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Well after looking at many things including the words here I bought a D800 today. It will go well with my D300 and the bits i have with that also fit the D800. I took the opportunity to look at the D600. Its a chunky solid peice of kit, very similar to the D7000 and i am not sure i would have taken to it. Either way, the fun starts here!!! Thanks for all of your thoughts chaps
My answer to the orignial question would be to get a SH D700 and spend the spare £8-900 on some special glass. Battery's and grips would be compatible with your current d300
If not then I'd get the d800, which at around £2100 is good value. I suspect going from a D300 type body to a D600 type body might feel like a step down.
If you could afford to keep the D300 then having a DX body can be very useful. Mind you, if you had the D800 I suspect you're old camera would be redundant given the 15mp (I think) crop you'd get on the d800 DX mode (unless you needed a second body)
Hi sandeakin why can you explain why goiing from a D300 to D600 is a step down, I have no spec on the D300, just a little confused and my my comment to gavrelle if you can afford your D800 and you have enjoyment from it good Luck look forward to see some pics. triumph
Quote: Hi sandeakin why can you explain why goiing from a D300 to D600 is a step down, I have no spec on the D300, just a little confused
I really shouldn't speak for Dandeakin but I suspect that he uses "step down" from a D300 to a D600 in the same way as I use the word "downgrade" when I talk about my move from a D3s to a D800. In both cases, it is a drop of one tier in Nikon's model hierachy although, in both cases, it is an upgrade in some aspects of functionality.
I only meant in terms of ergonomics of the body. Clearly the D600 would be the far superior camera , with perhaps the exception of af. If I could have one for free it would not surprisingly be the D600.
In the same way that when you pick up a D7000 after using a D300 it doesn't feel quite as solid (despite most people saying the more modern D7000 is the 'better' camera).
That said any of the camera's mentioned in this thread are capable of taking outstanding images.
For reference I've got a D300 & D700.
I Missed Leftforums post whilst writing my previous post.
Ergonomics of the body perhaps isn't of much Significance to a lot of people - all I was saying is that if you went from a D300 to a D800 I doubt you'd notice any difference in terms of handling of the body.
Might not be the same if you went from a D300 body to a D600 body.
A lot of people who changed from a D200/300 style body to a D7000 style bodyseemed to say that it took abit of getting used to.
The only things that annoy me about the D800 are the 36MP (I doubt I would ever need so many pixies) and the viewfinder which has a screw thread for accessories. The D600 viewfinder takes the drop on rectangular accessories as per the D200 and I assume the D300.
Hi all, I note that gavrelle has already made his purchase of a D800 but thought I'd add the below...
I've recently bought a Nikon D600 to supplement my D300s. The ergonomics and controls of the D600 are slightly different to the D300s but quite easy to get used to. The most notable thing for me was the big step up in useable ISO of the D600 - whereas I'd never push the D300s past ISO 400, the D600 looks to easily go to ISO 1600. Whilst the D300s is a very solid heavy camera, the D600 in comparison doesn't have that reassuring 'built like a brick feel' to it - nevertheless it's a well built camera and I'm very pleased with the purchase to date.
I had a couple of recurring problems when using the D300s in Antarctica. The first problem was bitterly cold hands due to handling the solid metal body in sub zero temperatures. Battery life also seemed to be shortened by cold soak from the predominately metal body. Everyone has different needs and reasons for buying a particular camera model, but for me, the D600 is going to be a lot more user friendly and suited for my purpose.
This thread has drifted.
Gavrelle has made the decision he is sure is right for him, and bought a D800.
As to the the "debate" on the differences between D300 and D800 - I would have thought anybody handling both cameras would have difficulty not noticing the changes which, as an owner of both, I regard as obvious and significant.
There are obvious differences in size and weight, viewfinder brightness (D300 win), DOF effect through the viewfinder (D800 win), the way AF options are controlled is radically different, LiveView and video controls are changed, the D800 top plate screen is a very different shape to accomodate the much larger prism housing, most D800 controls and buttons a physically larger, and as soon as you attach a lens and try AF the D800 is an obvious step up.
The D800 is a dream of a camera and the 28-70 2.8 and the 80-200 2.8 are superb with it.
Just as a follow up, I have been giving the D800 a workout mainly with my 28-70 f2.8 and 80-200 F2.8 aaand i have to say its an absolute dream. I was worried about the reputation of it being very technique dependent, but no problem so far. I was bought up on film and i use my digi vameras as if they were film ones. As for the "Debate". The D300 is similar so i have a great team of cameras, in fact i still love my 300, and the two complement each other well.
Apologies to the OP for adding to his thread after the decision has been taken but instead of starting a new thread I thought this might add to the debate for those still in a dilemma/still saving up the pennies.
D800 vs D600
I like that review and I can see why he picked the D600 he makes a good point. It will enrage some people, but there is logic in his choice.
Thom Hogan chips in his tuppence.
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