Nikon D800/D800E – $200 Off, Nikon D600 Kit – $700 Off

If you thought that Black Friday was a good day to buy cameras and lenses, think again – as of midnight tonight, Nikon is giving an instant rebate of $200 on the superb Nikon D800 and D800E DSLRs (see my D800 review). And it does not stop there. You can save even more by buying Nikon lenses (up to $750!). The real icing on the cake, however, comes with the Nikon D600 + 24-85mm VR kit, which is getting a crazy $700 instant rebate! This means that the kit will have the same price as the body-only version of the D600 at $1,996. Dang it, should have waited with my D600 purchase!

Nikon D600 vs D800

If you are subscribed to us, you already know about the D800 deal, but the $700 instant rebate on the D600 is something I found out about today. Remember the initial D600 rumors, where people were speculating if the D600 would be priced at $1,500? Well, that’s exactly the price of the camera if you factor in the cost of the lens! Take that Canon and Sony, a full-frame DSLR for $1,500 – who would have thought this day would come? Just three months after the announcement! If you have not read my D600 Review along with the 24-85mm VR Review, check them out and you will see why I am excited about this.

Anyway, here are the potential savings with the D800 and the D600 kit:

  1. Nikon D800 – $200 off instantly (body only) – $2796.95 ($2,999 reg). Click on the “Savings Available” link and add Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G for another $200 off, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II for another $200 off, Nikon 70-300mm VR for yet another $200 off and Nikon 28-300mm VR for another $150 off – a total of $950 in instant savings! The Nikon D800 also comes with the following: Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Camera Shoulder Bag, Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon w/10-Pin Connection, SanDisk 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card Extreme 400x UDMA, Pearstone EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V 1800mAh) and Pearstone Duo Battery Charger for Nikon EN-EL15 ($275 value) – Up to $1,225 in total savings
  2. Nikon D800E – $200 off instantly (body only) – $3096.95 ($3,299 reg). Same deal with lenses – pick any of the above-mentioned lenses and you can shave up to $750 off in instant savings in lenses alone. Unfortunately, no other incentives except for the 2% cach back are included.
  3. Nikon D600 + Nikon 24-85mm VR – $700 off instantly – $1,996.95 ($2,699 reg). Same deal with lenses – pick any of the above-mentioned lenses and you can shave up to $750 off in instant savings in lenses alone. To sweeten up the deal, B&H is also adding the following: Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Camera Shoulder Bag, SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Class 10 UHS-I, Pearstone EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V 1800mAh) and Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
    ($174 value) – Up to $1,625 in total savings

These deals are now Live. The D800/D800E qualify for 2% additional cash back, while the D600 has a 4% cash back program through B&H!

You might be wondering why Nikon is doing this. Basically, the goal is to move stock and drive the financials for some good year-end results. The same thing that everybody else does at the end of the year to keep those investors happy. To be honest, I felt a little surprised when I first found out about the D800 rebate. The camera has been selling extremely well globally, despite the first faulty batches with AF issues (which we covered extensively this year). Judging from the feedback I have been getting from our readers and local friends, the D800 autofocus problem is a thing of the past, as long as you do not buy old stock from the initial batches (most of which should be gone by now). As for the D600, the whole “sensor dust” issue has been over-exaggerated, as it unfortunately happens on the Internet. I was one of the first to point out the dust issue in my review and it eventually got covered by everyone else. Nikon haters quickly picked it up and some people even ended up creating time-lapse videos about how the dust/oil ends up on the sensor. If you think this is the first time it happened, you should just Google for “oil on Nikon sensor” and you will find all kinds of occurrences in the past with D7000, D80, D90 and many other DSLRs. Canon and other brand DSLRs are not immune to this either (just use Google again).

Anyway, what a great time to be a Nikonian!


  1. 1
    ) A Thia
    December 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Nice! I wish there were these kind of rebates here in France :(

    • December 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Yeah, too bad Nikon does not honor good incentive programs in Europe :(

  2. December 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Nasim! This is such great news, for all, but to me it happened as to you… I bought it 3 days ago, awfull timing of mine.

    • December 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Tomasa, not to worry bud – just return it and buy it again at the discounted price! And if you do not want to deal with returns, give B&H customer service a call tomorrow morning. Tell them to give you the difference back – I am sure they will do it. Otherwise, you have 60 days to return your gear and buy it again at the new price!

  3. December 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Nasim, given the price of the D600 has been, it’s not much of a deal with the kit lens ( I wish the D600 body price would drop a bit lower. I guess the addons might seem appealing for some.

