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Well, I've been using Nikon's D600 full frame DSLR for about a month.  I upgraded to a D600 from my trusty Nikon D300s.  Over the past month I've used the D600 for all of my shoots.  I've had a month worth of model shoots and several after dark photoshoots to give it a workout.  It's time for an update on what I like & don't like about my first digital full frame camera.

Bottomline, there are several features compared to my D300s I don't like, but overall I'm happy with the camera.  The following is what I like the most about the D600.
  • Full frame sensor with a higher megapixel file size,
  • I can use my Nikkor lenses at their true focal length (my AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VRII, is a true 70-200mm),
  • Better low light sensitivity with a higher ISO top end.  At an equivalent ISO compared to my D300s I see less noise.  On top of this I can take the ISO several steps higher than the D300s.  This is great for my low light work,
  • ISO goes to 100 versus 200 for the D300s on the low side (note, it has 3 L settings below 100),
  • The monitor is big and bright. 
  • The D600 is the smallest of my DSLR's.  It makes street photography more stealthy.  The caveat is I've moved most of my street photography to film rangefinders, so you have that....

However, I'm not completely a D600 homer.  There are some things I find both curious and a bother.  Here's what I don't like:
  • ISO / WB buttons on the back of the camera as a second function versus dedicated buttons on the top left mode dial like the D300s
  • Why is there a "Scene" option on the Release-Mode Dial?? I'll never use this option.  I don't want to sound "all-that", but aren't scene options for point and shoots?
  • You need fast SD cards to take advantage of the burst modes.  In studio I often shoot in burst mode  to capture flowing hair of my model.  Unless you use top end cards the write speed is TOO SLOW.  Understand, I had really slow SD previously, but upgraded to class 10 - 95mb/second cards.  Problem solved.  I think this will be a problem for sports shooters or anyone that does high speed work.
  • No sync cord plug.  I ended up buying a sync cord attachment that fits in the hotshoe.  I could have used it the other day when I was shooting in a different studio and needed a sync cord for the studio strobes.  I ended up using my Elinchrom EL-Skyport triggers.
  • No 10 pin adapter plug.  Great, now I have to replace both my wireless and wired shutter release.
  • The camera feels flimsy & plasticy.  OK, not sure "plasticy" is a real word, but that's how it feels.  My D300s is a tank compared to this camera.  Slap an AF-S 70-200mm lens on this camera and the balance is way off.  This will probably improve when I get a vertical grip.
  • The multi-selector dial on the back of the camera is too small.  Seriously, Nikon, what gives?

Don't get me wrong, I really like the upgrade to a D600, and I'll get comfy with the changes.  I'm sure most of my issues are simply due to the muscle memory I developed with the D300s.  I didn't think I needed the file size of a D800 and I can't justify a D3 or D4 series.  The D600 fit my needs and wallet perfectly.  

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