One of these must go: D600 or D800. Which one?

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jadot
jadot Regular Member • Posts: 204
One of these must go: D600 or D800. Which one?
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Hi,

My Nikon Kit:

D800

D600

105mm

85 1.4

24-70 2.8

50 1.4

flash etc. and other bits.

I'm shooting mostly Fuji now but keeping one of the Nikon's. with a 58 1.4 and a 35 1.4

Fuji X-T1, 56 1.2, 18-55, X100s (35 & 28 Equiv f2), Flash & etc.

My question is this: Which one do I sell? D800 or D600?

I like both cameras, but can't make up my mind between the advantages which each present.

D800 - 1/8000th Shutter speed, 5:4 Crop mode (I use this all the time), Can get a nicer Eye cup. Resolution (See below!)

D600 - Smaller files sizes, Only 1/4000th (ouch), No Crop Mode, U1 & U2 Modes, Quiet(er) shutter. Better Colour wb?

What would you do? I can't keep both of them.

Thanks.

p.s - Please; this is not a discussion about whether I should or shouldn't choose to shoot with Fuji or whether that is a better or worse choice! I've been shooting Nikon for since the beginning, and I will continue to do so, but the Fuji X system offers a better all round solution for me and the way I work.

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paulski66
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I would get rid of the one you like less...
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...and keep the one you like more.

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frank-in-toronto Senior Member • Posts: 1,032
Re: I would get rid of the one you like less...
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i can't imagine why u would not keep the best one (obviously the d800).

jadot
jadot OP Regular Member • Posts: 204
Re: I would get rid of the one you like less...

paulski66 wrote:

...and keep the one you like more.

Helpful.

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Re: I would get rid of the one you like less...

frank-in-toronto wrote:

i can't imagine why u would not keep the best one (obviously the d800).

Why is the D800 (obviously) better?

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Ansel Spear
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Re: I would get rid of the one you like less...
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Re-read the reviews.

I can only assume that you need the money, otherwise you'd keep both.  Therefore I suggest that you sell the D800, as you'll get more for it.

I also think that, if you don't know which of the two is the better camera, sell the D800 as it's wasted on you

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Re: I would get rid of the one you like less...
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Ansel Spear wrote:

Re-read the reviews.

Another helpful and educated insight. Thanks!

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T O Shooter Senior Member • Posts: 5,248
You have to decide based on

jadot wrote:

frank-in-toronto wrote:

i can't imagine why u would not keep the best one (obviously the d800).

Why is the D800 (obviously) better?

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the parimeters that only you know. Personally, I'd keep the D800.  You should know what attributes of each you like, and which are most important.  This is a thread that shouldn't even be here. You own both bodies. Should be an easy choice. Why do you think anyone on here can help you decide??  I could see if you were looking to buy and hadn't owned either and needed some advice.+

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Re: You have to decide based on

T O Shooter wrote:

Should be an easy choice. Why do you think anyone on here can help you decide??

I know, right?

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ChapelThrill23 Contributing Member • Posts: 688
Re: One of these must go: D600 or D800. Which one?
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If you are mostly using the Fuji system then it might make sense to sell the D800 and pocket more cash that you could then either invest in Fuji lenses/gear or just hold on to.

adventure_photo
adventure_photo Contributing Member • Posts: 579
Re: One of these must go: D600 or D800. Which one?
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Wow that's a tough one. I own both D600 and D800 as well as the Fuji X-E2. I really like both Nikons so it would be a painful decision. If I absolutely had to make the choice, I'd keep the D800. It has slightly better and faster AF, more AF points, and higher resolution and beefier build quality. You've already got the lightweight alternative covered with the Fuji system.

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jadot
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Re: You have to decide based on
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T O Shooter wrote:

jadot wrote:

frank-in-toronto wrote:

i can't imagine why u would not keep the best one (obviously the d800).

Why is the D800 (obviously) better?

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the parimeters that only you know. Personally, I'd keep the D800. You should know what attributes of each you like, and which are most important. This is a thread that shouldn't even be here. You own both bodies. Should be an easy choice. Why do you think anyone on here can help you decide?? I could see if you were looking to buy and hadn't owned either and needed some advice.+

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Ok, first of all, people need to drop the forum police defensive approach.

"This thread shouldn't even be here"? WTF?

I have a fairly good idea of which camera I want to keep, and FWIW I like both cameras equally. They do different things well.

The original question is a philosophical one, and one that could point to an interesting debate with considered responses. For e.g. Just asking the question suggests that for practical purposes it could be argued that these two bodies are more or less equal. Or, if the D600 would be kept over the D800 does that suggest that the extra features/customisations of the D800 are "worth" the extra cost?

