My wife moved to FX a few months ago, with a D600. When taking a two-week cruise vacation recently, we decided to take it rather than one of my D3s's, in order to cut down on weight and bulk. Although the camera feels quite different in the hand, it met our aims admirably
One shot that I think even the D3s would have found tricky was the one below. This is the full frame, shot with the 70-200mm f/4G at 200mm, handheld with VR on Active. Aperture priority, f/5.6 at 1/800th, ISO 100.
The ship was moving around some, and the gull was following alongside but in a pretty erratic manner making it rather difficult to track. The D600's AF system (in Dynamic-area, 9 points) handled it very well, I think!
Out of interest, the camera did seem to collect more sensor dust than I would have expected, but it just wasn't a problem in practice.
>For tracking moving objects, try to use the >3D tracking function found in the AF menu.
I've found that the 3D setting works OK when the bird is against a plain background like the sky in this shot, but when the sea or land is behind, it is less successful because AF can't as easily pick out and lock on to the bird.
Interesting that you mention it, I have used 3D tracking with great results but it could sometimes take 2-3 pictures before it really locks on the target. In the instruction book it says that the 3D focus locks on a specific colour to achieve a good tracking. I haven't tested out this feature yet.
Personally, I've not found the 3D tracking feature to be particularly useful on any of the Nikon DSLRs I've used (eight at the last count!). The reluctance to lock on that you've noticed is likely down to the greater degree of processing required within the AF engine.
The feature tends to work best with a single, clear target with good contrast and colour separation against a plain background - which is what it's designed for, after all
Fri 24-May-13 09:40 AM | edited Fri 24-May-13 09:42 AM by briantilley
>Yes , indeed a beautiful shot.
I don't have Lightroom 5 (beta) yet, but if a software tool is necessary to make a dust spot visible, then to me the spot is not worth worrying about! Even the one you say is "clearly visible" doesn't bother me - though in later shots on the cruise taken at smaller apertures I did need to edit it (and a few others) out.