Like many before me here and all over the interwebs I am looking at making a purchase of a new body. I'm currently working with a D70s that I've had for about 6 years now and whilst I'm happy with what it can do and has done for me in the past, the gearacquisitionsyndrome is kicking in now that I have some funds to upgrade. Whilst the D600 would probably be the logical choice for me and the kit I have (50 + 80 1.8D's and the 18-70 kit + SB600) I still find myself looking longingly at the D800 and wondering if I should hold out for more funds and go whole hog.
There are countless reviews and comparisons and what not on line, and was wondering if anyone else has been in a similar position with an upgrade from something fairly old now technology wise.
In terms of what I shoot, it's probably 80% Landscapes and 20% bit of everything else.
In the meantime I'll go back to confusing the issue further, thanks Google
I moved up from D70 to D300 several years ago then moved laterally to D90 and stayed there until gearenvysyndrome (popularly known in these here parts as NAS - Nikon Acquisition Syndrome) got the better of me and I plumped for a D600. My shooting profile probably matches yours. Where I am slightly more 'advanced' (perhaps the better term would be lost to the disease) is in having acquired lenses over the years in a manner that made going FX inevitable and seamless. You may find with your two primes that you are suddenly in need of a longer lens to get you to the same place as the 85 could get you mounted on the D70s. Even though I had the lenses I did dither over the reach/resolution question. Cutting to the chase, I think the D600 holds my personal record for the most immediate, sharpest end of buyer's remorse. I think it was around frame 50 (the first two days were heavily overcast and useful mainly for playing around with iso 3200 and determining that it is indeed a viable option) finally in good light. I went out to shoot the D600 24-85 against the D90 18/70. The colors of the D600 were far more natural. Also, I had inadvertently shot a few frames underexposed at base iso and found that I could bring up the shadows up in PP nearly three stops without any visible noise penalty. Deal done. The next to last shoot I did was in a relatively dark room and I was forced to shoot iso 6400, f3.5, 1/80. Simply unimaginable on a D70 or D70s. Horizons widen in more ways than one with this camera. That said, this is a more exacting camera to shoot well than its 6mp antecedents. Optimizing detail sharpness demands it to be held as stably as you can manage. If you already have developed a tripod or monopod habit, you'll be fine.
I didn't have the D70s but I was moving from D7000 and I can tell you that D600's Dynamic Range, ISO, and IQ are very good. If you have the money to move up and to buy a new FX wide angle lens for your landscape work, then I will say go ahead and upgrade.
4 reasons I made the move: 1. Need FX for high ISO (I shoot a lot handheld in low light conditions) 2. D600 has the similar buttons layout as my D7000, nothing too new for me except sensor. 3. D600 fits me perfectly (weight and size) 4. Price.
Remember, suggestions and ideas from others are good but always buy something that fits you.
Your 18-70 DX lens will not be of much use with an FX body. I suggest you spend your money on a good FX zoom lens before considering an FX camera. With your interest in landscape photography a 16-35/4 would probably be a good choice and make a nice combination together with your 50 and 85mm primes, both for DX and FX.If you decide to change to an FX camera, you will have to deal with much larger files, especially in the case of the D800, and your computer might need some updating.
It sounds like you have decided to upgrade to FX, but which one? I would ask what you want it for? Image quality was my number one reason, with the ability to shoot in available light more often coming in a distant second. Image quality of course depends on much more than the camera body. Camera / shooting technique is paramount especially with full frame sensors (as I am learning... the hard way). But Lens choice is where it is really at isn't it? One can shoot all day but if the lens isn't up to par with the rest of the system, well, you can guess. Luckily I have some good glass, which is not to say I couldn't go for some more.
Now, with that said, I decided to go with the D600 and brother the IQ and what I can do in post processing due to the increased Dynamic Range is phenomenal! The reason I chose the D600 over the D800 was mainly overall cost. I would have loved the D800 for it's resolution but my existing pc's processor, ram, and storage would not have. As it is I did have to add a new storage array to my network and purchase some fast 32gb SD cards.
I guess what I'm saying is to consider the "extras" if you have a budget to work in. Good luck and have fun with whatever new toy you decide to go with.
---------------------------- A picture is worth a thousand words! I took a photograph and couldn't think of that many. I guess I'll keep trying!
>Well I bit the bullet and ordered up a D600 from Amazon >yesterday ! > >Money was the deciding factor in the end. > >-pete
Be cautious, I had 2 D600 copies with many spots of dust AND lubricant on the sensor, last one from Amazon, the "just clean it" message for me did not work well with lubricant, and the last one was from Amazon (34 and 35 serial numbers). Good news, they take back no questions asked, you have 30 days. Went with the new D5200, a lot differnt than my old D7000 and D600, but I am actually liking the smaller size and the image quality is excellent. Control panel onscreen gives one touch setting adjustments, not missing the D600 at all...And no specs in the sky when I shoot landscape, like it ought to be...
I moved up to the D600 from the D80 and have had no regrets. I have a 3xxxxx series D600 and haven't experienced any dust or lube issues what so ever. Jspen, to bad you down graded to the D5200 because of some dust and lube issues. You're missing out on what the D600 has to offer. Charlie
If your experience is anything like mine - you are going to be quite impressed with the D600's dynamic range, ISO performance and general outstanding feature set - and all the dust threads are going to fall to the wayside as you realize the capability of your new camera.
Just my 2 cents,
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