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I think the handicapped AF will slow a few down.
The rumors are that it will get pretty much the same AF system as the D7K, which is no slouch.
I read in another thread here that the D7K isn't as happy with TC's and especially Superzooms as a D300s, but that is a (relatively) small group of folks. Having seen plenty of work from Trenchmonkey with his D7K's, including lots of BIF and rodeo work, I don't think you can call the AF "handicapped" (though a good operator doesn't hurt, either )
I think the bigger gap is for those of us looking for a D300s replacement. But honestly, I just got a D300s to replace my D90, and I couldn't be happier. Yeah, I'd like ISO 100 and some additional ISO/DR, but the D600 has kind of freed me from wondering about my next camera for a while. I chose the D300s over a D7000 for handling and over a D400 because it might never exist. The D600 just isn't interesting to me unless it is crazy cheap (think $1499 or less). Even then, I'm so happy with the handling of the D300s that I'd probably just buy a D700 over a D600. Knowing it is coming and not a D400 (at least any time soon) gave me the incentive to snap up a really sweet camera, and I'm enjoying the heck out of it!
My guess is the D600 will come in at $1899 or $1999 and do very well for a whole lot of people, but I won't buy one.
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