Great Job Nikon
Right out of the box this camera is ready to rock. I own many nikon products but the D600 is the camera that I will have by my side going forward. This camera is amazing. The pictures that are being produced are crisp, the colors are energizing and the look and feel of this body is perfect. Thank you NIKON
November 6, 2012
Great features in a small package
Wow! I just recently upgraded from my D7000 to the D600. What a difference overall with this camera. With all the wonderful features it offers, you can't beat the price.
October 31, 2012
My 1st fx Nikon
Excelent camera for the price,had it for 3weeks and can't complain..
October 30, 2012
I recently upgraded from a D70 to the D600. Holy cow! What a camera. Auto-ISO to 6400 and I have yet to have a problem shooting indoors at f3.5. The images are amazing. They are even good with the D70 kit lense. Grain at 6400 is better than the D70 at 400. Looking forward to getting a nice 50mm prime and seeing what this baby can do.
Love the on camera editing capabilities; the dual slot sd card functionality; the speed (5.5fps may not be sports pro level, but it is quick); the video quality; the built-in AF motor; the wifi option; the active-D lighting; the selective color temperature; the 2 custom user defined modes; the lockable mode dial and lockable release dial; the customizable FN button; etc etc. I could probably keep going, but I'll limit myself.
October 24, 2012
This is a winner!
I finally made the move to a Full Frame camera moving up from my D7000. That camera was, and is, a great camera but this camera is simply amazing. I could go into details that you have probably already read so I won't bother with that. Instead I would like to give advice to those thinking of buying this camera. I love photography and want anyone that decides to get into photography to have a great experience. With that being said the important thing is to pass useful information on. If you are thinking of getting this camera then you are thinking about getting serious with photography. If that is the case then you need to realize that it is not the cost of the camera that is the expensive part. To get the most out of this camera, or any serious camera, you need good lenses. Otherwise it is like cheap tires on a Ferrari. Ultimately you will will need to spend the price of this camera more than a few times over to get a complete set of pro lenses. If you are willing to do that than you will not go wrong with this camera. The artistic part of photography is still up to you but with this camera and the right lenses you will have the ability to capture some truly amazing photos.
October 24, 2012
Amazing image resolution and fantastic low light performance
I have been a Nikon user for over thirty years and fairly familiar with both film and digital products. After my horrible experience with D7000’s back focus issue, I was seriously considering not to buy anymore Nikon cameras but the D600 changed my mind. I too wish this camera had 51 focus points, came with 1/8000 shutter speed, or was made of 100% magnesium, but then I can imagine it would have cost more than $2099. I don’t see any issues with the size or grip. I Haven’t experienced the sensor oil issue as some have reported.
I think D600 is a great camera for both pro and semi-pro.
I do recommend this camera. Money well spent.
October 23, 2012
It Doesn`t Get Any Better !
This camera tops all others by a long shot. Everything about this camera is a winner ! I bought this camera to take photos and not to use as a video camera. But of course it does great video as well. I have the MB-D14 battery grip which I think is a necessity if you are a pro. I am a professional photographer and this camera will be used as my main body and back up as well. The low light abilities of this camera are unreal. Everything I have taken at ISO 3200 are unbeleivable. If you are a low light shooter, you will not go wrong with this camera. I have been a life long nikon photographer and when a camera like this comes along you have to take advantage of it ! I can not say enough 'GREAT" things about it. If you don`t beleive me try it for yourself. You will beleive ! Nikon knocked it out of the park with this camera !!!!
October 18, 2012
It's a great camera although the grip of my old D300 was a lot more comfortable.
The D600 is a bit smaller than the D300 but the image quality is way ahead, especially low light performance.
One issue with brand new camera: Oil? spots on the sensor on a new camera? That's a first for me.
Noticeable around f8 and even at more open apertures.
Tried to clean sensor with blower and built in dust system but no luck, since the spots are round it looks like oil to me. Took camera to Nikon service for cleaning. QS should avoid that in the first place.
