>Some folks are just so wedded to those big, heavy bodies with >the "pro" control layout and more AF sensors than >anybody needs.
The counterpoint to this is that as far as cameras go, the D600 is in no way small nor light. Indeed, if the size of the D800 is a problem, you might consider a V1, not something that's just a little smaller, and certainly not something that requires FX lenses.
>AF is never more important than in sports, and >the majority of the guys on the sports forum shoot with the >center AF sensor in single sensor mode, regardless of camera.
My impression from talking with sports shooters is that they're dealing with a subject which has a relatively steady flow of action and is usually quite predictable.
Imagine instead shooting two birds fighting in mid-air, where the movements are completely unpredictable, and so fast if you blink you miss the decisive moment. In cases like that, a multi-point predictave AF can be the difference between getting the shot or not.
>As Stan alluded to: Unless you pound nails with your camera, >or for some reason your ego or workflow has to have the >"pro" control layout, the D600 is a far superior >imaging tool to the D700, just as the D7000 is a far superior >imaging tool to the D300 (the other "beloved" >camera that people can't seem to get over).
Have you shot with these? I own both D7000 and D300s and I can tell you, when it comes to action shooting, birds in flight, the D300s is an easy choice. This is no emotional attachment for me. I thought the D7K's pixels would make for better bird photos. After several shoots I went back to the D300s. It wasn't even a close competition.
The D600, however, with AF rated to f/8, is a different beast. AF is where the "D7000 with FX sensor" analogy might fall apart. I expect to see some significant improvement there over D7K.
>That said, I also agree that Nikon intended the D800 to be the >D700 replacement. The D600, like the D7000, is a new class of >Nikon camera, designed to better define the differences in the >product range, and avoid the canabalization that occurred >between the D700 and the D3.