Overcoming some of the limitations of a D600

Started Nov 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
Truman Prevatt
Truman Prevatt Veteran Member • Posts: 8,940
Re: Finally, we might just be able to agree...

This is probably a rare occasion unless you only take pictures in snow at high altitude.  I've done quite a bit of work in the snow and I did it with a large format and medium format where the max shutter speed was a at most a whopping 1/1000. That is why such things as neutral density filters were invented.

There are a lot of tools out there to allow you to get the shot your want.  Maybe a slightly larger tool box go with your camera might solve some of your issues.

J Mankila wrote:

Take bright midday and add snow. Take one f/1.2 standard lens, one f/1.4 wideangle and, finally, one f/2.0 telephoto. That's my setup and a typical shooting situation. I bought those lenses (all manual focus) partly in order to utilise the wide open apertures. I'm buying either the D600 or D800 to achieve the same freedom of DOF control and familiar focal lengths that I've enjoyed with my film camera (Nikon F3).

The polariser (high-quality B+W "slim-fit" model) can only do so much to bring down the shutter speeds, can make sky too blue and trees too green, and often massively complicates the shooting by creating veiling glare. Thus, I've had multiple times that I've had to use one or two stops slower aperture so as to avoid blown whites. Have I gotten the shots that I wanted? Yes, but not at the apertures I wanted.

Simply put, D800 (as opposed to D600) would give me one stop more freedom in these situations. And no, I've never even shot hummingbirds, but we've got plenty of other fast birds with which the 1/8000 could come in handy.

PS: I apologise for the row we've gotten into. I don't feel good about it and hope we can come to a some sort of agreement. I'm not one to crave for "the latest and greatest" and I don't think I would ever defend such behaviour. You've gotten the wrong impression, unfortunately.

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