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| p.1 #8 · Nikon D4 owners...issues? |
- Green tint on LCD
- Lenses getting stuck on the D4 body
- Focus jumping in and out head on (sports)
- High ISO being equivalent as D3S
- QXD card being pointless
I appreciate any feedback.
Green tint on LCD: never noticed any problem
Lenses getting stuck: never had a problem
Focus issues: I am not sure about the 'improvement', I already had that problem with the D3, the algorithms are less intuitive than in the previous generations (I cannot exactly predict what I will get, sometimes when shooting sports, focus goes to the public in the background) On bodies like the D2x or D200, I found the 'dynamic group' and 'closest subject' MUCH better from a practical point of view (predictibility of the results) but that's just me.
High ISO is a serious improvement but my previous body was a D3, I assume the difference is not that significant if you use a D3S. Don't forget that resolution is improved as well.
QXD is the most ridiculous useless technology I have ever seen in a camera body. The speed is not needed at all (recent CF cards >90MB/s are more than fast enough), the system is completely incompatible, not completely reliable as far as I am concerned (see my recent post), the cards are ridiculously expensive and basically a lost investment, you need to carry other cards, another reader... If there had been a D4s without an XQD reader, I would have bought it immediately EVEN if it would have been MORE expensive than the D4.
And something you don't mention, the battery problem, making the camera way more expensive than the list price. The second most ridiculous move in history (in a camera body). Because of a stupid law, the batteries are incompatible with anything else, you can throw away your old very expensive batteries and buy a few very expensive new ones which give you a much lower autonomy than the previous generation. A dream when you shoot with two bodies like the D3 and D4, double the batteries and two huge chargers in the bag.
A positive conclusion: the D4 is an excellent camera, it already seriously dropped in price (at least where I live), but for my usage, a step backward compared with the D3s if I forget the higher resolution. The conclusion is of course completely different if video is important to you. My personal conclusion: I really like using the D4, it delivers excellent pictures and does the job, but the camera falls in the category recommended with reservations, definitely not highly recommended. Nikon did a much better job when they introduced the D3 or the D3s.