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. Even though the D4s and D810 have the identical AF-system and processor, the D810 AF might be slowed a tad by other demands on its processor (file crunching, metering, and a bunch of stuff I probably don’t even know about – heck I thought Al Gorhythm was an R&B singer before I started reading Nasim’s posts). The difference seems small but is definitely noticeable. I felt it so bad I was scratching and clawing behind my knees and on my back and in my armpits and other places we can’t mention on a PG-rated site. If you are considering a lower budget option than the D4s, the newly announced Nikon D750 (which I have already reviewed) in my opinion is the second best choice for sports and wildlife photography needs. 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. No gripes here, but what I was really itching to try out was the following: how about slapping the Nikkor 500mm onto the D810 ($11800 together) then utilizing the D810s superior resolving power to see if we can crop our way to glory and compete with the D4s/800/$24K combo? (I hope to write about this in detail later this year.) Also using faster memory cards will help the buffer clear faster after it is filled – The D810 has a CF slot and currently CF cards are faster than SD. There must be some different algorithm in the sensor design (or something else, I’m no engineer) that allows for this. If you obsess too much over obtaining tack sharp images you will miss out on the magic that is Africa. Great to read this, I am a wildlife photographer here in South Africa and go on a number of Safari trips every year. If I absolutely HAD to make an important shot in low ambient light, there is no question I would choose my D600 over my D810. The long awaited Nikon D850 review is finally finished! Please visit the official Nikon website at nikon.com. Ah, that’s better. A2-focus. … Lets try something smaller. Call it Drizzle-and-Pray-a-lot. Along with guiding tours and instructing photography workshops, Aaron also enjoys public speaking and presenting slideshows. This slows you down and if your subject is moving it can be hard to recompose before it goes out of focus. With any luck we’d hear and see some buffalo. 1/640, f/8, ISO 1000, 80-400mm @ 400mm, D810. I have a Df. 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. I utilize the D4s burst rate frequently for pre-focused situations – say focused on a branch I think the bird will land on – then nudge the focus one way or the other hoping to have the bird fly through that plane of focus on the way to the branch and having a frame fire off just then. That said I shoot RAW and several times I missed shots waiting for my buffer to clear. On paper this could go either way. After spending a few weeks with this camera I’m convinced that Nikon has created the ideal camera for wildlife photographers. This has been cropped to approximate the same image I took with the D4s. Why the D850 is, to me, the best wildlife photography camera ever made. This must be the best photography article I’ve ever read. One thing the D600 has that’s lacking in the D810 and D4s is User Modes – the U1 and U2 on the MASP dial. I’ve been shooting with the new Nikon D4s for several weeks now and am continually amazed by its remarkable capabilities. Picking a body for lighter weight then doesn’t make much sense, and the heavier D4s balances better with big lenses like the 500mm and 800mm and the extra weight adds stability for less camera-induced blur. That’s my eagle shot on the back cover of this February’s Arizona Highways and horrors, it was shot with the crop-sensor D7000 and a 500mm/1.4x combo. Now the D810. The D810 hype says it can go natively to 12800 ISO. If you shoot in Q or Qc mode there is significant lag between pressing the shutter release and getting the capture. I’ve got a flighty creature with a bunch of distractions about. The photography experience with the Nikon D4S feels just like cruising on the river, it’s a smooth operator. This is especially true when using long lenses with their inherently slim depth of field. (I’ll be floating down the Grand Canyon from Sept 1-18 and unable to respond to comments during that period, but hope to have some great material for you when I get back.). The only thing I don’t like is the buffer as I love bird photography. The D810 is God’s Own Camera – DxOMark says so.” Well if that’s correct, check out the following images and if you can ID which body shot which image drop us a line in the comments. Sreejib, Good question. You get adapted to dials very quickly, especially easy if you are old school. 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. This results in a 12.8mp image, compared to the D4s’s 16mp image but looks just fine to me and has more than enough megapixels to be a 8.5”x11” 300 dpi magazine cover (that takes 8.4mp). Thoughts on the Nikon Z6 II for Wildlife Photography. 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. I am a event photographer in India & like to take photograph with ambient light so, low noise is the main issue for me. He has also written and had published two books about wildlife. And with some tweaking in Lightroom this becomes pretty usable. How about prairie dogs? 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. 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. So it comes down to what you can afford and what you shoot. But one sip led to another and before I knew it I was on The Photo Website That Dare Not Speak Its Name. I don’t know if you will ever read my (very late) question but let me try anyway. When I see the eagle poop, I know it’s about to take off and I can quickly switch to U1, my BIF mode. This is Dewey and he’s a Western Banded Gecko being held against his will so he doesn’t really qualify as “wildlife”. Tweet. 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. Fortunately I found an immature Red-tailed Hawk that wanted to become famous. Go home. 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. Sorry about that readers. PL provides various digital photography news, reviews, articles, tips, tutorials and guides to photographers of all levels, By John Sherman 82 CommentsLast Updated On February 20, 2019. 1/800, f/6.3, ISO 250, 80-400mm @ 150mm, D810. Yet, all of these photos mostly look really similar, if not the same. I got varied results due to sloppy smartphone stopwatch technique, but the overall gist was clear. It has been an awesome year. It took me 11 states, two countries, eight weeks, and 16,000 images to get it done, but here it is! That’s because at realistic viewing distances the human eye simply can’t resolve more. After buying the Nikon D4s and Nikkor 800mm earlier this year I thought I was cured. You might consider the DF model which is outstanding for low light, rated 3279 by DXOMark… Duffy. Now, I heard a lot of people using the D810 complaining its hunting in low light and having you tried both, I’d like you to spend a word or two here. The photography experience with the Nikon D4S feels just like cruising on the river, it’s a smooth operator. Now if you do the math, to get an 8.5”x11” print at 150 dpi you only need a 2.1mp image – if you’re just sharing on the web for computer screens with the standard 72 dpi you can use a lot less, but with the advent of retina screens I don’t think the 72 dpi standard will be with us much longer. 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