Retzius: Does it come in red and grey?
arhmatic, if you have the need for something like a D4--and if you've actually shot a D4--you might begin to understand how style isn't really a concern where cameras like this are concerned.
Aaron801: I know this is a really ignorant question, but I know nothing about this class of cameras... I'm wondering why a camera so bulky and so expensive is only 16mp?
Low-light performance is certainly one key reason. I still haven't experienced better low-light performance than from the D4.
iShootWideOpen: A better version of the D4S has been out a while, it's a 1DX. No "S" needed at the end of the X.
If I wasn't surrounded by Nikon glass, I'd seriously consider the 1DX over the D4. I've been very impressed with the Nikon in super-low-light settings, though, and it seems from what I've seen from others that perhaps the D4 has an edge in that one respect. If you read Morten Hilmer's blog--an extreme example of low-light shooting in practice--you can see his experience with both cameras.
Most importantly, though, if you visit his blog, you can see his stunning, beautiful shots from both cameras. I'm a fan of his work.
Oh, and XQD...
Still sticking with XQD, eh, Nikon? As a D4 owner who figured they'd probably abandon XQD after the D4, there's a positive and negative where that's concerned--positive in that it's perhaps a sign that they're still somewhat behind XQD; negative in that it's perhaps a sign that they're still only somewhat behind XQD.
I'm not big on having to travel with an XQD card reader in addition to my combo CF/SD reader. By the way, is there a USB 3.0 combo reader that supports them all, including XQD?
Would I prefer two CF slots instead of one CF and one XQD? Yes, absolutely. Heck, I'd even rather have one CF and one SD, given how fast SD has gotten since I bought my D4.
XQD. Is there another SLR other than the D4/D4s that uses XQD?
As a D4 owner, I was actually hoping for something I'd want to upgrade to. More megapixels; higher speed (a la 1DX), which is something I rarely desire, but have admired in the 1DX for those rare times I do need it; greater improvement in the autofocus tech (again, a la 1DX); improvements to its handling as a video camera.
I have the Sony RX10, and love its focus peaking and zebra (and how it handles with video in general, including how it autofocuses in video). Once you've used focus peaking (or better, more camcorder-like video autofocus), it's all missed when going back to my D4.
The D4 is still the one that's most an extension of me, my fingers able to rapidly press and sequence-out all the controls and settings I need, even blindly if I had to (in most cases)--and the D4's image quality and the latitude it provides me in PP still amaze me--so it's just picayune disappointment I'm feeling.
D4x. D5. D5s. I'll wait, but I was hoping for some good, fun reasons to pick up a D4s.
I seem to be one of the few who's actually happy about this. I had two Creative Cloud subscriptions (due to the number of computers I use Adobe stuff on), but the only thing I used on either of those subscriptions was Photoshop and Lightroom.
The functionalities of both are absolute necessities for me, and I have neither the time nor the inclination to learn anything else. There's the additional fear that I'll learn something else and find that it doesn't work for me after all (like I found with Aperture), compounding the wasted time.
I called Adobe to facilitate this, and was charged no cancellation fees (they were one-year commitments, subject to cancellation fees).
So, perhaps I'm in the minority, but this guy's happy to have transitioned both accounts to the Photography Program, and thus "save" $1017.60 per year compared to what I was paying...well, at least until they raise the Photography Program rates (which I wouldn't be surprised to see after the first year's up).
Outstanding read, Amadou! Thanks to Dean and John for the insights into their careers, and the tools they use in them.
Though I am a Nikon D4 shooter, my commitment to one platform over another is mostly motivated by the glass I've already bought. (If I'd started with Canon glass, I'd be a 1DX shooter.)
As for connectivity (which was briefly discussed), I do use Nikon's WT-5, and love it. I use it mostly for iPad-controlling the D4 for shooting videos of myself, which has been great, as I previously needed someone to operate the camera, for focus, exposure, etc., which I can now do on my own.
Stunning. I have a preorder for the D4 in; and, given my Nikon glass (and a love of Nikon ergonomics), I'll likely keep that preorder in. But this 2-way wireless flash system from Canon had me seriously considering selling it all and going back to Canon, for a 1Dx, ST-E3-RT, and three 600EX-RT's (plus the lens equivalents to replace my Nikon glass).
But, after really realizing I'd need to buy a 1Dx, ST-E3-RT, and three 600EX-RT's (plus the lens equivalents to replace my Nikon glass)--*and* the huge hit I'd take on the sale of my Nikon rig--I came to my senses.
Admittedly, though, I can't stop thinking how amazing it would be to have that setup, as I do a lot of flash photography, and that level of control and functional integration from the ST-E3-RT...again, stunning. Not having to mess with a few different flashes; being able to control them so fully without taking them down from where they're at (or out of what they're in); being able to so quickly experiment with light balance...