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sdloeffler

Marietta, GE
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sdloeffler Silver Member Nikonian since 06th May 2007
Wed 19-Sep-12 01:59 AM

Greetings, I desire to move from my D300s to a full frame camera. Should I go with the D600 or the D800? The photography I typically enjoy is: landscapes, architecture, travel, walk around, etc.

Any thoughts?

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avisys

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#1. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 0

avisys Basic Member
Wed 19-Sep-12 12:16 AM

>Greetings, I desire to move from my D300s to a full frame
>camera. Should I go with the D600 or the D800?

Yes.


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grizzly200

Solano County, California, US
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#2. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 0

grizzly200 Registered since 18th Dec 2011
Wed 19-Sep-12 12:53 AM

Personally, I need the build quality of the D300/700/800, so I would definitely go D800.

James

MEMcD

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#3. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 19-Sep-12 03:02 AM | edited Wed 19-Sep-12 03:03 AM by MEMcD

Hi Scott,

Both bodies are more than capable of doing the job.
If you don't mind the additional size, weight, and cost of the D800, Get one and don't look back.
If you prefer a smaller body, get the D600 and don't look back.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

Hawk Eyes

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#4. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 0

Hawk Eyes Registered since 09th Jun 2012
Wed 19-Sep-12 03:25 AM

The easy answer is, The D800 is for sure a better camera over all. But the D600 beats out many other cameras in its class as well. If I had to choose I would go with the D800E. But I also shoot photos for a living, and blow up gallery size prints from time to time. On that note though, the D600 can and will do a great job in all fields of photography. It really comes down to having a "Good eye" subject" and "lighting" Then the camera. Good luck

jerry r

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#5. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 4

jerry r Registered since 08th Oct 2008
Wed 19-Sep-12 05:16 PM

We added a D7000 to our D300. We have now gone to the D800. The layout is essentially the same as a D300. If you are used to the D300 you will appreciate the same layout on the D800.

Shortcomings on the D7000 were:

The location and use of the remote cable, particularly if you use an L bracket to attach your camera to your tripod. The D600 limits your bracketing to only three frames. The ISO, WB buttons are not as convenient to use on the D7000/D600 layout as on the D300/D800 layout. The only other problem with the 7000 was the ease with which you could slip out of Aperture priority. I see that this is remedied on the D600, however.

I am sure that as far as image quality either camera would be just fine. When the rumors seemed to be consistent that the D600 was going to be like the D7000, I just went with the D800.

My four cents worth,

Jerry

sdloeffler

Marietta, GE
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#6. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 5

sdloeffler Silver Member Nikonian since 06th May 2007
Thu 20-Sep-12 01:23 AM

Thanks for the insights. I went to look at both cameras today. They were both nice and will appeal to many different people. For me, I treat most things in life like I do golf. As an avid golfer I am very particular with how golf clubs look when I am looking down at them, but more importanly I am concerned with how clubs feel. How does the ball feel coming off the club head. That is the most important things to me. I play softer balls because they feel better etc etc.

With that said, having a D300's I can honestly say the D800 felt better in my hands. I'm used to buttons being in a certain location after having a D200 and now a 300s. The 600 felt small in my hands (definitely would need a grip), and I absolutely hated the configuration of the controls. Yeah, I'm ruined I guess. But, unless something changes, I'm probably going for the 800.

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richardd300

Dyserth, UK
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#7. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 6

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Thu 20-Sep-12 10:04 AM

The ergonomics of a camera are very important to me and like you I went from a D300, but to a D700 and found transition seamless. I have just swopped my D700 for the D800 and the same applies, it just feels so good. I also have a D7000 and although a capable camera it feels "cheap" compared to the D700/D800 etc and only gets a good balance with the MB-D11 grip.

If you require to shoot e.g. wildlife or distant subjects and then crop, you may find the extra MP on the D800 a boon. Personally, I would have seen the D600 as a step down from mt D700 ergonomically, as I did when the D7000 filled the shoes of the D300.

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David D Busch

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#8. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 0

David D Busch Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Nov 2011
Thu 20-Sep-12 08:10 PM

>Greetings, I desire to move from my D300s to a full frame
>camera. Should I go with the D600 or the D800? The
>photography I typically enjoy is: landscapes, architecture,
>travel, walk around, etc.

I've been using both the D800 and D600 for awhile, and am finding that the only advantage the D600 has over the D800 is price. I prize compactness highly (I have tended to tote my D7000 overseas instead of the D3s/D4 even when planning low-light shooting) but the D600 is only a tiny bit smaller than the D800, and just a few ounces lighter. I'll probably take it on a few trips to see if it fills the bill.

But if I need a "smaller" camera, the D800's extra features make it well worth the $900 difference. On trips, it has worked out great with the 18-300mm Nikon DX lens, supplemented with the 10-24mmmm Nikkor, because 15MP and DX mode is often plenty. It makes a great tandem with the 28-200mm G and 17-35mm in FX mode, and there's not a great deal to complain about (vis a vis the D600) when shooting in low-light either.

Right now I'm using the D600 as a walkabout camera and a backup FX. In that respect, I like it better than the D7000. My D800 has become my "main" camera for most everything but concerts and sports, whereas my D3s (and later the D4) easily qualified as my "main" tools. The D800 has proved to be an all-around versatile camera for me. I love the D4 and wouldn't think of using anything else for sports, performance shoots, and outdoor fashion (w/o studio strobes.) But the D800 has made inroads in my work that the D700 never did.