October 17, 2012
A serious fun upgrade from my D200
My oh my, this little D600 is a fine and worthy upgrade from my wonderful D200.
I pondered and worried, did some detailed research by downloading
the manuals for my old and future camera (thanks Nikon) and after I knew
enough to decide I went and looked at it in the local camera store then went for it.
The first morning of test pictures told me that the new VR zoom lens (28-300) and focusing
system was able to take advantage of all the pixels. Tomorrow I plan to
audition it with my 50 mm prime lens, flash and challenge it with a road
trip to some Rodin sculptures.
October 13, 2012
I was lucky to buy the "body only," and not the kit. I had waited for a few reviews, and when I decided to buy, "WHOOSH!" they had all but disappeared in the local stores.
I now see why. The next day I replaced my D200 with the new D600 to work in tandem with my D2X shooting a night football game. I took a chance, as I really didn't get that close of a look at the difference in functions/dials/layout/controls, etc with my other cameras.
This is truly a fine camera.
I liked the feel and the interface.
I like the change on the AF/M switch to include a button on the switch to choose AF-C, etc. With my D200 especially, I frequently flipped the switch from C to S to M.
I miss the ability to "Lock" the Aperture and Shutter speeds, as I can with the D2X, but my D200 doesn't have it either, so it's adaptable.
The most common complaint I've read is highly valid and I hope is correctable via software updates:
the focusing points are jammed into the center area. This is acceptable in most situations, but not for portrait work where/when a tripod is used. The range is Highly limited.
My next step is to thoroughly go through the features and learn how to adapt this camera to my shooting habits.
Already, though, the User Interface is Very Well designed, and the quick access to White Balance, ISO, and other frequent needs is very intuitive.
I've read this is basically a D4 within some of the extra features. From what I've seen, this is true. I wish for this or that, but I can adapt. I've wanted a full-frame for portraiture to make best use of my lenses without dealing with the 1.5 crop factor, and now I have it.
Speaking of which the 24 MP sensor makes switching to DX mode a viable thing and adds to the focal length in a positive and valuable way for sports and nature photography. Caveat--of sorts--when switching from FX to DX modes (which is really quick), one has to also change the Image size if one prefers to shoot in the Medium file size format.
Lastly, if you are contemplating or hesitate, just go for it; this is a winner.
October 8, 2012
From D90 to D600 and loving it!!!
I have had my D600 for a couple days now and already love everything about it! Please keep in mind that my rating of this camera is strictly from the perspective of an advanced enthusiast and not a professional photographer. I won't go into all of the technical aspects of the D600 since that has been well covered in other reviews. With that being said, I will give you my real world short answer as to why you will love the D600. A quick backgrounder, I have been shooting with my beloved D90 for about 3 years and felt that it was time to upgrade to newer technology. Before the D600 rumors started I was thinking about upgrading to the D7000. However, I decided to wait since I have always wanted to own a full frame camera. For D7000 owners out there this camera may feel similar but for me it is a night and day difference from my D90. The D600 is noticeably larger than the D90 and fits very nicely in my hands and feels very solid. The menu and button layout are consistent to the D90 so I had no problems figuring it out. Is it worth $1000 more than the D7000? YES!!! The D600 packs a juicy Full Frame Sensor, repeat a Full Frame Sensor (same as the one in the flagship D4 and D800). And the viewfinder is huge; with 100% coverage. I have my D600 paired with a Nikkor AF-S 50mm F1.8 G lens and the results are as expected; AWESOME. I rarely shoot video so I won't comment on that aspect of the camera. Overall the D600 is a great full frame camera wrapped up in the perfect size body with a terrific price tag.
October 6, 2012
This is a very smart and ergonomically designed camera. I purchased this camera as a replacement to a Canon 5D(#1). This camera had one feature that my Canon lacked and that is ease and speed of use. I can get the same pictures out of any camera some just make it easier and faster. The D600 does both. Who cares what a camera looks like, looks have nothing to do with picture taking. I would still love this camera if it was bright pink. If you are concerned with looks of your camera you are most likely not concerned with the looks of your images.
