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Just Posted: Hands-on Nikon D600 preview

By dpreview staff on Sep 13, 2012 at 04:00 GMT
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Just Posted: Our hands-on Nikon D600 preview. The D600 is the much-rumored, long-awaited and much-in-demand enthusiast-level full-frame DSLR. The D600 combines a 24MP full-frame sensor with a feature set that seems to build from the familiar and well-regarded technologies on the D7000. It also gains a dash of D800, for substantially less money. We've been getting-to-grips with the D600 for a while and have prepared a hands-on preview article, looking at exactly what the D600 offers for $2100/£1955/€2149.

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jpr2
By jpr2 (Sep 13, 2012)

but... WHY to skimp on USB 3.0???

2 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

With the release of the D600, Nikon has destroyed the sales of both Sony RX1 and A99 even before they hit the shelves. Price alone is enough to guarantee that. Sweeeeeeet.....

3 upvotes
sye46
By sye46 (Sep 13, 2012)

How would it destroy the sales of the A99? You can say it will "destroy" the D800 sales as well.

Sony users looking to replace their A700/A77/A900/A850 will get the A99 not the D600 even if it is cheaper. And the RX1 is not even in the same category as the D600, that is a competitor to Leica and Fuji cameras. A niche that Canon nor Nikon wants to touch.

Besides, this camera is missing so many features that make a FF pro camera. Probably better off getting a used D700 or 5DMk2 than the D600

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two_stanley
By two_stanley (Sep 13, 2012)

I'm sure Sony is OK with the D600 "destroying" the A99 and RX1 sales... Since the Nikon D600 uses the Sony 24mp sensor, Sony will be laughing all the way to the bank regardless of what camera is sold.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

@sye46:

It's OK for Nikon even if the D800 sales are affected. They all belong to one big happy family. :) Besides, landscape photographers will still spring for the D800.

Sony users looking to replace A700/A77/A900/A850? How many are there? Very very very few in comparison to the number of Nikon and Canon users.

You are right the RX1 belongs to a niche market. So small is the market that no one really cares about it. :)

D600 may not have many pro features, but the shallow depth of field and awesome FF sensor are attractive enough for most Nikon upgraders. A new affordable FF camera is far more attractive than an outdated D700/5D2.

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Cane
By Cane (Sep 13, 2012)

There's a picture of you in the dictionary under the term fanboy.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 13, 2012)

Sony can probably find a way to hurt A99 sales all by itself.

Glitches, dumb menus, slow and inaccurate AF, bad above ISO2500 are some of the possibilities.

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creaDVty
By creaDVty (Sep 13, 2012)

Does anyone know if the D600 has micro-af adjust? That is a feature that is important to me. Thanks.

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stanic042
By stanic042 (Sep 13, 2012)

:(

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NektonFi
By NektonFi (Sep 13, 2012)

It does. I have held final production camera in my hands, and it does.

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Great British Landscapes
By Great British Landscapes (Sep 13, 2012)

Sorry man, but DPReview have got this wrong. You need to read the spec sheet on Nikon's website - it has AF Adjust. I suggest a withdrawal of that comment...

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stanic042
By stanic042 (Sep 13, 2012)

now that sounds better, much better :)

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ashwins
By ashwins (Sep 13, 2012)

Barney's goof...

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schufosi777
By schufosi777 (Sep 13, 2012)

1995 pounds???????????????????? Thats 3200USD. Hello am I missing something. The price in Japan is 2500USD. Whats going on. I will import it from America!!!!!!!!

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c_henry
By c_henry (Sep 13, 2012)

Yes, you're missing the fact that we have to add on import duties and VAT. VAT alone takes it to £1560. I'm not sure what the import duties are on something like this, but I reckon £1995 is probably bag on when you factor in those two taxes :(

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Sep 13, 2012)

Living in Japan, I'm pretty shocked by the price here, too. I'll probably get mine elsewhere.

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dark goob
By dark goob (Sep 13, 2012)

All my DX lenses will crop on this camera! My 10.5 fisheye will only get a part of the pixels...! When will they finally make a camera that will be full-frame with my DX lenses?! I'm tired of waiting

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KieranGee
By KieranGee (Sep 13, 2012)

A camera that would be "full frame" for your DX lenses would be a camera that has a DX sensor.......

