I took my Nikon D4 to the zoo. I didn’t go to take photos but went with my cousins who were in town and wanted to go to the zoo. I went with really minimal gear, a D4 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and I had a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens in a bag that I never used. First off I must say that I am really impressed with the feel and the layout of the controls on the D4. Nikon moved some stuff around slightly and added controls mainly for the video functions. Everything was exactly where I thought it would be and the camera felt really comfortable in my hands.

One of the most impressive things about the D4 is the Auto White Balance. The Polar Bear Plunge is a great place to photograph the bears but you have to shoot through the thick glass. Usually I have to adjust for the color tint of the glass but the images from the D4 are really close to natural without any tweaking at all.

The next thing that I noticed is that the focus is fast. Really really fast.

The metering seemed to be way more accurate in the mixed lighting and instead of shooting in manual mode, I set the camera to Aperture Priority, and kept the metering on Matrix.

I also gave shooting video a try… OK… I’m hooked. More on that later….

 

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