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Old Apr 13, 2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Earlier this week, I received a D600 ordered thru Adorama. The next morning I went to the state fish hatchery located a few miles from the house. There are a fair number of Red Tail Hawks & Osprey that frequent the hatchery looking for food, making it a great place to catch a decent shot of them flying and diving.

On this day, I saw none. But, the seagulls were there. So, I figured this was the best chance I was going to get to test out the AF system of the D600. The following are a series of images taken of one gull using the D600 +70-200mm VR F2.8 + TC-14E Telecon. I set the shutter release to CH, ISO was set at Auto with the max set to 3200, manual mode, the camera was hand held. AF was set to AF-C. What I didn't realize is somehow I set the shutter at 1/640sec. and the aperture to F11.
Please note that these are a 50% crop. I shot all in 14 bit RAW & PP in CS6.
No noise reduction was applied:

This is by no means a proof statement but I took away 3 things that pleasantly surprised me;
1- the AF system worked just fine in spite of my using an aperture of f11.

2-If you notice the background, it's very busy, yet the AF system locked on & never waivered.

3- The ISO varied from a high of 1400 down to ISO1100

This was an overcast day+I didn't set the aperture and shutter for best performance yet all in all, the D600 handled it all well.









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Old Apr 14, 2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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Lookin' good, Zig, for first time out...!

Especially considering camera settings...
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 6:10 AM   #3
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Good morning William,

Thanks for looking....

I do have a question for you. Under your signature, you list a Kenko Pro 1.4 Teleconverter. Which of your lenses do you use in combination with the telecon?
And, does it enable you to use Auto Focus?
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 8:26 AM   #4
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Hello, Zig...

I've tried it with all my lenses including the Nikon 70-300VR and 85 f3.5G micro (both AF-S) that I no longer
own... It indeed will work with both screw drive AF and new AF-S (USM, HSM) autofocus lenses... It is compatable
with just about every lens out there of any brand, even AI/AIS manual lenses...

See here:
http://www.kenkoglobal.com/TP-PRO300AF-DGX1_4-2X.html

Also, though dated this is another good read:
http://www.digiscoped.com/teleconverters.html

Kenko's are great TC's but I'd stick to the 1.4x... If you decide to try one make sure it's the latest version:

Kenko 1.4x Teleplus PRO 300 AF DGX
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...RO_300_DG.html

I picked mine up used in like new shape for $145 in the for-sale section of another forum...

Hope I've been helpful...
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Hello, Zig...

I've tried it with all my lenses including the Nikon 70-300VR and 85 f3.5G micro (both AF-S) that I no longer
own... It indeed will work with both screw drive AF and new AF-S (USM, HSM) autofocus lenses... It is compatable
with just about every lens out there of any brand, even AI/AIS manual lenses...

See here:
http://www.kenkoglobal.com/TP-PRO300AF-DGX1_4-2X.html

Also, though dated this is another good read:
http://www.digiscoped.com/teleconverters.html

Kenko's are great TC's but I'd stick to the 1.4x... If you decide to try one make sure it's the latest version:

Kenko 1.4x Teleplus PRO 300 AF DGX
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...RO_300_DG.html

I picked mine up used in like new shape for $145 in the for-sale section of another forum...

Hope I've been helpful...
Hi William,

Yes, you sure have..
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Zig...congrtulations on acquiring the D600s. I've been contemplating the D600 for the other kinds of BIF's (i.e. aircraft), but have been holding off until the tide of bad news re oil on the sensor turns. Let me know your experience with the oil/dust issue.

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Zig...congrtulations on acquiring the D600s. I've been contemplating the D600 for the other kinds of BIF's (i.e. aircraft), but have been holding off until the tide of bad news re oil on the sensor turns. Let me know your experience with the oil/dust issue.

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Thanks Jehan, and, yes, I'll keep you posted on any increase in oil/dust spots.

Based on the type of photography you enjoy(lots of blue sky background), I too, would be curious
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Cool, zig. I need a TC.

Jehan - I purchased my D600 really soon after they were released. The sensor was horribly dirty at 3500 shots. I cleaned it with sensor swabs+eclipse. At some point after 10,000 actuations I checked it again against a blue sky at f16 and while it was a little dirty it was much cleaner than it had been at 3500 shots. I cleaned it again but it looks to me to be a diminishing thing. I mostly don't notice it because I'm shooting almost all portrait work that mostly stays below f6.1 but the first time it got dirty I was starting to see the particles in bokeh highlights.

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Thanks Zig and Brad. It is a bit troubling that A $2000 piece of gear would be released with such a serious design flaw. I have read in some forums that Nikon has corrected this situation; however, I have yet to read any formal acknowledgement from any source (especially Nikon) that there was a problem and it has since been rectified. All Nikon says is that if there is dust on the sensor that it be returned to Nikon for service...I wish Nikon would be like Toyota and issue a voluntary recall and release information on a permanent fix.

Anyhow, this is a bit OT--didin't mean to hijack the thread Zig!

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Thanks Zig and Brad. It is a bit troubling that A $2000 piece of gear would be released with such a serious design flaw. I have read in some forums that Nikon has corrected this situation; however, I have yet to read any formal acknowledgement from any source (especially Nikon) that there was a problem and it has since been rectified. All Nikon says is that if there is dust on the sensor that it be returned to Nikon for service...I wish Nikon would be like Toyota and issue a voluntary recall and release information on a permanent fix.

Anyhow, this is a bit OT--didin't mean to hijack the thread Zig!

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No problem, Jehan you havent' highjacked anything.
This sensor/dust/oil/ issue is definitely a concern to a lot of Nikon users wanting to upgrade. No doubt, Nikon sales of D600 have been impacted.
Ultimately, I pulled the trigger because I remembered that this same issue reared it's ugly head when I bought the D7000. After 18months of using the D7000, I have had to clean up less than a dozen images where 'oil spots'
were an issue. For the type of images I shoot, it hasn't been a big problem.

I really wish that Nikon would get rid of this issue
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