    Thanks for the heads-up though :)

    • December 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Tam, the lens is $600 in price if bought separately, so you are getting the lens for free. How is that not a good deal? :) Once the deal kicks in, it will be cheaper to buy the D600 with the lens than body only. I think Nikon has too many camera kits on the shelves now, which is why they want to get rid of the stock quickly!

      • December 13, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        Again, thanks for the heads-up, but I wish the deal was more focused on the body only. Oh man those things I bet would come flying off the shelves.

        Btw your site caches the comment section a bit too aggressively. I had to bypass my cache to see your comment.

        • December 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

          Tam, if Nikon gave $700 off the body price, I would be buying at least another D600 myself! Anyone wants the 24-85mm for $500? :)

          As for cache, what do you mean? Can you elaborate on this so that I can fix it?

          • December 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

            I get the email notification when you reply to my comment (which isn’t exactly what I signed up for, but that’s besides the point). When I go to this page, I don’t see the comment you’d replied until I hit Ctrl+F5 to refresh without using page cache. If you have W3TC or WPSC, make sure to configure it to not cache the comment section… I’m guessing comment.php

            • December 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

              Tam, email notifications get sent out every time someone replies to your message – I set up a plugin to do that. As for W3TC, yes, I am using it, but I do not believe there is a way to not cache only the comments section. I believe caching works on the page level…

  4. 4
    ) Bill
    December 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Great pricing. Thank you for the heads up. I have to say after having several D600s that just spewed debri/splatter that would not blow off, I gave up on the D600. I still think there is a problem in the mechanism. I have had a fair share of cameras in my life and this has to be the worst. One lens put on the unit, anywhere between 300-500 shutter activations, and Nikon says that this problem is not a problem. I am sorry, but I must disagree about it being blown out of proportion. I have never had seen this level of dust/debris in a digital camera before and that includes a fair bit of time in the desert.

    I do not understand why so many folks want to defend Nikon for putting out a product like this. Can all of these people who are complaining be that wrong?

    This sale sounds like a great time to pick up a D800.

    • December 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      I read somewhere saying that the debris are oil splattered onto the sensor. After a few thousands of actuations, the problem should appear less… not that it’d make it any better.

    • December 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Bill, the dust/debris issue was indeed present on several units that I tested. But I cleaned the sensor once and I did not see any dust come back. Been using the D600 for 3 months now (over 6K actuations) and I do not see more dust show up by itself. Sensor dust is not a problem for me, because it shows up overtime on all DSLRs I own. Cleaning a sensor is quite easy once you do it a couple of times – see some of the tutorials I posted before on how to do it.

      As for occurrence, the D7000 had even worse problems than the D600 when it was introduced. Oil instead of dust, which is tougher to clean. I am not defending Nikon – I have criticized them for these sorts of issues a number of times. They do need to tighten up their QA controls. But the D800 and D600 are phenomenal cameras, so for me these issues are relatively minor.

      • 65
        ) Jesse
        December 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        I have to agree that for me at least it was a VERy minor problem. There were two small specs on D600 sensor when I opened it from the box. I cleaned them up blowing air and with a jelly pen and since then (about 700 shots) there has been ZERO dust to return.. I”m super happy with my camera and glad I decided NOT to listen to all the internet folk lore.

      • 91
        ) Bill
        December 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        I have to agree that the D600 takes some great shots. I have some great night shots with the unit. I just wish I had more confidence that the unit will not be a perpetual vacuum of all available dust. Going to a D800 does not bother me. Regardless, I will still need to take care of the sensor.

        Let me ask this, what solutions are you recommending for cleaning the d600 sensor when using the wet method? I have seen reference to the sensor swab type 1, 2, and 3. I have reviewed the offerings from Visible Dust and Copperhill.

        Thank you for the great items on this website.

  5. 9
    ) James
    December 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Great news for anyone looking at the D600. I can’t bring myself to regret buying early…I’ve gotten almost 3 months worth of enjoyment out of mine.

  6. 12
    ) Jan
    December 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    is adorama going to offer this deal? i bought my d600 in mid november. i’m choking just thinking about what bh is offering.

    • December 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Jan, yup, exactly the same deal at Adorama right here.

      • 43
        ) Jan
        December 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

        thank you, i’m on the phone now to see if they can help me in any way.

      • 49
        ) Jan
        December 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        thank you. i called and submitted a price match request, but because i purchased the camera 35 days ago and they have a 30 day price guarantee, i may be out of luck :( arg! i think a mid range zoom would be nice to have and although that 2.8 would be the nicest one, this zoom would be just fine for the situations where i need one. we’ll see! i’m still saving for my 70-200.

