Nikon D4 at the Circus -- fun!

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Dan Wagner
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Nikon D4 at the Circus -- fun!
Apr 26, 2012

I know many people have an issue or two about the D4 or D800 or whatever. However, on my first outing with the D4 (moved up from D3), I was absolutely delighted with the results. In the past, when I bought a new DSLR I would test it shooting shots of nothing special. However, with the D4 I wanted to try it under low light conditions, and it had to be something special and fun. After all, for 6K I wasn't going to shoot my pet. Fortunately when I heard that the Universoul Circus was coming to town, I knew it would be the perfect choice. I put the photos up on one of my sites. http://danwagnerphotography.tumblr.com/

I shot everything with my 24-70 2.8 Nikon lens. It proved to be a good choice, and allowed me to follow the action. The great high ISO performance -- I shot mostly between 3200 and 6400 allowed me to capture the ambiance without overpowering it with a flash. In fact, what weirded me out the most was not having a flash. There I was sitting at a pretty dark event, and all I had to depend on was available light.

My percentage of in-focus shots was very high. And this was while shooting horses running around a ring while a rider performed acrobatics from only 10 feet away. The white balance too was very impressive. I shot in RAW and during processing I usually stuck with the as shot white balance setting.

Only thing that was a bit of a headache was having to upgrade Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom.
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Nikon D4, Nikon D800, Nikon Lenses 10.5, 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 VRII, 60 2.8 AF-S Micro, 85 1.4, Zeiss 50 1.4, Two SB910's, Canon G-9 & Underwater housing, Two Quantum 5d-r's, & More.

 Dan Wagner's gear list:Dan Wagner's gear list
Nikon D4 Zeiss Otus 1.4/55
Canon EOS 5D Nikon D3 Nikon D4 Nikon D800
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