I'm a new user of the D600 but I have experience with the D800. It appears to me that there is no way you can select a focus point manually while in the AF-A, AF-C, and AF-S mode. You are able to do so in the D800. Am I correct, and if not, please let me know how I can do so without changing to M (Manual) mode.
I'm beginning to wonder if I don't have a camera with a problem. Could you be more specific about how should set the camera to do as you noted. I'm not able to see on the pages you have noted exactly how to set it up properly.
I'm not sure what I'll be able to tell you that's not in the manual - but I'll try! (bear in mind that I don't have a D600 myself to experiment with)...
Press the AF-mode button - the one in the centre of the AF/M switch on the front of the camera near the lens - and while it is being pressed, turn the Sub-command dial - the one at the top of the front grip just below the on/off switch - until "S" is displayed for the AF-area mode in the top display and in the viewfinder.
>I'm not sure what I'll be able to tell you that's not in the >manual - but I'll try! (bear in mind that I don't have a D600 >myself to experiment with)... > >Press the AF-mode button - the one in the centre of the AF/M >switch on the front of the camera near the lens - and while it >is being pressed, turn the Sub-command dial - the one at the >top of the front grip just below the on/off switch - until >"S" is displayed for the AF-area mode in the top >display and in the viewfinder.
Yep. Push little button and twist dial it will scroll through af options in viewfinder and on top LCD. Have to confess I thought it was rear dial though, iirc they both do something
Have done all that, which leads me to think that I have a defective camera. I just can not bring up a focus box while in the AF modes. It just does not let me do anything like selecting a point. My D800 does that with no issue whatsoever. Guess I'll contact Nikon. Thanks again for trying to help.
Excuse me for butting in, and this may be already obvious, but might be worth mentioning.
In addition to being sure that "S" rather than "Auto" is selected via the front command dial as Brian pointed out, also check that the focus selector lock on the back of the camera is rotated to "•" and not "L."
Also, you will not be able to move the focus point unless the meter is active, so be sure to half press the shutter before trying to do so.
Thanks to everyone for their comments. I called Nikon and they have agreed that the D600 I have was NOT functioning properly. We have made arrangements to have it replaced with a new one. This appears to be an isolated case...at least from my vantage point.
I bought a D600 on October 13th, took it home and found that it would not autofocus at all. It would hunt, but never lock on to anything. I have a D90, and tried my DX lenses: 50mm f/1.8, 18-105mm kit lens, a Tamron 90mm f/2.8, and finally an FX lens - 80-200mm f/2.8. None would autofocus. I tried manual focus. While the image looked sharp in the viewfinder, the image when uploaded to my PC was not even close to being in focus: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmontjr/8086689430/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmontjr/8086689184/
I took the camera back to the store today, along with the 50mm lens. We tried the lens on a demo model and it worked. The store employee brought a new camera body out of stock and we tried the lens on that one. Worked fine. I brought my new camera home and have tried various shots. Works great. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmontjr/8088745606/