October 5, 2012
I recently received the D600 and have shot with it for a week. I have been waiting for a replacement /upgrade for my D700 which I sold in anticipation of the upgrade, but the D800 was more of a D3x variant than an upgrade of the D700. I have been shooting with a D7000 in the mean time. The layout is very similar to the D7000 but with some subtle but very thoughtful improvements. The lock on the shooting mode corrects the accidental movement that was frequent on the D7000.The video button on top next to the shutter release seems strange at first, but becomes very easy to detect due to its narrow,vertical shape.
The High ISO images are fabulous with very little noise and very sharp. Some of the features such as HDR are fairly "deep" in the menus, but if you reprogram the buttons, Fn or AE/AF you can access them quickly from "MY MENU.
I have noticed that some of my pictures seem oversaturated but this can be managed by either white balance or customizing the Picture settings to be less saturated.Perhaps a firmware upgrade with correct this but it is manageable with a little post processing.
My only real complaint is that the focusing points do not cover enough of the viewfinder, but overall the camera is fantastic and I suspect may cut into D800 sales
October 3, 2012
Finally, the big brother to the D7000!
I've had this camera for a little over a week now, upgrading from the Nikon D7000 as many probably will. I am absolutely pleased with this product. If you want to go full frame and you have the D7000 or something similar without spending a fortune, this is it!
I will highlight the key benefits over the D7000 below, mainly from a video perspective.
If you are expecting a "pro" FX body for cheap, then this is not the product for you. This is pretty much the D7000 with an FX sensor, slightly larger dimensions and some extra features.
24 megapixels, more than enough, but not so much so that quality and high ISO performance is affected negatively when filming etc. Less mpix = better quality per pixel.
Video straight out of the camera at full HD 1080p is amazing, so clear and crips, just a little touch up in post makes it look really nice!
A very welcome addition for me is the 720p at 60FPS. I was actually contemplating another body to have with my D7000 just to be able to shoot 60FPS. Kind of hoped it would be 1080P at 60FPS but that's a dream for now, no camera in this class or price range has that so. So just that alone makes up for the investment if you are running two bodies today to be able to film 60FPS.
Headphone jack, great addition if you want to monitor audio. I personally run an external recorder and only use built in audio for referense, but still great to have!
Manual audio levels, hadn't seen or heard about that until I went thru the menus, very nice!
Uncompressed HDMI out, oh yeah! Hook it up to a NINJA 2 recorder and you will get even better video quality!
So that's kind of touching on the upgraded features for video compared to the D7000.
As for photos, well, they look absolutely gorgeous. The full frame really shows off with the clean color reproduction and dynamic range. Just blows me away to be honest. Not that the D7000 looked bad, but this is noticably better! Granted the FX lens help, in my case 50 AF-S 1.8G #get it !#.
Bigger viewfinder is alot easier to work with.
The fact that my lenses are now actually what they say they are, in focal lenght, helps alot. I thought the whole crop factor was confusing when getting lesnes. And up until recently I was under the impression that the focal lenghts advertised for DX lenses were already "converted", but that is not the case.
More shallow depth of field and nicer bokeh is always nice, but it has hurt me a little bit when filming table top product reviews etc. as the depth of field is so shallow and hard to pin point, but that is just an application issue, you just have to be creative and film your product from multiple angles instead to cover all areas in focus.
Some things I do not like that I have noticed, minor work-flow and handling issues.
Picture zoom in and out buttons reversed place from the D7000 #+ and - buttons#, confusing, but I see that the D7000 was the odd one of the camera line up so it makes sense.
I normally film in M mode, but check my settings with A mode beforehand outside of live view. The settings from non live view A mode does not carry over when switching to video live view, so I have to memorize the settings before switching. NOTE: This is for ISO only obviously, sorry. Not a huge deal but that worked a treat on the D7000. I guess that is because of the split live view modes for photo and video, which I by the way do not really understand why it is necessary.