  7. 13
    ) HomoSapiensWannaBe
    December 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I am happy for people that will get this D600 deal, but honestly it pisses me off that Nikon is so wishy-washy about setting consistent prices. I paid $2600 for my kit in September. I have been enjoying the picture quality, but the dust issue and Nikon’s sheepish response reflects poorly on them. Fortunately, I think it has cleared up now after two cleanings by the 1500 frame mark.

    Between Nikon’s FX panic by offering this deal, and the V1 fiasco pricing — which is still not low enough to get me to buy into the stunted CX format — I intend to wait for rebates/deals for everything on my short want list, which includes the 70-200/4VR and 85/1.8G. That is, if I decide to keep using Nikon gear.

    So, thanks Nikon for being so consistent! You are training me to not buy your merchandise except when you offer deals. And, you are making me regret buying a D600 by reducing the price twice in less than 3 months! This news adds motivation to concerns about QC, lack of firmware updates for simple fixes, antagonistic repair policy, etc.

    Even before becoming aware of this deal, I was already considering switching to the Sony A99 next year, but of course, you have killed the resale value of my D600. Sony makes these great sensors anyway, and companies like Sigma are starting to kick Nikon’s butt with better lenses at lower prices, so why have loyalty?

    End of Rant.

    • December 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Hehe, true, Nikon has been screwed up badly with their stupid pricing. I also own the D600 and I do regret that I bought it too early. While I enjoyed the camera for 3 months, I wish I bought it a little later, at least when the price dropped by $100. At the same time, this is supposed to be a deal for only limited time, until stock clears up. I bet the price is going to get back to $2,5K-2.6K in January.

      I have always been an early adopter myself. But after seeing what has been happening lately, I will now wait before buying anything.

      • 68
        ) Jeff Puritz
        December 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

        Don’t feel bad about the price drop, my K-01 is now less than half what I paid in May and I bought used!
        Factories have to be kept humming!

        Thanks Nasim for the heads up on the D600, it is a great deal for someone who does not have any or few Nikon fx lenses and who want an fx body. I am replacing my D70s with the D600 and I think that I paid about the same price in 2005!


        • December 15, 2012 at 12:17 am

          Jeff, you are most welcome! The D600 is going to be a huge step up from the D70s, you will be amazed by it. Congrats!

  8. 14
    ) Chun Hwa
    December 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    There is no such an offer here in Indonesia

    • December 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Chun, not sure if Nikon will have any rebates elsewhere – the above deal is for US only :(

  9. 15
    ) Rumi Siddiqui
    December 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Nasim, does the rebate apply to the D800E model as well?

    • December 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Nope, the production of D800E is much smaller compared to D800, so the deal is only for the D800 body.

      • 33
        ) Rumi Siddiqui
        December 14, 2012 at 1:18 am

        That makes sense, but on Adorama the D800E (body only) dropped to $3096.95 – But it’s out of stock now. It was in stock for that price at the time of my original posting. I will never return my D800E to B&H because I was blessed with a virtually flawless copy, but that $200 would have been nice to put towards an SB flash or Einstein.

        • December 14, 2012 at 3:05 am

          That’s strange – I did not hear of any price drops on the D800E…probably a mistake on behalf of Adorama.

          • 38
            ) Rumi Siddiqui
            December 14, 2012 at 5:17 am

            B&H just dropped the price on the D800E to $3096.95! I made my purchase on 11/20/12, hopefully they honor the partial refund. You may want to revise the title of your article to include the D800E. By the way, if I had not subscribed to your newsletter, I would have lost $200. That’s kismet. Thank you!

            • December 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

              Rumi, you are most welcome and you are right – the D800E is also included!

  10. December 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    ehhh =(

    • December 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      V Tashkente seychas skol’ko D600 stoit?

      • December 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

        тут их кажется вообще нет. только под заказ.

  11. 25
    ) Wesley
    December 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Do these deals apply to Canadian retailers as well? Or is it just for the US?

    • December 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Wesley, I believe it is US only – but you can probably buy it from US and get it shipped to Canada?

  12. 26
    ) Jay
    December 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm


    I can’t see why you are so excited about the D600/24/85 kit lense deal! You yourself, blasted the lense in your review. And gave it a poor review too. It is almost like Nikon needs to clear the kit lenses from their inventory because they are not selling any with the normal price!! Now if, like others have said, they reduced the body of the D600 and reduced the price of the 24/120 f4 (which you like), then that would be a deal.

