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    Who got a D600?

    Would like to see some nice D600 raw files and photos in general.
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    re: Who got a D600?

    Am seriously thinking about it - will play with one next week and then decide.
    Could be a nice small compact hiking camera.
    Then again, so could the Fuji XE-1....

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    re: Who got a D600?

    The German DSLR-Forum has a subsection where some members already uploaded photos, but you have to be registered and logged in to see most of them:

    Gehäuse D600 - DSLR-Forum

    Greetings, Jurgen

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    re: Who got a D600?

    Uwe,
    Forget about the image quality. It will be as good as any other 24MP 35mm camera or better. Nothing sensational, but what is nowadays? But when it comes to size and ergonomics, it's amazingly good. I tried it next to the F6, my favourite 35mm camera so far, and it's... almost as good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Uwe,
    Forget about the image quality. It will be as good as any other 24MP 35mm camera or better. Nothing sensational, but what is nowadays? But when it comes to size and ergonomics, it's amazingly good. I tried it next to the F6, my favourite 35mm camera so far, and it's... almost as good
    I dunno Jorgen, if we are to trust DXO Mark, the sensor may be quite substantially better than the 5D Mark III.

    Also, it's quite easy to over look how good the D600 might actually with the D800 and its large shadow (MP size).

    I think anyone looking to upgrade and doesn't have the D800 and doesn't want that size to post process, I actually think this is the real D700 upgrade. Sure the AF doesn't sound as great, but I hope it's close! It also won't be so demanding on the lenses, and 24MP is still very good!
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    >Forget about the image quality. It will be as good as any other 24MP 35mm camera or better.

    I am not worried but just wanted to play with some real world raws (have test raws though).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
    I dunno Jorgen, if we are to trust DXO Mark, the sensor may be quite substantially better than the 5D Mark III.

    Also, it's quite easy to over look how good the D600 might actually with the D800 and its large shadow (MP size).

    I think anyone looking to upgrade and doesn't have the D800 and doesn't want that size to post process, I actually think this is the real D700 upgrade. Sure the AF doesn't sound as great, but I hope it's close! It also won't be so demanding on the lenses, and 24MP is still very good!
    I cannot speak for image quality from this new offering from Nikon, but I would have to respectfully disagree that on paper, this body doesn't appear to be a D700 upgrade/successor. Many I know catagorize a D700 successor being in a body not unlike the D800 (or D700 for that matter) and then essentially being the smaller brother to a D4, like the D700 was to the D3. With 24mp, it's higher ISO performance might not reach D4 levels but it would have to be significantly superior to the D800 and approaching the D4...as well as the frame rate and some other performance features emulating the D4 in many ways. Thats what many are looking for in a D700 successor and a true companion/alternative camera to use alongside a D800 for a different set of performance characteristics.

    Thats not to say the D600 isn't a welcomed addition and might very well be a very good camera for it's balanced approach to file size/compactness and higher ISO performance, but I think some are still waiting for the "real" D700 successor to show up. Whether it does or not, is anyone's guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    I cannot speak for image quality from this new offering from Nikon, but I would have to respectfully disagree that on paper, this body doesn't appear to be a D700 upgrade/successor. Many I know catagorize a D700 successor being in a body not unlike the D800 (or D700 for that matter) and then essentially being the smaller brother to a D4, like the D700 was to the D3. With 24mp, it's higher ISO performance might not reach D4 levels but it would have to be significantly superior to the D800 and approaching the D4...as well as the frame rate and some other performance features emulating the D4 in many ways. Thats what many are looking for in a D700 successor and a true companion/alternative camera to use alongside a D800 for a different set of performance characteristics.

    Thats not to say the D600 isn't a welcomed addition and might very well be a very good camera for it's balanced approach to file size/compactness and higher ISO performance, but I think some are still waiting for the "real" D700 successor to show up. Whether it does or not, is anyone's guess.

