At last, a full-frame, small-bodied DSLR at an attractive price point for photo hobbyist parents.
I’ve been waiting for years for Nikon to release a full-frame DSLR in a body smaller than that of the D700 (and now D800) and with a price closer to $2000 than $3000.
I ordered the Nikon D600 as soon as I woke up on 13 September 2012. It should arrive two days from today, 18 September.
This camera is no means cheap in price, but considering how much my mother paid for my father’s manual-focus Nikon 35mm camera in the 1980’s, when you adjust for inflation the D600 isn’t that pricey. And given the substantial savings in film developing, I expect the D600 to have a considerably lower total cost of ownership for myself.
If money matters, the D7000, D3200 or D5100 all promise to take great photographs. My money, however, is on full-frame. My plan is to leave my 50mm f/1.4 G lens on there most of the time. I can even use it with my 18-200 VR DX lens if I need a super zoom. I may later pony up the thousand bucks for a Nikkor 28-300 lens, but I don’t think that’s in my near future.
I also plan to shoot it on Small image size at FX (about 6MP) or Medium image size with DX lenses (also about 6MP) most of the time. I plan to keep one of the U modes set up for full-resolution and probably Normal or Fine compression.
The only other camera (given all considerations, including price) that interests me at this time as a realistic potential purchase is the Fuji X-E1 (body only or with 18-55 lens) with their 35mm f/1.4 lens. I may buy one down the road as a more compact, go-anywhere camera, in addition to my D600.
My Nikon D90 worked great for me for three full years, but I had full-frame wanderlust. My hope is that my D600 lasts me double that time before I sell it.
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