SteveSimon1 PRO 2:12pm, 17 September 2012
It has been a few months since I had to reluctantly send back the D600 body I was honored to use for the latest DSLR advertising campaign from Nikon, so my memory for specifics is fading. That said, I have the photographs to remind me of my experiences in Cuba and Morocco, with this small but mighty full frame Nikon body. When I got my hands on one, I knew that this was going to be a compact camera capable of important work, and a pivotal camera for Nikon. When I started to use it, all instincts were confirmed.

In a very compact body lies a 24.3 megapixel sensor that renders the world with a sharpness and resolution that could only be dreamed of in the recent past. We know that the D800 offers an unprecedented 36 megapixels, but it wasn’t long ago when the only way to get a 24 megapixel Nikon sensor was to plunk down $8k for a D3X body. Now the entry level D3200 gives you that in DX format and so does the D600, only in a full frame sensor with a very small footprint.

If you’ve handled a D7000 then the D600 will feel very familiar to you, sharing many of the core features and design, including a similar but tweaked 39 point autofocus system and the latest Expeed 3 processor, U1 and U2 user settings, the new warm colored auto white balance 2 setting and time-lapse and HDR features that are also included on the D800.

I put this camera through its paces, and I’ve included some of the results here, from shoots in Cuba and Morocco. It worked flawlessly, and I loved the combination of the D600 with the new Nikon 24-85, the perfect walk around tool which I found ideal for virtually any photo opportunity that presented itself.

Like any photographic tool, it takes some practice to make it fade to the background so I could concentrate on capturing essential moments. Having experience with both the D7000 and D700, meant the D600 felt very familiar and I was up and shooting in no time.

I’m getting used to the new Nikon Autofocus button on the front left side of the camera, and I’m starting to like it, moving from the three autofocus settings I use most often, single point for maximum precision focusing and Dynamic 9 or 21 for more action packed situations. For years now I’ve focused exclusively with the back button autofocus which lets me press to focus and let go to lock and shoot or recompose and shoot; or press and hold the AF button to track moving subjects while shooting. It’s a very intuitive way to work with Nikon bodies and it’s one of the first things I set up in the Custom Settings Menu on the D600.

When it comes to reach, a DX system is great, giving you a 1.5 lens factor advantage when shooting long and fast. But I tend to do much of my shooting in the full frame sensor range of 24-85mm which happens to be the range of the new super-sharp kit zoom, available with the D600 and also sold separately. This lens has VR which is great for video and slow shutter speeds and is the first of the smaller lenses (other than the big and expensive super-fast telephoto lenses 400mm, 500mm, 600mm) to have a sensor that tells the lens it’s anchored to a tripod, so the VR mechanism shuts off. No need to remember to switch off VR on a tripod.

Even with this relatively slow lens, when combined with the D600 FF sensor you get a beautiful bokeh at wide apertures, one reason why I predict this entry level Nikon full frame will be very popular for those contemplating a move to FX.

It’s the newest, smallest full frame in the Nikon line, with a faster frame rate than my Nikon D800E making it a great choice for faster moving subject matter like sports. That said, even in sports photography, you don’t necessarily want to depend on frame rates to capture the action but instead, develop your skill for triggering the shutter at the decisive moment.

We are going to hear a lot about this camera in the coming months, especially when it gets in the hands of Nikon shooters very soon. Feel free to ask questions here and if I can answer them I will.

I have more images on my website:

Also on the Facebook page. “Like Me” and I’ll like you back.

(I will update this page with some technical caption data soon)


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BioArt PRO 4 years ago
In the past year, Nikon has introduced three new FX sensors with the D4, D800/E and the D600. Since you have used all three, can you elaborate on comparisons of the three, the pros and cons of each and your preferences concerning the new range of FX bodies?
SteveSimon1 PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by SteveSimon1 (moderator) 4 years ago
Bioart: As you move up the Nikon range of bodies, generally, frame rates, buffers and feature sets expand, as do the shutter lives and the weather sealing. That said, professionals can use any of the FX bodies. But the line has been more clearly defined. The D4 is a big professional camera with arguably the fastest response from autofocus (similar to the D800/E) to frame's big, heavy and built to perform in the most extreme photographic situations professionals put it through.

