This as-yet-unidentified beetle waited very patiently on a pond side stalk of grass for me to get this shot. He’s a hansom fellow!
Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f//8, 1/250″.
beetles, insects, New England, photography, Vermont
September 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm
Beautiful! I just noticed that you shoot with the D600. I was so on board to by that camera last October until I heard that Canon was coming out with the 6D. I had so much invested in Canon Glass already and since they were making a more affordable full frame I decided to stay. That being said Nikon has come out with some fantastic cameras over the last few months and the prices on these bodies are pretty unreal. So I am back to thinking about switching brands and picking up the D600 and another body for a backup. Are you pleased with the low light sensitivity and the high dynamic range? Is the 105MM a macro lens? Lovely detail captured in the shot above.
September 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm
I love my D600. I upgraded a couple months back from a D90 which itself was no slouch for an APS-C sensor camera. The D600 has wonderful low light sensitivity and dynamic range. The difference between it and the D90 was immediately apparent. Shooting RAW gives you a lot of leeway when it comes to post processing (which I do sparingly most of the time in Lightroom.) You may have heard about the sensor dust/spots issue with the D600, and mine showed noticeable crud after a few hundred exposures. However, a quick sensor cleaning (which I did myself) took care of it. I understand that once you do an initial cleaning after 600 or so actuations, that the problem is much less pronounced.
The Sigma 105mm is a macro. I love it. F/2.8, plenty of reach.
September 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm
Thanks for the info John. I did hear a lot about the dust issues and I did not like the fact that Nikon took awhile to acknowledge the problem. I understand that for some time they were offering a free cleaning due to the issue. I am a RAW shooter myself and a huge fan of Lightroom for post processing :-).
When I was shopping the D600 I read every review that I could find on it but it is nice to speak to with someone that has used the camera for awhile that is also not sponsored by NIkon to give a review :-). Thanks for taking the time to respond and I appreciate the information. Have a wonderful weekend.
September 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm
My pleasure Marcus. I see you do quite a bit of portrait work. That’s not my line, but I like seeing what you do!
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