WOW, "Holly speed demon Batman". I have been using a D3 for a few years and thought it was fast, WOW. Used the D4 for the first time last evening to shoot some Bball. You can just put the focus point on a player running toward you and it will just keep firing, I mean as long as I would hold the release down, no stopping. An all in focus to boot. Did I say WOW? I think the new thing that is the handiest is the locked focus point between landscape and portrait. Still learning all the new stuff. Did I say "WOW".
>Congratulations on your D4. It's a wonderful camera. I >haven't found a task it doesn't do quickly and excellently.
+1 and congrats! The D4 is my first full-body style camera, and I find it unbeatably versatile and sure-footed.
The buffer is absolutely ginormous and with fast card offload, I truly NEVER encounter a full buffer, EVER! This was not the case with my other cameras, where if I mis-anticipated the moment of peak action, filled the buffer too early, and then a moment of even more peak action occurred, I was sometimes left just watching the action through the viewfinder. This simply is not a problem with the D4!
Congratulations on the new D4, I have had mine for 3 months, and still say WOW. I bought it as a future replacement for my Leica R8DMR, which is showing a intermittent motordrive problem, and since Leica is no longer able to repair it due to parts issues. The D4 has now taken the top spot for my DSLR shooting, and the R8DMR is taking the back spot, especially for my eagle and wildlife shooting.
I'll also add my praises for the D4. I got mine last summer and took it to the Galapagos. The camera is absolutely awesome. The high ISO and fast frame rate adds new dimensions to my photography. Lots of stuff in the menu so spend some time experimenting.
Just got mine yesterday. Have to say, I got the D4 for a variety of reasons but the first thing I did once the battery charged was to go outside and take bursts of photos at 10fps. That is an awesome feeling. Childish I know but it felt incredible. Now I am starting the task of setting everything up the way I want it. Was a bit disappointed with the first few photos (real photos, not the initial machine gun photos) but that is solely because of the fact that I don't have all the settings the way I want them.
Just as a bit of an update. My photos with my best lenses are a bit out of focus. Not a lot but just enough to be annoying. That being said, with something like my 85mm 1.8G, not a bad lens by any means but not the top of the line either, I am getting stunning photos. So it is most likely a user error issue but need to continue to work it. Since the 85mm photos are amazing, my initial thought that perhaps it is the camera, is almost certainly not true.
This might be old news, as I just saw this thread after renewing my lapsed membership...
Any new body and any new lens can have a certain deviation from absolute accuracy and still be within 'factory spec'. However, if both the lens and the body are - for example - front focusing, then the resulting deviation is cumulative. A friend of mine owns LensRentals.com and has blogged about this much more thoroughly and thoughtfully than I'm presenting it here.
Bottom line, if you use the focus fine-tuning settings in the body to make sure that each lens is set up perfectly for use with *that* body, I think you'll be stunned at the results.
Hi This year I can afford to add either a D4 OR the 300mm f2.8G but not both. So I'm debating on which to buy first since my funds are limited. I have a D7000 and shoot 50% outdoor sports and 50% indoor at 6400 iso (no flash permitted). I have some good glass with the 24-70 f2.8 and a 70-200 f2.8 as my main sports lens.
Any opinions from the D4 users which way would you go first?
>Hi >This year I can afford to add either a D4 OR the 300mm f2.8G >but not both. So I'm debating on which to buy first since my >funds are limited. >I have a D7000 and shoot 50% outdoor sports and 50% indoor at >6400 iso (no flash permitted). >I have some good glass with the 24-70 f2.8 and a 70-200 f2.8 >as my main sports lens. > >Any opinions from the D4 users which way would you go first? > > I wuld think that the D4 would suit your needs better especially with the better ISO range.
The superior high ISO/low noise would seem to be a huge plus on the side of the D4 over the lens. The question is though, with regard to your sports shooting, how close do you get for each. That's important when trying to decide if going from 200mm to 300mm is more meaningful than a better ISO/noise camera.
For my sports shooting outside, for soccer and football I'm usually on the sideline toward one of the endlines, or at the end, and I'm usually shooting with the D4/500mm and the D700/24-70mm. From time to time I might use other lenses on the D700 such as a fisheye for some interesting shots. For baseball, I'm typically using my 80-400mm on the D4 (soon to be the 200-400mm as I'm in the market for one at this point) and the 24-70mm on the D700. For inside sports such as hockey and basketball, the D4 has the 70-200mm and the D700 the 24-70mm. The thing is, I don't know where you get to go to shoot.
So, you need to analyze which would be more productive for you, more magnification, or less noise at high ISO.
Thanks for all the info on the D4. My buddy & I went down to our local camera store and picked up 2 D4's last week. All I can say is WOW! Upgrading from D7000 to the D4 is a major jump in image quality. We shoot at 3200 - 6400 iso for indoor sports and the D4 image quality is so much cleaner.
>Thanks for your input! > >Longer glass is really more important for spring soccer & >baseball, so this weekend I'm renting a older 300mm f2.8 and >give it a test. > >I'll have to see about renting a D4 next for my next indoor >event. > >Mark >
Yes, the d4 is a wonderful high iso camera. Here in Western Oregon we get a lot of cloudy, dark and rainy days so my bird photography requires a long lens and a camera that can shoot up to around an iso of 3200 at times. I set my d4 for this type shooting and then concentrate entirely on the subjects which tend to move quite quickly especially in flight. I have had mine since last August and have no complaints, its a tool that just gets out of my way. What little bit of noise it produces at high iso's is easily removed in post surgery ha ha!!!! Have fun with your new camera, its a winner.