Hi, ok I haven’t managed to get a full review of my D4/D800 camera’s as promised. Computer snags, illness and weather all contributing to get in the way of photography, but I have managed to get the D4 out and about for a short time.
I used the D4 hand held in combination with a 500mm f4 and 1.4 converter for all these images. All pictures taken from a walk around Marazion and the Lizard. The camera’s AF performed well as expected, so no surprises there. Is the AF better than the D3s system, yes it is much faster and it also seems to have more ability to keep the subject in focus even on confusing backgrounds.
One gripe I have does appear when using the above camera/lens combination, there is no way you can change the amount of active focus points when hand holding a camera/large lens, unless your Inspector gadget/Edward scissor hands etc. The reason for this Nikon have moved the AF zone selector from the rear to the left hand front of the camera. (more easily explained in pictures) They do say pressing the central button on the multi selector will reset to the centre focus point which I think it does, but it doesn’t change the amount of focus points. (unless someone knows something I have missed)
Nikon D4 pushing the centre button in conjunction with the front command dial will enable selection of required amount of focus points/zones.
A firmware update to move the function to enable the amount of focus points/zone selection to this central multi selector push button in conjunction with the front command dial would be most useful especially when using the camera with a long lens.
Ok that’s the minor gripe explained, now I am still tweaking my custom settings to find out what in my opinion is best for wildlife shooting so you will have to wait for that, but I will say the auto-iso setting is doing a really good job; one setting that I have never trusted before. Here are some pictures taken recently with the D4/500mm 1.4x combo some with tripod/some without.
This is a large crop of the Turnstone in flight, I was impressed the AF system picked out this target as it was so small in the frame.
I spotted this Vole whilst looking for something else, first one I have seen in the wild.
What seems like a rare picture these days of a blue sky in Cornwall lol, with a Grey Heron also!
Kestrel hunting at Marazion