Nikon D600 Announcement

NOTE: See our full, detailed review of the Nikon D600.

Nikon has just released the much anticipated Nikon D600 DSLR, a new breed of “economy” full-frame camera. Priced at $2099, it is currently the cheapest full-frame DSLR on the market. While it does not have the same ultra high-resolution 36.3 MP sensor as its older brother, the Nikon D800, it still sports an impressive 24.3 MP CMOS sensor, most likely a similar one as on the new Sony A99. With a native ISO range of 100-6400, it should provide pretty clean images throughout the ISO range for both daylight and low-light environments. The Nikon D600 is designed for any kind of amateur and professional photography – from landscape and studio, to event and wildlife photography.

Nikon D600

Built to be affordable, the Nikon D600 does not have the same robust autofocus system used on the D800 and D4 cameras (same 39 point AF system used on the Nikon D7000). Its shutter speed is limited to 1/4000th of a second and its flash sync is also limited to 1/200th of a second, which might be a disappointment for some photographers out there. However, it has 100% viewfinder coverage, 5.5 fps speed, which is faster than the D800’s 4 fps and has the same 3.2″ LCD monitor with 921,000 pixels used on the latest Nikon DSLR models. And movie fans will be delighted to see impressive 1080p video with uncompressed HDMI output.

Nikon has clearly taken an aggressive pricing strategy with the D600, although some may have been expecting a price of $1,500, which was widely circulated on a number of photography forums. While outgunned by both Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III relative to specifications, at only 60-70% of the price, the D600 represents a significant value. The D600 is sure to attract a large number of customers that have been holding off upgrading their D700s, but also those who have been on the fence between the DX and FX camps, and put off by the higher costs of FX DSLRs. With the recent announcement of the Nikon 24-85mm VR lens, Nikon has signaled that it intends to bring value-priced FX lenses to the market to compliment the D600.

It will be interesting to see how the D600 body is perceived by diehard D700 fans. The D600 has been portrayed by some as being a blend of a D7000 and a D700, since it borrows the D7000’s more compact body styling, its controls and autofocus, while incorporating a 24 MP FX sensor that represents a moderate gain over the D700’s 12MP sensor.

So, what does the Nikon D600 bring to the table? Here is a summary of its features:

  1. Sensor: 24.3 MP FX
  2. Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24mm
  3. Resolution: 6016 x 4016
  4. DX Resolution: 3936 x 2624
  5. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-6,400
  6. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
  7. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-25,600
  8. Processor: EXPEED 3
  9. Metering System: 3D Color Matrix Meter II with face recognition
  10. Dust Reduction: Yes
  11. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
  12. Body Build: Magnesium Alloy
  13. White Balance: New White Balance System
  14. Shutter: Up to 1/4000 and 30 sec exposure
  15. Shutter Durability: 150,000 cycles
  16. Storage: 2x SD slots
  17. Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
  18. Speed: 5.5 FPS
  19. Exposure Meter: 2016 pixel RGB sensor
  20. Built-in Flash: Yes, with Commander Mode, full CLS compatibility
  21. Autofocus System: MultiCAM 4800FX AF with 39 focus points and 9 cross-type sensors
  22. LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 921,000 dots
  23. Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 30 fps max
  24. Movie Exposure Control: Full
  25. Movie Recording Limit: 30 minutes @ 30p, 20 minutes @ 24p
  26. Movie Output: MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed
  27. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
  28. Two Live View Modes: One for photography and one for videography
  29. Camera Editing: Lots of in-camera editing options with HDR capabilities
  30. GPS: Not built-in, requires GP-1 GPS unit
  31. Battery Type: EN-EL15
  32. Battery Life: 900 shots
  33. USB Standard: 2.0
  34. Weight: 760g (body only), 850g (with battery and memory card)
  35. Price: $2,099 MSRP

A detailed list of features will soon be available on I will provide a comparison between the Nikon D600 and the Nikon D700/D800 in separate articles.

Nikon D600 Pre-order links:

  1. Nikon D600 Body Only for $2,099
  2. Nikon D600 with Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR for $2,699

Official Nikon Press Release:


MELVILLE, N.Y. (Feb 13, 2012)As Nikon’s Smallest, Lightest and Most Affordable Full-Frame HD-SLR, the D600 Packs in Powerful, Pro-Grade Photo and Video Features with Wireless Sharing and Capture Capabilities

Today, Nikon Inc. announced the 24.3-megapixel (MP) D600, a camera that is designed to deliver the image quality and performance benefits of a full frame FX-format sensor to the enthusiast looking to take their dedication to the next level. The Nikon D600 offers a remarkable value, merging the perfect combination of a lightweight, compact form factor and superior image quality, making the leap into FX-format photography more attractive than ever.

