it is so nice to be able to use my ultra wide angle lenses
my DX camera's d50 - d3100 - d5100 worked great
just not the same view of our World
my n90s was a great work horse its to bad there is no more film
so far the d600 feels like it will be a great work horse
easy to use, easy to understand and stunning photos
tomorrow night I am going to the concert at the beach
I am sure that I will come home with a bunch of stunning pic's
if you can afford it then you should buy a d600
July 11, 2013
I have owned this camera for about 8000 shots now and I love it. Images are stunning and it has all the features of a pro camera. I did have a few dust/oil spots but 5 min with a sensor swab put it back to perfect. I would recommend this camera to all
July 4, 2013
Inbetween the D7000/D7100 and D800 this is one of the best FX DSLR camera. With an issue of oil spots on the sensor which Nikon took care of asap this is a must have camera for a advance amateur or a pro.
Thumbs up for Nikon for this awesome camera with fantastic video capability.
June 28, 2013
Perfect size/weight combined with the 24mp sensor and new technology that works
Take the time to read the manual and you'll be able to capture those elusive subtle color gradations. I used film and every digital camera I have used is compared to film. Film just gave me the full detail and color that early digital cameras lacked. Speed was the top priority for clients and they really didn't care much about bit depth and tonal values. My last body was the D3, I didn't jump to a D3x since it wasn't mission critical to have 24mp. Now with the latest bodies, I really was impressed with the D600 and how it produces images. Bypassing the D800(e) 36mp for now, I would rather have 36mp in a body the size of the D4. The picture below was taken with the 14-24 f2.8 1/60 f7.1 ISO6400.
June 14, 2013
Digital Comes of Age (for me anyway)
As an individual who, although I purchased a D60 and D3100 for "snap shots", never would accept digital over film for creative photography I was blown away by the performance of the D 600. I was pleasantly surprised, no shocked, that the D 600 was equal to, and surpassed the performance of my F-5 in many ways. Even in full automatic mode the exposures in difficult lighting situations and the auto focus performed better than my F5 in automatic mode and resulted in finer images in general. This comparison was done at ISO 160 (kodak Portra film), and utilizing the same lenses. I also considered the D 800 and the D800e, both fine cameras in their own right, but chose the D 600 because it suited my needs and for it's comparative relative simplicity of operation. The D 600 is an exceptional camera and a great value in it's price range and wouldn't hesitate to recommend purchasing one.
June 12, 2013
Finally Got It Right!
I have had my D600 since December and love the images I get with it. Unfortunately my unit was one that had dust/oil spot issues but they handled it for me. They stand by their product and want to make their customers happy.
I am happy with the repairs and the camera itself. Very much so. I still have a lot to learn and am glad to have such a good tool to use. Now to get some prime lenses to see what it can really do.
June 8, 2013
Versatile, Stunning Quality Photos
This was my first foray into a full frame DSLR. It's affordable, versatile, and is fairly intuitive to someone without a great deal of experience. What began with a need for photos that could be used in industry training slides. and others for advertising, has turned into quite a hobby, thanks to this camera. I hardly ever leave home without it. This camera will give you the tools to create photos you'll treasure for years to come.
June 5, 2013
They must have worked out the bugs
I find this camera to be nothing short of remarkable. Noise at high ISO has been virtually eliminated. As someone who shoots at high ISO and who often crops photos substantially, it has vastly improved the quality of my images.
May 20, 2013
Best Product Support Around
Had a bit of a problem with the dust issue over eight months of heavy use. Usually cleaned up with a bulb blower but a couple of specks showed up that wouldn't clean easily. Normally I would clean my own low pass filter/sensor but since the camera was still in warranty decided that Nikon could do it the first time. Sent the camera in to service in CA. and they returned it fully serviced and with multiple new updated components. New camera all over again. The whole process took only two weeks using UPS ground both ways. Talk about a rapid turnaround. Nikon's service dept. in CA. went above and beyond what was expected of them.
The camera always worked perfectly and several test shots since its return are as they should be. Quality has been similar to my old medium format 6x7 film cameras. Went digital with Nikon because all my old AE tack sharp AE lenses can still be used. Buy the new AFS 16-35mm F4 lens though. It's a must.