The D800 series now gives you a medium-format-like capture at an amazing price. The body difference between the D4-D800 is similar to the D3-D700 but both cameras have been improved considerably in all areas, perhaps most importantly image quality and durability (the shutters keep getting rated for a longer life).

I think for a lot of us, the 36 megapixel D800 was a surprise. Be careful what you ask for since this major megapixel camera gives you incredible DSLR quality coupled with amazing performance, at what I consider to be an amazing price for what you get.

The D600 feels and looks more like the D7000, and even though the specs are similar, it exceeds the capabilities of that DX camera offering a reasonably priced entree into the world of FX. Like it's tag line it lets you shoot big and travel light.

With the variety of choice we Nikon photographers now have in the Nikon system...there has been no better time to be a Nikon photographer...and it only gets better. That said, when you look at the landscape of what's out there across brands, it really is a platinum era of photography.
BioArt PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by BioArt (member) 4 years ago
Thanks Steve for a concise summary. From your use of adjectives, your fondness for the D800 is apparent! You are also the type of photographer that has an eye to get compelling images, regardless of the Nikon equipment you are using, even if it is entry level.
Rob Van Petten 4 years ago
Great stuff Steve. Considering the 24mp sensor and the features (1080p video) and function this seems like a great light weight walk around the world camera. I had a chance to play with one last week. As much as I love the D-800s 36mp file size, this small 24mp package is terrific too. What's not to love about this?
Duncan K Moore 4 years ago
I've been hoping for a camera like the D600 for a long time: an FX sensor without the build of the most expensive bodies. It's great to see that Nikon have kept all the nice features of the D7000 (like the settings banks), some of which didn't make it into the D800.

My big concern with this body is the AF module. 39 AF points is pretty good, especially in comparison to the 11 points of my D90 and only 3 points on my D40.

But having all 39 points bunched in the middle seems like a significant weakness. I don't shoot a lot of action, but I do shoot people and I like their eyes to be in focus. As is well known, using the focus-recompose technique by itself causes focussing errors. On my D90, I get around this problem by combining focus-recompose with 3D tracking - but it works on the D90 because there are two AF points quite close the edge of the frame. That's not the case with the D600.

And before anyone suggests manual focus, a lot of AF-S lenses really aren't made for quick and accurate MF, especially when you're any further out than head-and-shoulders distance.

After all that preamble, here's the question: in your time testing the new body, did you feel that the bunching up of the AF sensors made finding correct focus more difficult?

I'm thinking situations like the photo you've posted above of the man with a bunch of garlic hanging from his neck. Say you're using a wide aperture so not much DoF and you want his eyes in sharpest focus. His eyes are right near the edge of the frame, so there's no AF point up there. Focus-recompose gives you a focussing distance several inches too deep (= OoF eyes) and your lens has a loose focussing ring geared for AF-S (= not that well suited to MF).

Did the AF module ever frustrate you?
wickedmartini 4 years ago
Great images Steve. Thanks for the hands-on info. Any feedback on low light (High ISO) performance compared to current and previous models?
SteveSimon1 PRO 4 years ago
Duncan, there's no question that being able to move around the screen with focus points is something I like. But it wasn't an issue in that, just like on the D800 or D4, when I want to focus outside the points area I have to carefully lock and recompose, and I often will take the shot with the focus point on the part of the frame I want to be sharp, even though the composition isn't exactly perfect as insurance. It is something we all have had to contend with since autofocus cameras were introduced.

Of course in liveview there are no limitations and you can move around the frame and pinpoint focus edge to edge, but I know that we're not always or even often anchored on a tripod in liveview.

As for high ISO...this shot was taken at 6400...
I think it's as good as the D800, which I think is slightly better than the DX D7000 which also goes up that high...