If you don't like what you read in forums, why a) read them and b)respond??!!

in reply to frank-in-toronto; If the D800 is obviously better, then why did Nikon introduce new features to the D600 e.g User modes. Is 36MP better than 24? My Hard drives don't think so! Is it better because it costs more? If the D600 costs less, is more or less equal to the D800 in terms of IQ (some would say 'better' at high ISO) then isn't that 'obviously' better?

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j_photo Senior Member • Posts: 2,732
Re: You have to decide based on

jadot wrote:

T O Shooter wrote:

jadot wrote:

frank-in-toronto wrote:

i can't imagine why u would not keep the best one (obviously the d800).

Why is the D800 (obviously) better?

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the parimeters that only you know. Personally, I'd keep the D800. You should know what attributes of each you like, and which are most important. This is a thread that shouldn't even be here. You own both bodies. Should be an easy choice. Why do you think anyone on here can help you decide?? I could see if you were looking to buy and hadn't owned either and needed some advice.+

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Ok, first of all, people need to drop the forum police defensive approach.

"This thread shouldn't even be here"? WTF?

I have a fairly good idea of which camera I want to keep, and FWIW I like both cameras equally. They do different things well.

The original question is a philosophical one, and one that could point to an interesting debate with considered responses. For e.g. Just asking the question suggests that for practical purposes it could be argued that these two bodies are more or less equal. Or, if the D600 would be kept over the D800 does that suggest that the extra features/customisations of the D800 are "worth" the extra cost?

If you don't like what you read in forums, why a) read them and b)respond??!!

in reply to frank-in-toronto; If the D800 is obviously better, then why did Nikon introduce new features to the D600 e.g User modes. Is 36MP better than 24? My Hard drives don't think so! Is it better because it costs more? If the D600 costs less, is more or less equal to the D800 in terms of IQ (some would say 'better' at high ISO) then isn't that 'obviously' better?

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I would keep the d800. I like the controls, larger files, and better focusing.

I don't think this is a philosophical question. You haven't told us anything about how you shoot or what's important to you in a camera. So how are we supposed to provide meaningful suggestions? If you have shot with both and neither seems to offer any strong advantage for you, then sell the one you can get more money for.

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T O Shooter Senior Member • Posts: 5,248
Re: You have to decide based on

jadot wrote:

T O Shooter wrote:

jadot wrote:

frank-in-toronto wrote:

i can't imagine why u would not keep the best one (obviously the d800).

Why is the D800 (obviously) better?

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the parimeters that only you know. Personally, I'd keep the D800. You should know what attributes of each you like, and which are most important. This is a thread that shouldn't even be here. You own both bodies. Should be an easy choice. Why do you think anyone on here can help you decide?? I could see if you were looking to buy and hadn't owned either and needed some advice.+

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Ok, first of all, people need to drop the forum police defensive approach.

"This thread shouldn't even be here"? WTF?

You did not put in any info on what you shoot, if weight was a concern nothing. Just "which one would you chose?"  You own both - you don't need help from us. That's "WTF"

I have a fairly good idea of which camera I want to keep, and FWIW I like both cameras equally. They do different things well.

The original question is a philosophical one, and one that could point to an interesting debate with considered responses. For e.g. Just asking the question suggests that for practical purposes it could be argued that these two bodies are more or less equal. Or, if the D600 would be kept over the D800 does that suggest that the extra features/customisations of the D800 are "worth" the extra cost?

This has been debated on here forever. So you're a little late to the party with an "interesting debate"

If you don't like what you read in forums, why a) read them and b)respond??!!

I gave an appropriate response to a kind of "useless" question. Never said I didn't like what I read. You just don't like being told the truth.

in reply to frank-in-toronto; If the D800 is obviously better, then why did Nikon introduce new features to the D600 e.g User modes. Is 36MP better than 24? My Hard drives don't think so! Is it better because it costs more? If the D600 costs less, is more or less equal to the D800 in terms of IQ (some would say 'better' at high ISO) then isn't that 'obviously' better?

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jadot
jadot OP Regular Member • Posts: 204
Re: You have to decide based on

T O Shooter wrote:

jadot wrote:

T O Shooter wrote:

jadot wrote:

frank-in-toronto wrote:

i can't imagine why u would not keep the best one (obviously the d800).

Why is the D800 (obviously) better?

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the parimeters that only you know. Personally, I'd keep the D800. You should know what attributes of each you like, and which are most important. This is a thread that shouldn't even be here. You own both bodies. Should be an easy choice. Why do you think anyone on here can help you decide?? I could see if you were looking to buy and hadn't owned either and needed some advice.+

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Ok, first of all, people need to drop the forum police defensive approach.

"This thread shouldn't even be here"? WTF?