7 upvotes
flipmac
By flipmac (Sep 13, 2012)

Even IF you get your DX lenses to not crop on an FX body, there will be heavy vignetting; image circle just isn't big enough. Best to just stick to DX bodies if you don't want to get FX lenses.

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gsum
By gsum (Sep 13, 2012)

Some DX zooms are FF through part of their range (i.e. they do not crop) on FF bodies. For example, the Tokina 10-17mm fish is FF from 10 to about 13mm and the Nikon 17-55mm is FF from 17 to about 22mm. Both give great results within those limitations.

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SUPERHOKIE
By SUPERHOKIE (Sep 13, 2012)

wow... dumbest post of the year.

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Red Swan
By Red Swan (Sep 13, 2012)

I'm afraid you'll have to wait forever

1 upvote
Dave Luttmann
By Dave Luttmann (Sep 13, 2012)

This will complete my trilogy of cameras...D700, D800, and D600.

1 upvote
Footski
By Footski (Sep 13, 2012)

Let the battle commence. If this camera performs as well as it should, it will be superb and a real threat to the competition.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

It's not a threat. It's a destroyer. Well done, Nikon!

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Cane
By Cane (Sep 13, 2012)

Unless you own stock in Nikon I don't see why people like you care. You own a camera, that's all.

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Sep 13, 2012)

"Unless you own stock in Nikon I don't see why people like you care. You own a camera, that's all."

Ha ha! That's what I call perspective.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 13, 2012)

Well played Nikon! Now I hope Sony releases another sub-2000 USD camera just like the A850 years ago and then Canon too. Bring down the prices of FF cameras!! Good times coming for us people =)

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

Sony just shot themselves by over-pricing their FF offerings. I'm sure they knew about the D600... :)

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 13, 2012)

That's why I'm waiting Sony to release another sub-2000USD FF like what they did with the A850 back then if they're not going to reduce price on A99 ;)

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 13, 2012)

This is great, battle among Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fuji but I am still waiting for an interchangeable FF mirrorless the size of X-1pro. I am just tired of carrying "pro" looking dslr, I am not a pro but some places that I'd like to take photos coudn't care less when I use my S100 and suddenly get hot and bothered when I use my 7D. I am really looking forward "point and shoot" looking camera that something that stands out like a sore thumb. For example, in concerts "pro" cameras, whatever that means, aren't allowed, but you are welcome to use something like the NEX, Fuji X1 because it's small and thus aren't "pro" camera,sheesh, come on Sony, Canon, Nikon please come up with a FF mirrorless interchangeable body!

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Sep 13, 2012)

I'm with you, Abi. The mirror must become an anachronism -- it's noisy, and, per Herb Keppler, mirrors always degrade image quality because of vibration. The camera of the near future will be mirrorless, have an EVF of superb quality, be full-frame, small in size, accommodate interchangeable lenses, and possess a built-in flash (because I want one). Lenses will be smaller, brighter (faster), better in IQ, and cheaper because they will no longer have to be of the inverted telephoto (retrofocus) design. It's been a long wait, and I'm almost dead now. So step on it. Please.

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 13, 2012)

Thanks Pat! and I am just getting sick and tired of carrying my 7D when I do hard core landscape by boats, fishing boats, trekking, by the sea, ocean, mountains waiting for the light and when nature disappoints me with meeh light carrying lighter gear tempers my disappointment two folds!

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

I was hoping for that. But doubt it'll happen now. Sony needs to release a slew of lenses for the new FF mirrorless mount and they have not even fulfilled the basic range of E-mount lens (see Fujifilm, Samsung, Olympus and Panasonic).

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 13, 2012)

True, I was really interested in the NEX and was posting on this web about Sony please come out with a 10mm lens, and lo and behold they announced it but I am still waiting for E mount 10mm lens to be released and see if it is better than the 10mm EFS. I think I might be stuck with heavy DSLR since a brand new 5dmk2 is already around US 1600 and a mint second hand around US 1400. Sell my 7D now and add the difference for the 5dmk2 seems to be the best route for me. I already stock pile Canon lenses from 15mm fisheye to 70-200 MK2 just in case Canon comes up with a mirrorless FF!