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sdloeffler

Marietta, GE
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#9. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 8

sdloeffler Silver Member Nikonian since 06th May 2007
Fri 21-Sep-12 02:27 AM

>>Greetings, I desire to move from my D300s to a full
>frame
>>camera. Should I go with the D600 or the D800? The
>>photography I typically enjoy is: landscapes,
>architecture,
>>travel, walk around, etc.
>
>I've been using both the D800 and D600 for awhile, and am
>finding that the only advantage the D600 has over the D800 is
>price.

Did you get a pre production version of the D600? It's only been out for 2 days.

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brucerd80

Ocala, US
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#10. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 6

brucerd80 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009
Mon 24-Sep-12 12:20 AM

>With that said, having a D300's I can honestly say the D800
>felt better in my hands. I'm used to buttons being in a
>certain location after having a D200 and now a 300s. The 600
>felt small in my hands (definitely would need a grip), and I
>absolutely hated the configuration of the controls. Yeah, I'm
>ruined I guess. But, unless something changes, I'm probably
>going for the 800.

Late last week, I had a chance to handle both cameras as well.
I think the 800 is more like the 300S in body and controls. After using the 300S for several years, I did not find the D600 as comfortable when handling it as the 800. The 600 feels a bit too small for me as well. Now in all fairness, I did not test the 600 with vertical grip, so with the grip installed, it may have felt better to me. Also, I do like the extra controls that the 300S/800 models have. In addition, the 800 has 5:4 right in camera that I find very useful for portrait work. I am not sure if the D600 has this feature.

I guess I am ruined as well.


Bruce






Tinkers Realm

Pacific Wonderland!, US
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#11. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 10

Tinkers Realm Registered since 24th Feb 2011
Mon 24-Sep-12 05:01 PM

I don't think that the grip on the D600 gives any more FPS so it would be a little spendy to add just for comfort & x battery so maybe opt for the D700 which I love or the D800!


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Totex

Houston, Katy, US
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#12. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 9

Totex Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2012
Tue 25-Sep-12 01:44 AM

I suggest go with the D800, Im glad I did. I think is worth the extra money. My 0.02 on the subject. Good luck.

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JCY88

US
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#14. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 0

JCY88 Registered since 24th Aug 2012
Tue 25-Sep-12 02:21 PM

It is much easier to switch from D300 to D800 for the feel. Perhaps, the same is true from Dxx/xxxx to D600. I use all my old gears so feel is critical to me.

jerry r

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#15. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 14

jerry r Registered since 08th Oct 2008
Tue 25-Sep-12 02:41 PM | edited Tue 25-Sep-12 02:44 PM by jerry r

I had no trouble switching from D300 to D7000 (even had both for a while) and now back to a D800. My D600 backup arrives tomorrow. I will say that the layout of the D300/D800 makes for quicker changes (and I prefer it) over the D7000 and expected D600 layout.

With the D7000 I had the On/Off lever set to light up the Main LCD when I moved it to the right detent. Making the D7000 adjustments with the LCD emulating the top panel worked well for me.

If button locations give you some grief in switching back and forth, another option is having the items set in menu via the My Menu option which you can set up essentially the same on newer multiple Nikons. I do this as well.

Jerry

gorji

Jamesville, US
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#16. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 0

gorji Registered since 07th Jan 2007
Tue 25-Sep-12 11:38 PM

I love my D800 in so many ways, there is no room here to list...

I visited my local Nikon store today and played with the D600. Its smaller as others have said. I really liked it; I especially liked the higher fps. I do miss the higher fps I got on my D300 compared with the 800.
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jerry r

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#17. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 16

jerry r Registered since 08th Oct 2008
Wed 26-Sep-12 12:04 AM

For my type of shooting the fps is not important. I sure like the other features and layout of the D800 over the D600.

I would have been happy with the D800 only having 24mp. But, by having both we have the best of both worlds. If I could only have one body with the current specs it would be the D800.

With our two D800's the D600 will be a great second camera/back up body. (Can't justify three D800's and hope to survive without a divorce!!)

Jerry

InsaneO

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#18. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 0

InsaneO Registered since 09th May 2012
Thu 27-Sep-12 05:14 PM | edited Thu 27-Sep-12 05:16 PM by InsaneO

Here is few reasons I would not buy D600 not in particular order.
All of these are deal breakers for me.

1. I hate SD cards.
2. 39 AF points and all bunched up together in the center.
I am somewhat already struggling with D800 AF points.
If it was the same on crop factor camera I would consider it.
I take pictures of two people standing together so I want to focus on someone's face and not recompose because my cameras are in AF-C mode permanently.
3. The reason I bought D800 is because at 36mp I don't have to zoom in as much to see noise. Not so sure about 24mp.

Still waiting for something from Canon similar to D800 or better (wishful thinking) or D400 from Nikon.

Mushimo

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#19. "RE: D600 or D800" | In response to Reply # 1

Mushimo Registered since 22nd Sep 2012
Thu 27-Sep-12 11:20 PM

>>Greetings, I desire to move from my D300s to a full
>frame
>>camera. Should I go with the D600 or the D800?
>
>Yes.
>
>
>
Also consider who else would be using the camera.

G