For filming, I do not understand why they can't offer seamless continous filming with auto-split of 20 mins per file. Canon do it without frame drop, so why not this. I hate when I am shooting and all of a sudden I notice the camera has stopped recording and I don't know where it left off. Obviously a workflow issue at this point but still.
One thing I noticed in the specs, which will probably never affect me personally, but that I found odd was, the highest shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second, and not 1/8000th. Seems like an odd compromise, not sure why they did that.
Also, the focus points are way too tight together. I think it's to be compatible in DX mode or something, but seriously. I would rather have reduced number of points in DX mode and have greater spread in FX mode. This is annoying!
If you are moving from the D7000 or similar DX camera, a big issue might be that you only have DX lenses. Thankfully this camera has a DX crop mode feature so you can use your DX lenses without problems, but you cut the censor area and megapixels off and so I wouldn't recommend it in the long run as you are handicapping the cameras ability to deliver fully. If you are planning to upgrade to this, try to rotate out your DX lenses for FX lenses before hand so the hit on your wallet is limited!
For some reason the little scroll bar in the Custom Shooting menu #I think that is what it's called, the one with all the AF settings etc.# is removed, compared to the D7000 menus. Which means you can't see how far you have scrolled within the category you are in, instead you only see the color and letter referense for the category at the top. Annoying little miss there. Might get fixed in FW. Maybe not a big deal to most.
The live view video recording button is now at the top to the left of the shutter button. I do not like this at all. Several times I have tried hitting record and it won't start and I look thru my settings wondering why it doesn't work, only to find out I hit the meter mode button instead, which is next to and behind the record button. Would have prefered the live view center button to also be the record button. You can however change this in the menus so that the shutter release button #for photos# in video mode acts as the record button, which would work better I think.
The covers for the in and output jacks on the side should not be hinged. I am so scared of breaking them off or whatever. Some sort of rubber pop in design would be better, so that they could be removed if desired. I can't explain what I mean in words but the hinges have me on edge a little, especially when running cables in there that might get caught and add tension to the covers etc.
Also, as with the D7000, I think the card slot door should have a more positive lock in when closed. Sometimes when I grip it in and out of my hand, on occasion, the card door has been slid open by this. Not as bad on the D600 as on my D7000, but still.
Lock button for mode dial, hmm... Not sure if that is a negative or not but it's an extra step to have to do to switch over, never had a problem with it switching by "itself" on the D7000 so.
Wishful thinking, price point could of been a few hundred lower to differentiate it from the bigger brother D800 a little more. But considering Can ONs response #6D ?# with noticably worse features for the same price or slightly higher, I think you'd have to be satisfied with this!
I think that about wraps it up for what I have experienced with the camera so far. Despite the small flaws I described above I am sure this will be a good companion for many years to come for both photo and video! Highly recommended! Glad I finally moved up to FX so I dont have to worry about my DX gear and lenses getting outdated or discontinued.
October 1, 2012
No longer using Olympus dslr equipment!
I have owned the olympus E1 & E3, didn't upgrade to the E5, not much had changed. Have been waiting for olympus to come out with an updated body something really special, didn't happen. When I called them they could not even say if they would be building any new dslr body's. Finally gave up, traded in my lenses, flash and body. Walked out of the camera store feeling pretty good about moving over to a company like Nikon. Lost some $, but sometimes you have to go backwards to go forward. Anyway can't believe the difference I'm seeing already! The D600 is even more powerful than I thought! I will have a learning curve for a while, but it's been a fun two days since I purchased this camera.
The only negative thing i've found so far, my lightroom 4 & cs 5 will not read my raw files yet. My understanding is that adobe will be addressing that in the near future.
September 29, 2012
Excellent ISO Performance
At this point I cautiously give the D600 five stars. I say cautiously, because I have had the camera in my hands only two or three days. So far I am very happy with it. The ISO performance is very good. ISO 1000 to 3200 looks like ISO 400 on my D7000. This is great for dim light, but also very good news for people who like to shoot birds in flight and wildlife in general. I am able to keep the ISO at 1000 and get almost no grain at all while retaining very good color and detail.
