I’m going to start this off by saying that obviously, among the four cameras I shot the game with, the Nikon D4s would “win”. How could it not? At $6,500, it’s the best that money can buy for sports/action photography on the Nikon side. It’s what this great body is designed for. In fact, it can handle anything. It’s at the top of the food chain.
That said, this real world shootout was designed to see how each of these cameras would perform on their own merits in the hands of someone who knows how to get the most out of each of them.
As a career photojournalist (aka newspaper photographer) I’ve shot a lot of sports. A LOT of sports. And in the worst conditions. We photojournalists refer to high school gyms as “caves and dungeons” because lighting isn’t exactly a priority for schools. Clearly. They’re horrid. So, as sensor technology progresses and cameras makers give us cleaner, higher ISOs, those of us shooting high school sports will be increasingly happier.
Most of my Associated Press journalism awards are for my sports photography. Of everything I’ve shot, sports is what I do best. Which is interesting considering I’m not a huge sports fan. Maybe that’s actually an asset.
Since a basketball game has four periods and I had four camera bodies on me, I decided to shoot one camera per period and see how it went. I definitely have a clear thoughts on how each camera handled shooting high school basketball.
Westlake High School, Saratoga Springs, Utah USA