Brief arguments for/against the D600 (for action shooters)

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Brief arguments for/against the D600 (for action shooters)
Apr 23, 2014


  • It's very good at high ISOs
  • The AF system is more capable than most people suggest (it's on about the same level as the D3s's AF system, and you can get really good results with ~20 year old lenses like the AF-I 300/2.8)
  • In good light, 24 MP offers quite a bit of resolution
  • Prices are way down because of the dust issues. But if you're shooting action with the lens wide open, you're not going to see the dust anyways.


  • Nikon cameras in general just keep breaking. My D600, which I got new about a year and a half ago, has had the aperture lever jammed twice. I can't use G-type lenses on the camera anymore, and can't stop down more than two stops even with lenses that have aperture rings. And I suspect it isn't a fluke either. My used D3s has misaligned left points (left points are always consistently off compared to the center), but it's used so I'll give Nikon a pass on that. I also used someone else's D3 briefly last year, and it had a broken metering mode switch. The only Nikon cameras I've seen that are always working perfectly are entry level models that only get taken out several times a month.

Basically, if it doesn't break, you're golden.

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