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km6xz

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"RE: D600 for sports"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sat 19-Jan-13 02:00 PM

Tim, dust will be more of a problem since an arena can be rather dusty regardless of how they prepare the surface. I used to practice in my own arena that had terrible light and all I did was sprinkle water to keep dust down. After building it with the help of my GF, I was so sick of working on it I never perfected the lighting. I did install horn PA speakers to simulate competition noise however so the horse had realistic practice sessions.
The water spray was not very effective in keeping dust down. That meant frequent cleaning of my film camera. With digital, it will much worse but quite manageable. Clean at the end of every major event so dust does not have a chance to "weld" itself to the AA filter should keep your gear ready for the next event. The 80-200 is not much of a dust pump so that is an advantage. Dust will collect more on a larger FX sensor because it is 2.5 times more surface area than your D200.
The D600 images at 6400 will amaze you if you expose well, if you only need 6400 at f/8 you will not have a problem. IQ will still be quite good enough for all but the highest res large prints. If you can use strobes, you might not even need that high of gain.
Typically, how much of the frame does your 80-200 fill with your subject horse and rider? If you are having to crop now, the D600 will require even more cropping but it captures so much detail that you will still end up with more data to work with than the D200. There is a major difference in noise between any of the newer cameras in the Nikon line than the D200 or even the 7D, you are going to get printable shots that neither of those could capture.
Stan
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