Resolution, pixel density and lenses: D800 vs. D610

Started Apr 9, 2014 | Discussions thread
TQGroup Senior Member • Posts: 1,339
Re: Resolution, pixel density and lenses: D800 vs. D610

danielbw wrote:

TQGroup wrote:

Regarding the issue of "over resolve", and considering you already have a bag full of very good glass, my I suggest you go over to DxOMark and see how your existing lenses compare on the D610 and D800 sensors...

I already did. According to dxo, most of these lenses perform 'slightly' better on the D800. But the difference is very marginal and the dxo results come from testing environments, of course. My specific needs may differ a lot. So, I use these testing numbers as a serious reference, then I try to factor in some other aspects.

I'm impressed! You could be the first poster I read who has figured out how to use DxOmark. The French will be happy!

You may find that for some lenses, their relative performance is very similar, on others the D800 sensor can draw out a lot more performance, eg the Nikon 200 F2 VRII.

As to AF, I have a D7100 and a D600 and my shooting style has no problem with either AF system. However, the D800 AF is definitely better in low light.

I chose the D600 because, to me, it is a better "all rounder" for the features and performance I need. Yet, my shutterbug mates chose D800s. Given your stated experience, it should not be difficult to draw up a brief list of features you need and quickly decide your best "compromise" option. Unfortunately, the "best" camera does not exist and probably never will ... Good luck with your call!

Could you please elaborate a bit more on the reasons you chose the D600? Specially regarding DR. I'm very interested to hear other people's experience with it.

OK, here goes... I wanted a "smaller, lighter", better balanced camera that I could "shoot from the hip" when doing street; a more "action" oriented camera rather than a "studio" camera. I like the idea of 6 fps when needed for action shots.

I wanted a "less obtrusive" camera for safer, easier traveling in foreign regions. I am not a camera snob.

I wanted sufficient MPX to look great on 4K UHD TV and print 24" x 36", even after a "little" cropping.

I wanted "sufficient" dynamic range when I shoot RAW or HDR on JPG. I mainly shoot JPG and display SOOC on TVs for my most of shots.

I wanted a camera that would help me become a better "photographer" and help get me out and about and off my butt, rather than force me to be even more of a chained to the computer "graphic artist".

I did not want / need 36 MPX and did not like the file size issues.

After 18 months with the D600, the only thing I really covet from the D800 is the slightly faster autofocus for BIF and the extra IQ the D800 can draw when I borrow my friend's 200 F2 VRII.

Otherwise, the D600 does it all for me. Hope this helps!

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