nikon d4s wildlife photography

10 de dezembro de 2020


Still, not even the D4s offers this mode, so for real shy subjects, it could be the ticket. If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form. Oh crap. This slows you down and if your subject is moving it can be hard to recompose before it goes out of focus. For that much you could buy the missus a new BMW and still be married. 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. All that said, why would anyone need an infestation of chiggers or a 36mp DSLR? Nikon D4S Nikon D7200 Nikon D810. The D810 hype says it can go natively to 12800 ISO. The D810 is the quietest of the three bodies, which is good for certain subjects. AND – we will be close to elephants in a Amboseli and i really really like the 200/2 for portrait style shots. 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). The D810 could only go ~6.5 sec, and then only at 5 fps. Nevertheless, at 100% the D810 really laps up the detail. The difference seems small but is definitely noticeable. awesome. What could have easily been mistaken as a shot of a pronghorn in its environment is now clearly recognizable as a fine shot about a fly in its environment. 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. (Doesn’t look like this needs much cropping but ospreys have some of the biggest wings in comparison to their body size because they need amazing amounts of lift to exit the water with a fish in tow.) I mean I could feel the itch all over my body. With any luck we’d hear and see some buffalo. Again thank you so much for your consideration and sharing. One year ago I started this channel. I was shooting with the 800mm (pretty long for BIF) on the D4s and side-by-side I had the 500/1.4x (700mm) on the D810. 1/500, f/7.1, ISO 500, 80-400mm @ 360mm, D600. Slap the Nikon BL-5 battery cover in this and it will let you use the EN-EL18a battery (the one for the D4s – $149 – ouch again) on the D810 and get you to 7fps in DX mode (yay!). One way to get the reach back is to buy an 800mm. Share on Facebook. Its 24 MP sensor is excellent – a sweet middle between what the D4s and D810 can deliver. For kicks, here’s an uncropped D810 shot of a pronghorn in its environment. The D4s at 6400 ISO is still less noisy than the D810 at 3200, but not by much and the D810 produces decent images at 3200 ISO. Now here’s some of the real deal. Tweet. That said I shoot RAW and several times I missed shots waiting for my buffer to clear. While I was at it I’d try my best to compare the 36 MP Nikon D810 side-by-side to the 16 MP Nikon D4s and 24 MP Nikon D600, other Nikon full frame offerings. Thus a 500f4 at 22 mp. Then I had a relapse. Nikon D4s versus D750. I agree that the hardware is important but as “Sceptical1” said, a lot hinges on the man behind the camera. But birds are fast, favoring the speedster D4s. The big FedEx box arrives two days after Moose Peterson promised to send a disk with his photos for this Legends story and the accompanying portfolio. The TC-20E III on the 200-500 gives an effective 1000m at f/11 and not bad results at all — but the light needs to be quiet good and/or shots taken from a stable platform. This Whitetail doe really wanted it’s picture taken and actually loitered about in one place long enough I could shoot it with the D4s/800 and the D810/500 combo both at ISO 6400, 1/1000, f/5.6, and braced on a padded car window. 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Aaron Baggenstos is an Award-winning professional nature and wildlife photographer from Seattle who specializing in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. The bird is coming at me, which is harder for the AF to track than one flying perpendicular to the lens axis. I understand better the trade offs of the various controls, but not enough to decide! I follow a number of wildlife photographers and they seem to like the 200-400mm f/4 on a fast body. Rolling with the D4s, 800mm and tripod with gimbal head slung over one shoulder and D810 with 80-400mm over the other shoulder could have been the 13th Labor of Hercules. More important are the configuration of the buttons and dials, how they fit your hands and such. The D4s is as big and manly and hefty as this bull. For example if I down sample a Nikon D810 image from 36mp to 24mp at 3200 iso is it produce cleaner image than Nikon D610 with same parameter. 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. Thanks in advance, I hope you’ll see this comment ! But I see the eagle eying a poor wiener dog with a limp. I’m working on a few other Nikon projects and I’ll keep you first in line. 