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    Sorry I wasn't clear and agree with you, I was meant to say 24MP sensor. Although strictly speaking, neither are, since the D700 was originally viewed a mini D3, so while neither are 16MP from the D4, the D600 shouldn't be viewed as a lesser camera in terms of IQ, definitely holding its own against the D4 if not in its capabilities.

    While I agree with you if they made 24MP D800 body, with faster fps, and same D4 AF system, that'll be quite camera, although I'm not sure what D800 owners would feel!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
    Sorry I wasn't clear and agree with you, I was meant to say 24MP sensor. Although strictly speaking, neither are, since the D700 was originally viewed a mini D3, so while neither are 16MP from the D4, the D600 shouldn't be viewed as a lesser camera in terms of IQ, definitely holding its own against the D4 if not in its capabilities.

    While I agree with you if they made 24MP D800 body, with faster fps, and same D4 AF system, that'll be quite camera, although I'm not sure what D800 owners would feel!
    I think most D800 owners would be very happy to have a D700 successor as described. 36mp is significantly different in terms of resolution than 24mp and the higher ISO performing and faster frame rates of this supposedly D700 successor would make a great companion camera to the D800, for those that like to have two cameras or a backup with different capabilities.

    For those that want a much smaller and lighter travel body and do not need faster frame rates and performance, the D600 fits the bill very nicely, all things considered.

    I can see a need fro both a D600 and a real D700 successor. The D4 could still hold advantages such as the D3s had a fair amount of advantages over the D700...not a whole lot in many key areas but enough for many to choose the D3s (not D3) over the D700. Thats how I ould see a D4 vs. this D700 successor.

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    Again, I agree with about the D3s, that was a really good upgrade!
    However, I could see a real successor still to have more MP than 16mp, something I feel quite strongly about! Now I'm not sure it will ever come, the market bridges way too many gaps, and will limit performance or buttons just to fit the grade!
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    re: Who got a D600?

    With current sensor technology, find 24MP the perfect compromise for a 35mm sensor. Handling is and individual thing, but I find the D600 body far superior to either the D700 or the D800 body for anything except sports photography where a more advanced AF would be of interest. With large zoom lenses, the size doesn't matter so much, but with a set of primes, like 28/50/85, the D600 is just perfect.

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    >like 28/50/85,

    I have the 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8. Right now the 28mm f/1.8 is on my list. I may not end up buying because we have the D800 and the Canon 5D2 as our second DSLR body.
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    re: Who got a D600?

    In the EU, the lowest price is ~1100 Euros lower than the yet unavailable SOny A99.

    Very substantial!

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    re: Who got a D600?

    Mine arrives on Wednesday
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    re: Who got a D600?

    Aboudd just started a fun with D600 image thread: http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/nikon/40653-fun-d600.html
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    re: Who got a D600?

    After having tried the D600 and seen a number of photos taken with it at an assortment of ISOs, it seems to be so perfect for my needs that it's almost boring. It fits perfectly between the D300/D2Xs duo that I use for sports and the F6 that I use for film. I've said it before and I might as well repeat it: Nikon is like Volvo. They don't make perfect cameras, but they are damn good, good enough to make a change of brands a rather pointless exercise.

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    100% agree with Jorgen!

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    re: Who got a D600?

    After spending a couple of days with my D600 I'm very impressed overall with the build and performance of the camera. The lack of 100% zoom on the right selector is very distracting for me and I'm beginning to curse Nikon's marketing dept every time I press it and bring up the retouch menu! (They obviously left this as a D800 upgrade option!).

    Initially I purchased a 24-85 VR to go with the camera since it seemed like a nice convenient AF option (all my other glass is Zeiss ZF manual focus). However, it only took 24 hrs for me to swap that out for the FAR superior 24-120/4 VR. This lens sings on the D600 plus works well on my D800 IR without a noticeable hot spot or LCC with an IR filter or hot mirror UV/IR filter. I wasn't sure how well this would work with 24mp and 36mp but so far it seems very sharp.