D600Morocco©STEVE SIMON2012
Arie's Photography 4 years ago
At the risk of getting censored again (Nikon's a little too touchy it seems about the D600 comments), that looks very noisy at 6400. Usually smaller pictures look ok and you only see the noise when doing a full crop but if this is typical, it doesn't speak well.
Bryan Olesen 4 years ago

Steve, have you still not considered those of us who use IE browsers? Flickr won't fix their bugs and resizes images that are larger than the recommended posting size of 500 pix. From their FAQ: "Choose the size you want up to medium (we'll re-size anything larger than that)."
SteveSimon1 PRO 4 years ago
Bryan, sorry about that. You can see that photo and more on my website..

I wonder why this hasn't been fixed? I don't like the idea of flickr upsizing images which lessens their quality.

Houston C... in my experience, 6400 is as good or better than any other Nikon camera short of the D3s/D4...don't forget noise is also affected by the source of light. I can tell you that the above scene was very dark with that one light, and who knows what it was...(mercury vapour?) illuminating the scene. I'm impressed, that said I prefer to shoot at lower ISO's whenever possible but don't hesitate to go high. Better to have a noisier sharp image than a blurry reject with great dynamic range...
Jim Austin Jimages PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by Jim Austin Jimages (member) 4 years ago
Steve {Sublime} Simon

I must say its continually inspiring to have you comment on a camera. Not for the camera (happy with my n90s film Nikon), or for your enthusiasm for its envelope pushing technology such as ISO 6400 which to me looks like ISO 200 from 1974 in its grain structure, or even for the DNA detail of IE browsers, but for the sheer joy of Steve Simon photographs:

Those who have seen them in this thread label them 'great', 'compelling' and more.

I'd like to go a little further. . .

You say you enjoy walking around Cuba and Morrocco. OK. But lets really look at your portraits and not at that Nikon for a moment:

Your images:

