I haven’t done a lot of shooting with my D600 yet. I have to admit that my Sony Nex-7 is more likely to be with me on any given day because of its size. The Sony can’t compare with the Nikon when it comes to low-light or wide-angle shooting though. The full-frame sensor on the Nikon is a clear advantage and there are times when it is worth the weight of carrying it.
Here are a few photos from two outings where I chose the Nikon. The first is a hike at Red Rocks during the week of Thanksgiving and the second is a holiday party with low light and fast moving children as subjects. In both cases I chose to use the 28mm f/1.8 lens. The lens was a no-brainer for the hike, being a great landscape lens, but for the holiday party I just wanted to see how it would perform. I figured it would give me a nice wide view of the action and the large file size from the camera would give me plenty of margin to crop, when needed. The downside, of course, is that the wide angle can be unflattering to faces, at least on adults. For children, I actually like the effect.
The following shots, along with the feature image at the top, were all taken in bright sun at f/8 with ISO 100. Nothing to challenge the camera here, except the metering, which seems to be spot-on most of the time. Just some samples to show that this can be a great landscape camera and lens combination:
The following pictures are from the indoor party where I was testing high ISO, so I’ll caption each photo with its technical details:
The D600 is a solid performer and can be worth carrying a little more weight even when the goal is just to get some good snapshots. Sticking to prime lenses helps keep the weight down and my core kit for this camera is based on primes. Next time I’ll review the performance with the 85mm f/1.8 as a portrait lens.