    Since the D600 is my colour/travel DSLR I also added the MB-D14 grip. This is well made and fits like a glove on the body in the same solid way that the D700 version did. (Or for comparison - the total opposite of how embarrassingly bad the Phase One grip fits on the DF body!! ). No speed improvement but it handles extremely well with the extra grip. For me it's an option that I may remove when I travel but having the 2x EN15 powering the camera batteries is nice for extended use without access to recharging.

    I'll post some pics once I've found something not too boring & snap-shotish. So far though I LIKE it. Now I can dedicate my converted D800 fully to IR and use the D600 for everything else.
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    >However, it only took 24 hrs for me to swap that out for the FAR superior 24-120/4 VR.

    Good info. The 24-120mm f/4 VR is also quite good with the D800 considering that range. So I hope it may work well on the D600.
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    re: Who got a D600?

    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    >However, it only took 24 hrs for me to swap that out for the FAR superior 24-120/4 VR.

    Good info. The 24-120mm f/4 VR is also quite good with the D800 considering that range. So I hope it may work well on the D600.
    I think that it's fair to say that the extra $700 in the 24-120 VR went somewhere. I did like the smaller size though. It was just that I immediately didn't feel like the lens was up to the demands of the sensor. The 24-120 VR was an immediate improvement (at least compared to my copy of the 24-85VR).
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    I've been happy enough with the 24-85Vr on my D800 and think it will be equally good on the D600. Interestingly enough Ken Rockwell also favours the 24-85VR.

    The reviews I have read seem to suggest that there is no advantage to the 24-120VR other than the constant f4 and the slightly longer focal length.

    I think that if I was to "upgrade" from the 24-85, it would be to the 24-70/2.8 but not the 24-120, however, this is a personal view and not a criticism of other's lens choices.

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    re: Who got a D600?

    I'm not trying to rain on your parade with the 24-85VR, just that for me it wasn't up to the abilities of the 24mp sensor and I wasn't impressed with the acuity or focus accuracy with my copy. I owned and shot both the 24-70/2.8 and 24-120/4VR for years and know them both very well. The 24-85VR looked to be a very convenient travel package and I'm sure that it fits that niche very well. It just wasn't for me. Fortunately, I bought the D600 and lens separately and so it was an easy process to simply swap it and so I did.

    I went with the 24-120VR for convenience rather than ultimate image quality since I have Zeiss ZF.2 primes for that. That said, the 24-120VR is a very versatile package and the VR comes in very handy for handheld work. You might want to think carefully about the 24-70 vs 24-120 decision as it's not as simple as it might seem. The 24-70 is a great lens and it's real strength is in lack of distortion. However, it isn't without it's own foibles.
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    I think the way we disagree on the merits (or not) of the 24-85 VR or the 24-120 VR is simply a reflection of the requirements we have of the lens as well as the possible production quality variations that all manufacturers seem to have. I am certainly aware of people complaining that a particular lens is soft wide open whilst other do not seem to suffer from that issue, as an example.

    Also it is noted that the various testers who publish their findings on line, such as Photozone, Thom Hogan or Ken Rockwell (amongst others) can have quite differing opinions of a lens. I tend to see what the consensus of opinion is and balance that with my user experience to get to some sort of working opinion.

    My experience of the 24-120 has left me cold, it started off well enough and then became softer with use at the wide end for some reason. Maybe I had a lemon? My current experience of the 24-85 is favourable and whilst I don't pretend that it is to everyone's taste or capable of delivering the quality that any particular user may demand it seems acceptable for general purpose professional work with the advantage of being light and compact to boot. It works well enough on my D800 and that is enough for me to be content. Maybe yours wasn't up to the standard it should have been or perhaps I simply have lower standards (who knows?).

    For a number of years I used the Minolta/Sony System (but have used Nikon since FM2 days as well) and found the little Minolta 24-105 to be a great general purpose lens even though many criticized it. It too wasn't perfect (perhaps far from it) but it met my needs well enough. My more expensive Zeiss 24-70/2.8 was much better in oh so many ways, but was a brute to carry around for a wedding or other long days work, hence the humble little 24-105. Horses for courses (as they say).

