D4 or D800E for birds?

Started May 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Brandon birder Veteran Member • Posts: 4,184
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 went through this "false" dilemma a few months ago but I had a D800 and D7100. I got to use a D4 for a while and though it is fast it would have meant getting a 600mm lens (I have a 500) as it simply can't compete reach wise with the excellent D800. I also do a lot of birds in flight and the D800 is fast enough to capture swifts in flight. It also has excellent near dawn/dusk IQ and can be used if not cropping heavily up to iso6400 for birds in flight. Am very happy now I have decided that a D4 just isn't good enough for most birds.

Plenty of D800 BIF images in my D800 gallery with my signature below.

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