Have owned Nikons since the early 1970s. Have had to send a couple in for repair due to abuse more than anything. Their service department has always been competent and I have never waited long for the repairs to be completed.
A camera system is only as good as the product support behind it. I'll be using Nikons well into the future given this experience.
May 16, 2013
Great features, easy to work with
As a professional photographer, Nikon was my choice for many years. For reasons, some years ago I switched over to another brand of camera system, and I now have decided to go back to Nikon. Some other professionals gave me reasons to come back to Nikon that I ignored until early this year while covering a press conference where the 70-200 IS 2.8 lens was a must with high ISO. After a couple hours of shooting, I found that my images were not as sharp those shown by my peers using comparative Nikon equipment. Recently I purchased a D600 with the battery grip using both the 70-200 2.8 VR lens in FX and my 17-55 DX 2.8 Nikon lens on this camera body shooting along with my D300. Pleasantly surprised with the results of this equipment combination, the quality of images with the D600 is outstanding. I have put a few thousand images through this body in a relatively short time. The D600 is in my opinion is the most versatile camera I have owned.
May 5, 2013
You got everything in your hand
except the dust problem that i had last week, best camera i've ever worked with. seem less sharpness and not too heavy to carry.
April 23, 2013
All Time Best Camera I've Ever Used
I bought this camera to be able to use for my photography business and do some recording projects with some others, and I have to say, that there is no other better camera for the consumer market to buy right now. I have had so many wonderful experiences with this camera. I would recommend it to any one right away who is looking for a camera that has it all.
April 9, 2013
My 1st Nikon
This camera is everything I wanted and more... I highly recommended it. this is my 1st experience with DSLR camera and I love it.
April 4, 2013
It's almost 3 months I've sold my D5000 and got this new D600 and (with the help of 24-70mm 2.8) is really helping me getting nice shots.
Not too big, not too small... Perfect for grabbing all day... Very easy to use, Full Frame, Great in Low Light situations... What else do you need? ;)
April 4, 2013
Great DSLR in just about everyway
This camera rocks, it is every bit as good as my D700 and better in some ways. I love the high ISO performance and the IQ is fantastic. The feel and build quality is not as heavy or solid as my D700 but it still feels great, plus the LCD is better and the viewfinder is one of the best I have ever used. The AF is snappy and accurate but not as fast as my D700 but the setting of the AF is very easy. Did I say the IQ is fantastic! Plus my D600 sensor came clean as whistle and after 100 shots still clean. In the end the D600 with the MB-D14 just feels right.
The D600 just became my everyday DSLR and my D700 is now a backup.
April 2, 2013
my 4th Nikon DSLR Body
I have used D40x, D300, D3200 (returned it to buy D600) before. I must have taken at least 1500 shots with this camera with the 24-85 and 70-300 lens. The results are great. The high iso performance is outstanding. The video is great outdoors and is ok. indoors if you can stand lens clicking noise. The ergonomics is fantastic. I loved my D300 but falling in love with this one. Hope the "problem" if comes is quickly resolved. National camera exchange in twin cities told me that bring camera in. they will clean it professionally for $45. seems reasonable. Hope nikon learns from this experience to protect their stellar reputation. They are beating cannon with low cost high feature cameras. hope they don't jeopardize quality. Overall good camera so far. The kit lens is great.
March 30, 2013
Perfect upgrade from the D7000
I have used the D7000 since they were released. The D600 has the same control set up as my D7000. The easy of use is great for this light weight full frame. The low light capability is very good and yields excellent focus and WB in all situations. I am very pleased with my first full frame. Especially the D600 ability to crop automatically for my DX lens.
March 29, 2013
My First FX Camera
Simply put, this camera is a beast! I have been using the entry level DX cameras like the D40x, D60, and D5100 over the years and they were definitely nice cameras in their own respect but as I had learned to use my settings, my experience grew. There came a point where I outgrew these cameras and needed something to help me grow even more, truth be told I was holding out hope for at the time the unreleased D7100 because of the D7000s affordability. Due to the timing of this cameras release and competitive pricing I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot (excuse my unintended pun) anyway, I've been using this camera for 2 months now and it continues to impress as well as keep me on my learning toes in constant search for ways to better my photographs and there's always something to learn to make a photo that much better.
