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D800 vs D600 questions


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PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Fri 16-Nov-12 02:59 PM | edited Fri 16-Nov-12 03:08 PM by PerroneFord

>Okay fellow Nikonians, I need some help. I’ve been doing a
>lot of reading about the D600 and D800 cameras, maybe too
>much, and have a lot of questions.

>I am a amateur photographer. I mostly take photos on high
>school sports (volleyball and basketball) inside poorly-lit
>high school gyms. I currently use my D300 set at ISO 3200 and
>my 70-200 f2.8 AF S VR zoom lens for shooting these sports. I
>am disappointed with picture quality due to the noise in the

Certainly understandable.

>I’ve been reading with great interest about the D600 and D800
>cameras, primarily because they have minimal noise at high
>ISOs. For my primary shooting needs (inside the gym), as far
>as picture quality is concerned, will I see much difference
>between these two cameras using the 70-200 zoom lens? My zoom
>lens is about seven years old. I read somewhere that Nikon
>updated this lens and that I may be disappointed with the
>results when using this older lens on a D600 or D800 camera?

The difference between the D600, D800, and your D300 with the same lenses in the same conditions will be VERY large. I shoot the 70-200 regularly on my D800 and D600. In fact, it's my primary lens. The newspaper here in the Florida Capital just ran one of my photos taken with that lens: http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20121116/FSU02/311160023/FSU-women-upset-11th-ranked-Gators?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CSPORTS

Needless to say, I am not disappointed with it.

>What about when I shoot other photos using my DX lenses? I
>know about the crop factor, but do I lose any resolution in
>the image within the DX FOV on the full frame camera? Any
>other concerns about using DX lenses on an FX camera?

Yes, you will lose a LOT of resolution. Do not use DX lenses on your FX camera unless you HAVE to. You gain nothing by doing it, and lose a lot.

>What about construction of the two cameras? I tend to “baby”
>my cameras, so will that matter?

Nothing to worry about.

>I would use the camera primarily for still photos, but I am
>still interested in capturing video. Any preference between
>the D600 and D800 for this purpose? And, if I were to get the
>D800, should I buy the D800 or the D800E, considering the
>video is secondary to me as opposed to taking still photos?

For video purposes, I would avoid the "E". Other than that, the D800 seems to be a bit more fully featured from what I remember, but I don't shoot video with either of these.

>If money were no object, which one would you buy, and why?

Sports only? D4. The D3s has about half a stop advantage over the D600 and it focuses faster and locks better. I typically shoot a D3s with a 70-200 or 24-70 in combo with a D600 with a 300/2.8 for ACC basketball. You can see results here:


Florida State on defense is the D600 w 300/2.8. FSU on offense is D3s with 70-200 VR1. Both cameras at 1/1000 or 1/800, F2.8, ISO3200

>Sorry if some of these questions seem elementary, I need some
>thoughts from the experts. Thanks very much.

No problem.

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