to controls, handling, support, etc. When it comes down to it, both companies produce great DSLR cameras and lenses.
It's like, which is better, Lexus or Acura.
At this point there's so much subjectivity in the testing and the factors which go into a choice there's almost no rhyme or reason to go either way. Anyone for Leica? (LOL)
I know someone who just switched to Nikon from Canon. He had $30,000 in his lens investment, and sold them out for $14,000. He has a great new D4 and a big hole in his pocket. While his new investment as a professional photographer is tax deductible, he still had to shell out the cash. I personally think it was a marginal photography decision at its best, and a terrible business decision at its worst.