Whether shooting stills or Full HD video, advanced features and Nikon technologies like the newly developed high resolution CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processing engine are designed to meet the needs of the most demanding creative vision. Additionally, Nikon’s new optional WU-1b wireless adapter allows users to shoot high quality HD-SLR images and transfer them to their mobile device, making it easier to stay connected, without the need for wires.

“For many, image making is so much more than a hobby; it is a way of life that changes the way the world is perceived. The Nikon D600 represents a new category of camera for this user and demonstrates Nikon’s devotion to the passionate photographer who is always looking for new ways to express their creativity through their photos and HD videos,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “By offering users the advanced FX-format and key features inherited from our professional cameras, along with new functions like optional wireless capabilities, Nikon is inspiring photographers by providing an imaging experience that satisfies like never before.”

Superior Image Quality
Nikon’s FX-format offers photographers exciting image quality possibilities, from dazzling dynamic range and exacting detail to stellar low-light ability. The D600 employs Nikon’s newly developed, large 24.3 MP FX-format CMOS Sensor (35.9 x 24mm) to offer photographers a versatile camera that provides amazing image quality and sharpness, with ample resolution to tackle almost any project. Because the needs of the advanced amateur varies widely, the new CMOS sensor provides a wide ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable from 50-25,600) to give photographers maximum low-light flexibility yielding clean images with minimal noise and accurate color. The full ISO range can also be used while capturing HD video in challenging light. Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine interprets the massive amount of image data flowing from the sensor to quickly process images and HD video. The result is striking images and impressive HD video that exhibits faithful color reproduction and tonal range throughout the frame.

Precision Technology Engineered for the Enthusiast
Enthusiasts of all types demand the best from their gear, and the Nikon D600 is a camera engineered with intuitive features that give photographers an edge in the field. Whether shooting lush landscapes, action sports or the elusive animals of the Serengeti, Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and 2,016 pixel RGB sensor excels in any situation. By recognizing the scene prior to capture, the system meticulously analyzes factors such as color and brightness with extraordinary precision and compares all the data using Nikon’s exclusive 30,000 image database. The result is enhanced AF performance and flattering exposures.

For precise AF performance in a wide variety of shooting conditions, the D600 features a 39 point AF system with the new MultiCAM 4800FX AF module. This AF array is well suited to a wide variety of shooting styles and disciplines, offering AF modes to let users select a single point, continuous AF, Dynamic AF or use 3D tracking to keep pace with a moving subject throughout the frame. Additionally, the system features nine cross type sensors for maximum accuracy, while seven AF points are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters with an aperture value up to f/8 for extreme telephoto applications.

To keep up with action sports, active wildlife or the photo opportunity that unexpectedly arises, the D600 is ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds, with a 0.052 second shutter release. The camera emphasizes speed and performance, from overall operation and image processing, helped in part by the exceptional EXPEED 3 processing engine. The camera is also capable of bursts of images at 5.5 frames per second (fps) at full resolution with full AF, to capture decisive moments. To further enhance speed and workflow, images and video can also be rapidly transferred to dual SD card slots that are compatible with the latest SDXC and UHS-1 high speed standards.

Enthusiasts will also appreciate other thoughtful features made to appeal to more advanced photographers, such as the 100% frame coverage seen through optical viewfinder. The wide and bright view makes it easy to compose in a variety of conditions, and affords the ability to enjoy shooting for hours on end with minimal eye fatigue. Additionally, the D600 features several scene modes and features to enhance creativity, including one-touch access to Picture Control functions through a new dedicated button. Photographers can also shoot images in High Dynamic (HDR) mode for amazing highlights, and create awe-inspiring time lapses with ease.

Experience Full HD
The Nikon D600 has advanced video features that are ideal for those ready to embrace the world of HD-SLR video, as well as those already enjoying its benefits such as manual control, depth of field, low-light ability and lensing options. This camera gives users the ability to record Full HD at varying frame rates and resolutions including 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24p, and 720p video at 60, 50 and 30p. When shooting HD video at the highest quality setting, up to 20 minutes can be recorded, or up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in normal quality for added convenience when shooting static shots such as interviews and events. The large 3.2-inch 921K dot LCD screen makes it easy to preview images or video captured, navigate the menu system or confirm critical HD focus, while automatic brightness control adapts seamlessly to changing lighting conditions.

