D800 or D4 for shootig wildlife?

Started Apr 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: D800 or D4 for shootig wildlife?
In reply to herbymel, Apr 8, 2012

True, it costs a helluva lot more! Too much for most. That said, the 4 fps + high ISO advantage is quite significant. For a bird in the shade on an otherwise sunny day, it can take ISO 1600 for 1/200 shutter speed. That is the limit of good ISO for a D800 or D7000 if you need to crop the photo a bit. Which is often the case for birds. If you are in the woods or in the open but relying dawn/dusk activity you may suffer 2-3 more stops of light loss! Such is the advantage of the D4 for wildlife.

If it is sports you have even more of a dilemma. You get poor light for evening, indoor or overcast settings but need a minimum 1/640 if not 1/800 shutter speed. So in addition to High ISO frame rate is huge here. Using the example of baseball from them outfield looking at the batter, one wants to capture the driving swing with the ball somewhere in the frame, preferably on the bat. It has been very hard for me even at 6 fps.

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