Is the D600 worth the buy right now?
I am considering getting a new camera- maybe not right away, but I wanted to make sure there was not something I am missing. I have been hearing about the dust issue, particularly with the D600, and this is the camera I am considering to buy. From my understanding, the issue with the dust is from the camera itself, not lenses, etc. But does anyone know if/think Nikon will be resolving this issue? Or is there another camera that is worth the buy in the same general price range? Also, is there a chance Nikon will release an upgraded, better version of the D600 (i.e. D600s), just as they did with the D300?
I would appreciate any feedback regarding the situation. I wouldn't want to buy a camera that is prone to extreme amounts of dust, although everything else about the D600 seems desirable to me.
#1. "RE: Is the D600 worth the buy right now?" | In response to Reply # 0WildIsle Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Tue 06-Nov-12 05:21 PM | edited Tue 06-Nov-12 05:33 PM by WildIsle
Mine is yet to arrive, but although I haven't yet had hands-on experience to reply to that part of your question, I have been scouring the web to find out as much as I can about the D600 as I can, both before I placed my order and since while I patiently wait for it to arrive.
I've followed the dust issue and similar issues with other cameras and it hasn't changed my choice one bit. I'm well aware that I have a chance of receiving a D600 that shows dust. But dust is a fact of life. Dust is everywhere, some places more than others. If by some slim chance this turns out to be an endemic issue to this body then it is under warranty for two years, plenty of time to decide whether it's intolerable or not. Those online posters who have found the dust to be problematic enough to return it seem very happy with the replacement. When we're talking about tens of thousands of units it's not surprising something crops up. It's a hassle for those it has been problematic for but otherwise it seems like a tempest in a teapot.
BUT to cut to the chase the reasons that the dust doesn't phase me one bit is because the D600 is exactly the FX digital body I have been waiting for. It is relatively light, packs an ample 24MP sensor, is priced right give or take a few hundred $ and by all accounts has superb IQ - I can't wait.
There's every chance that a D600s MAY surface but that's going to be at least a couple of years down the road if at all. No reason to wait for that, if so you might as well wait for the D500 or whatever other new model will eventually be released. Right now the D4, D800/e and D600 are the state-of-the-art FX Nikons, no better time to buy. Those that say they 'wait for the bugs to be worked out' are simply wasting time. If the body itself isn't up to snuff, replace it under warranty and if it's a firmware issue well then we are at Nikon's mercy - but usually there's at least one firmware upgrade per body and that has no bearing on waiting or not - it's extremely unlikely Nikon would go to the R&D expense to develop a firmware upgrade and not make it available to one and all.
Good luck with your decision - as far as I'm concerned this is IT.... for now...!
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#2. "RE: Is the D600 worth the buy right now?" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 06-Nov-12 05:58 PM
>BUT to cut to the chase the reasons that the dust doesn't
>phase me one bit is because the D600 is exactly the FX digital
>body I have been waiting for. It is relatively light, packs an
>ample 24MP sensor, is priced right give or take a few hundred
>$ and by all accounts has superb IQ - I can't wait.
Thanks for your response Philip! I definitely have to agree with you on the above quote. Since I am not quite ready to buy I am waiting to see some more results from the higher numbered Serial Numbers from the D600 and if they present the same problems as the others that we may have seen so far. My current camera has dust, and although it shows up under certain conditions, I see your point that it is something we constantly live with. Your opinion is definitely valuable and I am considering everything you say.
You will have to let me know how you like your D600 when you get it- have fun shooting!
#3. "RE: Is the D600 worth the buy right now?" | In response to Reply # 2
#4. "RE: Is the D600 worth the buy right now?" | In response to Reply # 0
The other thing to keep in mind is full frame sensors are 2.25 times the surface area of DX and in theory should attract that ratio of additional dust. IIRC the D3 when it came out in 2007 had a reputation of being a bit of a dust magnet that required a regular cleaning regime. And of course that camera doesn't even have a dust shaker.
Best regards, SteveK
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