Hey guys! So you were less interested in the 85mm f/1.2L from yesterday, but I think we all can agree that the lens itself looks pretty sweet. Today, we're forgoing the Canon gear for Nikon, and leaving lenses for a look at a pro body. "Billsnature" on the Fred Miranda forums is selling a Nikon D4 for $4,850 with a mere 8,857 shutter actuations on the clock.

NPOCP: Nikon D4 Edition

Now, if you've read almost anything I've written, you know that I prefer Canon gear over that of the other major DSLR brand, *cough* Nikon *cough*, but if I had a nice stash of Nikkor glass (or even one lens for that matter), I'd be a bit more excited about this deal.

With a sensor resolution of 16.2MP, the D4 is selling new for just over $1,000 more than this slightly used model. Competing with Canon's flagship DSLR, the 1Dx, which has a blisteringly fast 12FPS with 14FPS possible if you give up AF and automatic exposure, the Nikon has an impressive possible burst rate of up to 11 FPS.

NPOCP: Nikon D4 Edition

Along with the fast frame rate, the D4 touts a 51-point AF system with 15 of those points being cross-point. The AF points can focus from -2 to +19 EV, making low light focusing a bit easier.

Along the same lines as focusing in low light situations, the D4 offers an ISO sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12,800; The ISO is expandable to ISO 50 on the low end and ISO 204,800 on the high end, though the image quality declines before then.

A shutter rated to 400,000 cycles by Nikon means that this shutter has about 98% of its lifespan left. Is that extra 2% worth an extra thousand dollars? That's up to you.

NPOCP: Nikon D4 Edition

The sale price of $4,850 includes not just the body, battery, charger, and original box, but also three Sony 32GB XQD cards, giving you a more-than-necessary 96GB to play around with, though if you're paying with PayPal, you can add an extra 3% to the price to cover shipping and PayPal fees, bringing the net total to $4,995.50 for this pro-level DSLR.

So what do you think about this 1Dx fighter? Is the slightly used D4 worth the cash, or would you rather snag a 1Dx and enjoy the extra 2 megapixels, one to three FPS faster burst mode, 10 more AF points, and lighter weight wallet? (New for new, the 1Dx is $802 more expensive than the D4)

Note: I apologize for any feelings I've hurt by comparing the 1Dx and the D4. I know this was supposed to be about the D4, but I really don't know very much about Nikon. I do know, however, that if you're shopping for a DSLR of this caliber, you probably already have a brand preference. Choose what's right for you, and remember:

"The best camera is the one that's with you"
~Chase Jarvis

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