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Nikon D600 Cliff Notes Review (add experience vs. opinions)
Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 11:58 AM on 09.21.12
->> I'm trying to get back to SS basics with this mini-review. Rather than taking on a massive review that could take days to write, here are my thoughts about Nikon's newest camera, the D600. I'm not trying to pick a fight with anyone, just simply offer my opinion about how I will use this new box. This is meant to help those considering this body and I welcome anyone WHO HAS ACTUALLY SHOT WITH ONE to contribute to this thread in the spirit of providing real, hands-on information and perspectives on the body which might help others decide to pass on or acquire one.

Here goes:

THE GOOD:

Quiet. Really quiet, not as quiet as the D7000 but considerably better than the D800. Do PJ? This one's for you!
Cheap. Really cheap! 24MP FF body for $2100? Get out!
Fastish. At 5.5 FPS, and again at the $2100 price point, this is a fast camera. You can turn your nose down at this comment but I can remember cooking up the MD4 nicads right before games and getting all the way up to 6 fps on the F3HP's. We made some nice frames back then and you still can at 5.5 FPS.
Files. Files are really nice and open up at 69 megs each at large jpeg. They are easy to tone, have huge dynamic range allowing for your sliders in LR to go really far in either direction before things begin to fall apart. As the dynamic range of the chips continues to improve, I keep heading in the other direction, slamming genuine contrast into my files and the extra wiggle room I get from the D600 files is great.
Size Matters. This feels smaller than the D800 but feels so much better in my hands than the D7000 which needs a grip on it so you can find the thing in the bottom of your Domke. It feels the same as the 5DM2 for you Canon users.
Available NOW. You can actually buy one of these today rather than waiting till maybe December to buy less of a camera for the same price (sorry Canon).
AF: The good news is that it drives the big boys without problem. I have a 400VR and a 200 f/2VR and it sings with both of them. The acquire speed is great once you turn off that "lock on" CF on menu 456.876b (humor).
Video. It's awesome!!!! I can't tell any appreciable difference between these clips and my D800. Since it weighs less, it does better as a steadycam body. I can give up 25P (which I have never used) and still get my headphone outlet to actually hear the audio the camera is capturing while I shoot. I love this camera for video!!!

THE BAD:

1/200th sync sucks but I keep telling myself it's only 1/50th off of 1/250th... Denial is bliss.
1/4000th max shutter speed. This one hurts because I love to shoot fast glass outside wide open but in truth, the new variable ND filters are cheap enough and this isn't that big of a deal for me. Still wish it was 1/8000th though.
NO PC OUTLET: This is a big fat bummer for me because in my work, I still plug my "flash units" into wall sockets. But I still have the AS-15's laying around from the old days. I will just have to put extra PC hot-shoe thingamabobs into the ash trays of my vehicles or just use radios all the time. Again, I can deal with this without problem.
NO REMOTE SOCKET: This is a bummer because this camera screams "remote" because it's full frame and is cheap. I'm counting on the clever Chinese or maybe the Koreans to make an aftermarket grip (for under $75 please) that will have a remote outlet in it. Even if they don't, I think I can just sacrifice one by taking it apart and wiring in my own. Still, this is a drag so I do wish they had left this feature--it's in the D7000!!!!
LOW LIGHT AF: It's just not as good as the D3s. If you can dink around with manual or play with it a bit, it will make you a gorgeous low noise file but in extreme low light, it hunts a bit. It's 100% better than the D7000 so they are tweaking all the time.

VERDICT: Anyone want to buy a used D800?

Because my work is shifting more and more towards video each day, I see this camera differently than I might have a few years ago. It is a video bonanza and is going to be great to have in my arsenal. I'm looking forward to having two identical bodies from now on which are both FF and make big files if I want them.

All in all, the D600 is likely the best value of any digital camera ever made, IMHO. It has a killer combination of the right price, FF chip, size, and FPS to keep me satisfied for at least 9 months or a year ;)

Hope this helps those of you who are considering purchasing one.