    • December 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Jay, the 24-85mm has its problems, but it is no 18-300mm :) Personally, if I bought the D600 kit, I would sell the lens for $400-500 and the camera would cost me $1500, which is a steal! That’s why I am exited…

      • 39
        ) Mikhail
        December 14, 2012 at 6:28 am

        Ding! Ding! Ding! :) Jackpot! Although the market will be flooded with this lens and the price will drop, you still gain $300-500 that you can set aside toward getting a better glass.

        Alas, like Nasim, I already bought the darn thing! So mad :)

        • December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

          Mikhail, yup, I am sure there will be plenty of brand new 24-85mm VR lenses in the market pretty soon…

      • 41
        ) jeff
        December 14, 2012 at 7:12 am

        It amazes me how people think that this isn’t a great deal. Whatever one thinks about the camera or lens its a better deal than any black Friday deal. If b&h had offered their package now for the first 20 customers on blackfriday only,I bet you the line would have been insane!

        • 42
          ) Jay
          December 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

          Who wants a lense that they will have to beg someone on Craig’s list to buy?

          • 44
            ) jeff
            December 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

            Who cares? You are basically getting it for free!

            • 50
              ) Jay
              December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

              Believe me Jeff I am contemplating this. I am just tired of using kit lenses for the past 30 years. Nikon is essentially pricing the kit down to where it should have been all along.

            • 51
              ) Jeff
              December 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

              Just wondering, why do you care about the kit lens? For all I care it could be the worst lens in history. The question is solely whether you want the D600 or not for $1996. If the answer is no, then do not buy. If the answer is yes, then its obvious to buy the kit then just the body itself. Even if you were to sell the kit lens for $10 well thats $10 less you would have paid for the body itself that you were going to buy anyway. On top of that. B&H and adorama are giving away some decent freebies with the kit lens package.

            • December 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

              Jeff, you can sell the 24-85mm for a lot more than $10 :) It is an OK lens for the D600.

        • 53
          ) Richard
          December 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

          I think it is a good deal. But if the price of the D600 alone would drop to say $1500, I would prefer purchasing it at $1500 and using the extra $500 to apply towards a nice, faster lens than the kit lens.

          I’m still thinking about this one, though, because I do want a D600.

          • December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

            Richard, why not buy the camera, sell the lens and you get yourself a sweet $1500-1600 deal. The 24-85mm sells $600 new and you should be able to sell it for $400 or so…

            • 70
              ) Richard
              December 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

              Hi, Nasim.

              I’ve been thinking about doing that, but I still don’t know. I think I saw that this deal is only good for one day, but I’m not sure when that means it actually ends. You cannot order on B&H late Friday and most of Saturday, so I might try again Saturday afternoon, when they reopen ordering online. Amazon has a similar deal, but it’s not as nice as B&H….not as many “goodies.”

              Problem with trying to sell the lens is that I bet a bunch of people will do this. I’ve already seen a lot of this lens on sale on eBay.

              One thing I find odd is that Nikon is doing this in the first place. A couple of weeks ago, the local camera shop here had their semi-annual Expo, where various manufacturers come in, including Nikon. There was a “deal” on the D600 for I think $2100, and I could get a year financing at 0% interest with the local store. But the Nikon guy pulled me aside and said, I’ll let you know that if you wait 2 more days, Nikon is dropping the price of the D600 by $100. I think he told me this was only going to last until December 14th (today)….I bet he knew of this particular deal!

              Now, we see this deal with the lens. I don’t know what to make of this, which is one reason I asked if anyone has heard any rumors as to a price drop on the body alone….apparently, no one has.

              Anyway, I’ve been eyeing the D600 for awhile, and if I’m in the “right mood,” and if B&H still has this deal on Saturday afternoon, I might just go for it.

              About that dust problem…..I have seen some who claim it isn’t a dust problem….it’s perhaps an oil problem. Whatever it is, what have you used to clean your sensor? I have used the Butterfly unit for years on my old D70 and D200.

              Thanks again for the info.

          • December 15, 2012 at 12:16 am

            Richard, definitely try it tomorrow, since the page at B&H shows that the deal ends on Dec 15! As for cleaning the dust (both of the units I tested had dust, not oil), just use the same arctic butterfly and you will be in good shape. Some people do not have dust problems at all, so it might be only one of the batches that is affected.

            • 84
              ) Richard
              December 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

              Hi, Nasim.

