Tue 11-Dec-12 09:53 AM | edited Wed 12-Dec-12 02:04 AM by mpage
I concede your point. Stan too broached the same issue. I think Stan was asking "why should we listen to this long-winded blow-hard," but he is far too kind to put it that directly.
I did not have real hands-on experience with the D800, or the D600 for that matter, before I made my purchase decision. I based my physical choice on handling them for a few minutes at the local camera store.
I don't know how I could have gained practical experience with both cameras before I bought one. I suppose I could have driven to San Francisco and rented each body for a week or two, but that is pricy and I'm far too lazy to work that hard.
I made my purchase decision based on research, evaluating reviews, the personal experiences of others posted on-line, and facts learned from the Image Doctor Podcasts.
All I am saying is that at this point, I am very happy with my decision to go with the D600. I'm glad that I didn't feel pressured into buying a better camera than I need.
This is not meant to slight the D600 in any way. The D600 is not a watered-down version of the D800. It is a fine camera on its own. It has a few important features that surpass the D800, chief among which is the frame rate (D600 5.5 fps - D800 4 fps). There are other examples, but if you chose the D800 these advantages were not important to you.
I think the two cameras compliment each other, not compete with each other. But since having both bodies is out of the reach of most of us, we need to choose one or the other.