the man and son with yellow turbans
~ the fisherman in the exploding wave surge
~~ the young garlic seller wearing jeans and garlic necklaces.
~~~the man with puppy on his belly and smoke in his hand
~~~~the children napping in their classroom
~~~~~& one of my favorites, the shadow on the wall

lets stop and think for a moment. These are sublime portraits, from a compassionate photographer, not of journalism moments, or of newsworthy press moments, but of life itself.

A deep bow to your work, Mr. Simon.

Jim Austin
Dream Source Studio 4 years ago
Steve, thanks for sharing your great images. I for one am impressed with them. Just curious about one thing; are these photos SOOC JPEGs, or were they converted to JPEG from RAW using Nikon software? Thanks ahead of time.
SteveSimon1 PRO 4 years ago
Wow Jim, what can i say but you guys, I have a love for photography and there's always room for us to learn and grow with our work.

Normally I use Capture NX2 to maximize a Nikon RAW file, and Aperture for everything else and to catalog my work. But to get these out quick for NDLC I went directly from the JPEGS in the Aperture library that contained them which of course doesn't support the Nikon D600 files just yet. When I work for Nikon I always shoot RAW + JPEG fine, especially important to have JPEGS when a camera is not even out yet!
Dream Source Studio 4 years ago
That's what I thought. The images are very clean even at high ISO, and there's even more hope once we can process the RAW files either in Aperture or in Lightroom4. Really looking forward to that. Thanks again!
Jan-Timmons [deleted] 4 years ago
Perhaps some day you'll although us to view your exif data here? And share even more of your work and thought that way?
GaryinMD 4 years ago
Steve - I asked this in a different string but, of course, nobody has held the camera (or knows it) but you. I too like to decouple focus from the shutter and, since the D600 lacks an AF-ON button we need to use the AE-L/AF-L button to do so. Given that, is there any way to AE Lock-HOLD (for multiple shots) without going into manual mode? Is there an empty function button or two on the D600 somewhere? I typically use the front function button to “pre-flash” so I would need another way. Much appreciated.
Mightyhorse PRO 4 years ago
I wasn't so sure about this D600 until I read the OP and saw all those pics. I was thinking that it couldn't be as good as the D700 since it's 100 less but apparently I was wrong!

I'm going to pre order it today!
basegrinder 4 years ago
geez i knew nikon wouldnt spread the sensors out...they never do. but those focus points are crap
Richard McGuire PRO 4 years ago
Wonderful photos, Steve, and very helpful comments on the camera and lens.

I did a double take when I saw your photo taken in the same shoe repair shop in Havana of same guy I photographed a couple years ago:

I'm not sure how free you are to speak candidly of any shortcomings of the D600, but there must have been some things that disappointed you. I'd be interested to hear where you think it falls short, especially as I consider whether to go for a D600 or D800.
rmastran PRO 4 years ago
Steve, as always, it's great to se your work. I believe I read that the D600 is compatible with DX lenses. Did you happen to shoot with any DX lenses during your testing?
Adi Faran PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by Adi Faran (member) 4 years ago
Very beautiful pictures!

I was waiting to upgrade my D90, I did not buy D800 because too many reports were in the Internet about left focus issue.

When I saw the spec of D600 : 5.5 fps and 39 AF points ??? I said : No, thanks

I ordered immediately D300S with 7 fps and 51 AF points, and rest of my budget I spent on -
85mm f/1.8
Eyefish DX lens
SB-910 Flash + Gary Fong lightphere diffuser for indoors photography

Really, do you want a great night photos ? Change vendor and buy Canon camera

Canon has better video and night abilities. I don't have canon because their RAW images look to me as over processed with too strong colors. The red color of Canon camera image is too red to me even seems not real.
Zeroneg1 4 years ago
Thanks for sharing your impressions and feelings about the D600 specially showing your wonderful images Steve. They are inspiring and shows masterful work using the new D600 and new lens.
DLaughinghouseImages 4 years ago
Steve, thanks for your input and insight into this new camera. I would like to ask with budget aside, for a person who shoots about 95% people/portraits would you suggest the d600 over the d800? My only real concern would be the amount of drive space and computing needs. But at 24mpx I know my system will need upgrading either way. I'm just torn now between the two.
southstreetphoto [deleted] 4 years ago
Steve Simon, please tell us more about this spectacular camera for which I saw you were featured and for which I made a flickr group several years ago.
SteveSimon1 PRO 4 years ago
Yes, I will I had exif turned off when I uploaded...


By double clicking the INFO button you can scroll to the Assign Preview button and assign it to AE Lock (Hold)...with image review, you don't really need to use the preview and i think this is a good way to go..I like to set my function button to spot so i can do a quick spot reading, lock it in by tapping the preview and shoot away...