Sophisticated video features help to increase the production value on any project, including full manual control of exposure, and the ability to switch between FX and DX-format (1.5X) at Full HD for a telephoto boost and alter depth of field. Users can opt to focus manually or can take advantage of the full-time AF while recording to help ensure faces are in focus or track a moving subject. Additionally, videographers have the ability to capture audio with the onboard microphone or record stereo audio externally using the mic input. Audio can be monitored through the headphone jack and levels can be displayed on the LCD with peaking.

In addition to the ability to play back HD video and images through the HDMI terminal, users are also able to experience pro-grade video features in the Nikon D600. For monitoring and streaming applications, the image can be displayed on the LCD screen while simultaneously shown on another monitor through the HDMI, with or without shooting data. What’s more, the D600 adds the ability to transfer uncompressed video via the HDMI connection, which can then be routed to a digital recorder or similar device.

Remote Sharing and Capture
Photography is a form of expression, which can now be shared more ways than ever before through social networks and online communities. To accompany the D600, Nikon has also announced the optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter that allows users to connect wirelessly to the camera. A companion Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™ based mobile devices is also available at no additional cost. 1 Furthermore, an application for the iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital devices will be available on September 15, 2012.2

When connected, users are able to share their images taken with the D600 through their mobile device to their social circles, as well as send and download images from their camera to a compatible device.3 The adapter also allows users to remotely fire the D600’s shutter from up to 50 feet from the camera, which is ideal for capturing photos from unique vantage points.

NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
Supporting the D600 is Nikon’s heritage in optical excellence, more than 70 NIKKOR AF and AF-S compatible lenses for maximum versatility. Those with DX-format lenses will also be happy to know that these lenses can also be used on the camera as well as the ability to set DX crop for stills or video to extend the reach of telephoto or telephoto zoom lenses.

The new Nikon HD-SLR is also a gateway to Nikon’s renowned Creative Lighting System (CLS) which illuminates a whole new world of creative image making using multiple Speedlights. A built-in Speedlight commander can control multiple Speedlights such as Nikon’s SB-700, SB-910 or Wireless Close Up Speedlight System, and the camera can also control up to two individual speedlight groups for further creative control.

Constructed to Inspire
Built to withstand the wide variety of shooting conditions enthusiasts face, the body of the D600 is sealed and gasketed against dirt and moisture. The camera uses magnesium alloy top and rear construction to provide a lightweight camera with maximum durability. The shutter has been tested for 150,000 cycles, and sensor cleaning is also employed. The battery is rated for approximately 900 shots, affording photographers the ability to shoot all day. Additionally, the optional MB-D14 Multi Power

Battery Pack extends the grip for comfort and can effectively double the battery capacity when using two batteries.

The D600 is also built with an emphasis on handling with thoughtful ergonomics and button placement, in a body that is compact enough to carry comfortably on any excursion. The hand grip has been improved for comfort, while the overall impression from using the camera is reassuringly solid. To avoid accidental engagement, the shutter button has been recessed, while the Mode Dial can be locked.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D600 will be available on September 18, 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,099.95*, for body only, or with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR for the SRP of $2,699.95*. The WU-1b will be also available on September 18, 2012 for an SRP of $59.95*. The MB-D14 Multi Power Battery Pack will be available in late September for an SRP of $322.00*. For more information on the new Nikon D600 and other Nikon products, please visit


  1. 1) Padmanabhan
    September 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I am a regular follower of your website. In fact, my entire photography knowledge has been accumulated by going through your posts and articles displayed in your portal. Eagerly awaiting your “thread bare” review of Nikon D600.


  2. 2) Luis C.
    September 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Eagerly awaiting the full review!

  3. September 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I was excited about this camera’s release as a possible 2nd body for use with primes at weddings and for a backup to my D700, and could use the video functions as well. The rumored price point of around US$1500 made it a no-brainer. However, $2100 for a gelded FX body makes it lose its appeal to me, since for less than a grand more I can get a D800. Amortized over a three-year lifespan, that’s only $300 more per year, so I’ll be saving up for a little longer with that in mind.

