Overcoming some of the limitations of a D600

Started Nov 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
Nikonparrothead Veteran Member • Posts: 5,589
Re: Overcoming some of the limitations of a D600

anirbana wrote:

First, this is not a D600 dust or oild thread. I just need some advice and thoughts in making an informed decision over some of the limitations of D600 (as it seems that way).

I am considering the D600 next DSLR. I am hobbyist and not a pro and I do landscapes, family people portraits, candids and off camera flash photography. I am coming from a D3100 (sold now)

I tried the D600 at the JEssops store in London and got some raw images on my card and I was impressed by the handling, feel and of course the terrific latitude in post processing due to remarkable dynamic range. I have read several threads on certain limitations of the D600 and want to understand your thoughts on these and how some of these can be overcome with simple techniques.

1. Max shutter speed of 1/4000. I know that with most photographers very few shots are taken above that speed. I know the limitation. My question is can it be overcome using ISO 50 and not ISO 100 in very bright sunlight? Does ISO 50 come with its own issues as it is not a real base ISO? I tend to think this as a simple solution, but the net is full of rant on the lack of a faster shutter speed on D600 when most cameras that are compared with have either 100 or 200 as base ISO . What are the other ways to overcome this limitation?

2. Flash sync speed of 1/200th of a second. I have read most Canons have it at 1/160 th or 1/180th of a second, but since the DX D7000/D300S and all other Nikon FX offers 1/250th sync speed people are not happy with the D600. Nikon might have thought about differentiating consumer and pro in their FX lineup, but this seems like a silly point on their side too.

However, with the D600 nikon has decoupled Flash Exp comp with the Camera exp compensation just like Canon does and the only other Nikon camera that has this feature is the D4. My question is can this feature be used to overcome the max sync speed limitation on the D600 to a certain extent, by underexposing the ambient? If yes, how effective would that be?

3. Aperture control in movie mode- I know there is no way to overcome this other than a firmware update (that too subjected to hardware design). Is there any hope on Firmware side?

4. AF-ON - I see the AF-On button is missing and most D600 users has programmed the AF-AE lock button to AF-ON. My question is is it possible to programme any other button with AE-AF lock?

Thoughts and ideas appreciated. No dust or oil comments please. Please feel free to add additional limitations with hints on how it can be overcome partly or fully.

You're asking a lot of personal preference questions here (3 and 4 especially aren't relative to my needs).

As for No. 1: 1/4000 at ISO 50 is basically a toss-up vs 1/8000 at ISO 100. Not sure I've ever had a critical use of 1/8000 of a second. For the wide aperture in bright sunlight crowd (without HSS fill) it's a wash. For those who really need 1/8000 of a second it'd be a deal breaker (much as if you need F 2.8 then F 4.0 won't do).

No. 2: That's the one that has me in a quandry as a D700 user. The D800 files are too big and the price only borderline manageable; the D4 would be idea except for the high price that goes with pro bodies; the D200 has that partial stop shutter speed thing on the flash sync.

As for underexposing the ambient, the Sunny 16 rule for proper daylight exposure would say that proper exposure is in the ballpark of 1/50 or 1/60 at ISO 50 at F16 That specs out to @ F 5.6 at ISO50 at 1/200. Overpower the ambient with flash? Sure, but it depends on your F-stop of choice. A friend of mine does it all day with his 5D MarkII and its 1/200 flash sync but he's well into the double-digits in F-stops for his look of choice.

If one is into the Pocket Wizard Control TL system or some other system that lets you shoot higher shutter speeds with flash because of its version of hypersync, then the 1/200 is a non-issue -- though I'd like to see how the camera works with the triggers once firmware is developed.

If that (PW compatibility) becomes a non-issue then I'd lean more towards the D600 when it's time to retire my D700. Your choice depends on what you shoot and what you need when you shoot.

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