>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 >image.
>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? >True?
>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: