D4 - D800 dilemma

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D4 - D800 dilemma
Jun 3, 2012

Dear all,

I am trying to make a decision for my first (after many years) DSLR body. The photography has been a hobby for me for about 20 years. I am a current user of Sigma DP1 a 2 cameras, which I have enjoyed for their Foveon sensor, after returning from my travels I have realized the 5MB sensor and the overall concept are limiting me in my work and I would like to upgrade to DSLR and to invest into Nikon body and a couple of quality lenses. I am at present trying to decide what body would suit best my needs and I am chosing between D800 and D4. I would also like to invest into 1 or 2 of the trinity zoom lenses. While I use most of the photos for my archive, I would like to have quality equipment which would enable me making photography exhibitions.

What interests me most is:

  • Landscapes (from my travels, unique destinations etc.)

  • Architecture

  • Portraits

(no photojournalism, no weddings)

The pros and cons of the bodies as I am thinking about them at present are as follow:

D800:
+ high resolution - great for my landscape photography
+ price
-- unnecessary large files for most of the motives (eg portraits)
-- slow for some fast action moments
-- body ergonomics compared to D4

D4:
+ body ergonomics, feel, vertical grip
+ battery stamina (for travels)
+ file size
+ fast for some fast action scenes
-- price
-- is 16MB sensor enough for hq landscape gallery prints?

  • What worries me most on D800 is the file size which I would appreciate probably only with 10% of my photos - the landscapes

  • What worries me most on D4 is the 16Mpixels which I am not sure whether would be enough for capturing the landscapes.

I don't think I will be able to afford any 2nd body anytime soon and the body I purchase should be a longer term investment. Regarding lenses I am thinking of having the 14-24 and 24-70 to start with or only 24-70 to start with.

I would be grateful if you could share your ideas, feelings on this subjects as some of you may be going through similar brainstorming..

Many thanks.

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Martin

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