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| p.1 #15 · Why D4 when you already have D3? |
nugeny, I expect that you would like the D4 better than the D3 if you were really taking advantage of it. Things like superior AF in low light or at f/8 lens/TC combinations (e.g. 200-400 + 2x TC), or faster buffer clearance, or shooting a scene in which you need to capture greater dynamic range at the same ISO or can use a cleaner, lower ISO for the same DR, built-in sensor cleaning, etc.
If you cannot take advantage of the D4 then the D3 is hardly a bad camera to be using.
Sadly, even an iPhone could probably take some pictures better than either of the DSLRs; it all comes down to using the right camera for the job.
I'm certain that you would prefer the D800(E) results better than the D3 or D4 in some situations, but I'm equally sure that you would prefer the feel of the D4.
I chose to buy a D800E rather than a D4 primarily because I already had a very acceptable D3s for things that the D3s or D4 can do better. I will add that I much prefer the D3s images over the D700(=D3) images in the low-light conditions that I often shoot in.
With regards to prints, up to a point you'll see no advantage to the higher resolution of the D800 over the D4 because too much data is being scrapped in a small print. Then there'll be a range of sizes in which the extra detail can be seen at normal viewing distances, and then there'll be the really big prints that will not reveal extra detail at normal viewing distances because that normal distance is too great. At least you might see some extra detail if you choose to get closer than normal.
Alan, I am with you all the way. In two weeks i will be shooting eagles fishing,BIF... Some time will be low light, D4 will prove itself more than shooting the big 5 of Kenya. All the prints from Kenya are wildlife,no landscape nor closeups, So i really can't detect any difference in IQ of D4 and D3. Both are equally great. Print sizes: from 5x7 to 16x28".