Overcoming some of the limitations of a D600

Started Nov 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Overcoming some of the limitations of a D600
In reply to anirbana, Nov 16, 2012

I don't think most of these are significant or even relevant limitations...

anirbana wrote:

First, this is not a D600 dust or oild thread. I just need some advice and thoughts in making an informed decision over some of the limitations of D600 (as it seems that way).

I am considering the D600 next DSLR. I am hobbyist and not a pro and I do landscapes, family people portraits, candids and off camera flash photography. I am coming from a D3100 (sold now)

I tried the D600 at the JEssops store in London and got some raw images on my card and I was impressed by the handling, feel and of course the terrific latitude in post processing due to remarkable dynamic range. I have read several threads on certain limitations of the D600 and want to understand your thoughts on these and how some of these can be overcome with simple techniques.

1. Max shutter speed of 1/4000. I know that with most photographers very few shots are taken above that speed. I know the limitation. My question is can it be overcome using ISO 50 and not ISO 100 in very bright sunlight? Does ISO 50 come with its own issues as it is not a real base ISO? I tend to think this as a simple solution, but the net is full of rant on the lack of a faster shutter speed on D600 when most cameras that are compared with have either 100 or 200 as base ISO . What are the other ways to overcome this limitation?

No one complained about 1/8000 at base ISO200, so the equivalent 1/4000 at base ISO100 loses nothing.

2. Flash sync speed of 1/200th of a second. I have read most Canons have it at 1/160 th or 1/180th of a second, but since the DX D7000/D300S and all other Nikon FX offers 1/250th sync speed people are not happy with the D600. Nikon might have thought about differentiating consumer and pro in their FX lineup, but this seems like a silly point on their side too.

Pretty much ditto here, when one considers that these high sync speeds are really mostly necessary in outdoor situations where base ISO 100 does far more to assist in balancing daylight vs. flash light power.

3. Aperture control in movie mode- I know there is no way to overcome this other than a firmware update (that too subjected to hardware design). Is there any hope on Firmware side?

I don't shoot movies, so I can't really speak for how "crippling" this is. If you want aperture control, though, there's always AI/AI-S lenses.

4. AF-ON - I see the AF-On button is missing and most D600 users has programmed the AF-AE lock button to AF-ON. My question is is it possible to programme any other button with AE-AF lock?

From my perspective the AE/AF-L button usage for AF-ON works just fine. Combining this with AF-C gives you a virtual AF-L, and shooting manual takes care of AE-L for me. I believe the Fn button can be assigned to AE/AF-L if you must have those functions on a button?

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