After three years of shooting with the Nikon D5000 I have upgraded to the D600. Not that there was anything wrong with the D5000, it is a great camera and I created some great images with it but there were a couple of things I wanted that the D5000 didn't have, here is my list in order of importance:
- Full frame sensor
- Higher resolution photos
- High speed sync
- User programmable settings and buttons
- Mirror lock up
Obviously, the D600 has a lot of other features the D5000 doesn't that I am enjoying but the ones above were what made the decision for me. Also, it helped that there was a fairly substantial price drop recently. After a couple of weeks I am really happy with it!
There are a lot of people complaining about problems with dust on the sensor. Before making the purchase I ready numerous blog posts and review that mentioned the sensor dust. People have even done video tests and reviews regarding this issue. I was worried about this when I made the purchase so I bought it from a store with a no questions return policy so I could return it within two weeks if I encountered the problem.
Well after 3 days I noticed dust spots in the top left corner of some of my landscape photos. At the time I was really disappointed and concerned, until I found that that cleaning dust off the sensor takes about two minutes with a little air blower I already had. It literally took me longer to write this paragraph then it does to clean the dust of a sensor. So, it is really a none issue and I have no idea what all the fuss is about.
I will update this post in the future once I have more to say and review.