  4. 4) Rafi
    September 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Nasim, I’ve been listening to your product review quite a while and really looking for your next review comparing this to D700 since I’ll be considering whether to get D700 or D600 as a second body to accompany my D700 as a wedding shooter. Thanks a lot for your continuos efforts.

  5. September 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Just so you know, the specified weight is 760 without battery (or memory card, etc.). On Nikon’s website I found the real specification I compare to: 850g with battery and memory card.

  6. September 12, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Sounds promising, although I’m strongly concerning about its AF system. If this is the same rubbish one that I have on my D7000 then I’ll be interested to know as how many will suffer with AF accuracy problem.
    The 39 points AF system itself is really fast but they still could not fix mine on my D7K after multiple repairs…(not that bad, but I’m not 100% satisfied)…

    • September 14, 2012 at 2:49 am

      Hi, In response to Bela Nagy comments. I’m a D7000 user. I agree, the 39point focus system does, at first, apperar a little slow in comparison to a 51pt focus system. I was on a wildlife workshop eventually getting the birds in flight where the cannon users with theri 511pt systems were getting straight away. However, its all about technique and practice and the 39pt focus DID NOT LET ME DOWN in the end especially on 3d tracking. Lens use has an effect too (you probably know this) I used my 300 f4 Nikon prime without tc and that was a massive difference in speed. Now, for me (and I’ll bet many others who want a very good ‘entry level’ FX camera and who cannot affort a D800E) the D600 hits the mark at a very good price with a great spec. The boost to 50 ISO is great. OK Shame about the limited 1/4000 but then the D7000 will take over again. One for wildlife (D7000) one for landscape (D600) with a dedicated prime such as a Zeiss 18 or 15 distagon lens – I cannot wait to get them both and get started taking top quality landscape full format shots. Good luck Bela with what you choose. This combo will be right for me. Thank you Nikon!

  7. 7) David B
    September 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    It is not the cheapest Full Frame DSLR on the market. Both Dpreview and you are wrong. Canon 5D Mark 2 with what seems to be a ‘permanent’ $200 rebate costs $1999 everywhere, and $1979 on Thus Canon 5D Mark 2 is the cheapest full frame camera on the market currently

  8. 8) Porche
    September 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    The Exposure Meter is not 91,000 pixel RGB sensor, but 2,016-pixel RGB sensor.
    But I don’t know how much different anyway .. lol

  9. 9) noushervan
    September 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Hee hooo. Now words to describe the leap taken by Nikon.

    Iphone 5 disappointment offset by this great Nikon news

  10. 10) Andy
    September 13, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I would be very much interested in a comparison to the D7000 in aspects other than the sensor size and resolution.

  11. September 13, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Hey Nasim

    Great website! following it for some time now …
    The D600 does look promising, and all the rumors got me excited to change brands. I’m currently a Canon 350D shooter and in need of a new camera (time took its toll :-)
    Having not really invested in glass, and wanting to get more serious, the D600 looked a perfect fit.

    But, here in Belgium, the camera is priced at 2150 euros and can’t really justify the price since the D800 is priced here at 2600 – 2650 euros (for a more pro body and better sensor) …
    I’m allready sold on Nikon :), so should I go for the D7000 DX format and work my way up to a D800 if I get more serious?
    Any thoughts?

    Thanks, best regards

    • 11.1) Bela Nagy
      September 13, 2012 at 3:51 am


      I believe Nasim will provide a much more professional view on it rather then me, but I would like to share my thoughts as well.

      First question is that have you considered the Canon EOS 5D Mark II or III? As a Canon shooter you might find it good also (as I’m a nikonian still thinking to move to that route;-))

      I own a D7000 and am very satisfied with the overall image quality, the pictures are really dynamic and nice in colours without extremely post processing them – I usually apply some levels if needed, but the out of camera jpg images just fine in most of the cases (unless you shoot RAW). High ISO images are still outstanding on this camera I do not have to worry anymore if I shoot in low light even with my normal lenses (I do not have any prime or speed lenses with 2.8 aperture or less).

      I categorize myself as a serious amateur and the D7K is just perfect for my needs, I shoot mainly sports, but landscape, family etc. As well. I probably need to improve my photography skills to make better photos – but all in all such a camera will work in most situations.

      Although at some point I still would like to switch to full frame, so yes, the D600 would just be a good upgrade from the current D7K.

      If you just want to start with Nikon product line I would suggest you to go with the D600, because the D7K -> D800 route would cost you a lot (you need to sell the whole D7K kit, so the body and lenses and you won’t never recover the money what you invest in it).

