For those needing that one style of connector, Nikon and a dozen other company make low cost hot shoe adapters to give PC. I do a lot of flash work with off shoe speed lights and never use a PC connector so it would not impact me at all if I could not afford the $12 adapter. Regarding the 1/200 sync speed, depending on the distance, Focal Plane sync is available up to 1/4000 and 1/200, 1/3 stop is not a deal breaker for many. Much ado about very little. Happens every time a new camera comes out and it is not exactly like what one used before. Lots of people proclaim a new model is unusable before ever seeing one in the flesh because of some change. Fine, obviously the D600 was not designed for David Hobby, he has plenty of bodies to choose from. No one camera will satisfy everyone but the D600 sure seems to satisfy a very large portion of the photography market. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I use flash (Speedlights and Strobes) quite often and havn't used the PC port on a camera in well over a decade. The PC connections have never been 100% reliable anyway so there is no great loss. On the other hand, I have found the hotshoe and Pocket Wizards to be extremely reliable. With regard to the 1/3 stop loss of sync speed, the world won't end because of it. The D600 has FP High Speed Sync mode and I suspect that HyperSync mode on the PW MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 should make it moot when using strobes. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I'm planning on getting this camera at the end of the year. I'm not very experienced with flash and have 2 SB600's and an SU800. 1/200 flash sync isn't that big of a deal for me at this point as I turn FP High Speed Sync mode on when my SB600/SU800 is attached. Charlie
Focal Plane mode does limit range, but if your subjects are not needing a great deal of flash reach to balance or overtake ambient(Hobby's complaint) you will not notice any problem and just shoot as fast of shutter as you want. I used FP flash at high speed for the bouquet toss at a daylight wedding 2 weeks ago and was able to significantly darken the the background with just one SB900 so I suspect the complaint was more about "potential" rather than actual problems. Stan St Petersburg Russia