    Certainly there seems to be a group of people on this site who like the 24-120 and I'm pleased that they have a favourable experience of that lens, others like me may prefer the 24-85. Both optics have their strengths and weaknesses.

    It's a good thing that Nikon have provided us with a choice, perhaps I'll try another 24-120 some day or maybe there will be another alternative by then.

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    re: Who got a D600?

    Here are some comparison shots at 120mm between D800 / D600 using 24-120VR at the same location. I typically shoot reference images at this place whenever I get new gear.

    D800 is a full spectrum UV/IR camera so I have to use a hot-mirror filter which has some effect on white balance etc. It's why I bought the D600 actually.I could normalize the white balances I suppose but this was just a quick comparison for fun & giggles.

    You're not really going to see the true differences here on a web jpg so I've cropped the same area for each image, although they are all down sampled to 1k pixels which kind of masks the resolution difference of the D800 - yes, it's there but not a HUGE difference. It's hardly definitive but it might be useful to someone.

    Also included is an image taken with my D3x & Zeiss ZF 100/2. Btw, D600 images were handheld as I don't have a RRS plate for it yet. VR @ 1/320s. D800 and D3x were on a Cube/SGT5560 behemoth.

    Conclusion? Err, I don't think that there is one other than I'm pretty pleased with the D600/24-120VR combo and that the Zeiss ZF 100/2 kicks butt and I need another one!

    Btw, all processed in Capture NX2.

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    Graham I need two lenses right now, a 28mm and 80mm. So I have two questions for you.
    The 24-120 VR at 28 and 80 how do they behave and corners??
    You use Zeiss lenses and also have a wide range zoom lens. DO you use it on your personal work or just for Pr stuff?
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    re: Who got a D600?

    To be honest, if you spend the majority of your time at those two focal lengths then I might be inclined to go with a 28/85 prime pair. The zoom is great but not distortion free and so it really depends on your needs. A pair of the 1.8 primes or the better 1.4 primes would be better overall.

    I can send you a set of test NEF files for 24-120 that I shot at 24/45/77/120 via dropbox if it would be helpful.

    What I might suggest is going to lensrentals.com and consider renting a couple of lenses to try out. I've been doing that recently for my new Zeiss glass since they have them in stock. By comparison my Zeiss primes really do perform noticably better than the 24-120 zoom but are purely MF glass. If you want AF then you might want to look at the Nikon primes or why not try the 24-85VR or 24-120VR for yourself with your subject matter. Cheap to rent vs making a mistake.
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    Yes your right, better to try it first before buying. I have a friend who's got the 24-85 VR. I'll ask him. Thanks for the files. I'll check them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    >like 28/50/85,

    I have the 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8. Right now the 28mm f/1.8 is on my list. I may not end up buying because we have the D800 and the Canon 5D2 as our second DSLR body.
    I am thinking of picking up a Canon 5DMK2, since I shoot Nikon and Canon.
    How does the 5DMK2 stack up against the D800E?
    I will use it for MACRO, landscapes and with a TSE lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikonf View Post
    I am thinking of picking up a Canon 5DMK2, since I shoot Nikon and Canon.
    How does the 5DMK2 stack up against the D800E?
    I will use it for MACRO, landscapes and with a TSE lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Ask any 5dmkII user about shadow noise ... Just sayin'
    In other words, I would be better off dumping my Canon 180mm Macro and picking up the Nikkor 200mm Macro and using it with the D800E?
    I also have the 70-200 f2.8 IS L and and 300mm f4 L which I only use for sports and action.

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    re: Who got a D600?