Last, if you have a D3X for sale, I pray for you all every night before I hit the sack... It was a great machine in it's day but wow, $2100 as a near replacement for an $8000 body? Glad I'm wearing black and yellow again...
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 1:27 PM on 09.21.12
->> Nice info Patrrick ...

FPS is important ... but I too remember all too well about what we had a few years back ... I rocked a pair of Nikon FM2 bodies with MD12 motor drives for over a decade that only handled 3.5-4 fps ... heck the original D1 was only 4.5 fps and the D1H was 6 fps ... While I can appreciate more fps, I never felt as though I was missing any action with any of the aforementioned options ... I think it has much more to do with the gray matter behind the viewfinder than the mechanics of how quickly the shutter can cycle ... timing is everything .. and the camera can't choose that timing for you ...

The only negative I can see is the flash sync speed, though with the high ISO performance we have these days, flash for action sports is less of a concern for darker venues ...

Thanks again for your real world observations ...
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Joe Ahlquist, Student/Intern
Winona | mn | USA | Posted: 3:53 PM on 09.21.12
->> Great review Patrick. This body, with the exception of a couple small details, seems to be exactly what I've been hoping Nikon would release.
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Perrone Ford, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | US | Posted: 11:47 PM on 09.21.12
->> You mean it doesn't use the same remote connection as the D7000? Or do you simply mean it doesn't have the 10pin connection?
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 10:18 AM on 09.22.12
->> Thanks Pat! You reenforced my move to sell my trusty/much loved D7000 for the new D600!

I used my D7000 90% for video shooting and thought it was wonderful! Now upgrading to a D600 gives me all of that PLUS the ability to monitor audio in-camera!

Can't wait until Monday ... it's sitting on Louis Feldman's desk waiting for me to pick it up!
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Perrone Ford, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | US | Posted: 1:04 PM on 09.22.12
->> Bert,

Let me know if you sell the D7000. I could use another remote.

Thanks.
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 12:17 AM on 09.23.12
->> Let me get this straight...

No remote connection? None? I said it on the other thread...what the hell man. This camera has three negatives that could turn this into an automatic buy...

1. 1/4000th still just stupid. I shot a soccer game the other day with kids with white shirts and I was above 1/4000 for most of it.
2. 1/200th sync...how hard would it be to go to 1/250????
3. No remote...why? I shoot a ton of horses, and horses have no idea what path they will take. Sometimes dead on, sometimes you are cropping a bunch. Having that 24mp file to crop into seemed like a great option. I mean...you can even hook a PWIII into it?

Grrr........
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Perrone Ford, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | US | Posted: 1:58 AM on 09.23.12
->> The D600 has exactly the same connection for remotes that the D7000 does. The MC-DC2. So that will work fine.

The 1/4000 is inconvenient, but the camera has an ISO 50. So wind back the ISO a stop and you've got the same equivalent exposure as ISO 100 1/8000. Or use an ND filter if you're not shooting big 2.8 glass.

The 1/200 vs 1/250 is a minor inconvenience. Drop the ISO and get less ambient.

This is an entry level FX camera. That's how it was pushed. It's not supposed to be competing with the top pro cameras. They have to differentiate the product somehow.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:28 AM on 09.23.12
->> The D7000 has worked well the 4 or 5 times I used it as a remote... So that connection worked fine with the PocketWizard.
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 6:41 PM on 09.23.12
->> I've never been so happy to be wrong! Thanks for Perrone for the correction. I did look up the MC-DC2 and it sure does work with the D600.

Here are some other tidbits about the quality of the file and chip in this new body:

"The Nikon D600 scored a dynamic range mark 14.2 EVs, which is only 0.2 shy of the D800. When put head-to-head against the previous generation $8,000 24MP full-frame D3X, the D600 stands out as the winner with 1/2-stop better dynamic range. At base ISO, the D600 (as well as the D800/D800E) surpass even the D4 at dynamic range. Only at high ISO does the D4 begin to pull ahead.