              Well, I “broke down” and bought the D600 with kit lens last night. Unfortunately, I just could not get it ordered from B&H in order to get the added bonuses. I tried just as soon as they opened at 05:45 PM EST, and I also tried using their Bill Me Later service so I can pay it off in 6 months at 0% interest, but I kept on getting rejected. So, I tried a few times later, including right before they were supposed to close down the deal at midnight, and I had the same problems with Bill Me Later. By this time, I noticed that the deal went from being “In Stock” to “Temporarily Out of Stock.” I also had noticed another package deal for the camera and lens, and this one came with “accessories” which included a spare battery, a 16 Gb SD card, a wireless remote, and a filter. It did not include the monopod. I almost liked this deal better because of the wireless remote and filter. It was about $100 more expensive, but still a great deal. So I also tried this one, but kept getting into the problem with Bill Me Later. I’ve used Bill Me Later a number of times before with B&H, so don’t know what happened.

              At midnight EST, I noticed both deals reverted back to the original price of nearly $2700 or so.

              This morning, I see that both of these deals are back on B&H, with the date extended until December 29th. One of them says “Temporarily out of Stock,” and the other says “Usually Ships in 2 to 3 business days.” The latter, with the monopod, also has a 4% Rewards back from B&H.

              But, because last night I really wanted to get that D600, I purchased it instead from Amazon, where I got a year deal, signing up with their Amazon credit card, at 0% interest, as long as I pay it off in a year and am not late with monthly payments. It comes with no “goodies,” however. I bought a filter, a spare battery, and a couple of Lexar SD cards as well, and the battery/vertical grip.

              So, I’m happy I got it ordered but am torn between cancelling it and going back to B&H for one of the “deals!” It’s nice for me to have a year to pay it off rather than 6 months, but it’s also nice to get the 4% back and other goodies from B&H (Amazon gives you 2% back). It’s also not clear from B&H exactly when you would get the camera and lens if you ordered it now. So, if all goes well, I should get that camera and lens this week….unless B&H responds to my email, saying they can get it to me quickly along with the bonus stuff!

              Getting back to the D600 “dust” issue, I know you said it was dust, but I still see recent comments at various places from people who think it is oil or grease from the shutter apparatus. Do you have any reason to believe it might be oil or grease in some cases, and if so, what should be used to clean this? The Arctic Butterfly works off static electricity, so that’s why it is good as removing the dust, but I don’t think it would work with oil or grease.

              Thanks again for the heads up a few days ago!

          • December 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

            Richard, the deal was so popular at B&H that they ran out of stock. But the good news is, you can still order it through B&H and they will fulfill the order as soon as they get more units. I just got off the phone with B&H and they told me that the deal is extended till the end of the year. They will get more D600 stock in 2 days.

            • 89
              ) Richard
              December 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm


              My Amazon order just shipped. I also noticed that apparently, there are free things that might come with it….a 32 GB SDHC card, an Amazon backpack, and some $100 Class on Demand Black Card, whatever that is….probably some sort of online training. But, it also looks as if you have to specifically check these things, put them in your cart, in order to get them free. So, don’t know if I’ll get them or not. Certainly not as nice as what B&H is offering….I could use a decent monopod…..but, at least my D600 should get to me in a couple of days from Amazon. It will be nice to use/try it at a couple of Christmas parties late this week.

              I kind of figured the deal would be very popular, one concern I have about trying to sell that kit lens! The market will probably be flooded with them! Oh, well.

  13. 27
    ) Brian
    December 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    They must be trying to clear out the inventory prone to sensor dust to make way for revision 2:)

    • December 14, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Brian, that and to drive earnings for Q4 of 2012 :)

  14. 32
    ) Myrna
    December 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Thank you Nasim for the heads up! I’ve been waiting patiently and checking for any holiday price drop and now I got my Christmas present! I took advantage of getting the Epson printer as well. I am concerned about the dust or oil on the sensor as you mentioned here and I’m a newbie so could I get this cleaned through my warranty bec I don’t know if I can do it myself.

    Happy holidays to you!

    • December 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

      Myrna, if it becomes a nuisance, you can send the camera to Nikon and they will clean it for you for free. Overtime though, I would recommend to learn how to do it yourself, because dust is a fact for any DSLR.

  15. 36
    ) Roy
    December 14, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Thanks Nasim for posting ads, those cams are really nice gears to use, hopefully one day I can have one D800…

  16. 40
    ) Rachel
    December 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Hi Nasim

    Since a year I am reading now your great articles. I like them very much and I want to thank you for all the things I learned from you. Now I feel its time to get rid of my point and shoot and buy a DSLR.

    Since lately FX cameras became so affordable, I want to ask you which camera you would recommend as a first SLR: D3200 or D600?

