New Nikon D4 videos – a couple from Joe McNally

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I found these two new videos from Joe McNally who's had his hands all over the Nikon D4 and wanted to share them with you.

Joe McNally Photography- Little Freddie King, Livin' The Blues

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Snip from Joe's post

Little Freddie King is the real deal. He hopped the rails at the age of 14, and went from his family farm in Mississippi down to New Orleans, ’cause that town was swayin’ with sound, and he knew he had to be there. The ever magical Lynn Delmastro in our studio got in touch with him, and his manager, “Wacko” Wade Wright, and we were invited, briefly, into his life, and his music. It was enriching and wonderful to be around Little Freddie. I doubt a nicer man ever picked up a guitar.

via Nikon D4 Video….The Blues in His Shoes…. « Joe McNally’s Blog.

Another BTS with the Nikon D4

Another post Joe did on the Nikon D4 last week with some BTS (with some D7000 mixed in) [tentblogger-youtube OQLUMwkTheE]

We’ve got some major thank you’s to offer as we dipped our toe into the waters of video. First off to Nikon who trusted us with this project and their hand built, prototype D4 cameras. (See the video to reference the fact that I broke one–slightly.) And to Gen Umei, from the K&L agency in Tokyo, who is a wonderful friend and a wondrous art director. And as always to his colleague, Aoyagi Toshiaki, who we have known for years simply as Mr. Blue. Marco Tortato of the Manfrotto Corporation provided us with simple, wonderful tools to execute shots. And Victor Ha and Brian Hynes of Cinevate were wise counsel in the background, and additionally, offered us the use of sliders and shoulder rigs. All of this is gear we’re just getting used to, and the fact that there are people in this industry willing to help and teach is one of the truly special things about being any type of shooter, still or video.

Major props go out to Drew Gurian, in our studio, who kept pursuing this behind the scenes stuff, even though he often had a cranky and not particularly photogenic subject (me) and a world of other things to think about. Mike Corrado of Nikon, who was not only our liaison with Nikon, but also our technical advisor in the field, chipped in with a few closeups of Cora, our sweet, 9600 pound star of a pachyderm.

We had fun on the set, as you’ll see. The video is a mix of D7000 and D4.

(cover photo credit: snap from the second video)


  1. I have to say that McNally’s photography and concepts are awesome. Those are some truly memorable and gorgeous pieces of work and I REALLY love the circus scenes he shot. Just beautiful.

    That said, his photography and the behind the scenes video are glaringly different in quality. The colors appear much more bland in the footage (possibly due to a post issue) and the line-resolution is just as down-sampled as the 5D is today.

    It’s excusable for the 5D, as it’s old tech and was the first to do so. Which is why we have these hybrid DSLRs in the first place. But, from all the hoopla about this new D4, I don’t particularly see ANY line-resolution improvement compared to Canon’s gear at all. Not even a little. And the still photography makes it even more glaringly apparent.

    So far there are these two videos, plus a few other earlier ones and nothing appears improved as of yet. I think I’ll wait to see what comes of the EOS-C line later instead.

    Technically, this camera seems to be disappointing image wise to me. Artistically, his team is tops, but this Nikon is just, well….overhyped.

    1. Firstly you can’t tell and certainly can’t judge based on a youtube video.

      Second even the sample stills on the Nikon site are only half res so I don’t know how your judging the stills.

      Third. Canon wasn’t the first to do video in a DSLR. Nikon D90.

      Lastly, the reason the BTS looks that way is because its BTS.

      1. Actually some of the other videos are on Vimeo as well for download. Secondly, if one is able to judge line resolution from an FS100, C300 and Red on youtube and vimeo in their 1080p displays, I’m more than positive you can do just the same for this D4.

        Additionally, if the Nikon stills are only half res, that actually makes the case worse, not better.

        Lastly, yes the Nikon did video first, but it did it poorly. Most people don’t use Nikons for the video features, but instead use the Canons in just about every budget there is today. There’s a reason for it; the quality and options are simply head and shoulders better in nearly every aspect.

        Now I don’t know if this will be improved in the future. But, the problem is glaring for those who know what they’re looking at. The youtube comment isn’t a viable excuse and hasn’t been for other cameras in this particular aspect either.