When compared with the current Canon full-frame, the D600 blasts past the 5D Mark III with a 2.5 stop advantage in dynamic range. DxO has not yet tested the new Canon EOS 6D, but it would seem to be a tall feat for Canon to make significant improvements over the 5D Mk III at the 6Dís $1400 lower price point. The Canon EOS 6D is not expected to be released until December."

I feel much like Bert does about the venerable D7000. 6 FPS, great chip, plenty of image size... it's a fantastic buy around $900 used. Combine it with a $50 Chinese grip and it's the best 1.5X teleconverter with no light loss on the planet. I loved it on the 200mm f/2VR for high school football, but I can just click a button on the D600 and go DX if I want to... or better yet, just use a 4...

Last, after using Canon for 19 years and then using to Nikon over the last year, both systems are fantastic, especially when you remember Tri-X in Accufine. Still, Canon seems to simply be awestruck with Hollywood and many of us have felt left out in the cold as of late. I'm happy to be back with a company that has a strong commitment to still shooters--I just hope it continues...
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Dylan Wilson, Photographer, Assistant
Savannah | GA | USA | Posted: 9:30 PM on 09.23.12
->> I ready somewhere that the D600 only works with AF-S lenses. Is that true?
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Stanley Leary, Photographer
Roswell | GA | USA | Posted: 9:42 PM on 09.23.12
->> AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 11:24 AM on 09.24.12
->> Thanks for the hands on review. IMO, the only relevant reviews are of this type.

Thoughts:

Poorer af perfromance, is perhaps the most damaging knock here. I can get by most of the others

No pc outlet? Imo, the pc outlet should have been dumped long ago....BUT....it should have been replaced w a 2.5mm mini plug so it would actually work.

1/4000th...not that big a deal given lower iso to compensate...

1/250th synch....in reality of coures 1/50th is nothing. But why? Was it that much of a difference in the engineering of the camera? Really?

The real puzzleing thing re this camera...is why they'd have made this one before the D400 (or whatever the next dx prosumer body is gonna b called). And why its so close in price to the d800. Surely this is gonna cannibalize d800 sales in a HUGE way.

2nd most puzzling thing....why would the cheaper body, have the faster FPS rate? Surely they can atleast update the firmware in the d800 to allow faster FPS in dx mode??? Honestly thats the only thing lacking in the d800 imo. If it was capable of dx mode 8fps like the d700....it'd be the best crop sensor camera on the planet.
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Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 7:44 PM on 09.25.12
->> With Nikon flash units shooting FP or PW Flexes using high-speed sync, 1/200 sync shouldn't be too big a problem. (I don't know if "real" PW units offer HSS)
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 12:49 PM on 09.26.12
->> Well I am glad there is a remote connection. If there is a remote connection, it can be bastardized and stripped down to a male plug connector and dropped in as a hard line remote. That 24mp remote will be nice.

Question...High ISO performance? Better/worse than a D3/D700. Right now with the high school sports I am shooting, getting to 6400 cleanly would make me very happy.

I am really looking at this as a good solution for most low light HS sports. If I go available light, I get the 6400ISO and if I strobe, I get 24mp. It is a good "bridge" camera. Don't like 3.5fps with the D800 if I a outdoors, so this is a nice middle ground camera.

The ISO50 is a nice option to cover for the 1/4000th.
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 11:37 PM on 09.26.12
->> I've shot some high school football already and my stuff looks killer. I was shooting 1/800th at f/2.8 at the H1 setting. It looks great!

It is much better than the D3/D700 which I found was good to about 2500 and then things fell apart badly with those two bodies.

The high ISO on the D600 is not going to be as good as the D3s or the D4 but keep in mind you can buy three of them for the cost of one D4... I'm all in on these guys and have two D600's already. If you can live with 5.5 fps, this might be a good solution for you... pat
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Richard Hamm, Photographer
Athens | Ga | US | Posted: 11:51 PM on 09.26.12
->> My D600 came yesterday and all in all I'm happy with it except for one issue. Has anybody noticed a bit of a green cast on the screen. At first I just thought the white balance was awful until I looked at the files on my computer and they looked great so I know its the screen. A buddy with a D4 mentioned a similar issue.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:53 AM on 09.27.12
->> Picking my D600 tomorrow at Samy's Camera...I cannot wait to try it out!