    Among the photographies which you shared with us on your website I like the most your pictures with the birds. They look so fantastic! (Caspian Tern and Black Skimmers ) The file information of these photos reads “focal length: 420mm”, therefore I would like to ask you which lens you did use for these 3 photos, and if you did use a tripod or monopod or just with hands?

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Rachel, D600 is on a completely different level than the D3200. If budget is not an issue then the D600 is an amazing DSLR. Otherwise, go for a cheaper body and get a good lens instead.

      Also, how did you find my photos on a completely different website? I never uploaded them there…looks like they are stolen.

      • 77
        ) Rachel
        December 15, 2012 at 12:30 am


        *shock* – About the images images: is website that produces regular links but also (thats the purpose) special forum links and thumbnails which can be inserted in forums, because regular links oftenly do not work in forums. However, as it turned out, on thumbnails can not be inserted in the forum, because your website delivers a feedback displaying “spam detected”, so the whole process of was in vain. I hope very much that this was not illegal. Would I be in deep trouble if it was me who uploaded the fotos for the purpose of inserting a thumbnail here?

        I hardly dare now to ask again, but would you tell, which 420mm lens were used, and tripod, monopod or bare hands, for fotographing the beautiful birds?

        To come back to the camera, my capital question: Budget is not that important since both cameras are below 2000$. While the D3200 is leightweight and therefore good for travelling but missing many features, the D600 seem to be a camera with excellent properties which I could use the next 10 years. The reason why I asked, is that I wanted to be sure, that this camera is not “too much camera ” for a beginner, as you once quoted a person who sold his D3 soon after buying it. But on the other hand you praised FX in this article , so I thought, why not directly buy an FX after it became so affordable now. If I understand your answer right, then you are saying that both cameras would be OK?

        • December 15, 2012 at 1:10 am

          Rachel, don’t be shocked, I was just checking to see where the images came from. If you uploaded them, that I am fine with that :)

          As for the lens, I used my favorite Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S lens for the bird shots. The reason why it shows 420mm, is because I used the lens with the TC-14E II teleconverter (300×1.4=420mm), which it works extremely good with. I always shoot birds handheld with this setup, because the lens is lightweight (at least compared to the 300mm f/2.8). The D600 is not too much for a beginner – it is almost the same as the D7000 (which I highly recommend for beginners) in terms of features and body build. And no, the D3200 and the D600 are nowhere near each other. The D600 is way ahead of the D3200 in terms of IQ, performance, build, features, etc. You cannot even compare the two, they are of different class. If you can afford the D600, go for it.

          The only problem is, I believe the D600 deal ends tomorrow. B&H is closed now, but try to get it ASAP tomorrow when they open or it will be gone…

          • 79
            ) Rachel
            December 15, 2012 at 1:36 am

            Nasim, thank you very much for all 3 the answers!

            Now I am really relieved and also very happy, because I finally find the right camera for me :)

            I wil go for the D600 and save up money to buy later the recommended Nikon 300mm F/4 and the fitting teleconverter TC-14E II.

            Again, thank you very much :)

  17. 45
    ) Richard
    December 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for the heads up, Nasim.

    I wonder if anyone knows if Nikon will drop the price of the D600, body alone, early next year? I have the same feelings as Tam does…..yes, it’s a great price (now0 for both the body and that lens, but I’d prefer getting the body alone for an even greater discount and then use the savings towards a fast lens!

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Richard, see my response to you above. I bet the price will come down next Christmas for body-0nly version, but I do not anticipate any serious discounts after this deal is over.

  18. 46
    ) Mauricio
    December 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Hi Nasim,

    I found your website bit of lucky, and since I started to read about your posts I am very happy to have found this great blog.

    Nikon got me in deep “trouble” with this announcement, so I need your help with a good advice. Let me tell you what´s in my gear bag:

    Nikon D7000, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, 50 f1.8, Sigma 10-20, 2 SB-910, and Elinchrom Quadras.

    Most of my work is for a local magazine, the magazine theme is Running and my work is to cover many races, covers for the magazine and general photography for the interiors. Also I made corporate events, some weddings and portraits sessions in studio.

    I was wondering to buy either a Nikon D800 or D600 and having the D7000 as my second body, so I could shoot with both cameras one with a telephoto and the other with a wide angle. But I am also doubting if I should buy instead the 14-24 f2.8 lens to complete the Nikon Trinity first. Save some more money and then buy the second body. But this offer from Nikon is really tempting!!!