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. Ditto with bird in flight sequences where more fps lets you pick a shot with the best-looking wing position. 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. A week later I had a demo in my paws and was trolling the Wildlife Loop at Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills. I don’t know if you will ever read my (very late) question but let me try anyway. Maybe just putting money in a great Canon lens still makes sense. Joking aside, I might have got this shot with the D600 or D810, but the D4s let me grab a sequence where I could pick just the right frame that captures a good body position, a nice catchlight on the eyeball and so forth. Bottom line is the D4s is way better in low light and I really wish I had shot the turkey with the D4s instead of the D810. Bookmark the permalink. Thoughts on the Nikon Z6 II for Wildlife Photography. Thoughts on the Nikon Z6 II for Wildlife Photography. Again, a great article, looking forward to the next!!! I am a curious Canon user who can’t decide after over 30 years of shooting what kind of shooting I like the best. 1/800, f/11, ISO 1600, 80-400mm @ 130mm, D4s. You might consider the DF model which is outstanding for low light, rated 3279 by DXOMark… Duffy. A quick look at any photography forum will show several hundred if not thousand posts regarding nature. Why the D850 is, to me, the best wildlife photography camera ever made. 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. The AF decided to focus on the talons instead of the face. 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. 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. Nikon D850 review for wildlife photography. One thing I haven’t been able to check out, but hope to soon, is adding a MB-D12 battery grip ($399 – ouch) to the D810. The way you compare the models was great and reminded me on what I was thinking when I made my choice of body. I ran some buffer tests at full resolution shooting all the cameras set for 14-bit lossless compressed RAW images. (Actually, deer ingest clay-rich soils to provide minerals and help remove toxins.) However, I recently picked up the new nikon 200-500 f/5.6 and believe this will be an ideal companion for my D4s. Pity it is out of focus on the face. 1/200, f/6.3, ISO 250, 24-120mm @ 28mm, D600. 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. C’mon, who invited you to a wildlife shoot? If you’re shooting cheetahs running or osprey diving you’ll want the high fps of the D4s. Beware though that the D810s big 36mp files chew up memory real fast. Here’s an uncropped shot at ISO 204800 where it’s very apparent and vertical banding is happening too. )For birding a D7200 would give additional reach, but hey I have a j5 and v2 for the reach. Given the chance he’d attack his human tormentors and swallow them whole – if he wasn’t half as thick as my pinky finger. 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. BUT they each on weigh about 2.9kg/7lbs and so ?? Hi John, Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. This is nothing a little rhinoplasty can’t fix. But if you must embarrass yourself we’ll give you the chance. Why Nikon doesn’t provide a firmware update to allow the D810/D4s Mode button to choose pre-programmed user settings is beyond me. Article and all images Copyright 2014, John Sherman. 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. Thanks to the brand new autofocus system with a whopping 153 focus points, … So the balance would need to be checked in. Aw hell, just buy one of each – they’re all great cameras. So what kind of set would You suggest me for that? This memory card lets you take full advantage of the performance and speed of the D4S. But hang on a second, I do shoot for Arizona Highways. – 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. Obviously I have double the chance of success with that shot and the D4s. Best elephant shots ever I’d say. Flexibility. Thoughts on the Nikon Z6 II for Wildlife Photography December 9, 2020 admin 0 Comments. Having suffered from dust greatly in the past – I am a little nervous of changing lenses on a D810 on the trail / game drives – dust really shows up on this sensor, even with auto-cleaning. And with some tweaking in Lightroom this becomes pretty usable. Thoughts on the Nikon Z6 II for Wildlife Photography. More of his images can be viewed throughout By checking this box I consent to the use of my information, as detailed in the Privacy Policy. 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. 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. Let me start by saying I am fully aware that three weeks isn't necessarily long enough to get to know this new camera fully. Sreejib, Good question. 