(Thanks Pat for the hands-on info! And thanks to everyone else that posted their impressions.)
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 10:45 PM on 09.27.12
->> One other thing I failed to mention is the lack of a true HP (high eye-point) viewfinder. The D600 has a regular rectangular eyepiece like all the low rent models. Here is the thing though, I wear glasses and I can see just fine through the D600. I've always felt that sometimes the HP finders pushed the image too far away to see well enough to focus with. I believe it's a "catch 22."

The HP allows you to see more of the inside of the finder. The lack of one magnifies the image and makes it easier to follow-focus with a Zacutp finder when shooting video.

Which would I choose if I were given the choice? The one that is on the D600. It's good to be back in black...
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 4:04 PM on 09.29.12
->> D600 On Assignment: Here is another update from shooting soccer today. With the D700, D800, D3, and D3s bodies, I always turn off the FOCUS LOCK feature, but after missing some images today, I experimented with other options and found that I had better luck with the low setting here.

I found that when there were multiple players in the frame, the D600 had an easier time tracking a single player in the mix with the Focus lock set to low. Part of my problem might be that I have not figured out how to get one single AF sensor to be turned on. I want only the center but right now, I have gotten only the smallest group. I may be desperate enough to break out the manual and look this up. It's possible that when I figure out how to get only the center AF sensors on, that I may go back to turning off the FOCUS LOCK feature as with the other bodies. It is my right as a photographer and as a man to not break open the shrink-wrap on my instruction manuals, but I may have to make an exception soon...

Last, if you are just recently coming from Canon, the factory default will screw with you as it is set to "normal" out of the box on all Nikon bodies. Unless you are shooting pretty seamless action like speed-skating, NASCAR, or maybe horse-racing, this default will drive you crazy for hoops and football. Hope this helps you.

Looking forward to Bert's comments after he's used it for a while (hint, hint)...
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 4:34 PM on 09.29.12
->> After looking at the D600 specs all I can say is "Where in the Holy Name of Baby Jesus is the D300s successor?"

Waiting, waiting, waiting...
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Jeff Gammons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Destin | Fl | USA | Posted: 5:14 PM on 09.29.12
->> Pat,the focus area button is on the focus switch right under the lens lock button.
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 8:08 PM on 09.29.12
->> I'm having a bit of problem getting the AF where I want it as well, we may have to have a North Knoxville D-600 AF get together :)

Shot daylight football with it today, and it performed better than I expected, but I did have a few more than usual out of focus images than normal.

The dynamic range is simply amazing to me.
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 9:44 AM on 10.03.12
->> I can confirm that the "typical" remote setup works well on the D600. I'm on Plus III's now so I used this cable...

http://flashzebra.com/products/0257/index.shtml
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 10:46 AM on 10.03.12
->> I posted a frame from the Giants - Dodger game (original and cropped)on my Facebook page.

I was very impressed with the camera, especially the file quality.

https://www.facebook.com/robert.hanashiro
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:02 AM on 10.03.12
->> Thanks for the info Randy!
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 11:30 AM on 10.03.12
->> Bert ... what ISO was used for your sample?
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:48 AM on 10.03.12
->> The composite (full frame and a cropped version) were shot at ISO 1600 and it was *very* clean. I shot the game at 1600, 2500 and 3200.
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 11:05 PM on 10.03.12
->> I just shot some volleyball tonight and had to turn the AF Lock setting OFF again. I don't think there will be one setting with this body as in the D3s. I think I will switch in and out of that feature as needed. My stuff looks great from tonight. Minimal toning (always pulling yellow out from Tungsten and Flourescents. And then removing yellow from my strobed stuff but it's so easy to do in LR I don't even think about it anymore.

Here is my take from v-ball tonight:
http://pmrphoto.smugmug.com/KCHS/Volleyball-vs-Halls-10-3-12/25731972_Skmrq...#!i=2127578745&k=bDDm7Dd

I started with the 200mm f/2VR at 1/1000th at f/2 at 3200, then later switched to the 85 1.8G and used this exposure:
1/2000th f/1.8 at 5000 ISO

Honestly, at this point the recent Nikon bodies have limitless ISO in my mind. You just crank them up to whatever suits you and go.. amazing...

