I did not receive many comments about my Tuesday’s post on my blog, however, I received many emails asking me questions about the Nikon D4. I welcome communication with everyone but I would like to remind you that if you make a comment on my blog, everyone sees it; if you send me an email, only you and I see it. Regardless which way you go, I do appreciate your comments.
Probably the biggest single question I received was: what is the best thing about the Nikon D4?
If I had to name one thing, I think it would be the sensor—images are just crisper and contain a wider dynamic range than those taken with my Nikon D3 or Nikon D3x. I compared photos taken of the same subject and with the same lens (Nikon 85mm f/1.4—my sharpest lens) with the D4 and the D3x (which I think has a wider dynamic range than the D3), and looked at them on my computer. To me, the D4 just outperformed the D3x.
Next, I would say high ISO performance. The D4 has about two f-stops better performance than my D3. The D3x is not made for high ISO use.
But, I am not sure that I would be as happy with the D4 if that were the only changes that Nikon made. The “little refinements” in how the how the D4 operates makes it a real joy to use and easier to get the image that you want.
Today’s photo was taken at Brazos Bend State Park. This alligator was near one of the piers. There was a sliver of light that hit the alligator. Although he (?) was not very active, I did wait until he moved so his eye was in that sliver of light. In the photo, I wanted to show the texture of the alligator.
Camera settings: Nikon D4, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 at ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/125th of a second on a tripod.
Lightroom 4—set white and black point and increased contrast.