D4 or D800E for birds?

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JohnDE
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Re: D4 or D800E for birds?
In reply to jamesg28, 4 months ago

jamesg28 wrote:

Hi all

A question for the bird photographers amongst us.
If money is no object and you needed/wanted a second body for birding (primarily), would the D4 ot D800 be your choice? And why?
I have and continue to heavily weigh up the obvious pros and cons of each.y conclusion is that both are awesome in their own way, and both require compromises in some areas.

As background: I currently shoot D7100 and 500vr. I love this body for its pixels on subject.
But I've always wanted a FX body to use side by side. The D800 appeals with its resolution. less of a compromise compared to dropping back to 16mp on fx with a D4. But the speed of the D4 is obviously highly appealing. Approx 50-70% of my shooting is BIF.

The D4 fps and buffer would be sensational (especially as the d7100 is also limited there).
The D800(e) resolution etc is also very appealing on the other hand. IQ is very important for me.

Is the D4 worth an extra $3000?

What would you do? All opinions gratefully received

I have both a D800 and a D3s. For BIF, I want a shutter speed of at least 1/1000 and prefer 1/1250 sec. Most of my bird photographs are done with a Nikon 500mm f/4, often with a TC-1.4. With the need for a high shutter speed and high frame rate (often at a high ISO in prime morning/afternoon light), the D3s gives me many more "keepers."

I don't know if you will find the D4 a huge improvement over your D7100...

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