D800, D4, 5D Mark III or 1DX: Which one to get?

With the two major DSLR companies (Canon and Nikon) both announcing two new full frame (FX) cameras in the last few months, there has been a lot of buzz and excitement.  With the cameras slowly becoming available, many photographers find themselves debating which one to get.

In this article I’ll briefly discuss the evolution from the previous generation to the new generation (from both a technology and a marketing perspective) and explain why the choice between the new flagship model (Nikon D4/Canon 1DX) and the prosumer model (Nikon D800/Canon EOS 5D Mark III) might not appear to be an easy one to make. Finally I hope to help you a bit in making the right decision (hopefully it will turn out that it isn’t actually that hard to choose).

In order to understand why choosing between the flagship models and the second tier cameras in the FX line up, is more difficult than it was in the previous generation of cameras, let’s first briefly look at the last two generations of Nikon cameras. Continue reading

Nikon D4, specs and thoughts

While recovering from a jet lag (i.e.not sleeping when I should) I’ve been writing a bit more on the Nikon pro body, the D4. The rumours about this camera have quickly been replaced by previews and quick reviews by those lucky enough to hold it at one of Nikon’s press releases and those even luckier by getting some pre-release  hands-on time.

Since the D4 won’t be shipped until end of February  and we probably have to wait a bit longer for more thorough in-depth reviews, I’ll move on to what we have, the specs. Just remember: Although specs give a good indication of potential (lack of) quality, in the end it’s only the actual output that matters.
First off, the new Nikon D4 is not a revolutionary new model, nor was it expected to be. So, what are the differences and improvements compared to the venerable D3s? Continue reading

Nikon adds D4 to line-up

I just checked nikon.com and found that the D4 (the long awaited new professional body) has already been added to the line-up.

Nikon pros and enthusiasts have been eager to hear about the successors to the D3s and D700 for a while now, with natural disasters at Nikon plants causing delays. So Nikon is starting the year big. I’m curious to see what else they have in stock for us in 2012.

The official press release is coming soon. I’ll try to add another update before my holiday comes to an end. Once I’m over the jet lag I’ll finish a few posts that I’ve had in the works before our holiday.