Old Ed: Regarding focus peaking, this is a BIG DEAL to MF lens users, even if video is not involved at all. It's very nice that the D600 can do AE with AI-S lenses; but AE obviously does not eliminate the need to FOCUS. And if the D600 follows earlier models, there is still no USEABLE MF focusing aid. A dim, flickering dot low in the viewfinder is total bleep. BTW, focus peaking is not the only solution. I would be very happy if Nikon would just BRIGHTLY light in-focus AF points, when in MF mode. That has GOT to be an easy firmware upgrade, and has been for years. But still nada. It may sound like a conspiracy theory, but what excuse could there be for leaving out focus features so simple, cheap, and valuable? I can only think of one: Nikon would still like credit for supporting older lenses, so they offer up AE (on higher end bodies). But they don't actually want to detract from new AF lens sales, so they cripple MF focusing ability. How about DPR calling them out on this, Barney?
Hi Old Ed,You are right I have never used MF lenses with an aid since my film days. But I shoot birds in flight and 5 yr old grand kids with AF glass that is almost as good as the primes. At 70 AF is just so much easier than trying to twist a focus ring. Now if I get into video with the new D600 and use my MF lenses than a focus aid may be a good idea. But I think I would probably move to something like the Ninja 2, I think it's called.
stuntmonkey: " is the D600 the new D300S"
Love how Barney indirectly asks if there will be a D400, and then the question is indirectly shirked off.
I have been shooting the D300 since it was introduced and will have a D600 today. As I think about it I was hoping for a choice between a D400 and D600. However, a point made in this interview speaks to the difficulty of matching a feature set to a price point. It seems that 10+mp on the D600 in DX mode will perform better than the D300 all things considered. And for $900 more 15mp in DX mode on the D800 will certainly satisfy the D300 crew. Now that I have looked at the D600 manual I am really wondering if there will ever be anything like a D400. I would not be surprised to see DX SLRs disappear to be replaced with something mirrorless in the 24mp iso 6400 space. With all the competition this is rough space for the market planners.
GiovanniB: This interview reflects a very good approach towards their customers by Nikon, including respecting the wishes of owners of legacy lenses - talk of long-term commitment in opposite to ever-faster "innovation" cycles and planned obsolescence. Congratulations - in fact if I'd not be invested in a Canon full frame system already, I'd seriously consider returning to Nikon completely today (having been a Nikon user in the film era for some time, but I wasn't completely happy with their AF bodies and some of the lenses back then).
Yea, my Canon buddies have been drooling over the Nikon line for a couple of years.
Nice but not necessary.....I have been shooting the D300 since it was introduced. I use the AIs primes and macros when shooting fixed objects and my AF pro zooms when shooting things that move. This is perfectly acceptable and it is seldom that the green dot fails me. I cannot imagine a manual focus situation where I would get a good focus hit rate on moving targets. I was hoping for the green dot with arrows like the pro backs. I'll know in a day or two just how good the new view finder and low light focusing is as my D600 arrives today.
This is a very good article explaining a process that seems natural for me now, but it took many years to appreciate. Of course this is more about making photographic art than it is about making pictures. The hardest part sometimes for me is to recognize the artistic potential that is literally at my feet.
An interesting thing happened to me a few years ago...I do my walk around with a point and shoot.....I was unable to get as good a shot with the fancy dslr on one occasion as with the walk-around shot!
Finally a truth in this article is that good pictures just don't happen they take many hours of planning and preparation. But then it feels so good to get lucky every now and then.
Good article DPReview, thanks.
I caught a virus from the link....come-on DPReview fess up to the real reason the link was removed. Do you not review a link before directing your readers to it?