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This review is from: Nikon D600 Digital SLR Camera Body Only (24.3MP) 3.2 inch LCD (Electronics)
There is much to like in this camera and other reviews cover its positive characteristics well. However, to me a huge negative is the very small focusing area, which makes a nonsense of the sophisticated focusing modes which we have grown used to in D-SLRs over the last few years. Nikon have simply kept the D7000 focusing system in place, either through hurrying to get the D600 to market or to keep distance between it and the D800. I knew before buying that this was a downside to the design, in practice it is much more of a disadvantage than I had anticipated to the extent that I regret buying this model. It's true that for most photographs you use the centre focus spot, but the other modes are extremely useful when action is moving in the viewfinder, especially dynamic mode where the camera remembers the subject on which you want key focus to lie. For example, someone starts to run from one side of the view, the camera will hold focus on him or her irrespective of whether other figures are in the way. In other cameras the focus area enables you to do this, in the D600 you lose the action too quickly when it is outside the focus area.
I am marking just one star because many people look at the extreme reviews and I do think this is a very important point that potential buyers should be aware of. If you only shoot static subjects, or habitually only use the centre focusing points, you will love this camera and it deserves four stars. If, like me, you have learned to value the speed and flexibility of the various focus modes, forget it and find the extra for a D800 or stick with DX for the time being because the replacement for the D7000 should be superb.
I am adding to the point made above some months later as I am finding in common with others that there is a very rapid build-up of dust. This is my sixth Nikon D-SLR - D60, D70, D300 x 2, D7000. Those bodies got hard use, including dusty Ethiopia and Sudan, and the need to clean them was not unreasonable. The D600 has been cosseted, hardly used over the winter and with very few lens changes, but already there are more gremlins than I saw in my other bodies. Nikon are notorious for not admitting to production or design problems, I hope they listen to the growing body of web reports regarding this. Was this model rushed to market too quickly?
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Initial post: 16 Dec 2012 11:22:00 GMT
seems a bit churlish considering the price point of this camera. Rather than bemoan the fact you should have done your homework and bought the D800 instead if this is so important and not give a great camera one star
Posted on 27 Dec 2012 17:54:41 GMT
You would lose the action, if your subject was to leave a focul area of most dslr cameras. Ever heard of panning? This usually helps. I've just come from a D7000, to a D600, and to give it 1 star is hidious. Ergonomically inside, the D600, is a D800, and a D4. I have no issues with the smaller focul area either. You mention dynamic. On dynamic you need to pan, and so this part of the review is completely irrelevant, as dynamic you select so many focul points, around your primary one to keep hold of your subject.
Posted on 2 Mar 2013 14:23:32 GMT
D. Palmer says:
I totally agree with the important point that you make in your review. Since most so-called reviews of new cameras simply reproduce the press release, this has been relatively unreported, and it took me a while to discover this drawback to buying the D600. For me it was a deal-breaker and I'm sticking with my D7000.
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