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Vibrio
By Vibrio (Sep 13, 2012)

a full frame mirrorless would still require the same sized lenses as an SLR would. you'd loos a bit of length but other than that. they still wouldn't let you take pics cause your lenses would be the same.

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guvenilter
By guvenilter (Sep 13, 2012)

In a word (maybe two), Leica M9... But one f/1.4 lens costs almost as much as a D800 body...

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 13, 2012)

I do have the 17mmzoomL got it second hand mint hardly used, eyeing the 14mmL second hand mint right now, I am an ultrawide junky, a FF the size of the Canon M and the 17mmzoom or the 16mmzoom I'd be happy can carry the combo in my Hubba Hubba Hiney.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Sep 14, 2012)

Leica makes small FF lenses.

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Wyville
By Wyville (Sep 13, 2012)

Even though I switched to Canon, I think Nikon have done very well with this one. The specs look pretty good; a well balanced, general use, full frame DSLR at a great price.

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Devendra
By Devendra (Sep 13, 2012)

Congrats Nikon on releasing another (competition) killer product! cant wait for the D300/s version while I enjoy my D800E

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Sep 13, 2012)

Yes I agree.... this one can kill even D800 :)

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

In Japan, the D800 is not selling anywhere as well as the 5D2 or 5D3.

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Seth Delackner
By Seth Delackner (Sep 13, 2012)

photo nuts: Every week I go into Bic Camera in Shibuya and try to play with the D800. Up until this week, I couldn't, because it has been sold out ever since it was released. Even now, they don't even have a display model, just a sign that says "yes we have it in stock," suggesting they can't even waste a single unit to put on display. The market is trying to say something, but until supply actually keeps up with demand, we can't see what.

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Sep 13, 2012)

I can't wait for APS-C to go away completely, if FF gets cheaper and cheaper this will be soon

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Sep 13, 2012)

I thought that was noob comment but makes sense since when you got an FF sensor, it doesn't matter what kind of lens format you attach to it. A smaller lens format will convert the FF into crop mode. Add to that, your aspect ratios is only limited by the lens in crop mode.

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Cane
By Cane (Sep 13, 2012)

Imagine how fantastic your life will be, you'll be better looking, richer, and achieve inner peace!

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nawknai
By nawknai (Sep 13, 2012)

Am I mistaken if I say that this D600 appears to be a D800, but with a 24 MP sensor and a semi-plastic body? If so, then this is a great deal.

I expect the AF to be slightly worse as well, but that the differences will not show themselves in most shooting situations.

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ChristianHass
By ChristianHass (Sep 13, 2012)

You could call it a D800 with a different body, a different sensor, a different AF module etc etc.

It's more fitting to call it a D7000 with a fullframe sensor.

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nawknai
By nawknai (Sep 13, 2012)

Nevermind. It's the same disasterous AF as in D7000.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

What's so disastrous about it?

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 13, 2012)

Actually it's an updated focusing system that now takes lenses up to f8.
I'm sure their are a few other tweaks as well.
But based on this it seems that the focusing system will be more snappy than the focusing system of the D7000

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

What's the problem with the D7000 AF?

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Sep 13, 2012)

I bought a 5D2 brand new from Future Shop in Canada a year ago for $2000...so whats the big deal about the price?

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Sep 13, 2012)

You can get a brand new 5dmk2 for $400 less now...
But, look at the specs, more MP, FAR better autofocus, better video specs (still need to see it though) and all is up to modern standards. Paying 2000 for a new camera now, rather than 2000 for a 4 yr old camera now is the big deal.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

Well said Nishi. We'll see what Canon has in store for the 6D.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Sep 13, 2012)

It seems full frame is already the trend...
Yesterday was Sony...
Today is Nikon...
Where is the low-priced "full frame" for Canon and Pentax?
I'm doubt how long can 4/3 stay in the market.
4/3 and APSC may be faded out very quickly.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Sep 13, 2012)

Both use Sony Sensor.