The focus is fast and accurate. Despite all the focus points being centered, it doesn't cause me as much grief as I believed it would. I would still prefer that they are more spread out, but I can work with what I have. One can still follow the two thirds rule, although in a slightly more limited way than the D800 with it's 51 focus points for example. I would not consider this a deal-breaker by any means.
The camera feels solid in my hands, and I'm sure it will feel even better with a grip.
The auto-ISO function is helpful, although during the day I prefer to select my own ISO setting, especially if I'm shooting action. The 5.5 frames per second help capture the action, and the larger buffer allows you to keep shooting continuously without interruption. I'm able to shoot approximately 16 frames in RAW before the buffer fills, at which point I can keep shooting at about 1 to 2 frames per second as the files are written to the SD card.
I have also found that the D600 handles red colors very well. In the past I did not like to photograph red flowers because I knew my camera would somehow blow out the reds. The D600 does not blow out reds and in fact retains a lot of detail in flower petals unlike other DSLRs I've used. Maybe it comes down to my settings, but the D600 makes it much too easy.
The 24 megapixels are very useful when cropping and produce very nice clarity in photos. This is great for just about anything, including macro.
Attached are some of my first D600 images, including a photo of a red flower for demonstrative purposes. These images were processed in ViewNX2 into TIFFs and then imported into Lightroom4 for only very minor color enhancement.
September 27, 2012
Great low light performer
I really like the custom settings menu and the feel of the camera is much better than my D80. The HD video is really great, the rolling shutter could be better but I can deal with it. The noise performance is absolutely amazing! I can get very usable shots at 1/120, f/1.8, ISO3200 with almost no noise at all! The noise performance is great when shooting the sky at night because you can shoot at 30sec, f/22 ISO 3200 or 6400 and still are able to use the shots.
The time lapse feature is super helpful because its easy to use and doesn't require an additional piece of equipment.
September 26, 2012
D600 Rocks - I Love this Camera
I thought I could never beat my old D700 but the D600 is better. Way better. The color in the images pops very nicely. The shutter is much quieter and pleasant to hear. For the first time, if I use the on camera flash people actually look good. Normally, I never flash people directly but use off camera, remotely controlled flash. Nikon is doing something with flesh tones that is remarkable.
Live view works like it should with this camera. It never did in the D700. The in-camera editing options are super fun, especially the miniaturization and line drawing options. So beautiful!
It weighs a lot less than the D700. I can keep this camera around my neck all day with the 50mm F1.8 and it shoots in low light very well.
The menus are better. The buttons are more logical than the D700.
September 26, 2012
Nikon has outdone themselves
The D600 is exactly what the doctor ordered for a photographer like me. I am a teenage photographer that competes with and is respected by local pros. I photograph corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc. and this camera is exactly what I needed. The camera performs well at high ISO levels and the autofocus works like a charm. The D600 feels incredible sturdy in your hands, which is something I LOVE. However, add on a speedlight and grip and this camera can get heavy quick. The shape is a bit awkward in my opinion; the d600 is quite wide, but does not maintain its aspect ratio when widening so it seems a little shorter than it actually is. Overall the D600's performance exceeded my expectations and is a great camera. I've wanted to get my hands on a full frame camera for a while, but couldn't afford to get a D800 and a full frame lens. However, with the D600 I think I might be able to put a 24-70 f:/2.8 under the tree in December.
September 25, 2012
If you want a full frame for a good budget price this is the best camera to go with. I have owned the D7000 and the D700 and with my experience I liked the D600 to be in between these monster cameras. It feels likes you are holding a hybrid. Not as heavy as the D700 with twice as much mega pixels with superb picture quality and with advanced features than the D7000. This is the camera to go with for click click and more clicks
September 25, 2012
Solid Camera for amateur enthusiast
I am by no means a pro...started getting into photography 3 months ago. My first DSLR was the D5100. Love it great beginner camera however I didn't expect to out grow it so quickly. Then I was thinking of upgrading to the D7000 since the FX format cameras were still out of my league and too much $. But when I heard the D600 was being announced and it has alot of the same user friendly program modes as the D5100 that i like using including some advanced manual user settings that I longed for with a full FX format sensor and 24MP i decided to give it a try since I'm still new to photography and have not invested heavily with DX lenses yet.
