real world focusing: D600 vs D7100

Started May 10, 2013 | Questions thread
sshoihet Senior Member • Posts: 2,582
Re: real world focusing: D600 vs D7100

hiro_pro wrote:

I currently have a d7000 and it is a good camera. the main problem i am having with it is focus accuracy.  i find that indoors and in low light situations i start to get a lot of focus misses.  i have seen the camera miss the person 20 feet away and focus perfectly on the wall 10 feet behind them.  this is especially true at longer ranges and when shooting between f1.4 and 2.8.  i generally use the center focus at its tightest setting.  i press the shutter half way down to focus, recompose and shoot.  this works most of the time but not enough.  i have learned a bunch of tricks that help like aim at a high contrast point on the person (i.e. the line between a white shirt and black jacket) instead of the eyes but i am getting to the point where i would rather have a camera that works better.

so now i am thinking about the d600 or he d7100.  we have all read that the d7100 has a better focus system or at least on paper.  i am wondering if anyone has any real world experience focusing the two cameras particularly on moving subjects and can give me a recommendation.

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tamron 17-50 2.8, sigma 70-200 2.8

sigma 30 1.4, nikon 50 1.4 & 85 1.8

I shoot both the D7000 and D7100.

The 51pt system on the D7100 is great, especially on smaller targets as it appears to have smaller focus points.  I haven't used it a lot in low light so it's hard for me so say for sure but i used it one evening on birds and it had no trouble.  I find the AF on the D7100 to be much more predictable than the D7000. In 1.3 crop mode, the focus points cover almost the entire frame.

The focus points on the D600 cover a fairly small portion of the of the frame which one might find frustrating.

I really wanted to like the D600 and I would have purchased it, but it was lacking too much vs the D7100.  I don't shoot high ISO that much and I don't do a lot of really shallow DOF so that wasn't enough to sway me...

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Nikon D7000 Canon EOS M Nikon D600 Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR +13 more
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