The D600 Quandary

In a few weeks time I’m shooting another wedding and it may just be the last one for 2012 as the birth of our first baby is only a couple of weeks away. I want to make it a good one, go out with a bang and make it the best wedding shoot I’ve ever done. With that in mind it’s inevitable that I question whether my gear is sufficient, do I have the right camera body and the right lenses etc…

Like most people I was excited at first when the first rumours of the D600 came out but what disappointed me the most is the price.
One of the most attractive features of the D600 for me was the pricing which was thought to be sub $2000 across the globe.
At the moment, the cheapest D600 in Sydney is just under $2300, for a few hundred dollars more you can get yourself a D800 instead.

If I had a D7000 and was looking to move on to a full frame sensor then I’d be all over this new D600 like a rash.

I’ve had my D700 now for almost a year after switching from Canon and while it has its own limitations, it has served me well.
I love the layout of the D700 and it feels right in my hands, it’s rugged and built like a tank.
If I had money to burn and wanted a second FF body, then I’d get the D600; but as a replacement for the D700? probably not.
I firmly believe that from a D700 my “upgrade path” is the D800 or the D4 (if budget permits).

When I get an itch to buy new camera gear…I refer to this quote by Edward Weston which I’ll share with you guys.

The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it

This was written 80+ years ago and it hold true to this very day.

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