I take a lot of pictures of birds. Even sell a few of them. I am using a D700, wonderful camera, but am I correct thinking I would get better results if I had a D600 because I would be starting with more pixels when I crop, which we do a lot in bird photography. Your thoughts and advice please.
They both have advantages so the one to use is going to be best known by your needs or priorities. The D700 has a better AF module, build level, larger coverage of FPs, and more dedicated controls for less menu diving.
The D600 is a monster in IQ low light.
If you really need to crop the difference in IQ will be more noticeable and if you crop a lot, a D800 would be a better choice.
What birds? Can you get closer to fill the frame? What size prints? Stan St Petersburg Russia
If you have used the D700 a lot, then the D600 will feel kind of like a downgrade in the way it handles. I have tried it out in the store, as I was eying the D600 for travel use, but it just felt too different from the D700 and D800. You are certainly right, in image quality and ability to crop, the D600 has the advantage. I agree with Stan, the D800 combines the handling of the D700, with even more MP for your birding use and reach, at a price of course. But if you will be using the camera for many years, better get the right one.
Sun 23-Dec-12 10:15 AM | edited Sun 23-Dec-12 10:18 AM by ericbowles
I favor the D600 over the D700 by a good margin. I have the D600 and have used it extensively under a wide range of situations. I also have a D800E.
The pros of the D700: The frame rate of the D700 is a little better It has better build quality It has more AF sensors - 3 more in each corner. Not important for birding since you use the center sensor and back button focus.
The D600 advantages: Newer AF system - and better in my view Double the pixels Better dynamic range Updated battery (not better or worse - but the same as every new camera) Two SD cards - storage and flexibility Movie mode Newer technology by about 5 years
I consider the dust problem a non-issue.
You might consider waiting for the announcement of a new DX body with more pixels on a crop, but my guess is you like the advantages of FX. While you wait, the D700 will continue to drop in value a little more and the D600 sale will end.
Fri 28-Dec-12 12:28 AM | edited Fri 28-Dec-12 01:28 AM by Kidkett
Hi Doc, I ran it through OnOne Photo Suites 7 I love the way it cleans up a photo and brings out the colors. I also use NX2 first to edit my photo’s and then go into Photo Suites 7 to finish them off. If you download the trial I used the Color Correction-Auto Fix plus Increase Color-just a little and then when to Sharpening-Amazing Detail and added about 10%. I think it does a great job, I used to use Nik products but this software is much better. Give it a try I think you will like it, and I think it is on sale now but if it isn’t, wait it always does.