I certainly wouldn't consider Amazon for a purchase such as this, but the point is that even Nikon Pro dealers are starting to sell (or take orders, at least) at a lower price. I think that's good news
Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours vissiting various upmarket stores in London looking at the two cameras, D600 and D800.
First place, was an-internationally renowned store, and - maybe it was how I dressed but they didn't seem to take me seriously and the sales guy spent most of his time with his hands folded.
No sale! Their prices were not that competitive either
Went to another store - their sales guy was much more interactive discussing options, types of glass etc. He offered me the D600 for £1845 and the D800 for £2100. Cheapest on the web in the UK is now £2075 or there abouts.
With the D800 Bracketing function on the main dial and it's size, (ergonomically it seems to fit in my hand more comfortably) I am leaning towards the D800 despite the question mark on whether my photography skills are up to it! only down side is the batery grip being at a silly price - might consider a third party model!
But I will have room to grow, and I have a collection of FX glass including the 18-55 mm F2.8, 24-70mm F2.8, 70-200mm F2.8 VR and a 50mm 1.8!
The lens that I would like is the 24-120 mm F4 as a walk about lens. It seems well liked.
Cagger << but part if that price drop is probably due to the D600 coming on to the market>>
I'm not sure I believe that. I think it is more likely a reaction to the price drop of the Canon EOS 5D MkIII.
What I do believe is that the D600 is nowhere near the build quality of the D700 or D800 and takes on the guise of a sort of FX D7000 which in turn was nowhere near the build quality of the D300/D300s.
To me the D800 represents truly amazing value compared to the D600, providing the user has PC capabilities to match the download file sizes. To me the D800 is a no brainer against the D600 if the budget allows. I never ever thought I'd hear myself say that The D600 to me is a FX spare camera for the D3/D3s/D4 user or for when they want to travel light, or perhaps the user new to FX who can't stretch the budget to the D800. Another £250 reduction and it will be down to the January 2012 D700 price.
The D600 is on sale at Lens & Shutter in Vancouver, BC for $1999.99
It's a bit odd for me because I've been waiting for them to ship mine for 2 weeks. If it's on sale I have to imagine they actually have them in stock now and will up date my bill. (yes I've emailed them to inquire)