New d600 and in need of shooting advice
Hi All - This is my first post, I just joined.
I have always shot with a Nikon d70 and the last two years started to do events...D70 was no good in low light.
I upgraded to full frame d600 and 28-300 VR lens yesterday and just found out i have an event in 3 days. I need advice on shooring with the d600 - (JUST opened the box) and lens advice for this event!
Outside - Red Carpet, step and repeat with other photogs.
Inside - Portrait and group shots up to 7 people (dont know how big the space is.
Then a panel disscussion with limited acess and only allowed a few shots with no flash.
Then shots during a reception, of some posters and crowds.
Possibly shots during some Green room interviews.
28-300 3.5 - 5.6
DX 18 - 70 3.5 5.6
Willing to RENT as well.
#1. "RE: New d600 and in need of shooting advice" | In response to Reply # 0WildIsle Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Fri 19-Apr-13 05:39 PM
Welcome to Nikonians Seton and congrats on your new camera!
Well first off you're going to find the D600 streets ahead of the D70 in low light along with far better dynamic range in all situations. I think you'll be fine with your 28-300 VR and the high ISO performance of the D600. Your profile mentions a 50mm f1.4 but you don't include that in your post. If you do have the fifty why not bring it along?
Otherwise you'll be able to crank the D600 up to ISO 1600 without any concern at all and even ISO 3200 if you are getting into really low light. I'd imagine an event like you describe will involve a fair bit of subject movement so the VR will only get you so far, you'll want to get into some faster shutter speeds available with the high ISO.
If it were me I would concentrate on using techniques I am familiar with from my previous body eg: AF setup and then wait until I had a bit more time to spare to experiment with the enhanced features for future shoots.
Good luck, I think you'll be amped on the results compared to your D70
#2. "RE: New d600 and in need of shooting advice" | In response to Reply # 0tfeazel Nikonian since 12th Sep 2004Fri 19-Apr-13 06:45 PM
Best of luck to you. A shoot that soon after purchase of a new camera is really scary.
Try to do a simulation(or 2) beforehand if you can. That'll only help.
I sold my D70 several years ago, but much is still the same with the D600.
By all means take the 1.4 lens! If it stays in your pocket, at least it's there.
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#3. "RE: New d600 and in need of shooting advice" | In response to Reply # 0dagoldst Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012Fri 19-Apr-13 06:48 PM
1. Rent a 24-70mm f/2.8.
2. Use the auto ISO up to 6400. The neat thing on the auto ISO feature on the D600 is that it sets the shutter speed to the reciprocal of the focal length to determine when to bump ISO, and you can bias that for either a faster or slower shutter speed.
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#4. "RE: New d600 and in need of shooting advice" | In response to Reply # 3BGD600 Registered since 19th Sep 2012Sat 20-Apr-13 05:36 PM | edited Sat 20-Apr-13 05:36 PM by BGD600
Agree with David. Though I'd leave auto iso unrestricted; I'd rather have a sharp but grainy shot at iso hi, than a blurry grainless one.
I personally quite like the grain that high iso brings with the 600, though it may not be to everyone's taste