You did not put in any info on what you shoot, if weight was a concern nothing. Just "which one would you chose?" You own both - you don't need help from us. That's "WTF"

I have a fairly good idea of which camera I want to keep, and FWIW I like both cameras equally. They do different things well.

The original question is a philosophical one, and one that could point to an interesting debate with considered responses. For e.g. Just asking the question suggests that for practical purposes it could be argued that these two bodies are more or less equal. Or, if the D600 would be kept over the D800 does that suggest that the extra features/customisations of the D800 are "worth" the extra cost?

This has been debated on here forever. So you're a little late to the party with an "interesting debate"

If you don't like what you read in forums, why a) read them and b)respond??!!

I gave an appropriate response to a kind of "useless" question. Never said I didn't like what I read. You just don't like being told the truth.

in reply to frank-in-toronto; If the D800 is obviously better, then why did Nikon introduce new features to the D600 e.g User modes. Is 36MP better than 24? My Hard drives don't think so! Is it better because it costs more? If the D600 costs less, is more or less equal to the D800 in terms of IQ (some would say 'better' at high ISO) then isn't that 'obviously' better?

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thanks for that.

Anyone else here got anything constructive to offer?

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Re: One of these must go: D600 or D800. Which one?

Sell D600 and keep D800 - That's what I did

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Re: You have to decide based on

j_photo wrote:

jadot wrote:

T O Shooter wrote:

jadot wrote:

frank-in-toronto wrote:

i can't imagine why u would not keep the best one (obviously the d800).

Why is the D800 (obviously) better?

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the parimeters that only you know. Personally, I'd keep the D800. You should know what attributes of each you like, and which are most important. This is a thread that shouldn't even be here. You own both bodies. Should be an easy choice. Why do you think anyone on here can help you decide?? I could see if you were looking to buy and hadn't owned either and needed some advice.+

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Ok, first of all, people need to drop the forum police defensive approach.

"This thread shouldn't even be here"? WTF?

I have a fairly good idea of which camera I want to keep, and FWIW I like both cameras equally. They do different things well.

The original question is a philosophical one, and one that could point to an interesting debate with considered responses. For e.g. Just asking the question suggests that for practical purposes it could be argued that these two bodies are more or less equal. Or, if the D600 would be kept over the D800 does that suggest that the extra features/customisations of the D800 are "worth" the extra cost?

If you don't like what you read in forums, why a) read them and b)respond??!!

in reply to frank-in-toronto; If the D800 is obviously better, then why did Nikon introduce new features to the D600 e.g User modes. Is 36MP better than 24? My Hard drives don't think so! Is it better because it costs more? If the D600 costs less, is more or less equal to the D800 in terms of IQ (some would say 'better' at high ISO) then isn't that 'obviously' better?

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I would keep the d800. I like the controls, larger files, and better focusing.

I don't think this is a philosophical question. You haven't told us anything about how you shoot or what's important to you in a camera. So how are we supposed to provide meaningful suggestions? If you have shot with both and neither seems to offer any strong advantage for you, then sell the one you can get more money for.

Started well, but then you got a little bit cross.

I don't know why this question is upsetting people enough to feel compelled to tell me where to stick it!

Does it matter how I shoot? (BTW, the answer's in my sig) - Most cameras at this level can handle most situations well, and I'd dare say that both the D600 and D800 are aimed at a similar demographic. It's hardly point and shoot vs Phase One here...

I asked, Which one would you keep? It's a curiosity, not an attack!

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Re: One of these must go: D600 or D800. Which one?

bocajrs wrote:

Sell D600 and keep D800 - That's what I did

Thanks. You and a couple of others managed to answer the question! That's probably what I'll do, but I was playing with the 600 this morning and kind of enjoyed the weight etc. Especially with the 50...

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Re: One of these must go: D600 or D800. Which one?

If your main camera is Fuji and Nikon is a backup that you use only once in a while or when needed then keep the D600 as it can do almost everything and it is been used as both a main or backup camera successfully. You can use the money from D800 to add more fuji gear or save it.

If your main camera is the Nikon and Fuji is your backup or day to day / walk around camera then keep the D800. Simple

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paulski66
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Re: You have to decide based on
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jadot wrote:

Started well, but then you got a little bit cross.

Sensitive much?

I don't know why this question is upsetting people enough to feel compelled to tell me where to stick it!

You're the only one getting upset.

Does it matter how I shoot?

If you're shooting a lot of sports, perhaps the d600 with its faster framerate would have a slight edge. Landscapes? Maybe the d800 with its extra megapixels would have an edge. Lots of travel/banging the camera around a lot? Again, maybe the extra build quality of the d800 is more important.

(BTW, the answer's in my sig)

So, we're supposed to go do research on your shooting habits to answer a question for you?

I stick with my original suggestion: Keep the one you like more.

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