DxO Examines A Slew Of Lenses On The Nikon D600



In fact, there are only a few lenses that deliver higher sharpness mounted on the Nikon D800 and even then the best performing lenses provide just 12% higher sharpness from a 30% increase in Raw file size. Given the price, this all makes the D600 look particularly attractive.

Now there’s an interesting factoid for you, and from a source as empirical as DxO it’s one that carries a lot of weight. Read more about that as well as which lenses from a selection of seventy perform the best on Nikon’s newest generation of high-resolution sensors via the external link. The results are often about as you’d expect, but there are some real surprises in the list (such as Nikon’s 24-70 and Tamron’s 24-70 coming in at a draw, for example).

◤ Source: DxOMark


  • Ben says:

    Being new to photography, is there much difference between the Nikon D800 and the D3100? been looking for second hand cameras here, or is it worth getting a brand new camera?


  • Derek Derek says:

    Hey Ben! yes, there’s quite a big difference between the D3100 and the D800, in quite a few ways. The most obvious people will point out is that the D800 is what’s known as a “full-frame” camera, it’s sensor is the same size as a piece of 35mm film was. The D3100 meanwhile is a “crop” sensor, it’s sensor would fit into a full-frame one 1.5 times. The size of the sensor affects a lot of things, including vignetting, apparent field of view, lens selection, low light performance, dynamic range, and so much more. One’s not necessarily better than the other, but they do have a lot of differences and knowing what you want to do with the camera would help me talk you through which one would be better for you and why.

    Additionally, the D3100 is an entry-level camera, made with cheaper materials, a smaller body, less buttons, and fewer “pro” specs. The D800 is the opposite, and is a pro model complete with usual pro features like a better viewfinder, secondary LCD, second control dial, dedicated buttons for most functions, more customization, and a rugged dust and moisture sealed body with magnesium construction. So, there’s a lot of difference between the two models, and if you want to talk more I’ll help you sift through which one makes the most sense for what you want out of it.

    As for buying used, I can only really recommend it through a source such as our own site (http://robertscamera.com/usedphotopro/dslrs?manufact_new=880) or ebay, because then I know that it’ll come with a 6 month warranty in case anything goes wrong. But, if it turns out that the D3100 is the camera you need (and for a crop body, it has stellar image quality, don’t let me give you the impression it doesn’t measure up), we have an option for a new one with two lenses for only $500 USD that’ll beat most deals you can land in the used world right now by itself: http://robertscamera.com/nikon-d3100-2-lens-kit.html

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