>The D800 is a less forgiving camera but its capable of the >peak image quality that is currently available in DSLR full >frame format. >Yes, I am in St Petersburg Russia where we got our first >snow(that stuck) of the season. I've lived here for 9 years >after moving from my native California. > >Seriously, consider that the D800 is a great camera but it >might not be a general purpose camera that the D600, D700 or >D7000 is because people have such high expectations of the 800 >that when the same techniques are used, the results are >similar to the quality that their old camera from which they >learned their habits. When breaking those habits, however, and >using it with more deliberate consideration of each shot, the >results can be spectacular. I would not trade mine for >anything(except possibly a D800E). The easiest camera I've >ever used to get good images was the D90, very forgiving and a >solid competent camera. The D7000 took more serious control >input by the user and the D800 has been very gratifying in the >results but it is not as casual a device to use. Depending on >your uses, the D600 might be the better camera for you. >Another consideration is the upgrade most users of the D800 >have had to make to their post processing system. The files >are big, really big, so a fast computer with fast I/O and >calibrated monitor goes a long ways in reducing frustration in >the long transfer and processing times. > >Cleaning your camera, whatever model, is a easy process that >is also safe for the camera. You clean your windows and >mirrors without damage yet the glass has a lower hardness >rating than the silicon of the AA filter covering the sensor. >Just don't scour it with diamond dust and you should be fine. >Dirt in most cases is not related to a defect in a camera. >There have been a few shutter motors which had defective seals >in the D7000 which generated a distinctive splatter pattern, >but even those motors with bad seals were quickly taken care >of by Nikon under warranty. >Stan >St Petersburg Russia
Thanks again I started in the early 80's with a Yashica FR1 and when digital came along I got a 1.3 meg P+S then a D80 and for the past 4 years a D90. For the past few years have been waiting for the D400 ,when the D600 appeared I said I'm done waiting . I really like gadgets and bells and whistles like dual card slots faster frame rate even the beep which I turned off on the D90 because I could not hear the high pitch but on the D600 you could chose high or low pitch plus set the volume. I must say I must say I was some what disappointed with the D600 image wise I guess I expected more going from 12 to 24 meg . anyway I don't know why I'm rambling on but just wanted to thank you for taking the time to write back ,you made me look at it a little different . may get another 600 or maybe an 800 who knows or stick with the 90 for a bit longer .