    So considering my gear, and most of my work what could you recommend me to buy first? The D600 or the D800 (this is other story too, I am afraid of the less focus points and the compressed they are in the center on the D600 considering it to shoot sports, but the D800 too slow in FPS and also huge size of files), or the 14-24 f2.8? I have learned that is better to invest in good lenses rather than bodies but this offer put me in some more mental problem….

    Any advice would be very appreciated!



    • December 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Mauricio, unless you want to print huge and you need better AF with a bigger spread, there is no need to get the D800. I think the D600 is good enough for most people. Lenses are always better investment than cameras, but in this case, the D600 is extremely cheap. If you can sell the lens for $400-500, you got yourself an FX camera for $1,500. Good times! I think you have a nice collection of FX lenses that you can take advantage of. Hence, I would personally go for the D600. If you had weak lenses, I would recommend to start with the lenses first…

  19. 47
    ) Marc Henry
    December 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Seems everyone has a dilemma….me too! I am retired, started shooting for lots of local organizations. I have a D80. Very long in the tooth, obsolete, limiting me in many ways. The D90 wasn’t much of an upgrade. The D7000 was fraught with back focusing problems. Now the D600, I thought my salvation, has big problems with the sensor. What’s up with Nikon? If I didn’t have money in Nikon speedlights, and a good lens, I would jump ship to Canon or Sony in a heartbeat. On a fixed income the 800 is out of the question.

    I believe I will wait until a new successor to the D7000 comes out and stay with a cropped sensor. In the meantime ISO 400 is about the max I use. Thanks for the rant. Nasim’s website and blog are second to none. I have learned so much here (It will always be the Mansurovs to me…..I’ve been here a while.) Thanks PhotographyLife!!!!!!!!!

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Marc, the D600 does not have “big” problems with the sensor. The sensor works perfectly fine and the dust issue that everybody over-exaggerated about is really not that big of a deal. I cleaned mine and I don’t have any problems anymore. If you think Canon or Sony do not have problems, just type any model name in Google and add the word problem – see for yourself. For me, both the D800 and the D600 are phenomenal tools that do not have a match in the market. But if you do not feel confident about your purchase, then wait till next year and Nikon will probably update the D7000 with the D7100. Keep in mind though, DX vs FX is a huge difference…

      • 82
        ) Marc Henry
        December 15, 2012 at 7:17 am

        After sleeping on it, thinking about it, pondering it…..I’m convinced. Which only reiterates how much respect I have for your opinion! I need a new camera, this is the obvious choice, it isn’t as big a problem as I’m making it out to be…I see that now.

        I will be sure to order it through your site as well. Thank you again Nasim.

        • December 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

          Marc, you are most welcome! You won’t be disappointed with the D600, congratulations!

  20. December 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I’d expect the body only price for the D600 to drop once Canon drops its 6D price such as has happened with the 5d MkIII.. hopefully soon.. :)


    • 52
      ) Jay
      December 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      That is exactly what I am hoping for RIZK. Drop the price of the body to $1500 (where it should have been all along), and then take the $500 and put it on a nice 24-120mm F4 decent lense! The kit lense will not even resolve to what the sensor is capable of. I think this special is much to do about nothing. It is a marketing scheme to deplete end of the year inventory on a loss seller for Nikon. And I’m sure they are handing out credits to those websites that support them!

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Samer, once the holidays are over, I do not think the price of the 6D will come down significantly until summer. Unless Nikon drops the price permanently down to $1800 range.

  21. 64
    ) Steve
    December 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    OMG! In Late October I purchased the 800 & 600 with the 24-85mm & 28-300mm lenses. I wonder if B&H will honor me the the rebate or did I just miss out?

    • 69
      ) Jeff Puritz
      December 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      BH honored a price drop for me on one item and not another. They made it clear that you had to be within the 30 day post purchase period. So late Oct, not going to happen, still you lose nothing by calling and asking.

      good luck


    • December 15, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Steve, looks like you have pretty limited window for the 60 day period. Give B&H a call ASAP and talk to them, you never know what they might offer!

  22. 66
    ) Ricky
    December 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Nasim, thank you for letting know about this great deal. I am a serious hobbyist and aim to give Professional service in Portfolio, weddings, fashion and landscape. I have Canon T2i, 18-55, 55-250, 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8. I am looking forward to sale my gear and switch to Nikon. I have been considering Nikon D5100 and D7000, with 18-55, 50mm 1.8G and 85mm 1.8G to start with. Got really confused after seeing this crazy deal. Which camera/Lenses would you suggest? I really do not see me shooting sports/wild life. its going to be more People photography and Landscape. Thank you in advance.

    • 67
      ) Ricky
      December 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Forgot to add, for me its going to be D5100 vs D7000 vs D600.

