D600 vs D700

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by MagicWok, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. MagicWok macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2006
    Hey guys

    The D600 looks like it's going to become a reality:

    I'm selling my D60 that I've had for a long time, along with all the lenses and gear which will fund a fair chunk of my new DSLR. The only one I'll be keeping is the 50mm f1.4G that will work great on a new FX camera.

    I was looking at getting a D700 through eBay, or similar, as it's settling around £1,000 for the body and there seems to be quite a few decent ones with low actuations from people upgrading theirs to D800's. The D800 is overkill for me, and frankly I'm not spending that much on a camera for something that I use for a side hobby/work.

    I know I'm basing this on speculative specifications, and no reviews or price announcements, but just wondering on people's opinions on a D600 vs D700. II have the luxury to wait for a release to decide, so time isn't a factor as I have a NEX5 to fall back on for now.

    The disadvantage to the D700, for me, is the older sensor with lower megapixel count. But that's about it. I even prefer the larger size over the size of the D7000 of which I'm gathering it will be similar to. I don't have much need for video either, and the D700 was/is an amazing camera, especially in low light which I seem to take a lot of pictures in.

  2. avro707 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2010
    D700 is a nice camera with good AF and clean images. It's fast too if you add the battery grip MB-D10, BL-3 and a EN-EL4a battery. You'll need MH-21 or MS-22 chargers for that battery.

    However, the D600 with around 25mp - if it does that - and ISO100-6400 would be a good deal if the price is cheap.

    I used to have a D700 before I sold it and went up to the D800e.
  3. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    Both of those cameras are going to be a huge step up from the D60. Just going from CCD to CMOS is worth it if you do any long exposure work.

    If the D600 does come in around $1600 I would probably go that route, otherwise the D700 is still a fine camera.
  4. MagicWok thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2006
    Thanks guys. I've been toing and froing about it past few days. More I think about it, as long as the low light performance is as good as the D700, I think I'll punt for the D600.

    It'll be missing some of the manual controls that are on the D700, but hopefully I'll find it works ok. I'm in the process now of selling the camera and a few DX lenses that won't be useful.
  5. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Try them in real. They are totally different in feel.
    The D700 is a TANK. You can kill a bear with it. It is 1 kg. Let it fall, it will keep working, let it fall again, it will keep working, run over it with a car, it will keep working. You can screw a 400mm 2.8 to it, and it feels right.
    The D600 is a BARBIE. You need piano fingers to operate it. It will capsize under a 400mm 2.8.
    The D800 comes very close to the D700 in feel, but it is remarkably lighter, but still a lot heavier than the D600.
  6. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
  7. fireman32 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I held the D600 and for me it was to small and too light. I have big hands and would need to have the grip along with it. At that pint I would go for the D800 for the extra money. my friend had the D700 and I like the way that feels. Its all a matter of opinion. It's up to you to decide what you like. The D600 is a good camera but it is not for me.

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