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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I offer this article on the choice for some of us between the D600 and D800.

I would be curious to have your comments.

http://henrysmithscottage.wordpress.com/

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Nov 23, 2012 at 04:13 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


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Nov 23, 2012 at 04:31 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


Both are great in their own respect but each has it's own target audience so IMO they shouldn't be compared to begin with. But that's only my opinion


Nov 23, 2012 at 04:46 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the D600 vs your old D700, i am considering upgrading also


Nov 23, 2012 at 05:51 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


Oh well, I have made my choice, D600 right before a trip. It wasn't an easy decision between D800 and D600, the lower noise (some might say they are the same, per pixel wise, but I don't like doing downsizing as NR) and lighter weight were decisive factors. The cheap optional Wifi sounds nice (toy) too.

There are things that I really want on D800, light better AF (don't really need it and I still have my D700 when I need good AF) and the rounded eye-piece (really like that on D700). But they are just "wants" to me.

I "feel" that the VF on D600 is inferior to D700's one but to my surprise my MF hit rate using ZF 100 MP on D600 seems higher than D700.

Really love the additional DR over D700, and shutter/mirror sound is much quieter than D700.



Nov 23, 2012 at 06:43 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I ordered the D600 today. My biggest reason was that the $500 price difference was more lens money. That alone will buy an 85mm G prime. I also have a pano head if I want to go nuts with resolution on a still subject

I am also prepared to deal with any dust/oil issue that might come up.



Nov 23, 2012 at 07:47 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I was about the purchase the D600, but the dust issue concerns me... plus I found that my pre-purchase test camera was giving random over-exposures in Manual mode, plus shutter speeds were not being recorded in the EXIF.... so I think I will wait a while until things get sorted.

There have been no such issues with our D800E however.



Nov 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


Got my hands on a D600 at Costco...crippled toy compared to my D800. No regrets leaving it there, just sayin'.


Nov 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I think however that a semi pro ( I sell landscape prints and do some events) definitely looks at both bodies, especially since the D600/ D7000 bodies are more robust than earlier prosumer bodies.


Nov 23, 2012 at 01:43 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I am preparing an article that should address that issue.Short answer, other than the tactile feel of the higher end body, I can find no situation in my use of it (other than perhaps low light autofocus) where the D 600 is not better. But the D700 would definitely stay with me, if I were for instance, a wedding shooter.
One example, I love the little infrared release that workes on both the D7000 and D600. It keeps me from needing a "dongle" hanging from the camera as I haul it through the woods.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


ytwong wrote:
lower noise (some might say they are the same, per pixel wise, but I don't like doing downsizing as NR)


Glad you are happy with your choice... but this doesn't make sense to me.

100% of your photos that you keep and use will be output in some way. So you'll size them for web, or size them for email, or display them on a webpage, or print them, or put them on a projector, or set them as wallpaper, or whatever. Right? It has to be output in some way. You don't consume photos as 100% crops.

If the noise is the same at a given size, then you don't do anything for "downsizing as NR." It's already built into your process. Any image you want to display will be sized and put on an output medium: that IS your "downsizing as NR."

Am I confused here?



Nov 23, 2012 at 01:57 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I "don't like" doesn't mean I don't think it it doesn't work, I do it quite often with NEX-7 files, I just don't want it to be part of my standard procedure.

One thing I really like Galen Rowell is that he could use cheap lightweight cameras and cheap lens to take incredible photos. I moved from F4 (actually belongs to my dad) and F90X to F75 after reading Galen's stuffs. I love cheap stuffs. If Nikon make a FX D40, I would get one if price is right.

D800 isn't that much more expensive than D600 (it was just a little more expensive than D600 kit when I was trying them in the store). I 'm sure D800's build quality is better (and D700 build quality is definitely better than D600) so if build quality is critical factor for purchasing a camera, I would say forget about the D600. The D600 survived days of pouring rain when I was in Japan so while it isn't perfect, it is sufficient for me.



Nov 23, 2012 at 06:14 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


trenchmonkey wrote:
Got my hands on a D600 at Costco...crippled toy compared to my D800.


lol



Nov 23, 2012 at 06:20 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I don't see how people can say the D600 build quality is bad. Ahem . . . I'm coming from a Canon 350D that bought when they first came out. The "feel" of a camera is a baseless reason for rejecting it. This Canon has lasted over 100k shots, has all the grippy texture worn off, most of the logos worn off, has been dropped and rained on, but still works just fine. It has no weather sealing, it's all plastic and is about as low end as you get for an SLR. It also "feels" incredible cheap. I've also spent the past few years shooting 4x5 and medium format. You should experience the "feel" of my Mamiya RB67. It's a freaking tank. Totally incredible "feel" to it. But it's not nearly as good of a camera as the Hasselblads which are very light and feel flimsy by comparison.

As for the D600. I've spent time with it, and the build quality seems to be top notch. It's smaller and lighter than a D800, but to me, that's a good thing.



Nov 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


During the rumors, I made up my mind to get two D600 bodies and maybe sell my D800.
Because they sold for $2100 instead of $1500, I took one.
Great camera but the narrow slot between grip and body hurts my fat hands.
Having both, I can say for my use the D800 wins in every single way including High ISO performance.
That said, I put the D600 up for sale to buy a D800e.
Turns out the camera fits my second shooter better than the D800 so we kept it.



Nov 24, 2012 at 01:31 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


ytwong wrote:
I "don't like" doesn't mean I don't think it it doesn't work, I do it quite often with NEX-7 files, I just don't want it to be part of my standard procedure.
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So you mean that you would normally like to display your images at full 24MP without any resizing?



Nov 24, 2012 at 01:38 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


Not to 'Diss" the wonderful D 800, but it seems unlikely to me that the older 36 mp FX sensor would have better high iso performance than a newer 24 mp FX sensor.


Nov 24, 2012 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


smithcottage wrote:
Not to 'Diss" the wonderful D 800, but it seems unlikely to me that the older 36 mp FX sensor would have better high iso performance than a newer 24 mp FX sensor.


Really? I guess I didn't realize that the D800 sensor was that old.



Nov 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


I didn"t say "old". I said "older"
Generally, each generation of Nikon/Sony sensors improves on the last.



Nov 24, 2012 at 02:58 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Some thoughts on the choice between the D800 and the D 600


Even TrenchMonkey could shoot great pictures with a "crippled" D600.
Evidently the body and controls do not fit his hand either.
The D800 AutoFocus works better at high ISO for me, thus it performs better.

Under equally bad conditions at ISO 6400, I cannot tell much difference in image quality between the D600 shot in quality Priority, Large (24MP) Fine JPEG
and the D800 Quality Priority Medium (20MP), Fine JPEG.
These have only been reduced to 800 wide, no other processing.

http://assuredphoto.com/Images/111012k0442w.jpg


http://assuredphoto.com/Images/111012r0213w.jpg



Nov 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
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