Nikon D600 with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85MM F/3.5-4.5G ED VR Kit Lens
The Nikon D600 can be found on Amazon for around $2,600 with the kit lens and right around $2,000 for just the body. It’s being touted at the single best DSLR out right now. The D600 is a full frame (meaning 35mm) DSLR with just over 24 megapixel. I’m not going to talk much about the camera specs in this post, there will be a D600 review down the road with more details. I just wanted to show you some sample shots (jpeg) that I took the first day. The weather was overcast and the location wasn’t exactly mind-blowing so these were the best I could do with where I was. Enjoy!
My absolute first impression with this camera was the felling of concern, concern that I would not be able to eek out the absolute best this camera had to offer. The camera feels like a work horse in your hands and is ready to tackle anything you through at it. The question is, are you going to be the camera’s weakest link? They say a camera is only as good as the lens its shooting through and this seems to be the case with the Nikon D600 . It’s a great lens for all around use and traveling because of its compact size and ruggedness but the image quality is probably an 8 on a scale of 10. Now with that being said, if you compare this to anything below a full frame camera (D5100, D7000, Cannon T whatevers) you will think it’s a 10… it’s that big of a step up.
The focus on the camera seemed to be very quick, not as quick as my Olympus OM-D but that camera is a completely different beast. I was able to get very crisp sharp pictures from the camera without a ton of messing around. The camera has separate controls for both aperture and shutter speed (I wouldn’t buy a camera that didn’t) so there was very little messing about with settings.
The Nikon D600 gave a great first impression to a person who has never owned a Nikon in his life. I can confidently say that this camera will be my new go to for anything serious.
Day one complaints:
- Live view doesn’t update as you change the aperture and shutter speed (None of the full frames do from my understanding)
- Impossible to see the readout inside the optical viewfinder in direct sunlight without shading your face (limitation of optical viewfinders)
Day one Kudos:
- From never shooting with a Nikon the learning curve was not tremendous
- The image quality is excellent
- Very solid build
- Big enough to be comfortable to hold and small enough to travel with
- Plenty of customization (U1 and U2 modes… more on that in the review)
- Price (second cheapest full frame DSLR)
If your in the market for the D800 I would give this camera a serious look and consider saving yourself a thousand dollars, all the reviews I have read so far agree that the image quality is the same if not better than the D800. As I review the camera with more lenses I will update and post it for you to gander.
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