      If you start with a full frame since the first time then later you can buy more lenses what you don’t want to sell, because you will probably keep the FF camera or if later changing to a newer or more professional FF camera you just need to change bodies but not the whole kit and your existing (FF) lenses will servce more FF bodies.

      I think the D600 will just work in almost all situations with no problem – similarly what the Nikon D7000 does.

      But this is just my opinion – based on my experience I have based on the Nikon D7K.

      I switched from a Nikon D50 anyway (at that time the Canon 350D was its competitor :-) and I almost bought Canon instead of Nikon :-)). If I had to change now from Nikon D50 I would consider the D600…we did not talk about the price, the D600 is not cheap but if you have the money or you can save some, I think the D600 will work just fine.

      (from Hungary)

      • September 13, 2012 at 4:46 am

        Hi Bela

        Thank you for your respons!

        I have considered the 5D Mark II (III is too expensive for me now, as is the D800 :)
        But I’ve heard it has bad autofocus in low light (I’m getting interested in wedding photography), along with the 4-5? year old technology doesn’t seem such a good investment as well … also I’m not so fond of the 600+ euros Canon asks for their top speedlites …

        But we’ll see if/when a 6D comes out :)

        Now if I would buy the D7000, the plan would be to use it as a back-up when I’m ready to upgrade, and not to invest much in DX glass …
        Now I would love to buy the D600, but compared to the D800 for “only” 450 euros less .. I don’t know …

        Still, thanks for your advice! I’ll definitely consider it

        Best regards

  12. 12) UncleDusty
    September 13, 2012 at 6:53 am

    “Built to be affordable, the Nikon D600 does not have the same robust autofocus system used on the D800 and D4 cameras (same 39 point AF system used on the Nikon D7000).”

    You forgot to put quotations around “robust.”

  13. 13) Frankie Calabro
    September 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I applaud this website and its creator, Nazim for all the valuable information provided, as well as the imput from my fellow photographers. I have been waiting on this camera for 6 months and currently own a d7k that I use for everything, including shooting weddings. I have all Nikon pro glass including the Holy Trinity. The pics are so sharp I actually have to turn the sharpness down in the camera, and the color rendition is superb. This is why I use the Nikon pro glass. I was looking to get this as a main camera, but at $2100 US its way off the mark as far as price point, and I will wait and get a late model d800 instead, or find a used d600 when they become available. I was deeply concerned over the whole d800 fiasco, and fear getting one and having issues.
    If they made this camera $16-1700 it would be flying off the shelves like the d7000 did, but no. I think many will pass on this, and either turn to Cannon’s 5dmk2 series since its a tried and true camera, and better value than this d600 in my opinion…especially for its quality control and reliability. Cannon seems to hit the mark with wedding photographers while Nikon misses with their poor quality control and layout…ie 2 kinds of cards…sd and cf or cf and xqd.
    Alot of photographers use dx, especially Gene Ho and Bambi Cantrell, which I didn’t realize till I saw interviews with them. I may just pic up another d7000 since the results with this are so good. Wait till the d600 price comes down, when Nikon realizes they made a goose egg, they’ll drop the price.

  14. 14) Rohan
    September 13, 2012 at 7:54 am

    1/200th Sync :-(

  15. 15) bluerags
    September 13, 2012 at 9:20 am

    My two cents…
    (Assuming that you wanna stick to Nikon and D600 quality is comparable to the D3s). A pro that has not already upgraded to the D800 can think about the D600, mostly if it’s on the low end of the pro segment. The difference is 900$. Surely is a perfect backup body.
    For an advanced amateur going for the first FF body, like me, a used D700 at ~1350$ can be a much better deal, specially now that a lot of people are giving theirs away upgrading to a D800. Here few hundred of $ makes the difference. Here’s the point: an introductory price close to 1500$ would have pushed more people making the jump from DX to FX to buy a new D600 instead of a used D700.
    I’m with the used D700. Nice camera but not enough to get outstanding sells.

  16. 16) jorge Balarin
    September 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Nasim, could you explain what is flash sync and how you use it ? Also I would like to know why a flash sync limited to 1/200th of a second is not so good.

    About the autofocus system of the D600, I don’t like to hear that it is like the one of the D7000, because I red a lot of comments telling that the D7000 autofocus system is not so good (inacurate)

    • September 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Jorge, I will post an article on this later today, so stay tuned!

