Nikon D4 and 85mm 1.8 Announced

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Hamish Gill, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    Nikon have today announced the latest incarnation of their flagship DSLR in the form of the Nikon D4!
    Those who are aware of nikons range of high end cameras will know that there are currently available a D3s and D3x
    The D3x has a higher resolution sensor of 24.5 mega pixels and was brought out to rival medium format cameras mainly for studio use and situations where lower light photography is not necessarily the goal.
    The D3s has a 12mp sensor and is more of an all round body designed to be used in almost any situation with its high performance in low light with sensitivities extended up to 102,400.

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    The D4 would seem to be the more natural progression from the D3s.
    It has a minor increase in pixel count of 16.2mp as well as having an extended high iso of 204,800. Sensitivity is also extended down to 50iso (the d3s goes down to 100).
    It also appears to have an improved video performance perhaps in a bid to help it compete with canon in this area!
    Another major improvement on paper is the 91k pixel metering system which replaces the 1005 pixel metering system used in the previous models. This is said to give the camera full time face recognition capabilities ... ...
    Possibly more usefully it is also said to improve metering in a wider variety of situations!
    As well as this there appears to be an improved carbon fibre shutter with a 400,000 actuation life ...
    Other specs include an improved "expeed 3" processor, which ounds great on paper but is meaningless to me until I see any images.
    Faster focusing using a "Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module for faster, more accurate autofocusing that performs extremely well under dim lighting" ...
    An XQD card slot along side a CF slot (instead of 2 CF slots
    Compatibility with the new wt5 wireless transmitter

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    and ...

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    It does indeed look suitably awesome, and im sure it will be!!

    Nikon | News | Digital SLR camera Nikon D4


    Along side this Nikon have also released a new 85mm 1.8 afs lens

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    Nikon | News | AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
     
  2. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    Somehow I knew you'd be posting on this topic Hamish! ;)Looks like a great camera - I was checking it out on B&H.$5,999!
     
  3. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Canon user

    It does look the business, so many buttons and at least 4 little scroll wheels.

    The ISO range looks impressive.
     
  4. Dave Moss

    Dave Moss Active Member

    it is available for pre order at £4799 in the UK
     
  5. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    I'll certainly be interested to see how it compares in low light/high ISO situations to the D3s...
     
  6. Larry Bolch

    Larry Bolch Member

    Not radically different. More like the difference between the D200 and D300. Keep everything that works great and refine everything that didn't. When I saw the specifications of the D300, I decided that there was no reason to move from the D200. I did a test shoot with the D300 and gave my D200 away. In a thousand small ways, the D300 was better, and when added together made the D200 seem like a work in progress and the D300 the final result.
     
  7. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    If the step up in low light focusing is as big as the difference between the d200 and d300 that alone makes it promising ...
     
  8. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    It does look interesting and the lift in resolution will help with cropped images. I suspect a lot of the functionality will be of more benefit to the DSLR video community. The clean DVI out will be a big attraction allowing the use of external recorders. As I said in thee other thread, a D3x is the current priority to replace the D700 for technical applications where we need a Nikon fit.
     
  9. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    It's all just too much cash for me nowadays ...
    What was the d3 when it came out £3500 ish??
    £4800 I such a lot of money
    And what's a d3x now? £5000?
    I'm not saying they are not worth the cash, it's just an aweful lot of it...
    I just need to get better at photography so I can afford one...
    I bought my d3 a good year and a bit after it was released I think ... That gives me a goal to aim for anyway ;)
     
  10. Larry Bolch

    Larry Bolch Member

    Hamish, prices drop after the initial surge of early adopters. It is likely to be the go-to camera for most sports shooters, and should pay for itself quickly. If you do not use the front-heavy super-telephotos, do not need full auto-focus at 10 fps, will never reach 400,000 actuations before first maintenance, then you probably are not the person for whom the camera was designed. It—like the D3 before it—was Nikon's way of getting into the ball-park literally. Prior to the D3, the sidelines of any sport were a sea of white lenses. Sports and wild-life shooters are the constituency for this camera as they were for the D3.

    The only things the D3 offered that I wanted was that my lenses would function at the focal lengths for which I bought them, and the fact that I could shoot available darkness at levels that were not previously possible. I had no need for high frames per second, dual card-slots, 300k activations, full weather-proofing and so on that made it a bargain at its initial price. The D700 delivered on everything I needed.

    Were I still shooting sports for meat, I would be very excited about the D4. Now I simply have no need for it. I think it brilliantly addresses the needs of its intended constituency.
     
  11. Dave Moss

    Dave Moss Active Member

    Well fishing around the internet about the D4 it looks if the German Nikon site is right a second new pro camera is about to be released as well and rumours abound it will be the Nikon D800 if the specs are right it looks as if Nikon are looking to beat the 5D
     
  12. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    As always Larry, it's available light shooting that's of interest to me!

    My choice for d3 over the d700 at the time was down to a: the d3 second hand being only fractionally more expensive than a new d700 (which was brand new out at the time) and b: I felt it was less likely to limit me...
    I always like to buy kit that is least likely to impose limitations on my shooting ... The highest end Nikon range, from any brand, is in my opinion the best for that goal... Regardless of subject matter and shooting circumstance!
     
  13. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Personally I much prefer this ethos to shooting meat for sport. Larry,...what sports did you shoot for meat? (Sorry all, don't wish to hijack the thread here,...just curious.)
     
  14. Larry Bolch

    Larry Bolch Member

    All high-school sports, plus college basketball and football, major league baseball spring training, all motorsports (I lived in Daytona Beach, FL), boxing—whatever sport was happening. The newspaper wanted sports covered from a photojournalistic point of view, not just a repetition of cliché sports shots and so they made me lead sports shooter.
     

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