[Pics] Real World High ISO Images From The Nikon D4

[Pics] Real World High ISO Images From The Nikon D4

Yesterday I shot a full wedding with the new Nikon D4 that LensProToGo was kind enough to send me since mine isn't here yet. I was extremely pleased with the way that the camera performed and although I haven't gone through the images yet, I picked out 6 random shots that were taken at high ISO so that you guys can see the noise in real world situations.

Both of my shots taken at 12,800 ISO are still under-lit and they have motion blur meaning that these are very poor examples of the cameras quality at this setting. In my opinion ISO 12,800 is totally usable and I will go even higher the next chance that I get.

We should have a full review of this camera compared to the rest of Nikon's fleet in the next few days.

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Gordon Charles Burns's picture

It truly is a wonderful camera.... and I heard it takes amazing photos of the inside of your lens cap too.

Lee Morris's picture

I've been a professional photographer for 7 years now but this is actually my first true "professional" camera. As a wedding photographer I don't want a $6k sports camera but since Nikon made the D800 a studio camera, I don't have much choice. Most of the design features about this camera I love and some I absolutely hate. I guess it's all what you get used to. 

Which parts do you hate?

Lee Morris's picture

For one thing the ergonomics of actually shooting video are very bad. The live view button forces you to take one hand off of the camera to flip the switch. The video "zoom" feature that I was so excited about requires you to to into 1 menu for 1 zoom and then a completely different menu for another zoom (I will create a video explaining this). Also, this camera doesn't have a flash (which I was prepared for) but it also does not have a AF assist light. At many receptions I will shoot with a pocketwizard on the top of my camera and use the AF assist light on the camera to focus. You can't do this on the D4, you MUST have an SB-800 on top of the camera in dark situations. Nothing is a deal breaker, its just annoying once you get used to a system, you spend 5 times more money, and they remove simple features. 

The AF assist combined with radio triggers is a real pain, especially for Canon shooters (cause AF sucks to begin with...). 
If you don't mind the silly look, you can attach the PW to the flash with a velcro strap. Then you keep the flash in Manual at 1/128 in order to get the AF assist, and you plug the PW to your sync port.

Nikon flashes allow you to just use the AF assist light on the speedlight unit without the flash going off on the unit at all, should you choose (so no need to even set the power at 1/128).

Velcro works wonderfully though :)
(although if you're using the PW TT5/TT1, you wouldn't need any velcro as it's got an additional hotshoe mount)

Lee Morris's picture

Yes I always dangle the pocket wizard from the flash unit just so that I have the AF assist. It's just nice to have the option of the built in AF assist on the camera too IMO. I never ended up buying the TT5s but I may need to just for this situation. 

You should give a try to the TT5+SB800 configuration before buying it. I've never tried it, but I used to have a Sigma flash with a high AF assist lamp. Less than 5ft away, the light wasn't hitting the center AF point. Real pain in the boot. I suspect you could have the same issue by putting the flash high up on a TT5.

 Lee, i use the TT1+SB-800 on my D3 for weddings. TT1 does not really like the SB-800 on top.
Without it almost right on all the times. But when i also attach the SB-800 on top weird things happen with synching

luisfaustino's picture

I use D3 + SB800 and I have a PWII on the side held on  a DYI bracket. 
Then I use the SB800 signal-out port to the PWII and it all works ok.

What is this calibration shoot for? Is it only necessary when using TT1? What is the issue with VR?

@RLMorrisPhoto:disqus Lee, I am coming from a D3 to a D800 and still getting used to the AF assist light, I think it is a bit annoying. Haven't pictured out all use-cases from using it, but to what distance is it efective? Any lens combinastion it doesnt like?

 That's what i used to do before the TT1. PWii on the side of the SB-800 on a synch cable.

the calibration shot is for the times that TT1 does not synch the curtain correct, leaving a black bottom line in the frame.

David Arthur's picture

so what do you hate about it?

I'm curious as well, which do you hate?

nice one.....can't wait to see the rest of your shots

Great ! thanks for sharing ...