      • 16.1.1) David B
        September 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Not just that it is 1/200. In Nikon ‘lesser’ bodies like D40/D5100/D3200, you cannot go beyond X-sync rate even in FP mode, Nikon does not let you. But D40 had 1/500 Flash Xsync which was very nice. On a D300/D7000 you the listed X-sync rate is up to 1/320 and you can easily go to 1/8000 if you’d like in FP mode. Not on D5200, or below, you are stuck at 1/200 even if your Flash has a capability of FP/

  17. 17) Dave M
    September 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Hi, going to upgrade from the 300 to get to the FX sensor. I’m not a professional. My question is what would the best set of FX lenses be to convert to. I like to shoot travel picture, natue, wildlife, grandkids, etc… Would it include the kit lense or should I get the body only? My wife will continue to use the DX lenses. Thank you in advance for your recommendation.

    • 17.1) bluerags
      September 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      First you can use all the DX lens with the D600, but you will use only the central part of the sensor (automatic framing). Which kind of lens where you using mostly with the d300? zoom or prime? Then get the same kind of lens for the full frame. You know that lenses are as important as the body, so it could take some money to build a good set if you go for the best ones. To raise some money you can also sell some from the DX set that you or wife are using less. If you go on website like you can find plenty of advices on which are the good lenses. Personally I would avoid the kit lens: if you plan to upgrade they have no value when reselling. I got some used pro-lenses for my D90 and I can immediately see the difference. So my suggestion is to add one lens at the time and going for the best lenses, like a 50mm f1.4, maybe used (I got one on ebay for 170$ in perfect condition). Enjoy your D600…

      • 17.1.1) dave m
        September 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        90% of the time I use a Tamron 18-270 and switch to a Nikon 80-400 for wildlife photos.

        • bluerags
          September 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

          – 18-270mm on DX -> 29-400mm on FX. If you want a broad range you can look at the Nikon 28-300mm. The kit lens 24-85 is wider but goes only up to 85mm. If you like to have some zoom power without changing lens, you should go for the 28-300.
          – Keep the 80-400 because is an FX lens, so it covers perfectly all the D600 sensors, even if the zoom power will be lower than with the D300. If you shoot a lot of wildlife, you can consider a teleconverter, that increase your focal length of 1.4x, 1.7x or even 2x. You lose a stop but you can still autofocus with the D600, the central points works down to f8. Be sure to check with a vendor if everything works before buy that.

  18. 18) Jerry S.
    September 16, 2012 at 4:56 am

    I think this D600 is much better than the D700, and even much better than the Canon 5Dmk2(yesterday a DREAM of everyone). And, really, I think may the sensor of the Nikon D600(a Sony sensor?) could be even better than the sensor of the Canon 5Dmk3: DXO gives not a great high scores to the 5Dmk3 sensor. Nikon makes a lot of GAME CHANGER. The street price of the D600 can be 1700 euro in Europe(inclusive TAX). Nikon is a GAME CHANGER. Maybe the famous 2012 of maya-calendar is the game changer of Nikon :-)

    • 18.1) David B
      September 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

      One thing I know for sure (but I am not a landscape shooter)…. a former owner of D700, D7000, and D800, and a present owner of 5DM3, the AF module on 5DM3 is so much better than that of a Nikons, I’ve shot several events recently in very low light, and it was just effortless with 5DM3. I think even a child could shoot with this camera and get perfect photos each time in any lighting conditions.

      To me, that new AF Module of 5DM3 and 1DX is a game changer, but one has to experience and actually use it to appreciate it. That is why I like to use all the cameras myself before passing the judgement, and not rely on reviews all that much.

      For landscape shooters, Nikons and Sony sensors are the best. My Sony NEX-7 has incredible sensor in terms of detail and ability to find details in shadows and fix blown highlights. So are the Nikons after D7000.

      For low light shooting, at this point, most cameras of class of D600/D800/Canon 5DM3/ they are all excellent in low light. For most people we are splitting hair now. DXO score of 2800 vs 2300, what does it mean really? That there is little noise up to ISO 2800 on one camera, and up to 2300 ISO on another, when the measurements are normalized for 8MP sensor? really, for those who have ISO1600 and then 3200 on their cameras, these differences cannot even be seriously considered.

      What i am trying to say here, is we are at the point, where you get any of these top cameras from Nikon or Canon or even Sony and one will be very very happy, they are all amazing machines.

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