Everyone on here comparing this to a standard 50mm lens is missing the point of this lens: It's a Noct lens. It's a speciality lens for shooting at night and low light. It will have no coma and excel for nighttime shooters. It does not need to be consistently sharp from edge to edge for those type of shots (and most shots are center subject focus even if we don't want to believe that).
Eyeglass10101: I think everyone is missing a key element (and even DPREVIEW) doesn't list the full name for this lens: It's a NOCT lens. As in nocturnal/night time lens. Yes, it's obviously great for daytime uses, but it's a killer at night. You will see almost no coma. None.
Right on sir.
Eleson: What am I missing, the Sony e-mount 50/1.8 OSS is sharper from the start and up? (Looking at NEX-7 and D7000) ? Yes, I know, one is FF, but the other has OSS...
What should be measured to show what money buys???
Everyone is missing the fact that this really is a speciality lens. Also, it's your option to buy it or not. This lens is a NOCT lens. Nocturnal lenses are best at night as they have no coma.
Digitall: 50mm 1.4 = $1,696.95, Ok...
You are also missing that it's a 58mm noct lens. Do you know what a noct lens is? Do your research before just spewing nonsense.
I think everyone is missing a key element (and even DPREVIEW) doesn't list the full name for this lens: It's a NOCT lens. As in nocturnal/night time lens. Yes, it's obviously great for daytime uses, but it's a killer at night. You will see almost no coma. None.
tkbslc: Remember when phones could fit in your pocket?
Oh, I remember thy well, 2002.
I loved those little, mini flip phones. I am really tired of phone tech.. oh heck, most tech except for health related items.
jkoch2: Will Nikon continue to market the D600? Or have any unsold units been recalled?
Are any of the D610 units "factory refurbished" D600s with a degreased sensor and replacement shutter mechanism?
D600 owners (many of whom insisted there was no problem, or that it hardly mattered) will of course, as a matter of high principle, desist from any plea to swap their units. Ahem... Yes, quite.
The over hyped oil issue was only the first run about a year ago. Stop being a drone. The price will go down and Nikon never officially discontinues anything.
Eyeglass10101: Before all the Nikon haters (aka Canon shooters) start bashing Nikon for quickly implementing a D600 replacement due to the oil issue, please don't forget your own recent flop/hand irritant/chemically unstable, Canon t4i. Remember that one? Or do you just remember the t5i?
No, just caused hand irritation so you couldn't USE your camera. That's a pretty big loss of image quality.
Mr Fartleberry: You all know what to buy for Christmas now don't you? And you expected a D4X, D400, or professional lenses. LOL. Order thru <Amazon>.
How about going to your local camera store and buying there? Of course, Amazon does own Dpreview.
57even: Would be interested to be a fly on the wall at the product planning office in Japan. Lots of red faced apologies no doubt, but I suspect the issue was with one of their component suppliers, since it all seems to narrow down to the shutter itself.
But if anyone is thinking of actually getting a D610 it should be a very nice camera with very few issues and at current prices it's a bargain. I really liked mine, even though I did exchange it for a D800. The latter is objectively better, but I doubt you'd notice 90% of the time.
I wonder if Canon did the same thing with the T4i?
Before all the Nikon haters (aka Canon shooters) start bashing Nikon for quickly implementing a D600 replacement due to the oil issue, please don't forget your own recent flop/hand irritant/chemically unstable, Canon t4i. Remember that one? Or do you just remember the t5i?
Down with video! Viva la photos! :)
KawaiiYong: So is this camera better than 7D?
The 7D was good when it came out three years ago (but then again, Canon spewed the same sensor for years).
tecnoworld: Why not the same tests and articles for the samsung nx300, released about 5 months ago, with hybrid af? Af wise, it just placed ahed of nikon d7100 and pentax k5-ii on a german magazine, that cared to test it.
Have you used Samsung? Their AF is actually quite good and the images look very impressive. As with most MFG's, it depends on your lenses. I have used a basic Samsung NX1000 with their 85mm lens and they looked great. Pretty good IQ, too. So, please don't just believe these well oiled reviews. Try them out.
beavertown: Nikon is dying. They don't even have their own sensor.
Canon 70D kills the Nikon equivalent by thousand miles.
You are misinformed. The current Nikon models actually use house built sensors. And the argument that because a company doesn't build their own sensors means they are dying is stupid.
The Nikon still has better dynamic range, better color depth and better for most shots outside of sports and video.
Shhh... Samsung doesn't sponsor Amazon or Dpreview enough for that sort of attention.
msmithphd80: Maybe a silly Q... but why is the processor digic 5 and not digic 6....? They have digic 6 on their latest P&S. Wouldn't that make this camera even better in low-light? What am I missing....?
Canon is typically noisier in real world shooting and has less dynamic range then a Nikon camera. But, they are faster AF and faster frame rate plus better on video.
I think DPREVIEW and Canon both overestimate the importance of video in these cameras. I deal with people everyday buying cameras and slr's and most, if not nearly 90%, could care less about video.
Rambalac: Neither good for photo, nor for video. Boring
This is good for someone who is just getting started, not snobs like us.