Small and Smart
Small, smart, ergonomically and usefull FF.
I so Like This.
Thank You Nikon.
March 27, 2014
I got mine just before this past Christmas, purchasing the last new in-stock unit at my local Best Buy saving about $600 which I took and spent on a new 70-300 VR as well.
The combination of the 24mp senor and the VR is great. I had shot the older 70-300 AF-D on my D70s and D200. That lens was always something of a disappointment however.
For well over a year, I had been wanting to step up to FX. I had used a friend's D700 back when they first came out and secretly coveted it. So I was seriously contemplating a used D700 from ebay or wherever I could find a decent example. Prices however, were stubbornly holding just north of $1500.
Finding the D600 on clearance was a stroke of luck. Gave me twice the resolution and all of the attendant improvements five years brings with it as well as getting me into an FX body. I could now fully utilize all of my lens without the crop factor and the reduced angle-of-view. My 50mm 1.4AF no longer behaved like a 75mm. For the price of a five-year old D700 with possible unknown issues and no warranty, I walked out the door with a brand new D600.
Since then I have taken the time to learn how to fully use this camera. I bought David Busche's book and have managed to shoot some good stuff over the winter up here in Maine.
Early this month, Nikon contacted me about the service advisory on the dust issue. Registering your gear with Nikon is highly recommended. I followed the instructions and dropped my camera at the UPS store on a Friday. Nikon had it by the next Monday and about two weeks later, UPS delivered it back to my doorstep. The work consisted of a replacement shutter and associated parts and cleaning which included the sensor. The work reset the shutter count to zero and it restored the camera default settings. So I have to tweak my settings back to where I like them.
When I sent it in, it had just under 2000 frames. I was starting to see a couple of dust spots in the upper right quadrant of my images. But not like the horror stories other owners have reported. Currently the body has about 150 frames taken on the new shutter and I have not seen any contamination issues yet. I do not know what shutter was used as a replacement. Speculation is that it is from the D610.
All in all, a great camera. A lot of people may take exception with this, but I think the D600 is as close to a viable refresh of the D700 as you will find at a reasonable price point. The lighter consumer build not withstanding, it is well worth considering.
March 24, 2014
Great features lightweight package!
I purchased a refurbished Nikon d600 in October of 2013. The image quality from this camera is astounding and the high ISO capabilities are amazing. I mostly photograph weddings and events, and I have to say that this camera has exceeded my expectations in almost every category. The only problem I have is with the AF locking focus when you are in low light, which is where most cameras struggle. I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for professional camera image quality in a lightweight, but sturdy, package.
March 20, 2014
Outstanding camera for a great price.
I see a lot of complaints about the dust/oil sensor issue. It didn't happen to all cameras and Nikon is now replacing the shutters and offering a free clean, regardless of whether or not it's in warranty anymore.
The hassle aside, this is a magnificent camera. It hands down smashes the Canon 6d and the Sony A99. Even the issue of the focus points being crowded near the center doesn't seem to affect much in my opinion. When working with portraits or macro where fine details are the key, manual focus is my choice anyway.
So, compare this camera to the D610 and realize that for several hundred dollars less, you can essentially have the same camera. You decide.
March 18, 2014
Exceptional camera, very affordable for what it offers. Incredible value
This is a wonderful camera. Yes it has a ton of features but most important it takes absolutely stunning pictures and video and is so easy to handle and customize. As others have noted you will want to invest as much as possible on good lenses, the resolution of this sensor really shines with pro level glass. The relatively affordable 50 1.4g will quickly highlight this compared to a kit lens. I found this camera an easy choice, 20k+ clicks and no issues at all. If the budget allows just get one, you wont regret it! I've never looked back, loved the DX format but this is much much better, trifling complaints are just that, anybody giving a 1 star review is viewing life with a different perspective entirely & I'd wonder how say a D40 would be reviewed. It is a great camera, as anybody who used it knows, would that rate as -4 negative star? The Nikon D600 is fantastic, ground breaking stuff, so is the 28-300 ED VR lens, don't listen to the haters, any product can be torn apart, these products are a credit to Nikon and fabulous innovative products, simple as that!! Enjoy them if you are able.
March 13, 2014