I've pre-ordered myself...


Use it and then judge...I had no problem autofocusing with this camera, in fact it's very fast..

Richard McGuire:

" did a double take when I saw your photo taken in the same shoe repair shop in Havana of same guy I photographed a couple years ago:"

It's the same guy! A very nice man.

I can't decide for you..if you were to get only one camera and money was not an issue, you can't go wrong with a D800...but if small and light is a priority and money is an issue as it is for most of us, then take a look at the D600...see them both, handle them and it won't be hard for you to decide.


It does work with DX lenses, like all FX bodies, but it gives you smaller files and less coverage or vignetting with most DX lenses if you choose to shoot FX with DX glass. I didn't try and DX lenses when I had it...

Adi Faran:

Thanks! The D300s is a great camera, and you can scoop up some great deals on them right now. Listen, the other guys make great cameras too, but you won't get better night results or video with another camera, I respectfully disagree...

Zeroneg1: Thanks!


The D800 has some upgrades on the D600, so you can't go wrong having features you may not use now but grow into. That said, as I often tell people, if you can get to a store to pick both up, check them out, see how they feel in your hands..look at the controls and features you will not have a hard time'll know if the D600 or D800 is the best camera for you..

southstreetphoto says:
I don't think we're supposed to promote other flickr groups on this site..may have to shut you down, will check.
I got to hold this camera today and unfortunately I drooled on the top LCD but the salesman just chuckled.

Steve, did you find any disadvatage with the constricted area in the viewfinder. It seems to me to be the D7000 focus pattern lifted intact and placed onto a full frame field.
SteveSimon1 PRO 4 years ago
Ivan, a common camera store problem...

I always like when focus points cover the widest area possible, that said I worked with the D600 and had no problem dealing with the focus point area...I just had to adjust my shooting as I mentioned in a previous answer...SS
GaryinMD Posted 4 years ago. Edited by GaryinMD (member) 4 years ago

"By double clicking the INFO button you can scroll to the Assign Preview button and assign it to AE Lock (Hold)...with image review, you don't really need to use the preview and i think this is a good way to go...I like to set my function button to spot so i can do a quick spot reading, lock it in by tapping the preview and shoot away..."

- interesting setting. I think it would be a very interesting read if you could quickly list for us some of your other fav settings and custom methods (and why/commentary) for setting up the camera the way you do. The above wasn't an obvious one. For example - do you set focus to lock (AE-L) with the shutter half press or do you leave it in it's default setting to activate on release? Things like this would be great Cliff Notes for us to consider.

Thanks again.
So Steve,

You closed the other D600 threads so that all activity would be directed to the thread that's primarily about you and your experience with the camera?

What if people want to talk about it in a context that isn't about you?

Seems a bit narcissistic, no?
SteveSimon1 PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by SteveSimon1 (moderator) 4 years ago
GaryinMD...I've talked about many of my settings over the years here on NDLC and will continue to do so...I use the back button focus, camera on continuous servo, the shutter no longer focuses. I press the AELAFL button to focus, let go to lock...hold it down and shoot to track moving it. More to come!

Bump Bot...of course it's all about me...I thought since I can answer questions on using the D600 it would make sense to consolidate the posts...but anyone can talk about this camera in any way they want on this thread.

Okay that's enough of me talking about you can talk about me...

(If you want to start a new thread about the D600 that's fine)
PVA_1964 PRO 4 years ago
I like threads started by and filled with comments from people who have actually used the camera/lens/techniques being discussed. I really enjoy hearing first hand information from the source. Especially when that source is making pictures that are (a lot) more interesting than a family pet snapshot.

I personally, am bored with discussions that are filled with whining about the "problems" of a camera that no one in the discussion has used. (Although, it is kind of fun to go back a bit later and see how foolish many of the comments look after the camera has been used by people to make pictures.)

So... Thanks Steve. I enjoyed hearing about your personal experience with the camera. Great pictures!
GStrader 4 years ago
Steve you gotta love the smaller and lighter frame, for a full featured full frame body.
Since I have and love my D7000, I am pleased to see that it was the beginning of things, and not a one shot wonder.
If I did not already have a armload of Dx Lenses, I would buy one.
