So what kind of set would You suggest me for that? I don’t like how close the AE-L/AF-L lock and AF buttons are on the D810 – hard to go from D4s AF spacing to D810 and not hit the AE-L/AF-L by mistake. (I guess if it made good pictures in the past ,it didn’t go wrong, but I guess 12mp doesn’t give you playground for cropping.) Ditto with bird in flight sequences where more fps lets you pick a shot with the best-looking wing position. Of course you have to balance that with the fact that the D4s/800mm will love you unconditionally for a long long time, ripping off burst after 11fps burst of gloriously rich detailed animated wildlife shots and it will never get fat. What really counts is your final output – the images that you share with friends, clients, the world or just yourself. This must be the best photography article I’ve ever read. My main camera is the D810. I’ve done all I can optically, slapping my 800mm + 1.25x on the tripod, so for a tight shot of the body alone I’ll have to crop like crazy. I’ve demonstrated my 3 favorite new features in the video below including Nikon’s new group area auto-focusing mode, video shot at 1080p 60fps, and time-lapse photography created with the aid of exposure smoothing: Since shooting this video I had a chance to photograph wild raptors (owls, eagles, and hawks) alongside clients on my annual Raptors of Eastern Washington Photo Tour. Evidently, at high ISOs you can’t get away with cropping in with the D810/500mm to the same image size on the D4s/800 because you lose the noise reduction benefit of downsampling the file (because you already cropped away all those pixels to get an equivalent-sized image). I have yet to meet a photographer who does not enjoy driving around National Parks in search of breath-taking landscapes or elusive wildlife. Looking at the stats, the D600 and D810 are much lighter than the D4s. When I first shot with a normal burst from the D810, he darted under his rock and into his man cave. The Nikon D5, in particular, is certainly something many sports and wildlife photographers have been waiting for. That’s because at realistic viewing distances the human eye simply can’t resolve more. The photography experience with the Nikon D4S feels just like cruising on the river, it’s a smooth operator. Aw hell, just buy one of each – they’re all great cameras. Sell everything buy a d7200 and few good lens to it, or buy that over-its-prime d810 (oh no they are selling a d800 in grade 8 almost same price as the half dead d810) and then give that set a not pro grade f4 lens set, and keep the nikon 1 where reach is the main thing matters. by admin December 8, 2020 at 6:55 pm . This I can do with the naked lens and all 3 converters. It took me 11 states, two countries, eight weeks, and 16,000 images to get it done, but here it is! – I had the D600 and (let alone the sub-par body) its AF performance was truly disappointing as you too found out: focus and recompose must not be a rule as it was in my case. This is nothing a little rhinoplasty can’t fix. I do realize they are two very different cameras however while I found the D850 (at a first sight/feeling) “only” “OK-GOOD” I was amazed ( WOW ) by the D4 and by chance I found after a few days an apparently very good copy of D4s used (which brought a number of improvements over the D4) for basically half the price of a new D5 and having already the shutter unit replaced, plus CLA’ed. What about slapping a 1.4x teleconverter onto the 500mm ($9K combo) for a 700mm focal length and dropping that on the D810? So, thanks in advance & also awaiting for your upcoming article. I can easily say in many areas I found the camera to exceed my expectations with the areas of struggle being mostly what I anticipated. The Nikon Z 6 was one of the company’s first attempts in the full-frame mirrorless camera market. With any luck we’d hear and see some buffalo. I assigned my fn button to switch between crop modes so I could quickly go from full frame to 1.2x or 1.5x depending on how far off or how difficult it was to frame my subject. I made it for months without a single sip of Nikon Rumors. I never leave home without a 70-200 VR II and at least one wide angle lense. Of course these tricks can be used to boost the D7100 buffer too. I own both a D4s and a D810 and will take both with me, but what I not sure about is what lens to take or how much of a challenge changing lenses will be at this point of the dry season — DUST being the challenge. Checking my 2014 Lightroom catalog, of the 66000+ images I’ve kept so far this year, only 2.2% of those were shot at ISOs greater than 6400. Both look dandy. The better you get at choosing when and how long to spray-and-pray, the less often your buffer fills up. Flexibility. In my bench tests of the D600 vs the D810, the images produced by the D600 were cleaner than the ones produced by the D810 at every ISO above 800, even when down sampled to the same 24MP. For close and landscape a full frame (maybe landscape would be good for D700 ? The new CF cards are as fast as XQD, so I’d just stock up on them as you’ll probably be able to use them later in other devices. Bookmark the permalink. A2-focus. He didn’t like the camera noise, even though the D810 is a real quiet camera. Most BIF shots require cropping, favoring the D810. I am less worried about dust with the D4s than the D810 and the D4s’s better ISO range and lower noise would suit itself better to an f/5.6. I guess taking a few bin liners could help. My longest lens is a 300 f2.8 vr2 that I use with the different TC’s. One thing the D600 has that’s lacking in the D810 and D4s is User Modes – the U1 and U2 on the MASP dial. Had I kept my focus on wildlife photography, I would have probably either upgraded to the D4, or the latest generation D4s. D4s or D850 wildlife photography Started 7 months ago | Questions thread Forum: Parent: First: Previous: Next ... Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR Nikon 85mm F1. Share. For these I found a nice drainage ditch to kneel down in so could set my tripod up and shoot at prairie dog eye level. Above is a 50% crop. John first of all thank you. Article and all images Copyright 2014, John Sherman. I ran some buffer tests at full resolution shooting all the cameras set for 14-bit lossless compressed RAW images. Nikon D4S Nikon D7200 Nikon D810. I’m working on a few other Nikon projects and I’ll keep you first in line. No big surprise here, the D810 is the cropoholics dream, yielding bigger files that could be used for larger format output. I’ve had the Nikon Z6 II in my possession for the past three weeks and have been able to put the camera to use photographing birds, and I’d like to share my thoughts on the experience. Now here’s some of the real deal. But birds are fast, favoring the speedster D4s. Sreejib, Good question. It has been an awesome year. My main focus are the bigger animals, predators like Lion, leopards and Cheetah and general game. The D4s is as big and manly and hefty as this bull. Thoughts on the Nikon Z6 II for Wildlife Photography. (Actually, deer ingest clay-rich soils to provide minerals and help remove toxins.) Wildlife photography is one of the most popular fields within photography. Ray Hennessy . You might be asking what about the D4s and 500mm combo? My flick becomes a You Tube sensation and I get to shoot hillbillies noodling for the rest of my career. If you’re shooting cheetahs running or osprey diving you’ll want the high fps of the D4s. There must be some different algorithm in the sensor design (or something else, I’m no engineer) that allows for this. Thank goodness the only news was Nikon was releasing the D810, a camera I clearly had no need for as I like shooting wildlife, not lens charts. My favorite shots from the couple weeks I spent doing this test were the action ones – ones that the speed of the D4s made possible. Period. I agree that the hardware is important but as “Sceptical1” said, a lot hinges on the man behind the camera. Buffalo are basically huge lawnmowers that spend the day mowing down the prairie then re-fertilizing it. It is not any harder to handle than any other camera with any lenses. Well if Wikipedia is correct (big if) and a human with 20/20 vision can resolve at 1 arcminute, then that person wouldn’t be able to see a chigger until it got to within 22 inches of his/her eye. Quite usable. Leave a Comment / Pro Photography / By Akshay. With the options you mentioned I’d leave the 200-500 on the D4s and put your 70-200 on the D810 and try not to change lenses. Without a doubt, the Nikon D5 and D500 DSLR announcements have been the center of attention in the photography world this week, probably similar to the impact the Nikon D3 and D300 had back in 2007. Obviously I have double the chance of success with that shot and the D4s. Take this example. If you obsess too much over obtaining tack sharp images you will miss out on the magic that is Africa. But hang on a second, I do shoot for Arizona Highways. As a professional wildlife photographer who spends over 100 days a year in the field working with clients and leading workshops I require the highest standards from my camera equipment. D4S - Produits arrêtés. Thank goodness the only news was Nikon was releasing the D810, a camera I clearly had no need for as I like shooting wildlife, not lens charts. BUT they each on weigh about 2.9kg/7lbs and so ?? Thoughts on the Nikon Z6 II for Wildlife Photography. Disclaimer: This website has no affiliation with Nikon USA or any subsidiary of Nikon. The odd thing though, is for some reason the noise in the D810’s images was somehow easier to remove in PP. If you shoot a lot in low light (say in the Costa Rican rain forest or Glasgow) the D810 will be a poor choice – get a D4s. Well this isn’t going to win any ribbons – the D810 has failed to encrust the buffalo’s face with snow. Yeah pretty noisy, especially that horrid blob on the end of her tongue. 1/500, f/7.1, ISO 500, 80-400mm @ 360mm, D600. The photography experience with the Nikon D4S feels just like cruising on the river, it’s a smooth operator. But having made the long zoom choice – what else long to take – I have access to the following lenses 400/2.8, 300/2.8, 200/2.0 and having a long lens with 2+ stop or better than the f/5.6 is very attractive – but which – one, some, all of these to take. The bird is coming at me, which is harder for the AF to track than one flying perpendicular to the lens axis. Using the Nikon D4s for wildlife photography by Aaron Baggenstos ; Wildlife photography: from Coolpix 4200 to Nikon D3s and every camera in between ; Wildlife photography ; Wildlife Photography in Norway ; This entry was posted in Nikon D810, [NR] Reviews and tagged Des Ong, [NR] Guest Posts. Thank You very much for the help in advance. The D600 is crippled with a buffer that fills in just under 3 seconds – not a good trait for a wildlife camera. I often use the Df with the 300f2.8 in low light. Bottom line is even the cheapest Nikon full frame DSLR can excel at shooting big slow