0. So you’ve dug under the couch cushions and came up short of the $18000 bucks it takes to make the 800mm your BFF? If you are shooting Warblers or other small birds, you’ll probably want the 800mm and a D810 so you can crop in. This is Dewey and he’s a Western Banded Gecko being held against his will so he doesn’t really qualify as “wildlife”. A2-focus. The Nikon D4S is the pinnacle Dec 08, 2020. 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. It took me 11 states, two countries, eight weeks, and 16,000 images to get it done, but here it is! Cheap fx with average- good lens next to the nikon 1. WTF??? A very late comment, does it worth to buy a Nikon D700 for mid distance/macro stills? 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 now i see a nikon d810 very used 300.000 pictures etc rated to grade 6 on 10 scale, but just a bit over the budget. 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. Wildlife photography is one of the most popular fields within photography. We’ll marinate it in some strong NR, mask off any sharpening from the background and crop a wee bit and hope it could run full horizontal across a single 8.5” 300 dpi wide magazine page. I live in a bird preserve and it seems a shame my photos are so bad!? Yes Nikon Df is now the ultimate low noise camera in the whole Nikon series but, I think it’s really hard to handle the camera with 24-70 f/2.8 or 70-200 f/2.8 lens. The Nikon Z 6 was one of the company’s first attempts in the full-frame mirrorless camera market. Ditto if you’re going to the Galapagos or other area where you can walk right up to the wildlife. He has also written and had published two books about wildlife. 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? At ISO 12800 the untreated noise in this shot is atrocious as the tight crop shows. But first a couple shots with the reigning king of Nikon wildlife bodies, the D4s. Of course these tricks can be used to boost the D7100 buffer too. Hardly any devices use XQD, an expensive format that looks like it might die out soon. 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. Keep the kit small and you’ll see much more and come back with superior images. Visit his website and blog at … The D600 in FX mode can shoot 5.5 fps (6 fps for the newer D610), hence has a slight edge on the D810. Zoomed in about 90% for the pixel peepers. 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. So no big surprise here. Thoughts on the Nikon Z6 II for Wildlife Photography. The photography experience with the Nikon D4S feels just like cruising on the river, it’s a smooth operator. I have yet to meet a photographer who does not enjoy driving around National Parks in search of breath-taking landscapes or elusive wildlife. 1/1250, f/11 and auto-ISO in case it flies in and out of shadow). Fortunately I found an immature Red-tailed Hawk that wanted to become famous. With the D810 as my primary body and the D7100 as my secondary, I should be OK for now. If you obsess too much over obtaining tack sharp images you will miss out on the magic that is Africa. After buying the Nikon D4s and Nikkor 800mm earlier this year I thought I was cured. I have done a lot of looking for guidance and am taken by comments need for speed (fast auto focus/focus tracking and need for excellent low light capabilities) and a desire for tack sharp high resolution images. For wildlife photography though, you’ll be slapping on some big heavy glass and likely carrying the whole rig around on a sturdy tripod. Why do I bring this up? Like this prairie dog getting nailed by dirt being dug out from the burrow by his compatriot. Oh, I hear the screams of outrage right now – “Verm’s full of buffalo chips. If you shoot in Q or Qc mode there is significant lag between pressing the shutter release and getting the capture. To me the most flexible of the lot. He has since submerged into internet notoriety but comes up occasionally to contribute to Arizona Highways Magazine. Moose Peterson is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens. The bull knows it and respects it. Whew, I just saved 3300 bucks. I have a Canon 2ti 18MP and want a longer lens – in the 500-800mm range and thinking instead of staying with Canon, I need to switch to Nikon. At 11fps the D4s would have another frame captured between these two that might have had better body position and focus. When he re-emerged I put the D810 in Qc (continuous quiet mode) and had much better luck getting him to pose. I got varied results due to sloppy smartphone stopwatch technique, but the overall gist was clear. To my eye this isn’t quite adequate for ½ page, maybe a 1/3rd page. Here’s