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vvayne
By vvayne (Sep 13, 2012)

They use sensosr manufactured by SONY, but designed by themselves. This topic is a common misunterstandung. Companies are just using SONY's resources to cut their own chips for a certain price. "SONY Sensors" is just an urban legend.

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Osiris30
By Osiris30 (Sep 13, 2012)

You keep believing that.. but in the mean time google around and look at some of the extreme tear downs that have been done that include a microscope/SEM... you'll change your mind pretty quickly about your statement.

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flipmac
By flipmac (Sep 13, 2012)

"I'm doubt how long can 4/3 stay in the market.
4/3 and APSC may be faded out very quickly."

For DSLRs maybe, but $2100 is still expensive, especially if you can get a D7000 for half of that and the D7000 is more than sufficient for many. Even if the DSLRs using those formats are gone, the formats themselves will stay around longer as mirrorless, particularly m4/3, is still much smaller and that's important to some.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Sep 13, 2012)

But unfortunately, the history told us that Olympus Pen F, Konica half frame SLR and other half frame range finder cameras were all unsuccessful even though there was ISO 25 super high resolution color film available at that time.
110 and APS also unsuccessful in the film era.
6x6 and 35mm formats remains the mainstream for several decades.

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Vandyu
By Vandyu (Sep 13, 2012)

Nikon decided against the magic $1,999 price point. The D600 will sell, but not to as many enthusiasts as I once assumed.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Sep 13, 2012)

If you can afford $2000 than you can afford $2100.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

Agreed. I just put in my pre-order at Amazon the second it showed up. I surprised myself.

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viking79
By viking79 (Sep 13, 2012)

Bottom line is this fills the price point of the outgoing D700 and you save a couple hundred. The D700 was probably a better buy in terms of construction quality, but costs have gone up so they need to recover those by introducing newer models at higher price points.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

If your dumb enough to pay $2,000 for an FF D7000 your dumb enough to pay $2100.

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ChristianHass
By ChristianHass (Sep 13, 2012)

Amazing. $2100 is £1300 with the current conversion rate, so the £1955 UK price is "only" a 50% markup for Europe. Good job.
I know sales tax is part of it, but 50% is ridiculous.

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Retzius
By Retzius (Sep 13, 2012)

When the dollar was worth something I understood this policy. Now that the US dollar is falling faster than a brick this policy just seems like abuse.

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John Pennington
By John Pennington (Sep 13, 2012)

This is Nikon totally screwing over the UK market.
Shame on you Nikon.

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Boxbrownie
By Boxbrownie (Sep 13, 2012)

Same old same old, UK (Europe) is the cash cow for the far east manufacturers, the US is the establishing/positional market, the US buyer builds the market and we feed it.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

Someone has to pay for 'US foreign policy' don't they?
Savings on stuff like this make more money available for weapons and making the world a 'safer place'.

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nofumble
By nofumble (Sep 13, 2012)

Thank you Nikon for making a loud wake-up call for Canon.

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VivaLasVegas
By VivaLasVegas (Sep 13, 2012)

Looks plasticky, a bit better looking than its big brother.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

There's nothing wrong with composites. Composites might even be better in certain ways for certain applications.

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Dave Luttmann
By Dave Luttmann (Sep 13, 2012)

As you've proven to be a Canon fanboy,why should you even care?

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Sep 13, 2012)

Plasticky was never a problem for the Canon Rebel cameras which are still selling by the boatloads.

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Great British Landscapes
By Great British Landscapes (Sep 13, 2012)

Vegas can't stand the D800 because it killed the 5DIII, and he knows it. He leads a very sad lonely existence in the forums...just look at his posting history :)

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Bearsdenoboe
By Bearsdenoboe (Sep 13, 2012)

I find it Disgusting that in the UK we should be expected to pay £1955 for a camera that in the US costs hardly more in $. Rip-off Britain! It's time that this practice was stopped — by universal public complaint !!! Please everybody, act now!

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

@Dan - exactly what part is 'composite'?

