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Planed Upgrade to D800


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"RE: Planed Upgrade to D800"

mpage Registered since 29th Jun 2004
Tue 20-Nov-12 06:27 AM | edited Tue 20-Nov-12 08:02 AM by mpage

>The D800 is not a camera to get into unless one is prepared to
>invest significantly in the lenses and tripods that are
>suitable for it.

In digital cameras, I started with the D100, then the D200, and now I have a D300. I'm selling my DX equipment to defray the cost of the new camera. I sold the 17-55mm f2.8 DX lens already and still have the D300 with a Kirk L-Bracket and the Nikon 12-24 f4 DX lens to sell.

The lenses I will keep for the new full frame camera are:

Nikon 24mm f2.8 AF D
Nikon 50mm f1.4 AF G
Nikon 105mm f2.8 AF D Macro
Nikon 300mm f4 AF ED

Lenses I want to get in the future (in order) are:

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 AF D (as soon as possible to replace the 17-55mm DX functionality)
Nikon 85mm f1.8 AF G or f1.4 AF G (huge price difference)
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF G ED VR II

I want to add a Nikon wide angle to be determined later, and I'm tempted to upgrade to the Nikon 105mm f2.8 AF-S VR, but the the D is extremely sharp and it would be difficult to justify the cost (even after selling the 105mm D).

When I decide on the FX body I will get the appropriate Kirk L-Bracket.

I already have a very good tripod, the Giottos MT 8170 Carbon Fiber with the Markins M10 head, the Nodal Ninja III panoramic head, and the Manfrotto 438 Leveling Base.

I always use a tripod and cable release when possible. It helps create sharp images with no camera shake. Using a tripod forces the shooter to concentrate on composing the shot much more than when shooting hand-held. It slows things down allowing for more thought and consideration when speed is not necessary.

I do agree fully with the thrust of your comment, but I think I already have the foundation to build upon for the D600, D800, or D800E FX cameras. If one is not willing to improve upon his or her shooting technique, the added advantages of the D600 or D800 are wasted.

The huge megapixels is important, but not the most important consideration in my desire to upgrade to a new camera. The High Dynamic Range and the fast ISO range features are more important to me.

In addition, the D800 and the D600 have excellent video, although the D800 is better in this regard. But I hear that an upcoming firmware upgrade will allow the D600 to change f/stops while shooting video, as the D800 allows now.

The D300 does not have video. Video was added with the D300S, six weeks after I bought the D300.

Here are the features that I am considering between the D600 and the D800.


1. D600 fastest shutter speed 1/4000sec – D800 1/8000sec.
2. Flash Sync D600 1/200sec – D800 1/250sec.
3. D600 smaller and lighter - D600 weighs just 760g – D800 900g.
4. Wi-Fi - D600 can use inexpensive WU-1b transmitter for smart phone or tablet for basic camera control, live view, and photo uploads.
5. ISO range of the D600 and D800 are identical, but the lower resolution of the D600 might produce better results at higher ISO settings.
6. D600 has 39-point AF points – D800 has 51-point AF points.
7. Continuous shooting – D600 5.5 fps – D800 4 fps.
8. D800 shutters are much louder than the D600 shutters.
9. D800 has a stronger build, but D600 build is very strong too.

Other considerations:

1. D600 has USB 2 ports the D800 has USB 3 ports.
2. D800 has AF-On button on the back which separates the focus action from the shutter release – with D600 one needs to reconfigure the AE-L/AF-L button to act as an AF-On button.
3. Easy to switch between two program banks with the D600 because of the U1 and U2 positions on the command dial.
4. The video features are better on the D800.
5. People report dust on sensors or viewfinder on the D600.
6. People report left-most focus point problems on the D800.
7. Both have excellent High Dynamic Range.



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