D600 price drop soon. Also to be replaced by new D600S model

Started Mar 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Josh152 Senior Member • Posts: 2,018
Re: D600 price drop soon. Also to be replaced by new D600S model

alx357 wrote:

IF you ever used a flash outdoors at any considerable distance, like lighting a large group at an outdoor wedding, you would then understand the difference a third-stop makes, either in flash range, or depth of field, or shutter speed, however you are pressed.   1/250 is pressing the lower limits already, and I have found that the Nikons that are listed at 1/250 actually sync at 1/320, ( not with the bogus fast-sync feature ) but with a NON-DEDICATED flash, plugged into the Prontor-Compur connection of an AS-15 on the hot-shoe.  And for usable fill-flash with daylight ambient, you can use 1/400 sec, since the "shutter shadow" will only occur at a small strip at the top of the frame, not on the subjects, and be lit by the ambient daylight anyway.

Notwithstanding Ken's judgement that 1/3 stop is insignificant, real-world usage shows it is important.   It is the one flaw in the D600, and the D90, that keep these cameras in a lower category.

Again the sync speed is not a flaw.  It is a deliberate decision based on the category of the the camera and need to differentiate it from the D800.  Now if the D600 was supposed to have a sync speed of 1/250 but could only manage to sync at 1/200 then it would be a flaw.

It is also the same sync speed as the most popular FF camera for weddings and portraits, The 5D Mark II.   If it was such a crippling issue how are most of the pros using flash, including outdoors, doing it very successfully with 5D series cameras that have the dreaded the 1/200 sync speed?

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