David Kilpatrick wrote:
We have sold our Nikon D600 outfit now
Why did you sell the D600?
Oil and dust problem, partly, but also because Shirley was simply not getting anything better on average with the D600, relative to the A580. The Nikon 28-300mm is only equivalent to an 18-200mm, and she's used to the Sigma 18-250mm; also, the Sigma is a much better lens than the big Nikon, which is only sharp across the whole frame if stopped down to f/16. The Sigma on APS-C is sharp at f/8. Shirley was used to using centre spot focus, but on the Nikon the size of the individual AF sensors is so small that if you hit the edge of a subject, you can easily end up focused on the background; I guess that's what happens when you put so many sensors into an APS-C area on a full frame camera.
Whatever the results, we sent the Nikon to have a shutter change and new baffles installed to stop the constant spattering of new dust/oil/debris spots on to the upper left sky area of every shot (made worse by the need to use apertures smaller than f/11 to ensure decent sharpness). That in turn meant working at ISO 400 to get shutter speed to stop action.
So, we left the Nikon behind and Shirley took the A580 to Morocco instead. Whatever the scenes, it delivered the goods, and where the Nikon shots needed scaling down in size most of the time the A580 shots can be exported to 25MP size and you would not notice. After returning we sold the Nikon outfit, but not before considering this carefully for a couple more weeks.
Our main worry was the ethics of reselling a Nikon D600 when the cameras have a known defect that Nikon don't openly acknowledge (and which we were entirely unaware of when initially reviewing the camera - otherwise, it would never have been bought). Therefore we sold it for a small loss despite having paid a discounted (trade/journalist) price, ensuring that the buyer got an exceptional deal - £1650 for body, two Nikon batteries, Solmeta GPS, 28-300mm VR and a really top grade Sigma 77mm thread HSM 17-35mm. And including proper VAT in that too.
It looks as if the BJP reviews will no longer be any source of income for me, or for Richard K (which has depressed him a great deal) as they seem to have dropped all hardware related content. These reviews did, at least, cover the cost of losing money on changing equipment occasionally in order to keep up with technology. So I'm not likely to be venturing back into Nikon.