Feel free to buy anything you like from this gallery btw... ;)
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 1:41 PM on 10.30.12
->> I got mine yesterday and I love it.

Here's a few quick notes thus far:

PROS -

+ feels sturdy, even without a grip. Similar to a D200/F100 etc. Has a nice, balanced weight. Way more solid for my big hands than the D7000 with a grip that I sold off.

+ Nice color and detail in the files. ISO 3200 looks like 800 on my D300.

+ Shutter has a good, solid "Thunk!" to it, though not up to par to the pro bodies, but similar to the D800.

+ Feels well-balanced with bigger lenses.

+ FX viewfinder is nice and big and clear.


CONS -

+ I wish the AF spread was a bit more spread out in the viewfinder.

+ No AF-ON button. Yes you can re-assign the AE-L button, but it disables the shutter. Not cool.

+ SD cards are just too little. Just a personal grievance. I don't like them.

~

More notes to come.

For now, here is an 800 ISO photo at f/1.6 downsized to 1500px.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/nic_coury/d600/pages/1.html
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Temple | TX | USA | Posted: 8:03 PM on 10.30.12
->> The small size of it in my sausage-fingered fat hands and the lack of an AF-on button were dealbreakers for me, unfortunately. Absolute deal-breakers, especially considering the price. I'm going to have to sell my car and get a D800.
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Mark Sterkel, Photo Editor
Odessa | Tx | USA | Posted: 10:47 PM on 10.30.12
->> Bought the camera about a week ago. Have used it in a variety of situations including college volleyball at 4000 ISO, high school football at 6400 ISO and general assignment at a variety of ISO settings. After reading the manual, because the settings were all different from what I am used to, it performs fairly well in most situations. The main drawback is no flash sync terminal, but Nikon makes an adapter for that, and I can use other camera bodies in the studio.
Color is good, I noticed some blue and yellow noise at 6400 ISO when shooting under tungsten lights with the white balance set on "A" but haven't tested with other custom or Color Temp settings.
So quiet compared to other camera bodies. Smallish size takes some getting used to. Hadn't planned on purchasing grip, but probably will for balance.
Haven't tried video much yet, but am looking forward to that.
Wish Nikon would keep up with production of accesories of their cameras. They mostly make good products, but it's frequently difficult to get lenses, grips and other accesories. In the final analysis, I wanted an F4, but could afford the d600 and am quite satisfied. It will get heavy use as I shoot assignments daily for newspaper, web and social media.
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 11:10 PM on 10.30.12
->> http://www.amazon.com/RainbowImaging-Convert-Adapter-Standard-Flashes/dp/B0...

I bought three of these so that I could have one in my car, one in my truck and one in the lighting bag. Tough to beat for $9 shipped!!! I hate that it doesn't have a PC outlet too but these at least make it inexpensive to adapt the D600 for use with "real" strobes... pm-r
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Alvin Jornada, Photographer
Windsor | CA | USA | Posted: 6:32 PM on 11.03.12
->> Hi folks, does anyone have experience shooting with the D600 in rain or bad weather, without a rain cover, yet? How well does the D600 hold up to getting rained on? I'm not necessarily talking hurricane conditions here, just a consistent rain for the length of a football game. Only info I've seen online are claims of the D600 being "environmentally sealed (weather and dust resistant)" and "weather sealing same as the D800" for whatever that's worth. Any real world experiences?
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Mark Perlstein, Photographer, Photo Editor
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 7:54 AM on 11.04.12
->> I would not shoot in consistent rain without a rain cover for me or my gear, not ever.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:52 AM on 11.05.12
->> Had a chance to put a couple thousand frames on my D600 this weekend, shooting both indoor and outdoor sports. In a nutshell:

I liked the AF better than that on the D7000. Wasn't quite up to D3 standards but very good. 5.5 fps isn't much different from 8 fps, frankly (you might lose a frame here or there but even at 8 fps you still only get one crack at THE moment). Needed to switch from 9-point Dynamic AF to 21-point in basketball, though; 9 points on that full frame sensor is just too concentrated for me with all those bodies flying around at close range.

