Mon 03-Sep-12 09:47 AM | edited Mon 03-Sep-12 09:51 AM by ericbowles
I'm getting the D600 for IR - my D800E will remain my primary camera and I'll keep either a D300 or D7000 for backup.
I'm currently using a converted D200. Rather than convert a D300 or D7000, I'm choosing to go with an FX body. I shoot a good bit of IR - mainly architecture and landscape. An FX body is better these subjects than a DX body since reach and the crop factor are not issues. Like with conventional photography, I'm looking for more pixels, Live View, more AF sensors, and high image quality.
There are some specific pluses of the FX lens lineup for IR. The 16-35 is excellent at the wide end and will be the best ultrawide lens for IR (most ultrawides hotspot badly). The 70-200 already works well for IR. The 24-70 is a poor IR lens, but I can still use the 16-85 or 50 f/1.4 to fill the gap.
The D700 would deliver most of that, but the pixel count is still relatively low. And high ISO performance is not that big an issue. The other factor against the D700 is there is a light leakage issue with long exposure IR due to an internal IR light used to calibrate shutter speed.
The D600 is a relatively inexpensive way to achieve FX, and it provides the high pixel count I need. I'm planning to convert the D600 to an IR camera as soon as I can confirm there are no warranty related issues or other functional problems.
I do think the D600 will be a good camera. It seems to be the FX equivalent of the D7000.
Rocky - I do hope Nikon releases a successor to the D300. There are a lot of benefits to a high quality DX camera. Nikon needs to have a flagship model in the DX lineup and there is no reason why a D400 could not fit that need.
I'm still trying to figure out what this portends about the D400.
It certainly puts a wet blanket on all the well meaning excuses based on natural disasters etc....or that's how it looks anyway. In other words for a while it was considered insensitive to criticize Nikon for there not being a D400 given all the 'act of god' type things that have befallen Nikon. It would seem to me that if they could get a D600 out on the heels of the D800 then they could have been working on updating the very long in the tooth D300.
Does the D300 have the record yet for longest standing DSLR in the line?
Anyway, it is probably no better than reading tea leaves but it sure seems ever more likely that Nikon is getting out of the high end DX market:
1) The obvious: no successor to the D300 in what amounts to an eon in DSLR years. 2) A vigorous effort in consumer level DX bodies some of which are superb 3) Significant releases in the FX market. 4) Significant releases in the P&S and mirrorless market.
Nikon is everywhere but high end DX. If its over, I wish they'd just say so. I'd buy a D800 at the earliest fiscally feasible moment. But I am growing less and less patient with Nikon in general because of the lack of a D400-ish DX or at least some a wink and a nod about what we should expect.
Back on topic: Maybe the D600 will be so compelling and affordable that I'll sell my DX glass and go FX and just look back as DX as a giant mistake on my part.
As much as I agree with some of what you say, I think Nikon are making a concerted attempt to increase their share of the FX market by making offerings for every levels of affordability. I have little faith now in a semi pro DX camera this year, however I live in hope for 2013. My intention is to buy a D800 as soon as possible.
Not to further go OT, but even if Nikon does release another pro-DX body, they MUST fill the gap on DX zooms and primes, period. Otherwise, it's just another carrot to hold onto customer base until those users are inevitably "compelled" by lack of optimal glass choices to move to FX. The promise of DX was lighter but comparable and high-performing equipment, especially the glass. We need more primes like the 35/1.8 DX. When fast DX zooms (incl. 3rd Party) are as large and as heavy as the FX equivalents, then we're simply paying for a dubious privilege.
DX will live on at the consumer level. Only when really cheap volume FX sensors can be made will we anticipate the complete death of the format. At that point, CX will have been cultivated (hopefully wisely) to take the bridge format between Coolpix and DSLRs.
Well, if folks here are correct she should sing tomorrow! Not a concern for me as it isn't a camera I would have bought. Now I have the D800 and am slowly learning what an excellent camera it is, I am looking forward to a D400 if that ever materialises.