I do admit that I most times forget the focus button on the side, I usually preset it before shooting for that reason.
This has been wonderful reading through this entire thread. I'm actually sitting here making notes just for myself. Quite a few questions I had in mind have been covered in depth.

One topic I did not notice that I would like to ask about is firing off the shutter with the remote wireless release. Especially since the cable releases I'm using now on my Nikon bodies are second nature to me and I would of course be required to use the ml-l3. (new to me) I'm primarily shooting landscapes /long exposures, 90% or more I'm using a tripod and shooting in mirror up mode.

Steve, did you have an opportunity to use the remote to release the shutter? Also is there a sensor for the remote on the rear of the camera body as I am pretty certain the D7000 has? I dread the thought of having to reach around the front of the body while I'm comfortably perched behind the viewfinder to aim at a remote sensor.

Thanks for sharing your experience and first hand impressions.
Jeremyfortytwo PRO 4 years ago
There are IR windows both front and rear. The rear one is near the live view and info buttons.

I have not tried the wireless remote yet. It has 3 modes - 2s timer (waits 2s after pressing the button before taking the shot), quick (shoots right away) and mirror up (1st press raises the mirror, 2nd press takes the picture).
SteveSimon1 PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by SteveSimon1 (moderator) 4 years ago
PVA_1964: Thanks PVA, always a voice of passion and reason...

GStrader: I'm learning to check in with Autofocus by pressing that little side button when I first pick up the camera to confirm the AF is set where I want it...

Thomas Schoeller: See below...


Jeremy is right. It was the D90 that only had the receiver in the front so it was annoying to trigger the shutter with the wireless remote, not anymore on the D7000/D600...I often use the exposure delay mode in the CSM which allows the camera to settle and stop vibrating before the shutter is triggered after you press the shutter's also known affectionately as the "I forgot my cable release mode"
tomre PRO 4 years ago
Hi Steve

I have a question

it is really just to clarify which lens can work on the D600. Which lenses are compatible to work on this camera?

I currently own these lenses are they compatible?
50 AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.4 G
AF Nikkor 24mm 2.8 D
AF Nikkor 85mm 1.8 D

I assume they are but hear some lenses don't.

SteveSimon1 PRO 4 years ago
all those lenses work fine on the D600!
tomre PRO 4 years ago
Thanks Steve. I thought so, i was told they were not, what a lie.

Great pictures by the way :)
Arie's Photography Posted 4 years ago. Edited by Arie's Photography (member) 4 years ago
The more I read, the more concerned I am about the AF points being so close together to not even cover the rule of thirds. Focus and recompose is NOT a solution at f/2 and below since you can easily lose focus. Can you really say that wasn't an issue Steve? Not sure if you can speak freely about it without Nikon's people jumping in. There are a lot more sample pictures of the viewfinder in the D600 group, here:
This isn't my GIF, but credit to those who made them and I assume since it's on an image sharing site, I can share them here (don't sue).
Here is the viewfinder compared to the D800. As you can see, there is a HUGE difference and it looks like the D7000 AF points were slapped on the D600.

The problem with that of course ist hat the viewfinder is much bigger on the D600.

So Steve, can you honestly say that wasn't a problem? You seemed to dodge (as opposed to burn...I joke) the question earlier by saying "the AF was very fast" but that wasn't the question. The question was, are the AF points too close together to where you have to focus and recompose for portraits?
Steve & Jeremy42...thx :) for the information and feedback. Having the IR window on the rear of the body will be a tremendous help.

I'm assuming , at least from what I have been reading about the remote trigger is the trigger does not have an AF feature exactly like the camera body (depress 1/2 way to focus) or the remote cable release I use on my D300. I'm not sure this presents an issue though.. I do like the ability to depress once to open and once to close on bulb setting!

If I'm shooting a landscape for extreme DOF I've been either using Man.Focus on a pre selected area in the foreground, OR using the AF selector point to define a similar area..

If I employ the latter (AF) I'm assuming the D600 will rapidly focus on my selected target and fire the shutter.
SteveSimon1 PRO 4 years ago
Hi Houston,

I would like to have the focus points cover the maximum area possible, even with the 51 point's true that many photogs tend to centralize their subjects so it won't be an issue for them. I personally didn't have any trouble working with the camera and it's 39 point spread but you're right about shooting wide open, focus and recompose is tricky when shooting at or near wide open. But it's the same deal with a 51 point system which is spread out further, but not that much more. If you have a chance to pick one up and see for yourself that will be your best way to judge...