I was aware that there were issues in the early models with oil spots and dust issues getting onto the sensor, since my purchase I have yet to encounter such a problem and am nearing 3000+ photos taken. if you're looking for a camera that boast many great features then this is the monster for you, it certainly will be mine for quite some time!
March 21, 2013
Yes.. so happy I bought this camera.
So, like unlike everyone that has gone great lengths to research this piece of technology. I was irresponsible and did not purchase this camera with doing my due diligence to become more knowledgeable about defects from others reviews. It was only till after I purchased the D600, that I found out about its common issue's floating on the web. (being the dust and oil problem) Since I have purchased it, and i'm no expert, but this camera has not had any of those issue and i'm loving every second I spend with this product. Thank you Nikon, not only are the images on this camera incredible sharp and focused, but the videos. There are so many functions on the camera that allow you to mold and shape the photo with your own preference.
Only dislike is not being able to change the aperture in video mode.. come on. lets fix that!! I know this is a simple firmware update!
Nikon you have provided an instrument that gives ordinary users like me, to create cinematic videos and national geographic photos. Thank You. My investment into your product has proved wrong to all the other people critiquing your camera. Two Thumbs up!
Overall, incredible camera Nikon. I look forward to upgrading to your other full frame flag ship camera's.
I want to upload pictures but they're so big I can't. Wish you guys could see these pictures.
World Peace; Keep your life surrounded by the light, if not get a Nikon and bump that ISO.
March 20, 2013
I upgraded this one from D7000, This camera is very good, I didn't see any oil or dust on the images
March 17, 2013
Best Bang for the Buck.
I picked this camera up early February. First off, I don't understand what all the fuss is about with the "oil spots". I've done several shoots since making this purchase, and haven't noticed anything. Maybe I haven't had it long enough to see it. Even if there was a problem with the sensor, what's so hard about getting it cleaned? I don't understand how something so small can deter people not only from the camera, but Nikon as a whole. I think some people are blowing this way out of proportion. Other than that "problem", everything else about this camera deserves 5 stars.
I upgraded to this camera from the entry level D40 (now discontinued.) To me, there was little to no learning curve between the D40 and the D600. It's THAT user friendly. The day I recieved this camera from UPS, I was snapping photos with it as if I had been using it for years. I was immediately blown away by the IQ and high ISO/low light capability. Video is quite nice, especially with my Nifty Fifty. I don't shoot sports or action, so I would never need more than 5.5 FPS. Going from DX to FX was the best decision I've made, IMO. Cropped sensors have always felt so cramped to me. This camera performs just as well as a D3, D800, D4, etc in terms of IQ, at a much more acceptable price. If you don't need crazy high FPS, the 1/250 flash sync (I don't use strobes, so I could care less), or the ridculously high megapixels the D800 has, this camera is perfectly fine. Seriously, IMO, the best camera in the price range.
March 12, 2013
The camera is amazing. For the price, it's unbeatable. I own two, both had the "dust on the sensor" issue. Shot a few thousand rounds, cleaned the sensors. A couple thousand actuation a later, still clean. It's just NOT as big of a deal as the Internet is making it. I agree it would be if it continued...but it doesn't. It's been blown WAY out of proportion. The camera in my opinion is the best to date, for the size, and price point.
March 11, 2013
Superb images notwithstanding intial dirty sensor setback
FIRST THE SENSOR SPOTS,ETC: I purchased the Nikon D600 in Oct of 2012. I was aware of the sensor dust/oil problem but bought it knowing that the same experience with my D7000 cleared up after a couple thousand shots. Given the design of the D600 is basically the same as the D7000 I was confident that the sensor problem would simply go away. That said I still sent it to Nikon in November and they cleaned the mirror box which is the commonly accepted cause of this issue as well as the sensor which got rid of the problem straight-away. I ensure that I run the in-camera sensor clean function once before starting a day's shooting. If the sensor becomes contaminated such that my Giottos blower can't remove it then I use wet swabs which is very easy with a full frame sensor. I HIGHLY recommend all owners of this camera with this problem do the same. I am very disappointed at the seeming lack of quality control by Nikon in first releasing the D7000 with it's problems and then, apparently not learning a thing from that experience allowing the same type of blunder to occur upon releasing the D600 to market. I really like using Nikon equipment which offers outstanding performance but this QC issue could dramatically hurt their profits down the line since many people are intolerant of this kind of failure. New customers in particular.
