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
Don't mind the negitive reviews
It's time to clear up some questions and concerns brought up by previous reviews. Make no mistake, the Nikon D610 is a professional level camera that can be picked up by hobbyists, working professionals and beginners alike. At the time of writing this review (12/29/2014) the D610 has a 4 star rating which is a disappointment. This camera deserves 5 stars but due to angry D600 users and people misunderstanding what a camera body's limits and capabilities are, the D610 suffers.
Does the camera have focusing issues?
No! Some people have complained about the D610 not focusing correctly which is a sure sign of user error. The camera body's job is to capture light on the sensor and translate that light into an image. If you're having focusing issues it is most likely caused by a few things. First: User error is a common cause of blurry images. This should be no surprise to most of us but even experienced photographers miss focus. If you're using a lens with a wide aperture (f/1.8) You're area of sharp focus will be drastically decreased, sometimes your slice of focus will only be a few Millimeters wide so if you wobble or your subject moves your focus will be off. Second: User error. Let's reiterate this to make it clear. If you're having focusing issues it is imperative that you first look at the mistakes you might be making before you blame the camera. Third: What is your shutter speed? too slow and any slight movement will cause your image to be out of focus. Try to stay above 1/60th for still subjects and significantly faster for moving subjects. Third: Focus calibration. When you've considered and eliminated user error it is possible that you need to calibrate your lens for the camera's focusing system. You can do this by going to the setup menu > AF Fine Tune and using a SpyderLenscal or something like it to fine tune your focus. You have to calibrate each individual lens.
Does the sensor collect dust?
yes! Every camera sensor will collect some dust over time but that is completely normal and it's not a mechanical issue like the D600. The problem is fixed and you shouldn't panic if you have some dust after normal use.
The Nikon D610 is an amazing camera and I urge you to get one if you're looking for a high caliber camera. Use the camera for a while, come back and leave a review so we can bump the rating up to a level this camera deserves.
December 29, 2014
Great camera for Semi-pro photographer
I recently photographed a friend's wedding with this camera and got great results. The ability to make the shutter very quiet and in low light meant being able to get shots without the individuals knowing or without interrupting the ceremony. Also used my D90 during the reception, but the audible click frequently made people look.
My usual photos are landscapes, lighthouses, covered bridges so the full frame over the D90's DX sensor is also wonderful.
July 17, 2014