Upload & Sell: Off
I have been thinking about making the switch for a while now, so I decided to invest about $225 at LensRentals.com and rented the D600 + 24-70/2.8G combo. I then flew down to SRQ and spent the weekend with my best friend and his family, visiting Disney, Kennedy, etc.
In short, I was blown away:
-Consistent, TACK-sharp focus
-Perfect metering across the entire frame (I like Matrix metering!)
-The size/weight of the combo
-The ergonomics of the D600, especially its two mode dials at left of the viewfinder
-Continuous shooting rate was also quite satisfactory
-Ease of the pop-up flash when needed in a pinch (even though its not optimal for most settings)
Coming from a 5DII, my only gripe is the menu layout/design. Canon does have the edge here. I also admit that I did a side-by-side comparison D600 and the 5DIII at local camera store and the body build quality of the 5DIII does seem superior. Something about the fit and finish and the way it comes together. I also have a feeling that this "fit and finish" also applies to the Canon lenses. There's something extra solid feeling about them. The question is, is this "feeling" worth the substantial price premium for Canon equipment? Nikon now is the value leader in my opinion.
I sit here about ready to sell all my Canon gear; my "Nikon" plan would include the D600, 24-70/2.8G, and the 85/1.8G, and SB700. (I would desperately miss my Canon 135L.)
BUT, I have a problem.
All of the websites I visit, be it Adorama, Amazon, etc. I am seeing all sorts of negative and 1-star reviews of the D600 due to its chronic dust/oil/shutter problem that Roger from LensRentals reported on back a few weeks ago. While the copy I rented was fine, it sure is something that gives me pause before running off to sell my Canon equipment. Had it not been for these repeated negative reviews found on multiple sites, I think I would have jumped ship this week. What do you Nikon users here think about it?