Advice for D4 Owner?

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  1. JoeW

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    I'm about to acquire a used D4. I'm interested in any tips and advice (especially in terms of settings or quirks) that anyone has to offer.


     
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    Well it really depends on what you are planning on shooting, what lenses you are using and what body you are coming from. I had a D4 for 4 more than or so in the beginning of 2017...
     
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    My primary camera right now is a D600. I've got a range of full-frame lens, some prime (50m f1.4 and 85mm f1.8), and a mix of zooms (including the 24-85 f2.8, 75-200 f2.8 and 600mm f5). I'm particularly interested in shooting sports and wildlife with it for certain but also a range of other subjects.
     
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    I loved the voice memo feature my D3 had.
    Page 255-261 in the D4 manual.
     
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    Yes, the voice memo feature is really nice. Be prepared for a beautiful viewfinder image!
     
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    Don't get it, and get a 850 instead.

    Unless you need the speed.
     
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    I actually could have gotten +a D800 for a very good price with low shutter count and I thought long and hard about that. What what eventually decided against the bodies with 30+ megapixels is that I don't really have the computer power and memory to handle files that size without it going to a drag and then the resulting storage issues. To put it another way, I could either buy a used camera this year and wait a couple of years to upgrade my aging MacAir. Or I could upgrade my MacAir to a MacPro and then wait a couple of years to upgrade my camera.

    And I really do want to shoot more sports and wildlife. But yeah, heard great things about both the D800 and D850 and was tempted.
     
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    From what I've read, the D4 would be my choice over either the D800 or D810, but the D850 would be a good choice over the D4.

    As for the file size, you could probably capture smaller file sizes than the huge-a__ large files in the D850. Shooting fast action from the sideline you could save small files, and if shooting wildlife at 1 click, you could save the larger files.

    Anyway, for sports and wildlife, why not consider the D500? The D4 is very good in low-light conditions, but then so is the D500. If you don't need an FX sensor, go for the D500.
     
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    I agree with Designer. If you are keeping the D600 you already have a perfectly fine camera for normal shooting. The D500 could be a very good choice for Sports/Wildlife. It depends on what price point you are looking at for the D4. If it's in the $1800 USD range where I have seen some, it will be a pretty good buy. But I have also seen D500 go in the $1200 range. I might get a D850 at some point but it is a bunch of money to shell out.

    For wildlife the D500 is pretty hard to beat for the price. The D4 will have better IQ if, and a big if, you can fill the frame. I find the D500 AF to be more responsive than the D4 also. If you are shooting a lot of sports where you are not focal length challenged and in poor light then the D4 will win. Unfortunately everything is a compromise in camera land...
     
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