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PerroneFord

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"RE: D800 or D600?"

PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Tue 01-Jan-13 03:51 PM

>Please help me to decide. I am not sure whether I should go
>in for a D800 or a D600. I am aware of the specifications of
>both the models.
>
>My fear/problems are:
>
>1. The D800's files are too large (I shoot mainly in RAW)
>which will fill up my hard drives very quickly. I know that
>prices of HDs are always coming down but I don't want to keep
>many HDs and start searching them one by one when I want to
>find out some images.

The file sizes between the two cameras are quite similar. You won't avoid this by buying the D600 over the D800.


>2. The D800 has had a problem of some left hand side AF
>sensors not autofocussing properly. I don't know how serious
>that problem is or whether Nikon has solved that problem. If
>yes, which serial number should be avoided?

Just buy a new one from a store that turns stock. No one knows serial numbers.


>3. I don't know whether I'll be happy with only 4fps burst. I
>often find my D7000 with its 6fps also slow.

Well sounds like you need a D4. Both the D600 and D800 are slower than the D7000.


>4. I know that in DX mode, the D800 can give me 16MP but I
>also have the D7000 (and the D700), so I don't see much
>advantage there.

I never shoot in DX mode. Waste of time.


>5. Another main worry is about the noise levels. The D800
>would be noisier than the D600, especially at higher ISOs. Let
>me add here that I was very disappointed with the noise levels
>of my D2X, which I sold long time ago. Please don't tell me
>that 'at the same megapixel level, the noise would be similar'
>because I do not agree with downsizing a large file so that
>noise levels could be compared. There might be some truth to
>that but it just doesn't make sense to me.

Noise levels on the D800 are the same as the D700 essentially. But with 36MP{, superior dynamic range, etc. D600 noise is VERY close to a D3s.


>6. The D600 has oil-splattering and dust problems, which I am
>told, goes away after some shutter actuation. Is this true?

All these cameras have issues. I have a D600 and D800 that work great and have been fine since day 1. Luck of the draw.

>Sorry for the long query. I would appreciate your views. I
>need to make my choice as early as possible.

Sounds like you need to be shopping a D4 or D3s.

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