Wed 27-Nov-13 06:28 PM | edited Wed 27-Nov-13 11:27 PM by Jim Mohundro
As I try to decide on my "upgrade" from a D700 (the weight is becoming a bit of an issue for this older guy over a long day) to a D800 (but, can I hand-hold a non-VR lens for available light images; a tripod/monopod is not always available or acceptable or handy in some venues?) or even the mysterious Df (the weight saving is very attractive, the sensor is great, the price is not If I want to shoot video, I'll buy a video camera.
The D610 does seem like a reasonable compromise (price, Mp, some modest weight improvement over the D700), assuming the oil issue has been resolved.
I'm a somewhat unreconstructed Nikon F shooter but I've gotten used to autofocus and rsther like it for all but macro and tripod landscape images. However, I never developed the half shutter button press AF and want to continue to use the AF-on method with which I'm very comfortable.
1. Can I simply program any function button on the D610 for AF-on, fire shutter on release?
2. On the D610 will the AF-0n button (or its programmed, functional substitute Fn button) actuate VR, like the D800 but unlike the D700?
Thanks, JosephK. the AE-l/AF-l button seems pretty close to the AF-on button on my D700. If I can get my dealer to let me program the D610 to install AF-on on the AE-l/AF-l button, I'll try it out. It's not a deal breaker for me since my D700's AF-on button does not initiate VR, but such a VR activation by the button might be useful. When I test it, it may be that I'll be perfectly satisfied with the D700-style VR activation and in fact the D700 version might be better for me.
I had done the switch back in July and use the AE-L button program to AF. Image quality of my D600 is great. I don't see a big difference in processing my images with the bigger D600 files. The only thing I miss is the port where you can attach a monoblock flash so I bought an attachment which sits in the ext flash area.
I just went from a D700 to a D610 also. I have programmed the U1 setting to be aperture priority & to use the rear AE-l/AF-l button to be my back focus button. I have programmed the U2 setting to be manual metering mode & to use the rear AE-l/AF-l button to be my back focus button. The camera is also noticeably lighter than my D700 & more comfortable to hold. The image quality is also better with better background detail in landscapes. I was hesitant to make the switch to a lower grade camera, but except for a few inconveniences everything else including IQ, is a step up.
I shot with a D700 and my now almost 1 year old Nikon D600..the only thing that i liked about the D700 over my D600..is its build quality and location of its function buttons, especially the location of the ISO button. Besides that..and I'm not afraid to say it lol but the D600 out performs the D700 no probs. Shot at ISO ranging from 3200, up to 5000 with great results...
for me it was a step up, which is why i kept the D600, rather than buying the D700 a year ago. had the choice to purchase one or the other.
I also fiddled with the thought of purchasing the D800..however it's larger in file size than my D600, and continuously processing photos i am glad i went with the smaller file size. seems like a really nice combo.
waited for the df to come out to see what it might have to offer before i purchase my second body, and i will more than likely purchase another D600 to match.