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Nikon D650
Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 12:52 PM on 01.15.15
->> There are several discussions here on the Nikon D750 (which I was very interested in), but I couldn't find any on the D650. I saw the D650 on a special year-end sale from Nikon. After a lot of reading, I ordered one, but it won't be delivered until I return from India in abut two weeks.

The reviews of the D650 say that in many ways it is comparable to the D750, but in a smaller, lighter body. It's also far less costly. It doesn't have the higher burst rate, but in the two days I was searching, I couldn't find anything bad about it.


Anyone here have/use one? Any thoughts on how it performed? I've still got my D3 for sports, but I feel that camera is too big and heavy for me to lug around in South India. The D650 seemed like a good choice, but I only had two days to make up my mind.
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Matt Gade, Photographer
Mitchell | SD | USA | Posted: 2:32 PM on 01.15.15
->> Nikon doesn't make a D650.
They make the D600, D610, D800, D800e and D810 but not a D650.
Canon makes a 650D, but not sure what camera you are referring to.
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/dslr-cameras/index.page
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 9:42 PM on 01.16.15
->> Oops..... not sure how or why I wrote 650 instead of 610. Three times.

Maybe someone can remove this thread - if it's possible, I don't know how to do it.
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 12:07 AM on 01.17.15
->> I had a D610.

It was very nice and I think it's one of the best photojournalism cameras out there. Excellent bang for the buck.

The D750 is a touch more responsive flirting with sports and the serious MM shooter who wants a tilt screen.

Both have big gorgeous files.

No complaints, you will love the camera.

It was kind of a sleeper camera in-between the D600 oil/sensor debacle and the new D750 for Nikon to obliterate it from their camera body timeline.
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 12:36 PM on 01.18.15
->> Thanks for the feedback.

I honestly couldn't decide what to do - I often leave the D3 home because of its size and weight. I just can't see bringing it with me to India. I looked long and hard at the D750 at a camera shop in Coimbatore, India, and liked everything I could see. For better or worse, I also read Ken Rockwell's reviews:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d610.htm
...as well as DPReview.

I brought a Fuji X100s on this trip to India, but it couldn't do everything I wanted to do because of a lack of ultra-wide-angle. I thought about the new Fuji X-Pro2, but that means getting all new lenses. The only negative thing I read about the 610 was the way all the focusing sensors are gathered around the middle of the screen, but I don't see that as a major problem.

The "rumor mill" match what you posted - the 600 had the oil/sensor problem, and even though it's now corrected, Nikon supposedly thought a brand new model number would improve the camera's chance of being accepted. Maybe that's part of the reason Nikon put the body on the year-end-sale for around $1,500.
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 2:04 PM on 01.19.15
->> I use a 610 and like it just fine. It's not spectacular but it's adequate for most things. I have used it as a second camera when shooting sports and again it's fine. I appreciate the pop up flash for those times I don't want to use or simply forget my pocket wizards, and want to use my speedlights off camera.
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 2:15 PM on 01.19.15
->> Also, even though I own a D4, the 610 is my primary video camera, mostly because it's a lot lighter and easier to use handheld for run and gun stuff (but make sure you by a shoe mounted shotgun mic for audio). The downside to this is you can't adjust aperture while shooting video with the 610 (you have to stop, adjust and then re-start ... this is unlike the D4 which allows aperture adjustment while recording).
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 2:38 PM on 01.21.15
->> It's really difficult (at least for me) to select a new camera. I can no longer justify spending multiple thousands for a D4, as my D3 is "good enough", and I'm not earning very much nowadays. I settled on the D750 as a good compromise, but then I couldn't find enough reasons to pay twice the cost of the D610.

Things used to be so much easier. You just bought an F2, or 3, or 4, or whatever Nikon was up to, and for the most part, the cameras were equal in capability, but the newer ones had more settings to play with. Heck, my SP would get just as good a photo, in a smaller size.

I look at the page after page of Nikon cameras, and can't really tell them apart. If I didn't know better, it's a matter of how much money the customer has, and then find a Nikon for that price.

It's just personal preference, but I don't like the small, very light, plasticy models, or the ones that seem to be made for non-photographers.

I'm also torn between DF and DX. Most of my lenses are full frame, and that's what I grew up with, so I still like it as my first choice, when given a choice. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, and stuck in my ways.


I looked long and hard, over and over and over again at the Nikon Df, and went to see one at B&H in New York. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get into it. To me it seems like a cover-up, taking a basic Nikon and adding the wrappings that make it look like what I used to like. If it focused like the D4, as well as having the same sensor, I might have bought it anyway. Again, to me, it looks like something it really isn't..... ...and my thoughts of using my manual focus lenses got shot down, when I learned you can't get a focusing screen designed for manual focus. Oh well....


Not sure why I'm writing all this - maybe just a bit frustrated in trying to find something I'll like as much as I like my older cameras. I guess the D610 just works out to be a good compromise for me, as I no longer carry the D3 unless I have to. Too big, and too heavy, and too visible.


To anyone who's bothered to read this far, how well will the D610 work with ancient Nikon F glass? I've got several lenses that I enjoyed using for various purposes, many of them manual focus including a perspective control lens. Is there a website somewhere, where I can enter the serial number of one of my lenses, and find out if it's safe to use on (whatever camera)?
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