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| p.1 #13 · D4 users, is it lacking sharpness compared to 1dx? Less detail & slower AF? |
Hi all, just trying to get some feedback from D4 users.
I am a canon user. I use a 1Dx and 5d mark iii and absolutely love them. Their AF is super fast, and they consistently produce tack sharp images in all situations. I saw this comparison online.
Really made me wonder if this is true. I'm mainly talking about two things, the DETAIL and the AF speed.
If you go to the "autofocus consistency" section, you can see side by side shots done with 2 different lenses at similar settings. The 1dx just seems to have so much more detail/sharpness. To rule out a micro af adjustment issue, they did the test with two different lenses (85mm primes and 70-200 2.8s) and even shot it at f3.5 to get more depth of field. Still the difference to my eyes was drastic.
So for the D4 users out there, is this consistent with what you are finding? Sample outdoor portraits with focus on eyes are always welcome! I am just curious because I have a friend who is invested in the Nikon system (but not heavily), and is considering a D4...but he could easily switch systems if there is really that big of a difference in detail.
I always say stick with the system you are invested in, but when spending a whole lot of change for pro bodies I wouldn't be happy with such a drastic difference in performance. Thoughts on this? Or maybe sample people images in natural lighting at 100% to show that the issue was something specific to their D4...
The D4 samples they show look like crap and nothing like what I get out of my D4's. I believe the 85 on their D4 needed some AF fine tuning. The D4 AF speed looked terrible in that comparison, but we have no idea how each of these cameras complicated AF settings were set, which makes a huge difference in speed vs accuracy for a given situation. The D4 set to factory settings for focus lock is a bit doggy but very accurate, and I suspect they did not mess around with focus tracking with lock-on, which has a huge impact on AF speed. I have my D4 set to "short" and I can use the 85 1.4 to shoot outdoor sports. Try that with a 85 1.2!
In summary, the results they show are not indicative of the performance I get with my D4's, and I believe the simple explanation is not having had a good working knowledge of both cameras at the time of the comparison. I would recommend renting both and comparing them yourself, taking the time to make sure each is set to give you the best performance for your needs, then make a decision. FYI, I left my Canon 1DsMKIII and 5DMKIII for Nikon.