Nikon d 600 vs d300 pictures to share
Well here are the first 50 pics comparing the D300 and D600 to be viewed at http://flickr.com/photos/avintensity/. These pictures were shot hand held with: D300 with f4 12-24 Dx lens vs D600 with 14-24 Nikon f2.8. All were shot manual with identical iso and fstops with shutter speeds that were dictated by the ttl light meter. Shutter speeds are not recorded on flickr as this took some time to create. You will notice the shots are next to each other for comparison purposes. As some background, I do primarily landscape photography but "grew up" with film and have wanted an FX camera when the price became semi-reasonable. The 12-24 Dx lens is the only Dx lens I have. The telephoto lens used was the nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR lens. My first impressions with the D600 is that it is clearly lighter and yet fits nicely in my hand. As I was taking these fall shots the D600 locked into AF focus with rare wobble as the correct light reading was being taken with the control knob whereas the D300 was frequently trying to compensate by 0.7 EV which was annoying. The dynamic range is amazing as one might expect with the D600 and the colors "pop". No post processing was done and standard color was chosen in the picture control menu. These are very good lenses which makes a big difference. As a landscape shooter I especially appreciated the high iso performance with aperatures f13-f22 with the D600. I will admit some of the shots don't make much sense relative to the lens used but I was just putting the cameras through the rigors of shooting. I look forward to comments and would like to thank the many nikonians from whom I have learned much in my research of cameras,lens etc.
#1. "RE: Nikon d 600 vs d300 pictures to share" | In response to Reply # 0Rassie Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006Tue 30-Oct-12 11:10 AM
Were these jpegs straight out of the camera or did you shoot in RAW? I'm assuming jpegs, and the two cameras had different default settings. How else to explain so many of the D600 pictures that are underexposed, and many D300 pictures that are overexposed? Yes, in many examples here the exposure is not ideal in either camera. I suspect, for instance that you had different metering modes in the two cameras, perhaps matrix on the D600 and spot metering on the D300.
You did not provide enough information to allow an objective evaluation here. With properly controlled defaults in both cameras the differences should be much smaller between the two cameras than what these pictures seem to suggest.
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#3. "RE: Nikon d 600 vs d300 pictures to share" | In response to Reply # 2WildIsle Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Wed 31-Oct-12 12:41 AM
Well that comparison is a bit of a bust then. Guess you know that!?
But I and I'm sure others would be interested in seeing another go at it. I have a D300s and a D600 on order, yet to arrive, so I'm dead keen to get a sense of what is coming my way.
If you're up for it why not do another series? But use a closer subject like a single tree with good colour so we can get a sense of detail and colour rendition. And importantly I think, use the same lens. Switching lenses makes the comparison more like apples and bananas than oranges!! Use your 14-24 f2.8 and adjust focal length to compensate for perspective. Say at 16mm on the D300 and 24mm on the D600.
The shots you did with the washed out sky are somewhat interesting to see how each camera deals with the dynamic range but of course you'll have to reshoot that with more consistency.
Maybe I'm missing something but others may have detail to add.
Thanks for the effort, it's appreciated.
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