D600 a keeper, no longer looking for trouble

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D600 a keeper, no longer looking for trouble
Dec 25, 2012

After a nearly-four-year hiatus from hobby photography, I picked it up again this year. My D90 with 18-200VR has done a fine job (within its limitations) since I bought it in 2009.
Without going into histrionics of why, I became intrigued with the D600 when it was announced. I kept waiting for my local full-featured pro camera store to stock one so I could get a hands-on look, but the cameras went out the front door as quickly as they came in the back. So,when B&H offered the $1996 special, I grabbed one. Two days later, I had it in my hands - serial #305xxxx.

After about 75 shots, I made the mistake of looking for spots. There was one, center-left. I could only see it against the blue or white background at f16 or higher - invisible otherwise.
Self-clean didn't help, and I managed to add more spots in my untrained attempts to clean it. My local store - from whom I have bought 2 DSLRs, a 4/3s Lumix, and a compact over the last few years - stepped right up with a cleaning. Very instructive - I learned more about Nikons' propensity for spotting and - most importantly - why go looking for trouble? I have never looked for spots on my D90; I'm sure that if were to do so, there would be plenty after four years without a cleaning, after three trips to Arizona Sonoran and high deserts and other journeys. And I change lenses frequently.

With all that said - after a few hundred frames, I am more enthusiastic about the D600 than any other Nikon camera I have owned over the past 35 years. While I find the distortion of the 24-85mm kit lens occasionally disconcerting, it is easily fixed in PP when necessary and sharpness is admirable for a kit unit. Nikkor 60mm macro yields stunning close-ups. I find my Tokina 12-24 F4 DX works fine at 18mm or higher (again recognizing and correcting for distortion). I haven't played with my 70-200 f2.8 VR-II yet. I have had a great time playing with the interval and time-lapse features. We did a time-lapse of our Christmas morning gift opening - very cool! Standard movies work very well; sound quality is surprising. Even the built-in "scene" functions work so well that I find myself using a couple of them instead of aperture-preferred with other customs settings.

I am not going to look for or concern myself with sensor spots any more - why look for trouble when you can't see it except under specific circumstances when the camera has so much to offer?

Nikon D600 Nikon D90
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