Well im glad I made the investment. First off the D5100 though light and small feels like a plastic toy compared to the D600. The D600's main body is made of the same metal in the D800 however its surrounded by polycarbonate plastic on top, front and bottom. So the body is significantly heavier then the D5100 however feels great in your hands, more solid and the weight is evenly distributed especially if your using a tele photo lens like AF-S 28-300mm. If you put a telephoto lens on a D5100 or D3100 forget about it the weight distribution between lens and camera body feels awkward and awful while shooting and carrying. Therefore the craftsmanship of the D600 is much appreciated and the extra weight is a non factor because its evenly distributed no matter what kind of lens you put on and feels great in your hands.
The first thing i noticed about the D600 is its image sensor is massive compared to a DX camera. Its like watching HD TV for the first time. 39 autofocus points i feel is not enough for the FX format there is still too much real estate and would like to see more AF points. However since I'm an amateur I can make do.
I enjoy taking stills, landscape and sports photography. What i like about the D600 compared to my D5100 is when I'm in an lighting condition or environment that requires to constantly change camera settings in M or a program mode. The D5100 takes forever to change settings on the fly in the menu and by then you miss your shot. However the camera settings on the D600 are more transparent and fluid in a way the pros are used to however its not too overbearing for an amateur to master and this is a great camera i can grow into as well.
So this review will hopefully be beneficial to a guy/girl like me who just started photography and never expected to really enjoy it and is looking to upgrade from an entry level DSLR who has not yet invested too much money in a lens system yet.
September 24, 2012
Great FX Camera!!!
Used this camera at a wedding yesterday and I am completely blown away by the capabilities of this package. We were stuck indoors due to rain, this camera combined with the 24-70 were a magical combination.
I was extremely impressed with the low light capability as well. Images at ISO 1600-6400 are very usable with little to no work.
For my business I find this to be the perfect fit. Megapixels is right where I want them and the price of this unit is well worth it in my opinion.
September 23, 2012
Worth EVERY penny!
The D600 is a superb camera. Impressive stills with great dynamic range and excellent high ISO performance.....very clean up to ISO3200 and depending on your photo use even ISO6400 and some ISO12800 shots can still be usable. The in-camera HDR feature works well...handheld is possible if your technique is flawless...but best to use a tripod. The 24-85 VR is a surprisingly good lens, excellent centre sharpness and a tad soft in the corners but overall very good.
I have a D7000 which I will be keeping as my back-up camera...controls are very similar on the D600 which makes the transition very easy. There have been some negative comments in various photo chat rooms about the fact that you can't change the aperture while filming video in live view. This is the same issue with the D7000 and I've shot lots of very good corporate videos without the need to change aperture while filming...so to me this is really a non-issue to me. For most corporate work if you plan your shots properly there's no need to change aperture.....it's not like trying to shoot a wedding where the subjects are moving all over the place and the lighting is changing constantly. Perhaps if I was a wedding shooter (which I avoid like the plague) it would be a bigger concern.
Burst rate is good at 5.5 (almost as fast as the D7000) and like the D7000 the buffer fills fairly quickly so if you MUST have high frame rate and large buffer you'll likely need to go up to the D4 or wait for the pro-level D400....my guess is that it will be introduced late this year or early spring 2013.
Very good video capability with this camera (which was my main reason to purchase) and the quality is better than the D7000. Still a bit of moire in predictable situations but not nearly as prevalent as the D7000...and low light performance appears much improved over the D7000 based on my initial shooting.