    • December 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Ricky, without a question, go with the Nikon D600. There is a huge difference between FX and DX – see my FX vs DX article that I posted a while ago to understand this in detail. Go for the kit deal above and add the Nikon 70-300mm VR (you get another $200 off and it is a steal at $350), Nikon 50mm f/1.8G and the 85mm f/1.8G

      • 81
        ) Ricky
        December 15, 2012 at 6:58 am

        Thank you, Nasim for your quick reply.

  23. 71
    ) Clarence
    December 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I already have a D600 and it is an excellent camera. This is a great deal. Buy the kit, sell the lens, keep the 4% credit and all the extra goodies, and the net out of pocket cost is about $1500. I do not think it is going to get cheaper than this any time soon.

    • December 15, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Clarence, I fully agree – that’s what I recommended to a friend: get the D600 kit, sell the lens and with the additional 4% reward, that’s another $80 off the price. Pretty sweet deal for sure!

      • 83
        ) fred
        December 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        Hi Nasim,

        I plan on selling the kit lens, what would be a great alternative to the kit lens not minding the price?

        • December 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

          Fred, it all depends on what you want to do. What type of photography do you do or intend to do?

          • 90
            ) fred
            December 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

            Im just a hobbyist Nasim. I already have the 50 and 85. Now what is the best lens to consider if I want to go wide for landscape and nature?

  24. 88
    ) Edward Liu
    December 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    The official sale is over (and I’m significantly poorer for it…), but even though the deal expired on Saturday, B&H is offering the D600 body at the $1996 price and offering the 24-85mm kit lens for free along with the same hefty accessory kit. They’re effectively extending the sale on the D600 on their own, and they may honor this price for overseas customers. Worth a try for our non-American friends.

    Can’t wait for the new toy. Figured I’d take the deal on the 70-300mm FX lens now and then use my rewards in about a month to get a discount on the 50mm/1.8G to replace the kit lens. And give my bank account some time to recover.

  25. 92
    ) Kath
    December 23, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I wish it was easy to purchase for people outside US. :((

  26. December 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Last Thursday (knowing those chosen people take Fridays after 4 PM off) I asked a friend that’s currently in the U.S. visiting relatives to take this package back for me. Although the B&H site indicated it was backordered, he informed me today that the package already arrived at his address not far south of the Canadian border. Yippee, I’m impressed with B&H’s service, and really looking forward to using this camera in the studio, 1/4000 shutter speed and 1/200 sec. sync speed be damned. I’m not a “spray and pray” type of sports shooter, and my ideal camera is probably the D3S, but as the prices on that model haven’t come down to below the price of a new D800/E and the D800/E file sizes are a bit extreme for my needs, the D600 is a fine choice as a complement to my D700 workhorse in the field and a replacement in the studio.

    Thanks for hipping us to this deal and for all your informative, well-reasoned reviews.

  27. 94
    ) Chris
    January 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Has anyone who bought recently tried shooting with the camera.
    I received mine with SN 306xxxx.
    I am trying to decide if I have to deal with cleaning or return it.

    • 95
      ) Richard
      January 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Hi, Chris.

      I did buy this camera with the lens. I do like it a lot. I wish it had compact flash cards….I don’t like SD cards because they are so small, and they are easier to lose….and, I just have a feeling they will mechcanically break more easily when sticking out of my computer.

      I will say that I do see some dust spots, particuarly at smaller apertures. I haven’t had much time to check it as much as I would like….just been so busy with holidays and moving. I bought it from Amazon rather than B&H. For some reason, B&H rejected me through Bill Me Later. Amazon had an offer to pay things off in a year, which I liked. You don’t get as much stuff, but that paying it off in a year is important to me.

      I also like HDR shots, and this one will only do 3 bracketed photos at once, but I haven’t actually tried bracketing yet.

      But the quality of the pictures I think is amazing….and the low light performance is incredible. I had a D200 before I bought this.

      • 96
        ) Richard
        January 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

        I forgot to mention that I am still trying to figure out the focusing mechanism…..haven’t had a lot of time to dig into this, but I’m sure I will eventually. There appear to be different focusing mechanisms than what I had before with the D200.

  28. 97
    ) Chris
    January 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm


    I bought D600 and have seen some dust F8 or above.

    I am okay with cleaning once in a while.
    What I am scared is the the following.
    1. Dust appearing while I am on a shoot like they have shown in time lapse videos.
    2. Oil splatter than cannot be cleaned easily.

    What is your experience so far?
    Did you have to clean the sensor?
    Did dust appear suddenly during a shoot?

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