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Old Oct 8, 2012, 11:00 PM   #21
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While I just downloaded the manual and seems their is no dng option just NEF (Nikons own format) as your RAW file format.

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Old Oct 10, 2012, 6:22 PM   #22
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Here's a volleyball shot I took last night with the D600 using a 'slow' nikkor 55-300 4/5.6 DX lens, at 5000 ISO, jpeg version, not from raw, although I have my 2 SD cards set up with #1 slot raw and #2 slot jpeg. I wanted to see how the camera handled a DX lens, and at high ISO.

I compensate for the slow focusing of the 55-300 by locking focus near the net (facing the action at an angle) so less focus adjusting needed; and also take the lower angle to have a lighter background. So I get better exposure numbers and the white/light background hides some of what noise is there. Normal noise reduction setting. Got 500th of a second at 4.8 fstop. Not as sharp of a photo as I would get using a good 70-200 2.8 but I'll use my old Sigma next time, and keep saving nickels for a nikkor 70-200 2.8 down the road.
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Pretty "clean" image at ISO5000.

I've a question for you, Frank. Your list includes a 70-200 f2.8 Sigma lens yet you say you'd like to get the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8. Why wouldn't you simply use the Sigma version.

Reason for the question is that a friend of mine has the Sigma and uses it on his D90. It compares very favorably with my Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR1.


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Old Oct 11, 2012, 1:25 AM   #24
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Pretty "clean" image at ISO5000.

I've a question for you, Frank. Your list includes a 70-200 f2.8 Sigma lens yet you say you'd like to get the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8. Why wouldn't you simply use the Sigma version.

Reason for the question is that a friend of mine has the Sigma and uses it on his D90. It compares very favorably with my Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR1.


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My Sigma is a first generation HSM Sigma that I was using back in 'film' days with an FM2 (that I still have and it works fine) - So the lens has no VR and I know it's not as sharp as the Nikkor. It will get me by though until I have saved up money for another lens.

I am going to shoot some 6400 ISO at a night football game this weekend and see what the noise looks like.
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I don't know too much about the camera, but that is a really beautiful player!!!
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My D600 is arriving today!!

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I don't know too much about the camera, but that is a really beautiful player!!!
You are the 2nd person to mention that, and yes, if you saw her looking at you with a smile on her face you might be mesmerized.


EDIT: After Zig-123's comment about the quality of my old Sigma, I google searched and found a couple posts that even the 1st generation HSM seems to be thought of as a pretty good lens, but in my experience borrowing my friend's setup with the nikkor, the OS brings extra sharpness to photos, especially at the 200m end.
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The OS capability of the Sigma 70-200 OS is said to be very good. So much so that last I heard Nikon was suing them for patent infringement If their VRII.

I can say first hand that the VR of the 70-200 VRII is simply amazing! Of course that wouldn't matter at all when shooting volleyball or any other sport.

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You are the 2nd person to mention that, and yes, if you saw her looking at you with a smile on her face you might be mesmerized.


EDIT: After Zig-123's comment about the quality of my old Sigma, I google searched and found a couple posts that even the 1st generation HSM seems to be thought of as a pretty good lens, but in my experience borrowing my friend's setup with the nikkor, the OS brings extra sharpness to photos, especially at the 200m end.
Hi Frank,

I don't know if you can stand using a monopod, but I find that using a simple monopod for sports a great help especially when poor lighting is a factor causing you to use a slower shutter speed. I use the Velbon Neo 7 model monopod- for which I paid around $125.00. A simple but great solution to shooting with long lens at slower shutter speeds.
AND, it's a whole lot cheaper than the Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VRII lens

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Hi Frank,

I don't know if you can stand using a monopod, but I find that using a simple monopod for sports a great help especially when poor lighting is a factor causing you to use a slower shutter speed. I use the Velbon Neo 7 model monopod- for which I paid around $125.00. A simple but great solution to shooting with long lens at slower shutter speeds.
AND, it's a whole lot cheaper than the Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VRII lens

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For night football I do use a monopod, but usually don't like to use one in a sometimes crowded gym. If I can use a fast enough shutter speed with the D600 at high ISO and get results I like, the camera has been worth the money.
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