        1. I’ve been in broadcast 21 years and I’m telling you, you can’t test line resolution on ANY camera based on youtube or vimeo. Only a noob would think it, so ignore that EOSHD link. Just Canon zealots that link their confidence to their choice of camera and then feel the need to defend it every time something threatens it.

          On a positive note take a look at the WHY video at 2min 45 secs in. Its hard but it you can pause it right when the bike tire goes through frame and look at the spokes there is almost no rolling shutter!!! For a wheel moving that fast with vertical lines on any other CMOS sensor I’ve used those lines would be really bent.

          Also check out 5:36 and 5:58.

          The company thats first to the market with a technology is almost always trumped by the company that copies so of course Canon was going to do well with the 5D’s after they added what they saw people wanted the D90 to be able to do.

          I wouldn’t expect a 5D Mk3. I believe Canon took too much of a hit on their highend video cameras and want to keep a gap between the two. Hence the C300. Canon have marketing reasons not to give you too much more in DSLR’s. Where as Nikon don’t have an existing video market to protect which is why they added so much more to the D4.

          For me at the end of the day its about ergonomics and accessability. You try to turn a Canon on with one hand. You can’t. While your looking at the back of your Canon, holding with one hand and switching on with the other (probably because the Canon engineer who thought that up spends most of his time working in the printer division of Canon where they like to make the on button as awkward as they can) the Nikon shooter next to you is raising camera racking focus with one hand and switching on with the other in one motion.

          Also check out to see just how poorly all the Canons do from a technical point of view.

          1. It’s a little odd that you’re claiming that only Canon zealots are trying to debunk the new Nikon’s video when the EOSHD host is a GH2 fan more than anything. Don’t be fooled by the title of the site.

            Secondly, I work with the Sony F3, Scarlett, DSLRs, FS100 and GH2 depending on the job. You CAN indeed see the line resolution differences in the cameras very clearly online. If you need more of a lesson on it, you should head on over to the 2011 SCC shootout, hosted by Bob Primes, ASC and Zacuto.

            And, again, many of the videos are downloadable via Vimeo. Maybe you’re looking at the videos in the small window frame, instead of making them full screen? I don’t know.

            Seems like you’re doing more Canon bashing than anyone did for the Nikon’s video capabilities. Funny, the use of the word “zealot” here.

      2. D90 Announcement Date
        August 27, 2008

        Canon 5d Mark II Announcement Date
        September 17, 2008

        Not really a big difference there.

        I’ve gotten in an argument with Nikon purest before about this. I would say they were pursuing DSLR video at about the same time. Out of the gate the 5D Mark II was 1080P while the D90 was only 720P. Canon did it better at the same time as Nikon & is still dominating the market.

        Nikon really has a good chance to get ahead of Canon with their clean, uncompressed HDMI out. Canon is having a civil war between their video & photo departments which is limiting what their allowed to do with DSLR video.

        But, I really haven’t seen a D4 video that really knocked my socks off with image quality. I think we all want to see a pro put together a really solid piece & allow access to the full quality master. Then we can really judge.

        At the same time I agree with KahL. If you know what compression looks like you can make a general assessment from a YouTube file. I know what my stuff looks like on YouTube from my crappy little T2i & it looks better than this.

  2. Your right about something I said and It was wrong of me do brand everyone on that site as Canon users. I don’t think I was wrong about their motives tho. When a new camera comes out from a different company I just think “hope its nice and good for them” But to actively go and seek out new videos or photos and the knock it speaks more about them than anything.

    Only an idiot thinks you can test resolution based on web videos. The second that video is compressed greater things are at play. Choice of encoding software (big differences) choice of compression settings.

    I’m not going to get into the Zacuto videos. They come across professional but have made some noob decisions more than a few times.

    Go to the WHY video at 1:15 I think it was. The close up of the kayakers helmet. That long curve of the fibreglass opening with the high contrast is a perfect line to judge aliasing and theres none. Faint compression as you’d expect.

    1. I agree about watching streaming video. Useless for assessment. However, KahL specifically mentioned downloads, which means no compression, right? Is there a downloadable, original file ANYWHERE from the Nikon D4? That would be tell-tale IMO.

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