    I take no sides in the canon vs Nikon "war". I'd ask folks with more canon experience about that one. My 5dmkII friends lament the performance of the canon in the shadows vs the D800 but that's only one aspect of ownership of either system. Ultimately, they're all excellent.
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    Shadow Noise. That is one of the most important reasons I went from 5DMKII to Nikon D800. I don't know about the 5DMKIII but as seen from DP Review, the D600 would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikonf View Post
    In other words, I would be better off dumping my Canon 180mm Macro and picking up the Nikkor 200mm Macro and using it with the D800E?
    I also have the 70-200 f2.8 IS L and and 300mm f4 L which I only use for sports and action.
    Just to specifically answer your question - the 200/4 Macro is fabulous. The 70-200/2.8 VRII is stellar. And the 300/4 is excellent although lacks VR. So while I can't tell if you'd be better off, all of those lenses will definitely make the D800E sing and dance. (Presumably any other full 35mm frame Nikon camera as well, including the D600.)

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    Re: Who got a D600?

    This guy is actually pretty small! D600 & MB-D14 plus Zeiss nifty fifty ZF.2 50/1.4 ( I confess that I DO have reasonably large hands but not HUGE hands)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Brittenson View Post
    Just to specifically answer your question - the 200/4 Macro is fabulous. The 70-200/2.8 VRII is stellar. And the 300/4 is excellent although lacks VR. So while I can't tell if you'd be better off, all of those lenses will definitely make the D800E sing and dance. (Presumably any other full 35mm frame Nikon camera as well, including the D600.)
    Thanks for the info. I guess I should not pick up the 5DMK2, even though the price just dropped significantly. The SENSOR is 4 years old and there have been significant improvements in sensor technology lately.
    The only problem is that I have the original Canon 5D and it is a real pain in the arse - being a DUST MAGNET and only 12MP, although I love the beautiful macros I can capture with the 180mm Macro L.

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    Re: Who got a D600?

    compare with ams***


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    Re: Who got a D600?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Here are some comparison shots at 120mm between D800 / D600



    D600 24-120VR 120mm @ f/8


    D600 Crop:


    D800 Crop:


    D3x Crop with Zeiss 100/2:
    Graham,
    From these Jpegs I can not make any judgement on the sharpness of those pictures but on my calibrated monitor the file from D800 looks more natural and colors are more pleasant, may be just a touch cold
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    Re: Who got a D600?

    Manouch

    Ultimately I could make them all look identical in reality. The only real difference is the white balance. The d800 image is from my full spectrum camera and requires a hot mirror UV/IR filter which shifts WB slightly.

    I agree about the problem of comparing jpgs - I can post some raw NEF if people want to look for themselves. To be honest it was more of a lens test with the 24-120VR.
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    Re: Who got a D600?

    Well, I'm about to get my D600 (it has finally come down to a reasonable price in the UK!) and I'm keen to try it out. It arrives on Tuesday, so Tuesday morning will be a bit of fun! Sorry couldn't resist posting, feel like a kid at Christmas even after 28 years in the profession!

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    Re: Who got a D600?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodworth View Post
    Well, I'm about to get my D600 (it has finally come down to a reasonable price in the UK!) and I'm keen to try it out. It arrives on Tuesday, so Tuesday morning will be a bit of fun! Sorry couldn't resist posting, feel like a kid at Christmas even after 28 years in the profession!
    I'm sure that you'll be very pleased. Other than the stupid multi-selector zoom button functionality being removed I'm very very happy with mine.
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    Re: Who got a D600?

    You're right Graham, I am very pleased with it.

    On my wish-list was a full-frame camera with high resolution, low weight and affordable price that would serve as a back-up camera and as one for those long day assignment where too much weight becomes an issue. Perfect for scaling a lighting tower to take progress shots on a building site for example.

    One criticism: the remote control connection is absent, or perhaps not the same as the D800, so I'll have to get another remote release - which while a small thing is a bit annoying. Otherwise I'm delighted!

    The controls are slightly different and that with my gripe about the remote release and the multi-selector zoom button functionality which Graham mentions causes me think that Nikon should consider designing their current range of cameras to work in the same way so that switching from one to another is more fluid. A small point, but perhaps worth mentioning.

    I tried the camera out with my 35/2 and found it to be a very pleasing combination. The look and balance of the combination works well for me and whilst the 35/2 is out-performed by the D800, it works quite well with the D600.

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