24MP full frame sensor is a dream for indoor sports. Low noise like the 12MP D3/D3s sensor but a lot more pixels to crop into when needed.

Samples and full run-down of basketball shooting here:
http://sportsphotoguy.com/d600-does-basketball/

Soccer results to follow shortly.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:26 AM on 11.07.12
->> Outdoors - as one would expect. Longer glass is preferable, although zooms become a little more flexible on the FX sensor.

Drove 70-200/f2.8G+TC-14E II combo well, and even my ancient Sigma 120-300 competently.

Anybody else thinking (as I am) that the anti-aliasing filter in this thing is pretty strong? At default settings (Picture Control STD, unmodified) images are a bit soft. I tend to sharpen most of my shots in post anyway, but wondering what others think.

Samples here:
http://sportsphotoguy.com/d600-does-futbol/
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Michael Schwarz, Photographer
Decatur | GA | USA | Posted: 10:03 AM on 11.14.12
->> Been shooting with the D600 this week and very impressed. I love that it is light enough to hang around my neck with a 24-70 all day without inflicting serious pain.

A really great accessory that not too many people are talking is the WU-1B
http://www.adorama.com/searchsite/default.aspx?searchinfo=wu-1b&KBID=66780

This little device allows you to move photos out of your D600 and into your iOS or Android device and is only $60. It connects the camera and device directly via wi-fi, no additional network or network setup is required. This is the least complicated way of moving photos out of a camera and into an iPad or iPhone that I have ever seen. The companion app is free and it is called the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility.

-m
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 11:43 AM on 11.14.12
->> Michael - Have you used an Eye-Fi card before? I've been using one for some time to let me send "live tweets" of action photos from the sideline/baseline and it works fine with the D600. Configuration is admittedly a bit maddening. Hard to imagine shooting action with a WU-1B sticking out of the side of the camera, though.
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Michael Schwarz, Photographer
Decatur | GA | USA | Posted: 12:06 PM on 11.14.12
->> I have used the Eye-Fi Chuck, not in the D600 though. What I love about the WU-1B is the ease of making the connection. If the Eye-Fi works, no reason to stop using it. The WU-1B, is really tiny and you probably wouldn't shoot with it in. You would use it to move specific photos off your card to your device.
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 5:30 PM on 11.15.12
->> My first thought when the D600 was announced was "meh." But after some gear re-strategerizing and based on many opinions expressed here, I bought one. My short conclusion: The D3s is an outSTANDING camera.

Ah, but seriously I do have first-impressions of the D600

Pros:
-Quiet, even without "quiet" mode.
-Small and lightweight--a good 3rd body
-Image quality overall excellent
-file size superb
-$2K for a full-frame 24MP DSLR. Wow.

Cons:
-Nikon continues to drop custom functions I relied on. In addition to the CFs that were dropped from the D4 and D800, on the D600 I can't use the "OK" button on the multi-selector to quickly zoom into the image. I have a two-word thought for Nikon on this trend. You can probably guess what they are.
-The LCD is AW-FUL. I haven't figured out what the color cast is exactly but it sure isn't pretty.
-High ISO is okay (again, I do realize it's a $2K camera) but not overly impressive. A smidge worse, in fact, than the almost 3-year-old D3s.

So to return to my smartass comment in my first paragraph, I used the D600 for the first time alongside a D3s. The D3s gave me cleaner files I could view on an LCD with beautiful, true color, with all of the CFs I rely on for intuitive operation. So I like the D600 but I like the D3s a whole lot more. Wish there were an 18MP D3s.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 7:42 PM on 11.15.12
->> Here's some stuff I shot last night solely using my D600.

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/photos/galleries/sunset-over-monterey-b.../

ISOs up to 3200.

Lenses were the 35 f/1.4 AF-s and the 50 and 85 f/1.4 (older AF-D versions).