NOW TO THE CAMERA: My specific requirement was a full frame camera with low ISO capability and exceptionally wide dynamic range without breaking the bank. The D600 offered it all at a price that was right for me. I paid full retail for the body only and even with all the subsequent discounts I am not disappointed in the least. The improvement in dynamic range with the D600 over the D7000, which was very good, is quite noticeable. Nature photography is my primary interest along with landscape images. In absolutely every respect I am more than satisfied with the image quality of the D600 and those images are everything that I had learned to expect from a first class full frame camera.
I considered the D800 but I was already used to the ergonomics of the D7000 which are nearly identical in the D600 so the more professional controls on the D800 did not interest me. The 36 megapixels would have been nice but after considerable inspection of photos take with the D800 and the D600 under virtually identical circumstances with the same lenses I could not discern enough of a difference to warrant the additional price of the D800.
After dealing with the sensor problem I can still confidently recommend the D600 to anyone ALSO willing to do the same. Once past the sensor brouhaha the images the D600 produces are nothing short of awe inspiring.
February 23, 2013
Superb full frame camera. Video so-so
I have been holding out on a dslr until a full frame Canon or Nikon came within the realm of amateur useful / somewhat affordable - and advanced enough to be relevant for 5 years. I looked at the 5d mark ii, as my sister in law had them. it was ok. my brother in law had the D7000 with the FX-ED 28-70 mm lense - and the pictures were amazing. But no full frame.
The D800 was exciting, but still a bit intimidating for my skill level and was a pricey risk to take.
The D600 was perfect! I have read all of the dust spots and oil complaints and had some reservations. I have had the camera since late December 2012 and must say I have not seen any issues, although I have not changed out the lens once (i have the 28-300 nikon fx-ed lens that came in a kit, which is pretty darn good, and an older nikon speedlight which works quite well) and I store the camera in a clean area. I am also not a professional, exposing my camera to the somewhat abusive environments many professionals operate within.
The pictures are amazing. Outdoor, indoor - day and night, all superb. Focus and natural color is fantastic. Compare to any lesser dslr, smaller - but still expensive point and shoots, the d600 will make you wish you had the camera for all important events. The standard flash integrated in the unit is actually not bad for smaller scale photos. I have nothing but happiness about the photos.
The video, on the other hand leaves much to be desired, and should only be used if you don't feel like lugging a camcorder.
The video is good, but it is resolution without any handy features most camcorders have. Also, the microphone picks up all of the autofocus and lens movements. It is annoying - really annoying.
If you want a dslr for video - unless I have an unusual case - this camera is no good at all. You will not be happy with the sound - as all you will be hearing is a metallic pinging every second of the video - if there is focus adjustment, which there normally will be. I thought the feature would be useful - so I was happy to have it and took the video as a freebie benefit. It turns out I am still thrilled with the photos and the video proves the freebie is getting what you pay for!!
As a camera - unless you are a true pro - I can't imagine a much better camera on the market. My sister-in-law is a pro and has Canon 5D Mark II's. I feel canon/nikon loyalties are like Chevy/ford loyalties. But, objectively speaking, I do not like the Canon as much as the D600. It just seems photo quality is a step beneath. People can say it is an older technology, but to me, a full frame and optics - should reflect similar photo quality. I suppose I am wrong as I feel the Nikon is much closer to my 35mm film Nikon SLR, which is amazing.
Knowing full well I would buy all new lenses, body, speedlight (although I am still using my old one as it works very well), I figured I was getting a Canon or Nikon. I had very bad experiences with Nikon point and shoots, and I have loved every small Canon I bought, including the G11 for my wife. So I was a bit disappointed in Nikon. The D600 was a risk I took from reading magazine reviews. Plus, I found the 5D mark II to be good, but an outdated product about to be replaced by a newer camera that was even more than the D800!! I trusted the magazine reviews and got the d600 and it was worth every penny and is phenomenal. I love it. Get a couple high speed sandisk 32gb sdcards. Awesome camera / tons of storage - 2 slots. You'll love it too.
