D600, for me too little, too late for too much

Started Sep 13, 2012 | Discussions
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rsjoberg Contributing Member • Posts: 547
Re: D600, for me too little, too late for too much

When I saw the specs and the price my first thought was that I guess I'd be getting a D7000 or whatever iteration is available next spring. I'm still shooting with a D200, which I purchased when they first came out. The D300 came a little too quick for me and I decided to wait for a D400 — and wait, and wait, and wait.

In addition to my 70-200 I have a 12-24 and a 17-55. I considered selling both of those and biting the bullet on a D800 and the 16-35 lens, but I'm still shooting a 4x5 Tachihara, and have a Beseler 45 enlarger ready to install in the basement. To justify the expenditure on a D800 or even a D600 I would really need to give that up and invest in more storage capacity and processing power.

My conclusion is that I'll minimize expenditures on new digital cameras and concentrate on finished photographs that give me satisfaction and pleasure. I can accomplish that goal better with a $1000 D7000 for color and the silver halide prints from my 4x5 than I could with a $2000 or $3000 digital camera.

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photomy Regular Member • Posts: 147
Re: D600, for me too little, too late for too much

"And so we have here the camera, with meager functionality, except for the expected noise property, and the depth of field resulting from this frame size, at a price which knocks off some people, while others say "most affordable Full Frame." I am struggling to make up my mind, is it a good price, or gold digging? I think its the latter."

I think the D600 was designed to sustain significant price discounting later and still earn a profit. They start out a little high to test the market. Marketing 101 says that you can always lower the price, never increase it later. Also, I am not sure who copied who but it is amazing Nikon and Canon come out with such similar models within a couple of weeks.

I am hoping that the Sony sensor, (if the D600 is Sony), will make it into a great "pro" Pentax body for the same price or less than the D600. Similar to K5/D7000 sharing.

Leonard Migliore
Leonard Migliore Forum Pro • Posts: 13,232
4x5 rules

rsjoberg wrote:

My conclusion is that I'll minimize expenditures on new digital cameras and concentrate on finished photographs that give me satisfaction and pleasure. I can accomplish that goal better with a $1000 D7000 for color and the silver halide prints from my 4x5 than I could with a $2000 or $3000 digital camera.

Since you have the 4x5 setup and are willing to use it, you are already ahead of FX digital for image quality; a D600 would be a step down from that.
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Leonard Migliore

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rsjoberg Contributing Member • Posts: 547
Re: 4x5 rules

I went to 4x5 after I moved to the mountains because I could carry the 8x10 Deardorff anymore. Cost was another factor.

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ThomasH_always OP Regular Member • Posts: 296
Re: D600, for me too little, too late for too much

photomy wrote:

"And so we have here the camera, with meager functionality, except for the expected noise property, and the depth of field resulting from this frame size, at a price which knocks off some people, while others say "most affordable Full Frame." I am struggling to make up my mind, is it a good price, or gold digging? I think its the latter."

I think the D600 was designed to sustain significant price discounting later and still earn a profit. They start out a little high to test the market. Marketing 101 says that you can always lower the price, never increase it later. Also, I am not sure who copied who but it is amazing Nikon and Canon come out with such similar models within a couple of weeks.

Nothing wrong with a profit margin, but a free-fall of values of some of these FX cameras is stunning. Now for example Canon offers EOS-5D MkII for $1700 approx. new.

Now we are talking. For me the 5D was a 7D, slower, no flash but larger sensor. Of course in extreme situations and for huge magnifications FX size will show, but in my usage of my images, mostly web and prints maybe to 13x19" max, I do not really care about FX at all.

Thomas

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ffnikclif Contributing Member • Posts: 867
Re: D600, for me too little, too late for too much

Thomas

you should leave politics out of it. If you are not better off after Bush how are you doing after Obama? This is about you wanting a new upgrade for the D300.

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Cobra SVT New Member • Posts: 2
Re: D600, for me too little, too late for too much

Thomas

you should leave politics out of it. If you are not better off after Bush how are you doing after Obama? This is about you wanting a new upgrade for the D300.

Don't worry... Keep shooting!

Nikon D90... Currently @ 106k shutter clicks. STOUT!

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