> >I am sure planning on it. > >I retire in 15 work days on June 28th. This waiting is really >getting to me. > >Does the nervous jitters accompany NAS? > >I need 10 FPS!...
The D4 is a fun toy. I'm more interested in the ISO performance than the 10fps, although that is very useful occasionally. My primary uses of 10fps are (1) bracketing shots; and (2) group shots with flash. (using a high ISO with flash and CLS enables you to get several shots on one charge at 10fps. That allows people who blink to recover from their blinking in the later shots. Also if people blink late, the background doesn't change much at 10fps so you can swap heads in photoshop fairly easily).
Nervous jitters frequently accompany expenditure of large sums of cash that might be viewed by spouses or other relatives as frivolous expenditures. Just point out that it's cheaper (by far) than buying a boat for your retirement.
Why do you have to wait 15 days? Does your job keep you so busy that you can't go out and buy a D4? Maybe you should consider retiring early.
Talk about frustration -- remember that as soon as you buy one and get it home you have to wait to use it while the battery is being charged. Get one now and the battery will be all charged and ready to go by the time you are able to sit down and play with it.
You have a lot of prep work to do. You can download the manual and read it even if you don't have the camera. You will have to give serious consideration to image #1.
PS: don't forget the lenses. There are a lot of nice ones out there.
You don't say what your photographic interests are, but since you have a variety of lenses there I'd guess your interests are wide ranging, but include maybe sports or wildlife (long lenses) and macro (105).
So your next lens really should fill a hole in your lineup, but you have to define where that hole is.
When I was shooting with the old D3 I concentrated on the 24-70 and 70-200 for most things since they were fast and good. I also have the 14-24 and it's a great lens but I just don't use it that much because it doesn't fit well in my bag and I don't do many dynamic ultrawide shots. Static ultrawide shots I can stitch.
With the D4 I got a 28-300, which isn't as fast as the 14-24-70-200 but that isn't as important with the D4. The only problem might be DOF but that isn't one of my priorities generally. The 28-300 is a very versatile walkaround lens. The 24-70-200 is sharper by a bit but unless you're a pixel peeper the 28-300 is good enough for casual photography (family, snapshots, vacations, etc.). And you don't have to carry around 20 kg of kit.
If you want long lenses I'd second the 200-400 suggestion since it fills the space between 200 and 500. You might also consider some teleconverters to fill the gap.
Primarily, I do wildlife. Probably 95% of the time, with the other 5% going to macro.
I do own the 1.4, 1.7 and the 2.0 TC, so I am good with many areas.
My prev. lenses were all DX, so I am wanting to maximize their use, while look at the FX repertoire.
I have the older 80-200, on which I stuck the 2.0 TC for a long time, until I got the 500mm. It is very heavy to tote around, but fills a great niche.
There have a lot of great photos show up on Nikonians with a D4, with various lenses. So part of outfitting it, is determining which glass is best. Having spent so much for the 500m, I hesitate to buy another pricey one. But if one like the 300 f/4 is not as good quality of glass as the 200-400, it might be prudent to save a bit more and get the latter.
So basically, the same old dilemma of quality vs. cost.
"Today is the tomorrow that yesterday you spent money like there was no"
The 300mm lens quality was never an issue. It isn't a large jump from the 70-200. With a 1.4 teleconverter the 70-200 f/2.8 becomes a 300 f/4 AND it has zoom. If you are looking at a 300mm f/2.8 then the analysis is different.
I find the 200-400 zoom to be very helpful. I own the 600mm f/4 as well. By time I'm at 600mm the subject changes to wildlife so I don't require zoom.
I think the 300 f4 is a good choice. It provides a great combo that can be hand held. I have owned both the f4 and F2.8 (still have the f4). The only benefit of the 2.8 for your combo is DOF. And that comes at a substantial up charge and weight increase. Congratulations on your retirement.
Just buy it now!!!! No, probably wait for the buy out money. I have the d4 and use my Nikon 500 f4.0 vrII lens along with tele converters a lot for my bird photography. I had the d3s before I got the d4. The d4 is a wonderful camera for these low light, cloudy and sometimes rainy days we get here in western Oregon using high iso settings. I have to do very little noise reduction in post processing with the d4. Its got one tough body. I dropped the d4 off my drafting table onto a hardwood floor, camera ok without a mark, floor got injuried with big dent.
I have a better rain coat for the d4 then I do for my body ha ha!!!!
I retired in 2008, and have never regretted it. Although am busier today than when I worked full time. Got my D4 last year and now use my 400/2.8 and TC's I bought earlier this year shooting birds etc all the time. Buy a real good tripod if you do not have one already. Low light, AF and noise qualities of the D4 are terrific. Great tool.