a shot from the D600 at ISO 6400 with no added noise reduction, though the exposure was boosted 1/4 of a stop in post. Take this example. Your puny AF-array and outdated Expeed 3 processor make you a silly choice for wildlife. Lets see if we can cook this bird up and make it okay for consumption. All trademarks and brands belong to their respective owners. Pretty much it just takes time to get used to the position of all the buttons and I haven’t had much time with the D810 to make it second nature. These are times when food is plentiful for predators, whether it’s a bug for a bird or a deer for a cougar. Please visit the official Nikon website at I am a event photographer in India & like to take photograph with ambient light so, low noise is the main issue for me. Once tweaked and sized for any final output 11”x17” (two page truck) or smaller, the differences in image quality in uncropped images shot at 3200 ISO or lower between the D600, D810 and D4s is negligible. My longest lens is a 300 f2.8 vr2 that I use with the different TC’s. After spending a few weeks with this camera I’m convinced that Nikon has created the ideal camera for wildlife photographers. Period. Get the battery grip and EN-EL18 battery to juice it up to 7 fps. Simply put you miss over half the action. And here’s the D4s at ISO 25600, 70% cropped away and no noise reduction. So it comes down to what you can afford and what you shoot. Their customs settings banks on the D810 and D4s are a joke – they don’t store the exposure and AF settings you need for action photography. However, it was a different story at 1.5 crop mode (also 6fps) where the D810 bested the D4s by not buffering out until over 12 seconds. December 9, 2020 December 9, 2020 by admin 0 Comments. I’ve seen a number of reviews of what folk have used across their gear and 200-400 seems to be the target range – so a 200-500/5.6 and a 400/2.8 with the option to add TC-14 to reach out to 560mm at f/4 or other TC’s for longer reach is attractive. The odd thing though, is for some reason the noise in the D810’s images was somehow easier to remove in PP. I have a D600, which is slightly better than the D610 for high ISO (2980 vs 2925 according to DXOMark), but comparable. Looking at the stats, the D600 and D810 are much lighter than the D4s. And at 100% you’re lapping up tons of detail and you beat the D810 when it comes to amount of saliva. To date he has spoken at multiple Audubon chapters and birding groups, National Wildlife Refuges, book stores, and other local interest groups. D4S - Produits arrêtés. Speaking as a wildlife photographer, it’s just not worth it. 1/200, f/7.1, ISO 250, 24-120mm @ 44mm, D600. Through his work Aaron hopes to inspire others to photograph, enjoy, and take action to protect, local and worldwide ecosystems. This has been cropped to approximate the same image I took with the D4s. First the D4s, cropped down to a measly 1mp. As a West Coast boy, I wasn’t acquainted with these little vermin. 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. Whether you shoot stills, video, or time-lapse, this camera does it all. 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. Thank goodness I have the D810 to deal with this. Get the most out of your Nikon D4S with the XQD memory card. Please please please Nikon with sugar and wasabi and single malt on top give us user modes on the D810 and D4s. The D810 and D600 use the same EN-EL15 batteries (~$45 each and the same battery used in the D7000 and D7100). Having not been on a proper safari before I am struggling not to take a lot of kit with me. For instance, with the D600 it’s easy to hit the QUAL button instead of the ISO button and end up shooting jpeg instead of RAW. 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. My main camera is the D810. What really counts is your final output – the images that you share with friends, clients, the world or just yourself. On the D7000/7100/600/610 I can be shooting slow at say 1/250, f/11 ISO 125 for the portrait. I have a Df. Wow, looks just as good. So, thanks in advance & also awaiting for your upcoming article. After reading the whole article it’s clear that Nikon D4s is winner in terms of every aspect but, it’s not fit my budget. 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. This is cropped from horizontal to vertical yielding a 10mp image. Say I’m shooting a Golden Eagle perched on a sunlit branch. 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. 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. My flick becomes a You Tube sensation and I get to shoot hillbillies noodling for the rest of my career.

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