I am looking to get this question answered by users that have a D700 and have bought or switched to a D600. How they feel? What they miss from the D700? Is the image quality and dynamic range better (noticeable) as DxOMark implies? Do you keep using the D700 or is the D700 now your backup to the D600? Thanks all for your help.
While I don't have a D600, I do have a D800E and D3 series bodies. Sometimes I use the D700 together with the D800E and D3 bodies, other times I use the D700 instead of the other bodies. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thanks for your reply.. I understand what you say.. The thing is, yes the D800 is an upgrade from the D700.. and I would love to have it. Just cannot afford it at this time. I was looking for someone with a D600 and D700 or someone that downgraded/upgraded from a D700 to a D600. Anyway.. just looking for some first hand experience to fuel my NAS Guess I will wait and get more money together and buy the D800E which is the one I originally wanted hehehe
Axel, I have the D700 and looked at a D600. Neat camera.
Questions: What does the D700 NOT do well for you that the D600 might/will do well for you? Are you okay with the body/control layout? Are you okay with the build quality?
We are talking a generation of maturity here> D3/D700 = Pro/semi-pro while the D4/D800/D600 is Pro/Pro Semi-pro/amatuer, entry. But the D600 build quality isn't that bad now is it? How rough are you with equipment?
Personally, I'd put the money of a D600 towards better lenses, but that's me.
I shoot a D700 and I am currently upgrading my glass. If you look at the life of glass, good glass is good for many years. It is a close to a one time investment as you can get. Good glass even holds it's resale value for years. Bodies on the other hand, cycle about every 2 years for DX and 4 years for FX as sensor technology and other features improve.
I have looked at the D600. For the near future I will continue to shoot with the D700 as it meets my needs.
Thanks for the reply. The D700 actually does everything I need. I love how it feels on my hands. My D700 is in mint conditions. Has 14k shots on it after about 3.5 years. The thing is I got an offer for my D700 which is a New D600 and I don't have to put a dime on top of it. It is a good offer and that is why I asked the question. I do really love my D700 and would love to have a D800 but cannot afford it at this time. Regarding glass, I already have the 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 VR1, 50mm 1.4G and 70-300 VR. Used to also have the 85mm 1.4D and 1.8D but I sold them since I did not use them much. So.. don't know what to do.. take the "inferior" build D600 for my D700 or just keep my D700.. I am leaning towards the D700 from stuff I have read on the web regarding it. What do you think?
just upgraded from a d700 to a D800, and at first i had looked at the D600. I didn't go with the D600 cause some of my accessories would not work with it, and the D800 felt like a D700 in my hands for the most part.
At the same time, I still miss the D700. I had a D3 and a D3s as well and I just loved the 12mp low noise files they produced and how fast the cameras responded. But i also wanted HD video capabilities better than the D3s. Ideally the D4 would be my number 1 choice but it was out of my $ range.
My point is that the D600 is probably a great camera but it will also be much different in features and how it feels while shooting and if it's it's just the DXO rating and the fact that it wont cost anything to get id say stick with the D700. D600 is a downgrade from the d700 imo.
>The D700 actually does everything I need. I love how it feels on my >hands.
I think you've answered your own question here. And it's the same reason I didn't "upgrade" my D700. Instead, I bought a second copy. The D600 didn't offer anything that would improve my photography, so I just kept the older camera. I usually print 8x10 shots, so it's all I need.