Overcoming some of the limitations of a D600

Started Nov 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
Leo360 Senior Member • Posts: 1,141
Re: Overcoming some of the limitations of a D600

jonikon wrote:

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?

Slap a CP or ND filter on your lens and problem is solved.

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.

Only a difference of 1/50 second will not make any real difference, IMO.

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?

No. The maximum sync speed is limited by the physical limitations of the focal plane shutter and is not influenced by the flash power.

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?

This is a hardware problem more than software problem. Read this post for a detailed explanation.


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?

I don't believe so. Unless you do a lot of focus and recompose type shooting, I don't think using AF-On is such a great idea anyway . AF-ON disables the stabilized image in the viewfinder and locks focus well before shutter release, which can cause OOF with a living subject using large apertures. I use and AF set-up solution that is better suited to those who only occasionally use focus and recompose method and get better results than AF-ON.

- Jon

According to D600 manual you can program Fn or DOF preview buttons (on the front of the camera) to be AE-AF lock.


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