The CF card is really my only constant gripe. Everything else I worked out.
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Perrone Ford, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | US | Posted: 4:13 AM on 11.16.12
->> @Mat:

Mat, not sure what's going on with your LCD, but mine is perfect on my D600. That said, I don't judge colors off the camera LCD. That's a $50 piece of technology. I use it as a basic confidence monitor to verify I got a shot. Trying to judge sharpness, color, contrast, or anything else critical on that little screen is a fools errand.

And I rate the D600 about half a stop behind the D3s. Twice the megapixels, less than HALF the cost, and it gives up half a stop. That may not do it for you, but it certainly does it for me. I would also submit this. Save a JPG at full size from your D3s and 3200 or 6400 ISO. Then save a JPG at the SAME SIZE from the D600 at the same ISO, and see how they compare. I don't even clean up my ISO 3200 files from the D600 for initial submission. I am comfortable submitting as-is. Just did it tonight for Basketball.
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 10:17 AM on 11.16.12
->> Welp, my particular copy of the D600 backfocuses significantly, as it turns out. Going back to the store. Good thing I hadn't bothered to gaffer tape the logos yet.

And on the topic of the LCD screen--Nikon showed us with the D300/s, the D3/s, and the D700 that we *can* have LCDs that show gorgeous, true color such that you can confidently make critical editing decisions on the fly. Then they decided not to do that any more (D4, D800, D600). And eliminated a few custom functions just for fun, it seems. Getting it perfect and then backing away from that instead of building on it is why I'm so generally frustrated with Nikon at the moment.
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Perrone Ford, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | US | Posted: 10:26 AM on 11.16.12
->> I can certainly understand that frustration. I don't know if its an issue of cost containment or what, but I have been exceptionally happy with the build quality, sensor quality and image quality. I don't use many of the custom functions so I guess that just doesn't affect me like it might others.

I have heard of some of the cameras backfocusing (D600, D800, D7000) and I am not sure what's going on there either. My D600, D800, and D7000 are all perfect.

It's strange.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 1:36 PM on 11.16.12
->> Has anyone tried over clocking the flash sync? Curious to see how much or black creeps into edge of frame...
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 5:37 PM on 11.16.12
->> Apologies if I'm turning this into a "Matt hates Nikon" thread but...well...I hate Nikon.

I took my D600 back to my local dealer and tried another body. Exact same backfocusing issue. Multiple lenses. The issue was correctable with a -15 in the AF microadjustment--on all the bodies I tried--but that isn't acceptable for three reasons:

1. A brand-new camera simply should not need to be adjusted to 75% of the limit.

2. I can't depend on it. Every time I would have shot a frame that wasn't quite sharp I would wonder if I needed to re-set the microadjustment. I absolutely will not tolerate a camera that *kind of* works. Canon pulled that with the 1D MkIII and it's why so many of us came back to Nikon.

3. I can't in good conscience re-sell a camera that I myself can't 100% depend on. So buying the D600 in the condition it's in means taking a big hit 2-3 years from now when I would want to sell it. "For Sale: A Camera that--with enough tinkering--will...probably...work for you." Ummmm...NO.

So that makes two new Nikon DSLR models I have tried this year and sent back with disgust. I hope my D3s bodies stay healthy.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:49 AM on 11.18.12
->> No AF adjustment required on my D600 whatsoever...
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 1:18 PM on 11.18.12
->> Yeah, Matt, I think you're unfortunately a minority.

After a few color adjustments on my D600, it's up to par with my D700, which never needed an AF tune either.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 4:51 PM on 12.02.12
->> I shot some MMA last night with the D600.

It was a good test for AF and higher ISO and if you shoot it correctly, it works great. Granted, it was my wide camera, the cage fencing threw off my AF, but it worked perfect when the fence wasn't in the way.

Higher ISOs up to 6400 were clean and nice, but the shutter doesn't have the same "snap" as my D700.

Here are a few samples, downsized to 1600 pixels and EXIF data is in the captions.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/nic_coury/salinasmmad600/index.html
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