Renting FX camera as a trial run: D4s vs D800E vs Df?

Started Apr 18, 2014 | Questions thread
OP tlrfoto New Member • Posts: 6
Re: Renting FX camera as a trial run: D4s vs D800E vs Df?

Hugo First wrote:

How serious are you about your photos? What do you plan to do with them?

In some ways it sounds like your primary objective is just to try a high-end, FX body. Period.

If that's so, the D4s is at the top of the heap. It'll have the absolute best AF, FPS and low-light performance overall.

It is worth $100 more than the others?

How badly do you want to experience that level of performance?

I don't have a D4s -- or even a D4. I do have a D800 and a Df.

My view is that the Df is superior in really low light, but that any time you go to high ISO you notice that while colors are preserved especially well, the detail at 100 percent zoom is very, very smeared. And I don't just mean ISO 10,000!

D800, on the other hand, develops purple splotches in the shadows once you go up much about ISO 3200. If your venue can support ISOs not much higher than that, you can probably get better results than with a Df.

Since the sensor of the D4s is supposed to be somewhere close to the Df's, I'm guessing they'd share the same noise characteristics -- and some of the sample photos from the Olympics I saw suggest this is the case, but I can't attest to it by first-hand experience.

My gut feeling is, unless you're used to heavy bodies and all the features and control on the pro bodies, that you should stick with a Df for this time and see how it goes. I doubt you'll be dissatisfied with it, even though it isn't the be all and end all of cameras.

Good luck with whatever you decide.


Thanks for the input. I'm serious about the quality of my photos regardless of who they are for or what the eventual media output will be. The goal of these photos is to be used on a variety of media, both print and website, for the bands' promotional purposes.

As I've researched it more, I'm somewhat torn between the D4s, and the Df. Likely, based on my limited experience with some of the other FX bodies, the D4s would be a bit overkill, which is why I considered the Df in the first place.

For the first venue I'm intimately familiar with and will probably be bouncing between ISO 1600 and 6400. The 2nd venue is the wildcard, and part of the reason I was looking towards the higher performance AF and FPS of the D4s. Based on what I've seen around the dpreview forums I would agree with what you said about about the Df and D4s having similar noise profiles.

I would like to eventually get an FX camera and really start doing more concert photography. This is my attempt to test some of my top camera picks and see how they perform before investing a significant amount of $$$.

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