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petekam

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petekam Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Apr 2009
Sun 18-Nov-12 03:38 PM

I have a D700- I have seen a reviews relating the superioty of the D600.Please help- how is the D700 $800 to $900 better a than the D600? Thank you

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William Symonds

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#1. "RE: D600 vs D700" | In response to Reply # 0

William Symonds Registered since 22nd Jan 2007
Sun 18-Nov-12 06:52 PM

Am not sure the D700 would be more expensive, if you could find one new that is. The venerable D700 is a four year old design. it is a larger better built camera with more focus points, but the D600 is faster and has a better sensor, and shoots video.

This sums it up nicely...

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/09/20/nikon-d600-vs-d700-which-camera-is-the-better-upgrade/

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ajdooley

Waterloo, US
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#2. "RE: D600 vs D700" | In response to Reply # 0

ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Sun 18-Nov-12 10:22 PM

The D700 has been proven over a 4 year period. I have two, and my only complaints are that I have had rubber coverings loosen twice now and the hot shoes are disasters if you use an SB800 or larger flash very often. I have read that some people are getting oil spots on one area of their sensor on the D600, from somewhere inside the camera. But not owning one, I don't know that to be factual -- so maybe I should not repeat that. But it's out there. All being equal, it gets you into an FX camera at a lower cost for a new body, although there are a growing number of really nice used D700s at some amazing prices. I may grab a third one soon!

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GiantTristan

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#3. "RE: D600 vs D700" | In response to Reply # 0

GiantTristan Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Mon 19-Nov-12 01:36 PM

Have been using the D700 for over four years and it is the best camera I have ever owned. I am not at all impressed with Nikon's D600/D800 offerings. A legitimate successor for the D700 would be a D4 in a D700 type body with a commensurate reduction in weight and price.

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dhrphoto

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#5. "RE: D600 vs D700" | In response to Reply # 0

dhrphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Sep 2007
Tue 20-Nov-12 03:09 AM

I don't believe the D600 is superior to the D700. If you go to the Nikon USA site and select sort by featured, it sits below it. Yes it has more megapixels and wider dynamic range, but a newer camera by four years should have. The D600 can shoot @ 5.5, the D700 with grip can shoot at eight. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the D600 can't shoot uncompressed 14 bit files unless it is tethered. I also like the older 3 position focus selector switch. My guess is that if you want to change from single servo to continuous, it's in a menu?
Then there is the build quality, and the dust problems on the D600 sensor (reported by more than one site, wow Nikon needs to get its act together! With the D600, D800 problems I'm glad I have a D700), (Build them cheaper and people will still buy? Is this Nikon's new thinking?) Don't get me wrong I love Nikon, just surprised by the recent camera problems. I would have liked to have had a D800, but now I'm not so sure. And the only true replacement would be a D750 or D900 with 16 MP, ect.

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briantilley

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#6. "RE: D600 vs D700" | In response to Reply # 5

briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Tue 20-Nov-12 07:22 AM

>I also like the older 3
>position focus selector switch.
>My guess is that if you want
>to change from single servo to
>ontinuous, it's in a menu?

Your guess is wrong - one can change AF Mode on the D600 by pressing the AF-mode button (in the centre of the AF/MF switch) and rotating the main command dial. That's the same method as the D800 and D4.

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dhrphoto

Laurel, US
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#7. "RE: D600 vs D700" | In response to Reply # 6

dhrphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Sep 2007
Wed 21-Nov-12 12:26 AM

>>I also like the older 3
>>position focus selector switch.
>>My guess is that if you want
>>to change from single servo to
>>ontinuous, it's in a menu?
>
>Your guess is wrong - one can change AF Mode on the D600 by
>pressing the AF-mode button (in the centre of the AF/MF
>switch) and rotating the main command dial. That's the same
>method as the D800 and D4.

Thank you, it's easier with a three position switch! One hand operation!

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ericbowles

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#8. "RE: D600 vs D700" | In response to Reply # 0

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Wed 21-Nov-12 12:09 PM

It's really a matter of how you line up the features. I placed an order for a D800 with no specs more than a year before its release. I was looking for a D700 upgrade - and pleasantly surprised with the D800. The added pixels of the D800 are a big positive for my style of shooting. The improved dynamic range, color rendition, and some of the other features are positives. My first images from the D800 were simply stunning - a completely different look than any of my earlier cameras.

I've been using the D600 for about a month trying to give a chance for any issues to be worked out before ultimately converting it to IR. I want a full frame IR camera and the D600 is superior in several respects to a D700. Some of the key positives are twice the pixels, better dynamic range, better color rendition, and a lighter body. And it has a movie capability that is increasingly important. The list price of the D600 is 30% lower than the D700 was before end of life discounting.

The controls of the D600 take some getting used to. The body is slightly larger than a D7000 - enough to matter in a positive way. There are some control changes with the smaller body footprint. I don't really care for the ISO button being moved from the top. But the AF controls are better once you get used to them - you can see the settings though the viewfinder so changes can be made faster on the fly. This feature is common to the D7000 and D800. It just takes getting used to the new layout.

There is one other advantage for the D600 that could be relevant for IR conversion. The D700 has an IR light that is used to ensure shutter speed accuracy. This light was causing some long exposure fogging of IR images on a D700. The D600 has corrected that issue.

Based on my experience with the D600, it's a very good camera. Nothing I have seen takes away the fact that the D700 is also a very good camera - and there are some specific areas where the D700 has advantages over the D600 (build and frame rate). But my experience in handling the D600, D700, and D800 is that the two newer X00 cameras are very good and represent upgrades from the D700.

Obviously there is still a gap for those who want a high frame rate. A sports and wildlife camera with 8-10 fps would be a nice move. The challenge here is whether you want a DX camera for the crop, or an FX camera - and how big will your images be. Either way the high frame rates are going to be limited by file size and you have a tradeoff to make. I could see a 16mp camera with 9-10 fps.

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