Made the change from DX to FX
I have a trip to YNP coming up. I am not comfortable manipulating a flash and capturing the ambience, and I'm starting to get into astrophotograpy. I wanted decreased noise with higher ISO, full frame capabilities, and overall better image quality. I got it with the D610.
Slight learning curve figuring out the controls which are a little different that my D5100, but it feels familiar. I found my way easily enough.
If I didn't have a special trip coming up I probably would have waited to splurge and continue to hone my skills on the D5100. But...
I am so happy with the D610. I. Like. This. Camera.
I was surprised at the weight of the FX -- it is solid. I saved my D5100 for my daughter/backup and got it out the other day and it feels like a toy. My arms got tired with the 300mm zoom lens when holding it up to record a video :-D
I think I will have this body for a LONG time. I will invest in lenses.
June 6, 2015
I have been shooting with a D5100 for 3 years, and I loved it; but now that I just upgraded to this D610, I cannot explained the improvement on the pictures. Great product! Excellent Quality.
April 21, 2015
Quality Images at an affordable price
I started out with the D5100. I went to college to learn photography, but I still consider myself a serious enthusiast rather than a total professional. While I was in school, we learned on the Nikon D90. The main reason for switching from DX to FX is the sensor. I was skeptical about purchasing the D610 because of the reviews on this site. However, after a few of the more recent reviews were up, I went ahead and got the D610. I was amazed! For one, my D5100 crapped out at ISO 400-600. I noticed it when I was shooting outdoor sports last year. The sun would go down just a tad and I would have to bump up my ISO. Instant Grain. It was horrible.Then I was put into a few indoor situations where lighting was very poor. I was using my 50mm 1.8 with it wide open and still had grainy photos because I was still having to bump up my ISO. I had enough. This camera can take photos up to ISO 6400 with still barely any grain. It performs very well in low light situations. I know that the glass you choose is a major factor in your shots, but I've used zoom lenses, prime lenses and old school manual lenses on this camera. The quality is amazing. You won't be disappointed with this camera. The price is extremely fair. I would say if you're a serious enthusiast/hobbyist that is looking to get into the full frame world, this is the perfect camera. If you feel like you need a little more, I've heard excellent things about the D750. However, for me, the D750 was not worth the extra $800 or so dollars. I have been putting that money I saved into upgrading to FX glass. You can still use your DX glass on this camera, but there is a DX mode with a crop factor. I've taken photos with my 40mm Micro Nikkor that have turned out very well on this camera. I would recommend this camera to anyone. I have not had a single issue with the camera. Get it while it's at a great price!! It does take a little bit of getting used to if you switch from a camera that doesn't have the dials in the same place. A lot of the DX cameras have different dial modes for the settings. That was the hardest thing to get used to, but once I got used to it I realized how hard it was to control my camera in manual on the D5100. It's much easier to change my shutter speed and aperture on the D610.
March 24, 2015
Great FX DSLR
This is a great camera and its price is about right on what it offers. Techincally, this camera is what most people need with decent FX lens for photography or the ones that take "photography seriously."
March 5, 2015
This is a game changer
I have used Nikons since 1984 when I bought my first FG-20. That camera lasted me until 2000 and it had been dragged all over the world. After that I acquired an N90 (Film) right when digital cameras were coming out but they were not what they are now. I used the N90 for a 3-4 years and I loved it but film was becoming harder to find and developing was a pain. I fell out of photography and in 2013 I bought a D5100 and liked it. I didn't do the research and should have gotten the D7000, which I eventually upgraded to a year later. This this upgrade was a pure joy. Controls were familiar and laid out well. Felt like an N90. Now I am often shooting inside at close proximity in lower light conditions and the cropped frame of the D7000 was fair in low light, but noise was visible at higher ISO's, also I wanted to use my older glass prime lenses. Which I could do, but they were cropped and I wasn't getting full focal lengths. So I upgraded again to the D610 and I was amazed. When inside in small areas I love my 50mm f/1.4 and with the D610 it is fun. I did a test over various ISO's on this lens and from 800 - 3200 it is very close and at 6400 the noise is still minimal when compared to the D7000. As much as I loved my D7000 and it is a perfect camera, the D610 is pushing me to go further. From what I have read the new D7100 and 610 are almost identical except the former is DX and the later is FX. Neither is a wrong choice, but image quality out of the D610 is better. If you have loved photography for a while and have used any type of SLR especially film, the D610 is the proper choice. If you are an enthusiast/hobbyist and do not want to spend the extra money get the D7100 and crop factor doesn't bother you. If just starting out, a D5300 is an excellent choice and it won't kill your budget and you can afford to upgrade if you get into photography.
January 3, 2015