PVA_1964 PRO 4 years ago
I was playing with the D600 today and have this for you: In addition to the two IR receiver windows, the D600 can also be triggered via the MC-DC2 wired cable. I even got the MC-DC2 to start the video recording.
Arie's Photography 4 years ago
Thanks for an honest answer Steve :) I think you're right about picking one up and just testing it. I'll stop by Amazon's showroom some time this week.
littlenomads 4 years ago
The price knocks me out for the moment. So guess I'll stick to my d5000.
jugglesky 4 years ago
Any thoughts on the video capabilities of the d600? I know people here will be primarily interested in stills but I'm looking at potentially doing some motion as well. In particular, how does it compare to the Canon bodies that have been so popular for video?
Jeremyfortytwo PRO 4 years ago
I'm no video expert but I found the video quality to be quite good. I was shooting at night downtown and the video is is crisp with low/no noise. They were just test clips to see how the video worked, so nothing I want to share.

Steve, did you get to try the wireless adapter and/or Eye-fi on the D600? If so, what are your thoughts?
SteveSimon1 PRO 4 years ago
Hi Jeremy, no I didn't get to try the wireless adapter or Eye fi unfortunately....
Can anyone provide guidance to the following (probably asked a million times already): I have a Nikon D80 and several lenses, including 18-115, 70-300VR (allNikon) and a Sigma 50-500OS lens. I am considering a full frame body to further improve the quality of my photos etc. Somehow it is very difficult to get a straight answer about what which lens will be accepted by a full frame body without effecting the results of the full frame.
The D800 , D700 and D600 all look great cameras with different prices. But is any of these a body compliant with my wishes?
Who can provide guidance?
Thanks and have a wonderful Sunday and week.
jugglesky Posted 4 years ago. Edited by jugglesky (member) 4 years ago

I've been asking this as well. I'm assuming these are all DX (crop sensor) lenses. The answer I've been getting is that if you put a DX lens on the d600, it will only use a "DX-sized" portion of the sensor so you will get the same angle of view as you would get with a DX body and about half the resolution that you would with a full-frame lens. The upside is that the camera is smart enough to recognize the DX lens so it only uses DX portion of the sensor to create the fill (thus no need to crop out unused portion in edit.)
B-TownMom PRO 4 years ago
Hi, I just bought the d600 after using the d700 for the last two years. With my d700 I shoot mainly portraits at wide open apertures. I was really fast at toggling through the focus points but I can not figure this out on the d600! I can recompose but I can't figure out how to move through the focus points manually. Any advice? Thanks!
Jeremyfortytwo PRO 4 years ago
Look up your lenses on the manufacturer's web site. As said, FX lenses will use the full sensor area, and DX lenses will use the centre area. The DX crop on the D600 is 3936x2624 pixels or 10.3MP, so comparable to your D80.

I can say for sure the 70-300VR is full frame (I own one) but I don't know about the others.

It may only recognize Nikon DX lenses. I put my Tokina 11-16 on this morning and it had to manually change the mode. But I could well have a setting wrong, so who knows.

The d-pad on the back changes the focus point. Check your focus mode (single point, multi-point, 3D, etc.). It definitely works in single-point AF, but I'm not sure about the other modes. Hope that helps.
Thanks all. I will take my lenses to the store and check the camera out . Will let you know.
PVA_1964 PRO 4 years ago
Here is my first quick movie done with the D600 at 1600 ISO.

It wa shot as part of the "homework" assignment for the HD D-SLR Movie Seminar as a way to help the still shooters get their feet wet in video creation.

Breakfast on the Road by PVA_1964

I was really pleasantly surprised at the way the movie held up at 1600 ISO. I shot the whole thing with the new 24-85mm VR in a hotel room... because I got bored...
Jambo53 (busy as always) PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by Jambo53 (busy as always) (member) 4 years ago
Just got confirmation from two sides that the Nikon 70-300 VR and the Sigma 50-500 OS are both compatible to the Nikon D800 full frame camera. One source indicate these two lenses however would give a better result on the Nikon D600.
ollie-26 4 years ago
Hi Steve...Has anyone had issues with the spots?? I took a couple of hundred photos over the past week and they started showing up yesterday.
Arie's Photography 4 years ago
Hi Ollie, check this thread: many people do. Although I am curious whether Steve still has the D600 and if so, he can do a couple of tests at f8-f/22 to see if any spots show up on his camera.

Of course given that he is associated with Nikon, there is a conflict of interest issue, but if he could do it, with his good name on the line, it would really add some authority to our complaints.
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