No-one here has any inside knowledge, but the rumours seem solid enough that it's worth providing a place to talk about this potential new Nikon, If the anticipated spec is accurate, I'll be near the top of the queue...
Brian, I recall in an old post of yours where you said (I'm paraphrasing here) you were not personally interested in a D7000 (or perhaps it was a D90?) because among other things it didn't have a dedicated AF-On button. That's important to me also. What's your guess as to whether the rumored D600 has such a control? Just wondering...
>I recall in an old post of yours where you said (I'm >paraphrasing here) you were not personally interested in a >D7000 (or perhaps it was a D90?) because among other things it >didn't have a dedicated AF-On button. That's important to me >also. What's your guess as to whether the rumored D600 has >such a control? Just wondering...
Not Brian, but let me point out that the D7000 allows you to program the AE-L/AF-L button to be AF-ON. If copied on the D600, should leave all the AF-ON'ers like me reasonably happy, unless you also use this button for AE-L.
I've personally never used AE-L, since I can do the same with (M)anual exposure mode and it requires less physical dexterity. So, the way I work, no need for AE-L. Of course using the button for AF-ON removes any need for AF-L.
My only gripe with using this button as AF-ON on D7000 is the placement of the button, which really is in line with the semi-pro bodies' placement of the AE-L button. Switching between D7000 and the semi-pro bodies, using AE-L for AF-ON on D7000, I will find myself sometimes reaching for the AE-L button on my D300s & D800 when I mean to hit AF-ON, but that's a minor issue.
I think the point you mention was that I prefer to have similar controls on my cameras, when I'm using two alongside each other at an event. Having separate AF-ON and AE-L/AF-L buttons maintains that consistency, and allows me to use both for different purposes if I wish.
The same logic may not apply to everyone - or indeed to me in different circumstances. I am considering a D600 as a travel and everyday camera and wouldn't be using it alongside my D3S's on assignments so could live with having a single button
I think something is coming and most likely D600 because Canon just dropped the price on 5D3 to $2799. They would have to drop a lot further if D600 is rumored to be below $2K. I am personally waiting for rumored D400 to compliment my D800e. Let's see what January 2013 will bring. Lots of stuff is usually announced before CES.
Sun 02-Sep-12 09:42 AM | edited Tue 04-Sep-12 05:11 AM by jrp
Nobody knows. And if we knew we couldn't tell.
However we have been able to sift through the chatter from Asia and distinguish what is speculation and false leads and what are definitely leaks or indiscretions.
Our semi-educated guess is that a D600 is indeed coming out soon. As for the supposed specifications, we cannot trust much any of them with some reasonable degree of confidence or certainty, except that it will be FX in a compact-sized body.
Knowing the Nikon engineers tradition, it will most likely share features of high-end bodies, with some simplifications to make it fit in a compact body for the getting-more-than-serious photographers of the intermediate market segment, a segment that seems to prefer a smaller body.
When I held a D3200 I just couldn't believe how good and how small it is.
I have been waiting a long time to make the jump to digital. It might be time. An affordable full-frame camera with high resolution, and about the size of my F5? Count me in! I use a D7000 at work, so if it is similar to a D7000 with a full frame sensor, I will be very happy.