Martin Mojzis / Fine Art Photography and Graphic Art Atelier.



Nikon D600?

►Updated September 13, 2012: Due to the completely exorbitant price, I no longer think about the D600.

In the guestbook, I promised a longer article about D3X, but I'm afraid I won't write it right away. I can't find a single negative about it, so I would probably create something like a paraphrase of Nikon catalogs, which probably no one would read.

However, this camera still has one small disadvantage. So, rather a property. It attracts attention (great) and in some places I am simply worried about it sometimes. I mostly photograph free work myself and abandoned places are an inexhaustible source of photographic inspiration. But not only photographers like remote areas, where the average citizen is afraid to enter. I'm not particularly worried about myself, but the camera can be very easy to hurt, and because I really like it a lot and it also feeds me, I just don't take pictures in some places. But now that could change.

Probably already this autumn, Nikon should introduce a new D600 DSLR camera with an FX-type sensor, ie the size of a 36 mm film frame. It will be a cheap model, that will not have some of the advantages of professional bodies, but the main yes:

• Sensor 24.8 Mpx.
• Built-in motor for driving D-type lenses.
• ISO 50 - 25 600 (I always plan to carry it with me and then I use ISO auto mode).
• Five-step exposure compensation.

... and I would do without this, but it's nice:

• 39 focusing points.
• On the 3.2" enlarged rear display (just a pity it probably won't be tilting).
• Possibility to take 5 frames per second (I use this only rarely, but then I'm really happy that it's possible).
• Interval shooting (night sky or blooming flowers I would probably photograph with D3X, but I like this feature.
• Built-in flash - as a commander for the SB-900.

When I talk about a cheap model, it should be the cheapest SLR camera so far with a sensor the size of a film frame. According to preliminary estimates, the price should be between 30 - 37 000 CZK, including tax! If these estimates are confirmed, the prices of used D700s will fall very quickly, which are still holding at 30 - 40 000 CZK, but also Canon 5D MII and probably 5D MIII. In short, good news for all, who want to use their film lenses in the original focal lengths and the price of FX, respectively FF DSLRs, they still came too high. Coincidentally, there have been recent rumors of a new Canon with similar parameters, but only a 22 Mpx sensor, 19 focus points and a slightly higher price. It is logical, otherwise Canon's losses caused by the outflow of customers to Nikon would be very high.

I will always carry the new D600 with me, so it will have either an older 50 / 1.8D (the new one can't be found anymore, I have to find a nice used one), or one of the lenses with a variable focal length that I don't use otherwise. There are two options:

AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR.

AF-S NIKKOR 24 - 85 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR.

AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR.

AF-S NIKKOR 24 - 120 mm f/4G ED VR.

Of course, all these preparations are aimed at new photographs in Diaries and also at documenting new places for photographing ►Different Landscapes. I plan to enlarge the ►Diaries to a maximum of 70 x 50 cm in the future, so it is possible to use lower quality optics with the D600. It's not a compromise, it will allow me to walk all day without much fatigue and visit places I wouldn't just take the D3X. On the other hand, it will photograph all orders and, of course, ►Different Landscapes. But there are carefully selected places where I go over and over again, until there is the right light and atmosphere.

© Martin Mojzis.
Prague, August 13, 2012.
Photograph: © Nikon Press International.

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