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Seems like somebody needs to get their D4 and send it in to NPS or Nikon for inspection regarding
the overall performance when comparing it to the D3s.
I do know a few colleagues have sent in their 1st generation D4 bodies bc their bodies were somewhat soft.
They also had the lens release button stick, not allowing removal of the lens.
TRICK: Face the camera upwards and shake slightly while depressing release button and remove lens.
I own -5- camera bodies.
-3- D3 bodies
-2- D3s bodies
Ive been shooting professionaly for about 20 plus years.
I shot canon up until the sub mirror re-flex problems with the MKIII.
I have since been shooting Nikon.
I use my D3 bodies for all event gigs such as cheer competition and club volleyball.
I will sometimes use the D3s for those gigs.
The D3s does a much better job over the D3 in lowlight situations such as indoor
sporting events and poorly lit HS football stadiums.
When I shoot pro and college sports, the D3s was the main choice bc of the improved
buffer and better lowlight.
Now that I have the D4s body, there is simply NO COMPARISON with the D3s.
IMO, for my usage and for the type of events that I cover, the D4s beats the D3s from start to finish
in every aspect you can ever imagine.
The Speed, lowlight, Focus accuracy, hit to miss ratio and virtually
no shutter lag to name a few. Not sure on SRAW capabilities as of yet.
I do miss the dual CF cards, but the new Xqd card is extremely fast @ R/W speeds
when comparing to CF cards.
That extra 4mg file size is a godsend as it allows me to get a tighter crop without worrying that
the image will become softer looking.
I shot over 5k shots and only had about 20 shots that were soft on my last shoot @ LA coliseum
about 2 weeks ago. I had a D4s/400 2.8vr, D3s/200 f/2, D3s/70-200vrII at my finger tips at all times.
As I put the D4s down and switched to the D3s/200 I could tell immediately that the focus speed and accuracy
was just not in the same league. I never really thought the D4s was gonna be that much better than the D3s.
I too were convinced that the D3s was simply a great combination setup for all my needs, then that D4s devil came in and took my my breath and my soul away.
I was just shocked by how much better the overall performance was.
Im very happy with all my setup, but just elated and proud to own such a fine precision instrument in the D4s.
BTW, the battery life was an impressive 3.5k and still had enough to probably get to 4k, I had an extra battery, but only used the one since I had a 45min late lunch break and charged it at that time for the rest of the day.
The D4s is not for everybody and the D3s will still be a great camera for years to come, but the D4s just gives me that competitive edge in this fast and crazy world of major pro/college sporting events.
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