Love the light weight and compact size of the D600 which was another consideration for me as I did not have to upgrade my fluid video head, pistol grip, camera slider, or tripod due to a lot of increased weight. This is such a great video camera that most suppliers like iDC should bring follow-focus base plates etc. to market quickly. Really like the built in audio metering, the headphone jack and the straight out video feed....all great features to have when shooting video. Not being able to change aperture while filming is a very small trade-off to make. My D7000 is an excellent camera and very worthy of all of the awards it won....and I predict that the D600 will also win many 'camera of the year' awards. I have no hesitation what-so-ever in recommending this excellent camera. Depending on their specific shooting requirements many pros will find a place for this camera in their bag. It is a lightweight powerhouse!
September 22, 2012
I have been waiting for a compact, more reasonably priced, full frame Nikon for so long and I had almost given up when I saw the D800. Too heavy and bulky. AGAIN. I have actually started a Sony nex system and love it.
But Nikon finally came out with a camera for someone like me who started out with film and has too many good lenses waiting to be used again!
September 21, 2012
The D600 makes your photos pop alive.
I'm very impressed with how sharp the images come out, even at high ISO the images are great! Also adding front and rear IR receivers with 3 stages, with the best being mirror up mode! Full frame, weather sealed in a small package adds up to a winner.
September 20, 2012
Full Frame ( Videos & Photos Pro )
Very nice camera for the money with FX-format quality that we love to see. with thin new D600 we are able to register those monets were our clients wants to remember, like never before for less than $3,000.00.
35.9mm x 24.0mm
24-85mm VR Lens Kit
e SD cards slots
Nice! but if a flip screem like the d5100 and the resolution like the t4i screem ont the D600 is the only missing feature.
September 20, 2012
Best Upgrade I ever made
Was shooting a D5000 as a starter and switching to the D600 was well worth it. None of the spot issues said in others. With the help of online videos I was able to handle the camera with ease. I am still getting more and more use to it and finding more and more I like. I don't have a FX lense yet but am amazed with the richness of the shots using my DX Lenses. One of the Issues I saw online was with the single point focus. a Camera Guy and instead of listening to him just watched what his hand did. Once got past that hurdle my shots are way better and just training myself with the the focal point use on this beauty.
March 14, 2013
Better than what I hoped for
I bought this body despite the internet criticism about dust/oil spots. The price was right and I wanted to concentrate on wide angle scenics. I already had FX lenses from my film days and the 600 has no problems using them. Great size and weight, balance is perfect with wide angles.
February 23, 2013
I pre-ordered mine and got it within a day or two of the release date in September 2012. I was trading up from a D7000 which was a trade up from my old D70. I love the camera and I'm so happy I got it. I've never owned a professional grade body and so I have nothing to compare it with, but it seems plenty rugged to me and I've used it to photograph raging fires in Detroit, horses in the snow and cold, street scenes in the rain, and bands in packed clubs -- it's been used a lot and taken some abuse in the few months I've had it (close to 10,000 shutter releases) and I haven't had a single complaint. Wait, I do have one complaint -- for some reason known only to Nikon engineers, they switched the positioning of the enlargement (+) and reduction (-) playback buttons from the D7000 which I've kept as a second body. Switching back and forth between the two cameras invariably means that I hit the wrong key when I'm in a hurry to check my photo on the LCD. This is a minor annoyance, though, and for the most part the transition from the D7000 to the D600 has been seamless and trouble-free. As for the dust and oil issue, I didn't experience this at all and I think I must have got a pretty early model, so I don't know what that's all about.
I have never (not even once) used it for video, so I couldn't tell you if it's any good for that or not.
February 13, 2013
D-600 - more then enough camera for most people
IMHO the dust problem (inconvenience ) is blown out of proportion. Yes - I have dust spots but I learned how to clean the sensor and it only takes a couple of minutes. This camera will meet 99% of the average enthusiasts needs. If you need more buy a D800 or a D4. A very telling comment by my local camera shop pro was this: "the 800s are flying off the shelves - bought mostly by people who do not need the capabilities they're paying for". His advice was to buy the 600 if you want FX or a good used 300s if you are satisfied with DX format. I've waited years to get back to full frame capture and I love this D600. My 14mm f2.8 is 14mm again!!
February 7, 2013