I shoot a D300 and a D700 and I range from Sports, Wildlife, Landscape, Concerts, Portrait. I use my D700 most of the time except for wildlife being the crop factor gets me closer. I do switch to the D700 when it gets low light to allow for higher ISO but using the D700 all the time and cropping is not as good as using the D300. My lenses are 80-200 2.8, 200-400 4 for most of my work and of course some fast primes. My question is being technology is of course improving sensors and MP is growing although, I dont think jamming more into the same size sensor improves once you get to a certain size. But would switching to one camera like the D4 allow me to shoot full frame but with wildlife I would crop and now have the same quality as if I was shooting with a DX camera. I like the D4 for its speed being when I do shoot sports I have the battery grip for the D700 which gives me 8 fps and it doesnt look like I can get that speed with a D600 or D800 and the battery grip. Which is something I need. so that is why the D4 is on my short list of "It's getting time to maybe upgrade my body and which one should I get?" question.
#1. "RE: The crop factor on a D4" | In response to Reply # 0Ferguson Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004Fri 21-Jun-13 03:10 PM | edited Fri 21-Jun-13 03:11 PM by Ferguson
Most of this is just math.
DX on D4 is 3200 x 2128
D300 is 4288 x 2848
D800 is 4800 x 3200
So you're going to lose resolution substantially but gain in high ISO performance (as well as frames per second, etc.) Bear in mind that a few years ago 3200x2138 was considered a high resolution sensor.
A somewhat more interesting comparison is the D800 which actually gains you both resolution and high ISO, but you lose a bit in FPS (if you shot the D300 at 12bits as opposed to 14bits).
For anything but stationary subjects, however, I think you are better off shooting in FX mode and cropping, as then you are much less likely to slightly miss the action. How often have you just barely clipped the wing on a bird in flight, or the ball was just barely out of the DX frame.
The D4 is an amazing camera, but it doesn't have the resolution some of the DX cameras has. It works well there, but it shines in FX. Thus it will cause a medical condition called NAS which will cause you to acquire longer and heavier lenses.
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#2. "RE: The crop factor on a D4" | In response to Reply # 0mrwilson Nikonian since 14th May 2013Fri 21-Jun-13 03:48 PM
Yes there is no getting around it, never close enough to wildlife it seems without cropping a little to a lot. I have found that the high iso shooting without a lot of post processing, fast frame rate plus the tank built like body and exterior buttons for quick setting changes is why the d4 is so good at quick action shots.
If a person requires a lot of extensive cropping then the d800 is better because it gets more pixels on the subject. I shoot with a Nikon 500mm f4.0 vr lens with converters at times when I need them to get more pixels on an animal. I try not to crop extensively and have learnt to approach animals better to get closer.
I rented a d800, tried it, then bought the d4 and have been happy every sense. The d4 is made to be roughed up in the field and comes out swinging.
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#3. "RE: The crop factor on a D4" | In response to Reply # 2JECoutre Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2008Fri 21-Jun-13 06:42 PM
I capture images in each of the venues of your interest with both the D4 and D800E, most times with both on the shoulder. Unquestionably the D4 is my go to (1st choice or has the most visualized lens of choice on it for the situation)for everything except landscape. I don't heistate using the D800E in everthing except fast action sports or BIF simply due to continuous shutter rates (4 v 10 frames per second). If I only grab one camera for out of studio work, it is the D4.
I do print large (24x36, but mostly 20x24) and have not had any difficulty of "loose in camera framing" (a habit in my studio and enviornmental family portraiture business)with either D4 or D800 when especially large pp crops for those distance subjects ... image quality holds up with careful pp.