February 22, 2013
Best Camera Yet
I upgraded from a D5000. When this camera first came out I knew it was for me. It was exactly what I was looking for. The dust issue was a little unsettling. I waited a good six months to purchase hoping that it would be resolved. It was worth the wait and I have not had any problems.
It has far exceeded my expectations. Pairing it with the 85 mm lens makes it a dream combination.
February 21, 2013
This is my fist full-frame camera and I absolutely love it. The image quality is stunning. Very good in low light conditions, and I really have nothing bad to say!
February 19, 2013
I bought this camera before Xmas and have experienced some dust spots. I sent it to Nikon and they cleaned the sensor and checked it over, on warranty. It came back clean. I'm very impressed with the image quality. Very sharp focus and the details and color rendition are fabulous. Ergonomics similar to D7000. There are a few small issues: focusing points in a small area, ISO button in a awkward position etc. Reviews from DP Review and others all rate this camera very high so I don't understand all the complaints other than the dust issue. Cleaning the sensor isn't hard.
February 17, 2013
Great job all around!
If you are upgrading to this model, hurry up already! It takes fantastic images. While you may get a unit that has dust/oil spot issues, the representatives and technicians will go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of your needs. After shipping, Nikon received it on February 5, 2013. I made a request to have the camera back by Mardi Gras day. I was hoping to get some great photos of all the costumes but wasn't sure if the repair and return would make it in time. I asked and hoped. The fact that I received it back on the 12th goes far to illustrate the great customer service and standards held by Nikon. Problem resolved.
February 17, 2013
Beautiful camera, Misunderstood sensor (oil spots solved)
Starting with the Negatives since there are so few.
Okay so point 1.) The sensor does get oil spots for most, not sure if Nikon fixed it. I bought my camera in December. BUT! The big but here is that the oil spots stop accumulating after around 3,000 shots. I was lucky enough to buy my camera at a local store which does free sensor cleanings for those who buy a camera with them. (it usually costs around $50)
Point 2.) You can't edit RAW files yet using most programs. Cs6 should be coming out with a compatibility download soon enough though. (I have hear ramblings about them coming out with one in 3-4 months but it might just be rumors.)
But other than that I really don’t have any negatives with this camera!
The Pro column far outweighs the Cons.
Point 1.) I probably don’t need to stress the image quality. I researched this camera, the D800, & the 5DmkIII and found that the D600 Has better image quality (I.e. Dynamic range, color depth, detail etc…) than the canon.
Point 2.) Noise level is phenomenal. I have usable pictures up to 4,000 ISO.
Point 3.) Fast AF! Obviously not as fast as the D800/5DmkIII and personally I enjoy all the 39 AF points in the center. If I need to focus on something outside the center I set my upper Fn button to be a no auto focus so I just lock the focus and recompose in a second.
Point 4.) Great Ergonomics! You can do everything while still having you eye up to the eye piece.
Point 5.) Love the two SD card slots. I need them now that my files are larger.
Point 6.) The D600 has the same weather proof protection as the D800.
Over all I feel like this camera will be with me for a long time. I can really grow with this camera.
February 13, 2013
The only thing that struck me silly was the video. If you want to change the aperture, you must have a lens that you can change it manually. Other than that, it does really well on noise.
If your considering a D800 and don't make your living shooting, get this camera. It does great with enlargements that aren't posters! You will not notice much difference at 100% crop between this camera and the 800.
The body isn't all magnesium like the 800, but the weather sealing is nearly as good. Unlike the 800, I don't need a tripod for every day shots. The 600 will serve you better if you do any sort of photography where you're on the move or your subject is. The 800 is more of a static camera to me and definitely a tripod camera, even with VR lenses.
As far as people concerned about dust specks, think about a CPU fan, an older CRT screen, they gather dust. It's going to happen. Dust is going to be attracted to the sensor or any charged surface. It's not a defect.
Oil spots, this is a lubricant that is left over from the assembly process that gets squished out in assembly or get splashed about in assembly. This one is definitely a quality control issue, but it's no crisis.
Sensor cleaning is as easy as cleaning a lens (well almost). Youtube it. If you want a "kit" check out Copper Hill Images.
I wish people would stop making ignorant claims about what they perceive as "defects".
February 4, 2013