LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!...until I got the dreaded oil/dust spots in the upper lefthand corner of my images!
3 December 2013
Summary: I purchased this camera as an upgrade from my D5000. It has more then exceeded my expectations. I work with a professional photographer on a part-time basis. I shoot different events (weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs..etc.) and can personally say this camera has allowed me to expand my role as a second shooter. I have also done portraits on my own and have had amazing results. I did a lot of research on several different Nikon cameras and kept on coming back to this one.
Summary: It took me a long time to save up for this camera. I read all the reviews. I had to see for myself. I cannot believe the camera came leaving spots on the images. What is going on? So I am jumping through hoops with Nikon right now. They are treating me like I have done something wrong. They are passing me back and forth like a rag doll. I am trying my best to make this work out.
Summary: First of all I really love this Camera. I received this camera yesterday from Amazon after a long wait hoping Nikon might have taken care of the dust/oil issues by now as suggested in multiple forums. I am not good with writing reviews but wanted to write this one since there are hundreds of folks like me waiting to buy this camera and possible d600 defect is holding them back. This review is also for the folks waiting for a recent update on dust/oil spots issue.
Summary: It's not a matter of IF, but WHEN you will get oil spots. I did a ton of research before and since I purchased my D600. I am now convinced the only people who claim not to have the oil spots have either 1) not shot it enough, or 2) not used the camera at settings that show the spots. I went a couple of months thinking I got one of the good ones. I typically shoot people and sports, and usually at apertures between f/1.8 and f/5.6.
Autofocus tracking suboptimal for action photography
24 March 2013
Summary: I often photograph dogs running and jumping and, unfortunately the AF system proved inadequate. I previously used a D700 which worked flawlessly. I purchased a D600 to get a sensor with better dynamic range since I photograph outdoors in the harsh Florida sun. The sensor is amazing and right on par with a Nikon D800, but the camera just could not track fast moving animals.
Summary: I love this camera for the amazing image quality and was absolutely astounded by the high ISO/low light capabilities, but I returned it due to flaws that a $2000 camera just shouldn't have. The big one was the oil spots on the sensor, which began showing up on my photos fairly quickly. I also noticed the menus/photo review freezing periodically, especially when trying to zoom in. My D600 also had the tendency to overexpose (sometimes severely) in all modes but Manual.
Summary: This is such an awesome camera, but I, like many others, have the dust/oil issue. Because I usually shoot with my aperture pretty wide, it has not bothered me as much. But I find it annoying to have bought an expensive camera that has this issue. Aside from that, the D600 handles pretty nicely. The only negative I find is the focus points all grouped together in the center of the camera. It takes some getting used to and I really wish they were more spaced out.
Summary: AF accuracy is better than D7000, especially the outer AF points and even with F1.8, the accuracy was pretty good. High ISO was good. I had 200 clicks of the shutter and got 8 oil spots on the sensor at F8 and above. What a shame.
Very good image quality with good amount of Dust Particles
3 January 2013
Summary: I'm not new to DSLR's. With my older body, I had no issues with dust on the sensor even after 4 years of lens changes, many on the sea shore with sand in the air. There are two reasons why I cannot recommend the D600:(1) the bracket function is limited to three exposures making it worthless for my usage, and (2) the dust/oil spot problem is real. I have grey spots noticeable in the sky that appear to be too large to be dust and that also left corner of the sensor.
Summary: In all honesty I thought the upgrade from a D7000 would have been very minor if noticeable at all and I was worried that I spent $2K(Kit sale deal) when it wasn't really needed. I was settled in to my D7K and my mostly DX lens selection. Fortunately I find the difference from a D7000 to be huge. The Overall IQ, the focusing is quick and nails nearly every time, skies are never blown out and the colors are so rich.