Nikon Offers D600 Cleaning and Shutter Replacement

Nikon D600


Nikon have finally announced that, among other things, they will replace the shutter on the D600 camearas that have problematic shutters. This saga with the oil and dust issue has dragged on long enough, and it certainly was not one of Nikon’s finest moments. At least there is a fix now, but if there is a next time, solving the issue before the replacement camera, or better yet, solving the problem without a replacement camera would be better. This is the Singapore service advisory, and this is the USA one. Check with your country’s own service centre to see more details on the process. Hopefully this ends the saga once and for all.

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Three Guys’ Camera Picks of 2012

As Christmas, the New Year and possibly the end of the world nears us, we bring to you our picks of various kinds of digital cameras.

Small and light, compact cameras lets you bring them around with you everywhere you go, never missing a shot. They are also a great complement to your DSLR gear. We bring you our picks for the more advanced compact cameras.

Sony RX100

Sony Cyber-shot RX100

Sony’s latest addition to the high-end compact market. Featuring a 20-megapixel 1” sensor (same size as the one on the Nikon 1 series), a large aperture of f/1.8-4.9 and a 3.6x zoom (28-100mm equivalent), it’s quickly becoming the favourite of photographers looking for a high-end compact camera to complement their SLR setup.

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Nikon D600 is Shipping, Plus a Couple of Tidbits

Nikon D600
Nikon D600 – Miracles do occur!

Nikon certainly weren’t bluffing when they said they’d ship the D600 on September 18th. As I write this on the 20th of September, the camera has been shipping for two days already. This is the first time I’ve seen Nikon being able to ship a product so quickly after an announcement in a global rollout, so, kudos on the execution. Still, not going to make up for all those still waiting for their D800s.

A couple of interesting things about the D600:

  1. Bracketing is, like the D7000, limited to three frames. Unlike the D700, this time it goes to +-3 EV. A bit better for those doing HDR, but not as good as a pro-level body’s ability to do 9 frames at 1EV apart.
  2. When using DX mode, it behaves like the D800: There is a frame indicating the DX area when AF Illumination is set to Auto or ON, but a grey mask will come on when it is set to OFF. It’s under Custom Function, A4 or A5. Please correct me if I’m wrong on the exact location of the menu order. Also, unlike the D800, there is only DX crop. PS. Thom Hogan is wrong on this, so don’t scream at me using that page as proof.
  3. The 39 AF points really don’t cover a lot of the frame. Going from a DX 51 point to FX 51 point then to this makes me feel a little claustrophobic.

(Image credit: Nikon Press Image)

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Three Guys’ First Thoughts: Nikon D600

Nikon D600 with AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G
The Nikon D600.

So here we are…
The Nikon D600. Months before the official launch, the rumours were already circulating that Nikon was going to release a budget FX camera. Well, budget compared to the D800 and D4. Then the leaked photos came, showing what looked like a D7000 with the FX branding clearly stamped on the front, and it pretty much sealed that rumour as fact. The official launch confirmed pretty much everything, but technical specs on paper only goes so far. What did we think of it?
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Nikon D600 Media Event

Nikon D600 Presentation
Luke Tan of Nikon Singapore giving a presentation of the new products.

Yesterday, Nikon announced the D600 and a number of other things, and Nikon Singapore held a media event for the local bloggers. The three of us went to take a look, and here’s what we got. (Many thanks to Nikon Singapore and their partners for hosting the event.)

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