D4 or D800E for birds?

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newvusa Regular Member • Posts: 197
Re: D4 or D800E for birds?

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 owned the D800 & D7100 and used them for birds. They're great cameras especially when you need to crop your images but doesn't have the fps I need. Now comes the D4s, I got it a month ago. It changed a lot in my birding photography re: low light & bif's.  It may not have the resolution as the other two (2) cameras but it's good enough for me. I'm now using it full time and planning to sell the D800 & D7100. Btw, I'm only a hobbyist.

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