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pitaw
By pitaw (Sep 13, 2012)

Can not use this as a back up to my D700, battery and cards are not compatible...sigh.

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Redteg94
By Redteg94 (Sep 13, 2012)

There will never be another camera that uses the EN-EL3e battery, as it doesn't comply with the battery laws that some countries have created recently. Hence the D800's new battery

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Sep 13, 2012)

Not to mention the D700 is in relative terms a dinosaur....been out quite a while, no surprise that Nikon is moving on to different batteries etc.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Sep 13, 2012)

How to slot this camera in the Nikon pricing hierarchy will be a real challenge.

Right now, the cost of this camera cannot really be called "budget" or "cheap".

.

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3a
By 3a (Sep 13, 2012)

i feel its real cheap considering its a Full frame.
cant expect 1.5+ k range for a full frame in another one or two years i guess.
think of RX1 @ 3000+ (camera, grip, viewfinder ,etc) and u have some solid money in hand for a decent prime and still have a DSLR :)

having said that its really not cheap for 'me' and i dont see replacing my D300s anytime sooner :)

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 13, 2012)

It is a consumer full frame, as such, it is priced accordingly.
I said it in another post.
Compare this camera to the models it competes with, this camera is a bargain.
Also remember that when the D7000 came out it was priced at around $1200 and the D300s was close to $1800 if I remember correctly.

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DStudio
By DStudio (Sep 13, 2012)

It will be interesting to see how well this price tag works - this was about the max I figured they'd go. After seeing Sony's price for the A99, and thinking about the realities of the value of the dollar to the yen, I realized there was no way they'd be down near the $1500 price some had hoped for. The higher prices in US$ we're seeing for many cameras and lenses are not merely fickle decisions by Japanese camera makers - unfortunately, they reflect the realities of a devalued dollar and an economy that's worse than many Americans want to admit.

But back to the photographic side, it's great to see Nikon make full frame now accessible to a larger audience - it will be interesting to see how the competition prices similar products during the next year.

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photobeans
By photobeans (Sep 13, 2012)

yup, thanks to the fed's printing press and our huge debt the value of the dollar ain't what it used to be. If there was no euro-crisis the dollar would truly be in the toilet today

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beckmarc
By beckmarc (Sep 13, 2012)

Imagine what the price would have been in $US at the exchange rate of 5 years ago. The only upside is maybe Nikon will open a factory in the US. Low dollar, large recovering(ish?) economy, should help get prices down for the US market at least.

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R Thornton
By R Thornton (Sep 13, 2012)

Yep, US just broke the record: more then 16 trillion dollars debt! Compared to 15 trillion dollars GDP! Compared to the entire world's GDP of about 60 trillion dollars! Simply put: the USA is stealing money from the world, spending way more than it earns and making up for the difference by waging war and plundering. Go USA!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 13, 2012)

R Thornton--

So to your mind waging war doesn't add to the USA's debt? That's preposterous.

Waging war doesn't "make up for the difference" waging war caused a good bit of the difference.

Also the yen is up against the dollar, and other currencies, because Japan had a set of huge construction projects that it had to pay for in yen at home, so moving that much foreign invested money into yen makes the yen attractive as an investment.

No giant earthquake and nuclear reactor disaster, then no huge increase in the value of the yen against other currencies.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

@ R Thronton,
You're missing a few other bits of information.
Do you think the US pays for all their military bases on foreign land or the local governments foot the bill?
If one were to add these costs to the US defecit you might well find exactly how badly off the US are.
(Hint - Obamam's first visit was to China, he's also kneeling to the Russians. Might well be that they have lots of USD and the US don't want these countries to suddenly off-load onto the market?)

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 15, 2012)

Antony John:

That's funny the Chinese aren't the biggest holders of US Treasury Bonds, it's the Federal Reserve.

Actual income taxes on people like Bezos and Romney could sure pay off some of those debts. There was a financial transaction tax in the US until the late 50s. Bringing it back would deter destructive speculation.

So you've missed a good bit of information.

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Ithackermike
By Ithackermike (Sep 13, 2012)

Fantastic! I was considering a used D700 as a second body to my D800. This is just in time.

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