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Used D4 or D500

Discussion in 'Photography Chat Forum' started by Richard Davies, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Richard Davies

    Richard Davies Well-Known Member

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    Having this dilemma now looking at either adding another D500 or getting a used D4 with low shutter count for £1600. Shoot mostly rugby. The light is never that great here and currently using D500 with 200-500 and D7200 with 70-200 2.8. So looking to upgrade the 7200
     
  2. Newbandit

    Newbandit Always on

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    Buy another D500 it does the job and will keep your workflow effortless.
     
  3. MikeB

    MikeB Always on Premium Member

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    I think you'll be happier with the resolution (fine detail) that you get from the D500. It has a smaller pixel pitch than the D810 and can render finer detail than the D4. The fps is about the same, so it should make for a nice sports camera.
     
  4. SeanNeedham

    SeanNeedham Ol' Sparky Honorary Life Member

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    Stick with the D500, as with you coming off a crop on to a D4 you may start to feel that the 70-200 doesn't seem long enough compared to what you are used to.
     
  5. Richard Davies

    Richard Davies Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking at using the D4 with my 200-500 and possibly help with low light performance too
     
  6. SeanNeedham

    SeanNeedham Ol' Sparky Honorary Life Member

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    Changes it a bit then; I've not had a D500 head to head with a D4, but I don't know whether the D4 would be that much superior in terms of overall performance next to a D500 at similar ISO levels with the images bicubic resized down to the same size as what comes off the D4. On that, the D500 has a larger non-amplified ISO range, so only side by side would tell there.

    Where the D4 would beat the D500 would be in terms of battery life (unless you're running a grip with the same battery on the D500, then that'd win) but on the other side the D500 has a better AF and the AF covers most of the frame where on Nikon's full frame stuff (and this I've never understood, perhaps it's to maintain backwards compatibility with crop lenses) the AF points are bunched up in the middle of the frame and the AF on the D500 is a lot more accurate in low light (I think the D4 had a sensitivity of -2EV, whereas the D500 is somewhere in the region of -4EV).
     
  7. SFTphotography

    SFTphotography Old Hand

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    If the D500 works for you why not get another.
     
  8. Phill104

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    I have a few friends with D4 and D500. All of them have all but given up using their D4s.
     
  9. Richard Davies

    Richard Davies Well-Known Member

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    Just seen a uses D4 with 7k clicks for £1600. Decisions :confused::confused::confused:
     

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