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allegretto
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« on: April 22, 2013, 02:26:54 PM »
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Hi folks!

Looking for a smaller, lighter alternative to my D4 when that kind of speed isn't necessary. Kind of caught between these two, and I'm sure they both take great pictures. Sensor ratings can be deceiving, as can "reviews"

Does anyone have strong experience with both and can tell me which would be better?

- shoot mainly people and action with moving subjects
- some portrait
- only a little landscape
- try not to use flash whenever possible
- use only high quality Nikkors

The sensor in the 600 is very impressive as my RX-1 is laser sharp, but I do tend to crop frequently so am focal length limited and hence the 800e is appealing

thanks in advance
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 07:03:09 PM »
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If you dont need the features of D800, dont pixel peep, and dont print large, you will be happy and satisfied with D600. 24MP is still a lot of pixels for cropping.
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2013, 12:52:51 AM »
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The AF of the D800 is the same as that of the D4, which may be important.

Otherwise, I would prioritize the similarity of UI if you intend to move back and forth btwn the 2 bodies. From that standpoint also, the D800E is probably a bit closer to the D4.

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2013, 04:04:43 PM »
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The D600 is cheaper, lighter, and has 24 MP vs 36 for the D800.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 07:24:24 AM »
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One big advantage to the D800 is that you can shoot in the crop mode using lenses for the smaller sensor DX cameras and still get a 15MP image along with 6 frames per second drive rate.

An added grip makes 6 frames per second a reality. That is as fast as we used to shoot with Nikon F3's for news work and sports. Al

Given the cost difference the D800 or D800E seems to be worth it. You can always shoot at a lower image size/resolutions if you don't want the full size files. Either way, having the option of full size is nice when you want or need it.

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2013, 09:29:31 AM »
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Pored over images of all the latest Nikons on dp on my monitor and at high ISO, nothing Nikon has can match the D4, but on low ISO the 7100 is a damn fine camera and has pixel density > D800.

So I'm buying that and going to use it what it's good for, and keep my D4 for what it's good for

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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2013, 01:01:28 PM »
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Pored over images of all the latest Nikons on dp on my monitor and at high ISO, nothing Nikon has can match the D4, but on low ISO the 7100 is a damn fine camera and has pixel density > D800.

So I'm buying that and going to use it what it's good for, and keep my D4 for what it's good for

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Good choice.
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2013, 04:42:12 PM »
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From my perspective its pretty simple. The D800 is not 50% more camera for the money. If you need full frame for the wide angles,high ISO and the DoF go with the D600. You can always stitch shots. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2013, 05:11:59 PM »
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From my perspective its pretty simple. The D800 is not 50% more camera for the money.

It's also not 50% more costly. In fact the price difference is more than marginal, but in many respects not at all excessive, with the D800 selling in the UK at around 1930 & the D600 for around 1400.
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2013, 11:01:33 AM »
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in addition to the different format making interesting combinations with the 1.5X sensor I had enough $$$ left over for the creamy 50mm 1.2 AIS for a fun lens...!
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