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AndreasE
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p.1 #1 · First impressions with the D600


Thought, I am sharing some of the first pictures I did with the D600. From a sensor perspective the D600 is very close to the D800 and exhibits a similar good DR behavior.

Some examples:

1) Taken with ISO 100, 30 sec, f4 at night. The headlights of the Jeep are quite dim. Any smartphone is brighter than these lights






To see how much information is still available in the dark areas, I moved as a first step exposure correction in CNX2 to +2 EV (the max).






A second step "concludes" my post processing, by using dynamic lighting in CNX2 (80, HQ setting). Total PP time: 5 seconds






A few minutes later, I took a picture of the same situation with ISO 3200 and 8 sec exposure






one pp step: moved the DL lever to 50 (Default) and HQ






If I have to vote for the most significant area of progress, then I'd easily pick dynamic range improvements.

rgds,
Andy



Sep 26, 2012 at 09:53 AM
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p.1 #2 · First impressions with the D600


A few images from yesterday's walk in the city

All pictures handheld

ISO 400, 2560x1440






ISO 400, 1920x1280






ISO 800, 1920x1280






ISO 800, 1920x1280






ISO 400, 1920x1280






rgds,
Andy



Sep 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM
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p.1 #3 · First impressions with the D600


Awesome. Beat that Canon. ha ha.

I haven't had a chance to test the DR of my D600 yet but so far I'm blown away with the camera. I love it.



Sep 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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p.1 #4 · First impressions with the D600


for those discussions, how much resolution someone needs. Here is an argument pro 24 MP.

All images handheld






the argument







Another example with high DR, 1920x1280







These small shops with their bright lights posed some challenges in the past, ISO 400






rgds,
Andy



Sep 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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p.1 #5 · First impressions with the D600


Nice Jeep Andy!

P.S. Thanks for showing the "power" of this little beast! I'm going to sell my D7000 and the DX lenses and I'll buy D600. A pair D800/D600 seems to be much nicer than D800/D7K. I never thought that Nikon will push me with both legs in FX camp... but that's it...



Sep 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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p.1 #6 · First impressions with the D600


Thanks for the review and Vienna pics.


Sep 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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p.1 #7 · First impressions with the D600


Andy, what camera were you using before?


Sep 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM
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p.1 #8 · First impressions with the D600


Uzay wrote:
Andy, what camera were you using before?


I am still using these, plus all models introduced this year.

rgds,
Andy



Sep 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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p.1 #9 · First impressions with the D600


Ask Andy what camera gear he uses and he'll respond "Nikon".

Ask Andy "which ones?" and he'll respond... "all of them"!

Thanks for the post Andy... I'm learning to love this camera too I think...



Sep 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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p.1 #10 · First impressions with the D600


STOP IT
I CANT AFFORD TO SWITCH TO FX
you guys are killing
Please someone. Find out it is a disaster
let me off the hook, cut the line

Tim



Sep 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · First impressions with the D600


AndreasE wrote:
I am still using these, plus all models introduced this year.

rgds,
Andy



?? Do you think it was a stupid question? i'd like to know what features you like comparing to the camera you lastly used?



Sep 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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p.1 #12 · First impressions with the D600


Uzay wrote:
?? Do you think it was a stupid question? i'd like to know what features you like comparing to the camera you lastly used?

No, not at all.

But it is still the case that I use all 33 D-SLRs Nikon introduced since the D1 was released in 1999. With that in mind, it is hard to answer your question, which features were the reason for me to "switch" to the D600. I didn't switch ...

For me, the sensor of the D600 seems to be build on the same technological progress the D800 and D4 sensors were build as well. Basically, it doesn't matter what kind of resolution is mapped on the FX sensor size as long as the output size is identical. As said before, dynamic range is the area I am most impressed with.

From an operation and usage perspective, the D600 clearly belongs to the D90/D7000 line. Yet, the sensor is imho the best in this line, surpassing even the D700 and D3 (from a sensor perspective) in the "pro" product lines.

The D800 belongs to the D200/D300/D700 line (usage and control placement wise).

So the D600 is somehow a "bridge" camera. A logical successor to the D7000, with much better sensor quality and a larger viewfinder. Those who own a D700 might not find any compelling reason to change their camera bodies - the differences are smaller here.

For those looking into their first FX body, the D600 is one option in Nikon's current excellent lineup - D4, D800, D800E and D600.

I've done extensive D800, D800E and D4 reviews, but unfortunately for this group here, they are in german language.

regards,
Andy

The D600 fits seamless to the left-most line, the D800 fits to the right-most line. Interestingly, 3 of the 4 product lines Nikon has in this space are now on FX. Only the D3200/D5100/.. is still a DX-only line. Time will tell ....








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Sep 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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p.1 #13 · First impressions with the D600


Thank you Andy, i'm still loving my current camera D700i need a second camera which would be D800 but the AF issues and huge files are frighting me so i'm thinking D600.

Actually what i want is 24mp D700



Sep 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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p.1 #14 · First impressions with the D600


Silly question, are any of these shots at night with flash (either pop up or SB)?


Sep 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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p.1 #15 · First impressions with the D600


Uzay wrote:
Thank you Andy, i'm still loving my current camera D700i need a second camera which would be D800 but the AF issues and huge files are frighting me so i'm thinking D600.
Actually what i want is 24mp D700

You are welcome.
Great that you love your D700, it is a still a formidable camera for the years to come. With regards to your 2 other points:
AF Focus: My D800/D800E are fine, but a quick check back in Nikons product line revealed many bodies with this "issue". Seems to me that people didn't care in the past, but These days in Internet fora, the shouting is loudest. Still remember the stripes the D700 had? (at least people claimed issues with early bodies), or the D7000 sensor issues in the early days.

I would take it much more relaxed and not "buying" all opinions in Internet fora. It is an easy way to improve hapiness ....

The filesize of the D800 not really an issue, unless your PC is 4+ old. Any current PC, properly configured, is faster than any PC I had back in 1999, when I had to deal with the 4 MB RAW files of the D1.

From an pure image quality perspective, my current vote goes to the D800E (even in low light vs the D4).

rgds,
Andy




Sep 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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p.1 #16 · First impressions with the D600


TMaG82 wrote:
Silly question, are any of these shots at night with flash (either pop up or SB)?

No, i did not use any flash. Nor did I use a tripod.
Just walking through the city and snapshooting

rgds,
Andy

A snapshot








Sep 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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p.1 #17 · First impressions with the D600


amazing pics Andy, lovely clean files there


Sep 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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p.1 #18 · First impressions with the D600


Guari wrote:
amazing pics Andy, lovely clean files there

Thanks :-)

Here is one picture take with a tripod

ISO 100, 1920x1080






This one was taken handheld. One more example, how much information there is in the shadows.
ISO 400






in CNX2, DL (40,HQ)






One of my first pictures. Daylight. Full resolution






Full resolution






Back to the night. ISO 1600. Tripod
2560x1440






Brought up the shadows in CNX2 in this ISO 1600 image. 2560x1440






rgds,
Andy



Sep 26, 2012 at 01:23 PM
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p.1 #19 · First impressions with the D600


Andy, thanks for showing this. I don't see the need to upgrade from a D700, but this does have really nice output in capable hands! Cool shot of all the Nikon bodies too!


Sep 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM
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p.1 #20 · First impressions with the D600


Look at all those Nikon bodies! Any plans for opening a Nikon digital museum??


Sep 26, 2012 at 02:44 PM
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