beasts. However if we open up a stop with the faster 500mm to f/4 so we can shoot at ISO 3200 it’s a different story. My Nikon D4 Custom Settings for Birds in Flight. Why the D850 is, to me, the best wildlife photography camera ever made. At 16mp, the D4s doesn’t leave a lot of cropping leeway. Speed is definitely the name of the game for wildlife photography and with Nikon D4S, I can shoot up to 11 frames per second continuously. Like when buffalo get frisky. Beware though that the D810s big 36mp files chew up memory real fast. I’ll be using for both sport and portraiture and while I don’t need 45 MP I definitely need a reliable and sensitive AF for when light goes down (Europe, Carrie, anyone?) This has been cropped to approximate the same image I took with the D4s. Yet, all of these photos mostly look really similar, if not the same. À propos de la boutique Nikon Store. And at 100% you’re lapping up tons of detail and you beat the D810 when it comes to amount of saliva. I have no internal flights so weight is not a problem – having said this I will always want to bring my most useful/expensive kit on to the plane with me and I physically cannot carry-on a lot more than 2 big lenses, 2 cameras and related gear – even in a thinktank roller. Cameras; 0 Comment. I’m fairly new in the game but absorb great info like a sponge. I follow a number of wildlife photographers and they seem to like the 200-400mm f/4 on a fast body. And not too loud either. I’ve had the Nikon Z6 II in my possession for the past three weeks and have been able to put the camera to use photographing birds, and I’d like to share my thoughts on the experience. It’s rare to see a Wild Turkey in Arizona outside a liquor store, hence I was stoked to see this young South Dakota resident fly up into a tree. The D810 could only go ~6.5 sec, and then only at 5 fps. If you are shooting Warblers or other small birds, you’ll probably want the 800mm and a D810 so you can crop in. So — i’m about 95% convinced to leave the 300 and the 200 behind. Let’s try cropping with the D810 again – here’s a Meadowlark shot with the D810/800mm combo and I’ve cropped away all but 9.8mp. And here’s the D4s at ISO 25600, 70% cropped away and no noise reduction. For a number of reasons, while I started moving toward the D850 in mid September, it’s still out there and in the meantime I had the opportunity to try both D850 and an (used) D4 at very short distance in time. Fortunately I found an immature Red-tailed Hawk that wanted to become famous. After buying the Nikon D4s and Nikkor 800mm earlier this year I thought I was cured. But despite I do like nikon 1 above iso 800 pictures getting bad ( I am not Thomas Stirr, i just can not bring back iso 1600 pictures from the grave) I was almost crying when the lizards i was picturing in Taiwan were blurred, or unusable because of the weak ISO handling of my nikon 1. Get the most out of your Nikon D4S with the XQD memory card. I’m very excited to put the Nikon D4S to the test on my recent wildlife photo workshop to Kinabatangan River in Borneo. Hardly any devices use XQD, an expensive format that looks like it might die out soon. If we learned nothing else from this exercise, then it’s that viewing wildlife images at 1:1 is stupid and boring. Your puny AF-array and outdated Expeed 3 processor make you a silly choice for wildlife. By going to 12-bit RAW mode you boost that buffer to 37 shots in DX mode or 44 shots is you shoot compressed files. thanks. Click here to view on the original site: Original Post. When you switch to full frame, you miss the extra reach the DX body gave you. A tad less noisy than the D810 at 1:1, but realize that to get to 1:1 on the D810 means zooming in more – if that buffalo had stayed put long enough to duplicate the shot with the D810, then we cropped in to the same image area, I think you would find the D810 looked no noisier. Another thing is I plaster the body against my face for added stability – on the D810 my nose would hit the Multi Selector and send my focus point scurrying across the viewfinder. Ah, the ultimate test of a wildlife camera – the flying bird. Throw in a 1.4x teleconverter (Nikon recently announced a new version), switch to DX mode and you can crank out 15mp files at 1050mm focal length – a strong wildlife combo for sure. Why Nikon doesn’t provide a firmware update to allow the D810/D4s Mode button to choose pre-programmed user settings is beyond me. Ah, that’s better. Zoomed in about 90% for the pixel peepers. The D4s also takes XQD in addition to CF cards so add in an XQD card reader. This memory card lets you take full advantage of the performance and speed of the D4S. Nice work! At 11fps the D4s would have another frame captured between these two that might have had better body position and focus. Share; Tweet; Pinterest; It’s finally here! Case in point, the D4s let me nail a nice wing/body position on this Turkey Vulture. I did my best to set up the Z6 II for my style of shooting and took it out to put it through its paces. Again, a great article, looking forward to the next!!! But one sip led to another and before I knew it I was on The Photo Website That Dare Not Speak Its Name. Many animals are most active around dawn and dusk. Speed is definitely the name of the game for wildlife photography and with Nikon D4S, I can shoot up to 11 frames per second continuously. AND – we will be close to elephants in a Amboseli and i really really like the 200/2 for portrait style shots. 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