What to buy for shooting action that doesn't cost as much as a D4?

Started Nov 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
billslatteryjr Contributing Member • Posts: 707
Re: What to buy for shooting action that doesn't cost as much as a D4?

I was playing the same waiting game you are. Waiting on a fast 24mp+ camera. But lately I'm shooting too many games to wait any longer and sold my D7100, bought a used D4 and hang a D800 around my neck as a second. Like you said the D800 is rough for sports. If you're shooting RAW the fps makes for missed shots and the buffer gets full too fast. But after the luxury of being able to crop so much with the D800, there was no way I was going all the way back to 12mp. I came very close to picking up a new D610 while I waited on Nikon and think you may want to reconsider doing the same. 6fps isn't all that bad. It's a lot faster than 4fps than 10fps is to 8fps when it comes to capturing the right moment. Of course the buffer isn't there like on a pro camera.

Right now a good used price for a D4 is around $4500. A year from now when the D5 or whatever comes out the D4 will be down to what? Maybe $4000, not $3500? How much different will the depreciation on a D4 be compared to the depreciation on the cameras you mentioned? Is it worth it to you to give up using the best sports camera out there to save a few hundred dollars over the next year or so? Anyway that's how I talked myself into a D4.

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Nikon D500 Nikon D5 Nikon D850 Nikon D3500 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED +13 more
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