>When the D600 was announced I planned to sell my D7000 and >buy one. But now I'm not so sure. Today there are 15 D7000s >for sale on Craigslist where I live (Mpls/St. Paul), so it >won't be easy to sell. I would also need to replace my >favorite lens (Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 DX). I'm not sure I would >be happy with the 24-85mm after using the 17-55mm for years. I >also own a Nikkor 12-24mm DX that would have to be replaced. >So I don't think I can justify the cost, even though I would >love to own the D600.
Sirraj, If you are happy with what you have I wouldn't make a move now. I am happy with this camera. I do think the high iso is better. I shoot everything in RAW, so I think I am less impressed than others with the color depth etc.
This is not to say anything bad about the D600, just that I was doing pretty good with my technique and my post processing skills for my D7000 images. I do notice I barely have to touch the images I make with the D600. I developed a preset import that simulates the standard jpeg image the camera produces only with lens correction and a bit more sharpening. After import I notice I spend a little less time on the images. The final product however is not much different than I was getting with the D7000.
I am trying to be objective and it is hard. Keep in mind I have invested over 3.5G on the camera and new lenses. I like the camera and think the quality is better but quantifying and justifying it is difficult and depends largely on what that kind of money means to you. If it is no big deal definitely do it. On the other hand if it is, you may want to wait till the hype dies down or you have a real need. My biggest dilemma now is trying to decide if I sell some of my gear or keep it all and selectively use it. For instance I kept my old D5000 and liked to ski with this camera and my kit lenses. It was light and produced very good images and I wouldn't be as upset if I wiped out with it on my back.
"Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you'll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light's magic colors and your images will stir the soul." Jack Dykinga