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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


I'm looking to pick up a full frame body in the next couple months to be my primary body for weddings with my D7000 pulling backup duty. I don't really think I need a D800. I don't really have the need for the eleventy billion MP and the extra 12 AF points don't really make me foam at the mouth either. I love the ergonomics of the D7000 so I'll like the D600 there as well. I know the D800 has better build quality. I know the IQ is no reason at all for concern but I wonder if the consumer level build quality of the D600 is enough to handle the workhorseness required for weddings? Your thoughts? TIA.


Dec 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


D600's AF tends to struggle in poor low light conditions. If you tend to shoot weddings in good light, it's no-brainer.


Dec 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


Really? I thought the D600 had the same AF sensor as the D7000. My D7000 focuses just fine in near darkness with good glass.


Dec 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


I wouldn't hesitate at all. In super low light there is always af-assist from a flashgun.


Dec 04, 2012 at 05:54 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


Didn't people shoot weddings with the 5D2? The 600 is "better" than the 5D2 in most aspects I would hope


Dec 04, 2012 at 06:18 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


I'd buy it if I needed it. Nothing is perfect in low light, but I wouldn't say its any worse than any of Nikons other offerings.


Dec 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


D600 is a capable camera and its AF is reliable even in very dark lit situations. Yesterday I did some tests with the new 70-200/4... this image is at 200mm 1/40 f4 ISO 12800

http://www.graphy.ro/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/D603210.jpg

I had no problem to acquire the focus... and I did it fast to "steal" the image

Sure, D600 is not D4... but if you know your tool you can solve any situation you may have... and as Dylan pointed before when necessary you can use a flash for its focus assist ability.



Dec 04, 2012 at 06:26 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


I will not hesitate to shoot weddings with my D600, and will probably pick up a second one shortly.


Dec 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


The af on d600 is more than capable of locking accurately in low light conditions.



Dec 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


If it where me, I'd pick up a nice used D3 for around the same cost as the D600 or even a D700.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


I think it would depend on your technique and experience shooting. I've read more than one article where a wedding photog mentioned in so many words as good the D600 is, they would not use it for weddings due to is poor af performance in low light. I don't have nor have ever used a D600 so I cannot speak from experience.


Dec 04, 2012 at 08:15 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


My thoughts? I'm saying this as a D600 owner.... D600 for play and D3/s for serious work. The D600 is capable of shooting weddings, no doubt about that... but if your reputation and livelihood is on the line, I would go with the proper tools. While the D600 is "solid enough", I'm not sure it can survive a drop should you encounter one of those bridezillas.

D3 for me.



Dec 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


Hmmmm.....very interesting replies.


Dec 04, 2012 at 08:39 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


davidnholtjr wrote:
If it where me, I'd pick up a nice used D3 for around the same cost as the D600 or even a D700.


Isn't the D3 about the same as the D700, as far as sensor goes?



Dec 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


Dustin Gent wrote:
Isn't the D3 about the same as the D700 - minus the frame rate? From what I understand, the D3s has a "different" sensor that the D3/D700...


i've got a d3s and d700. taking the sensor out of the equation, the d3s and d700 feel like totally different cameras to me. same AF system, but the implementations are different. the d3s feels snappier, and has a different type of focusing screen so the viewfinder layout looks different. the d700 is built like a tank, but im pretty sure i could crush my d700 with my d3s. the d3/s shutter is hardier than the d700, and sounds much smoother. shutter lag, viewfinder blackout... all noticeably better with the d3/s cameras. by the way, i've owned the d3s for about a month now, after 3k shots, im still on the first battery, and it still says 52%. en-el4a's ROCK.

i first owned the d700, and when i got the d3s, i thought i'd be getting a d700 with a built in grip and faster fps. i was totally wrong. the d3s feels, handles, even sounds like a different camera. with that said, for serious work, i'd also choose gently used d3 over all of the other cameras on the market if you are within the <$2K price range.



Dec 04, 2012 at 09:04 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


+1 I have a D 800 and would take my D3/D700 to shoot a wedding....hell, i just did


Dec 04, 2012 at 09:12 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


you could use D600 but i am afraid i would broke it within a year. It's built does not build confidence


Dec 04, 2012 at 09:42 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


I would absolutely - and will absolutely - employ the D600 regularly for wedding work. I think it's a great fit for the job. I don't buy the "no good in low light AF system" bit personally. I've been testing it back to back against my D3S and D700 repeatedly in every situation possible and the AF is NO worse than my D700 in dark scenes for sure. Kitty makes the point about build, and yes, I can see this being true to some extent. When you are used to handling a D3/D3S/D4 and even the D800/D700 the D600 does come off seeming a slight bit flimsier or more plasticky to be honest. However I haven't seen anything to indicate reliability issues so far, and I wouldn't shoot a wedding without at least one backup body anyway, so less of an issue in my eyes. If you're really hard on your working gear, the higher end build may be worth considering in the D4/D3/D3S instead. For me, the D600 is going to be awesome for wedding work with its image quality and slightly smaller lighter body being the real bonus. The AF system is remarkably good for keeper rate in my experience, so it more than has been doing the job for me... and that's from a low-light sports shooter.


Dec 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


It's AF is very good in low light but maybe the D700 is more consistent from my experience. The build quality is not plasticky (I think between a D7000 and a D800) but it's not a D4. Coupled with a MB-D14 it feels great in the hand. It's built better than the D7000, focuses better and has a much better performance. However, I guess opinions will be subjective and biased towards which bodies we own


Dec 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Would you employ the D600 for wedding duty?


One can't evaluate anything meaningfully without comparisons. Compared to the AF module employed in D800 line and D4 line, the AF module in D600 is crippled deliberately for low night work for some marketing reasons. After all, D600 is treated as a consumer body by Nikon. Can one use it for paid professional work? Sure, absolutely. I still see busy wedding pros shooting D80 and D90 for paid wedding work. It's nice to shoot D4 or D800 line professionally. However, if your clients don't and won't pay for quality, why bother?


Dec 05, 2012 at 01:35 AM
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