Nikon Sb 600 Review

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SpecificationsUSA VersionPerformance.
Nikon D5 (20MP FX, 12FPS, 49.7 oz./1,408g with battery and two CF cards, also comes in a two XQD card version.
About $2,800 ~ $4,500 used if you know How to Win at eBay or about $3,700 from Amazon (CF version) or $3,700 from Amazon (XQD version)) with 85mm f/1.4 AI-s.
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Pro DSLR Comparison 03 February 2016.
Nikon D5 with 50mm f/1.4 G.
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Katie swinging, 28 July 2016.
2016 Nikon D5 at 1/1,250 at 12 FPS at Auto ISO 100, 1999 Nikon 80-200mm AF-S at 200mm at f/2.8.
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The key here is that not only does the D5 easily track real targets at 12 FPS wide-open at f/2.8 with my 17-year-old lens, that it also easily found Katie's face automatically and focussed on it, not on the interfering feet, with no input from me.
Not only is it sharp, but color and tone are beautiful, as we expect from Nikon, which is handily superior to every other brand, save for Canon, who is just as good.
Ralph's at dusk, 8:12PM, 26 July 2016.
2016 Nikon D5, 1996 Nikon 35-105mm AF-D at 35mm, f/3.5 at 1/40 at Auto ISO 1,100.
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2016 Mercedes S550, 27 July 2016.
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2016 Nikon D5, 1996 Nikon 35-105mm AF-D at 62mm, f/4 at 1/60 at Auto ISO 11,400.
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Ryan shops for ties under crummy store lighting, 27 July 2016.
2016 Nikon D5, 1996 Nikon 35-105mm AF-D at 80mm, f/4.2 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 4,000.
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What makes this image special is that regardless of your thoughts on the shirt, the color balance is dead-nuts on, and this is shot under random fluorescent lighting in a discount store with Auto White Balance.
Very few cameras get decent color in AWB under fluorescent light; only the D500 does this as well.
SpecificationsUSA VersionPerformance.
The Nikon D5 is an extraordinary camera because of its superior autofocus system that really does automatically identify, locate, lock-on and track autofocus perfectly for fast-moving subjects at 12 FPS in the real world.
It's the best AF system I've ever used for moving targets by a large margin — and it works in the dark as well as in daylight.
You don't need to buy new lenses; I get this performance even with my 17-year-old 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-s.
The D5 is extraordinary because its Auto White Balance works great in any light, giving great-looking results even under modern mixes of awful artificial fluorescent and energy-saving lighting.
  • Its Auto White Balance the best I've used, along with its little sister the D500.

    The D5 has by far the best high-ISO performance I've ever used. It really does work great at ISO 102,400. Nikon is lying about the Hi+5 (ISO 3,276,800) setting, which gives nothing but useless garbage, but up to ISO 102,400 you can sell the images and no one is going to notice anything lacking. Put these things together and no other camera matches the D5's ability to shoot anything, anywhere, in any light. It's the king of low light, and the king of action. It's sort of like what the US Marine snipers tell their targets: you can run, but you'll just die tired.

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  • If you want to shoot it, the D5 will get it, and it will be sharp and colorful as well.

    The Canon 1DX Mk II should give the D5 a run for its money, but the 1DXII isn't shipping yet.

    Nikon always says that their new cameras are awesome, and it's usually just the same old thing with a new feature or two.

    With the D5's genuinely new AF system and Auto WB performance, along with ultra-high ISOs and 10-20% higher frame rate than the old D4 and D4s, the D5 really does let us shoot more better, which gives pro shooters significant competitive advantages.

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  • It comes in two versions: one has two CF-card slots and the other hastwo XQD slots.

    I have the CF version, while most people who buy the D5 use XQD. As of Firmware C 1.10, now can shoot through flickering lighting to eliminate random dark and off-color frames when shooting under mercury, fluorescent and LED lighting common in sports and meeting spaces. Electronic front-curtain shutter for quieter operation with less vibration (set at MENU > Custom > d6), but doesn't make much difference unless you have the mirror locked-up. 12 FPS with AF and AE tracking (14 FPS with locked-up mirror in the lab). 200-frame buffer at these speeds, even in 14-bit uncompressed raw with a fast enough card.

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New compared to D5500
153 AF points that are rated down to LV -4 (full moonlight on sand).
ISOs to 102,400; expandable to ISO 3,276,800 as "HI +5." Auto ISO now has separate settings for Maximum ISO with flash and without flash.
Also with flash now has options to set the Auto ISO to optimize itself for the subject and background together, or only for the subject.
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What Nikon used to call the Creative Lighting System (CLS) for wireless flash is now called Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL).

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It now works with both radio or optical control. See Flash Usage. Can control radio slaves, but only if you use the WR-R10 as a master wireless controller and WR-A10 adapter to connect the WR-R10 to the D5.

See Flash Usage. Can shoot stills during video. ISO button now by the shutter, and the exposure MODE button moved to the left side where ISO used to be. Advance mode dial now has detents to make it easier to know where to stop, or to set in the dark by feel.

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Comes in two versions: either with two CF-card slots or with two XQD slots. Photo Shooting Bank now recalls exposure mode. Extraordinary real-world autofocus performance. Nikon's fastest DSLR ever: 12 FPS with full AF and auto exposure tracking. Superb high ISO performance and settings to ludicrous values as high as ISO 3,276,800 ("HI + 5"). Excellent battery life; figure at least 3,000 shots per charge when shooting action sequences.

Lens Compatibility

Tough build quality. 4:5, 1.2×, 16:9 and DX crop modes. Easy to save and recall one complete camera state as a file on your memory card, but —. No fast recall modes for different camera setting; the D5 still uses Nikon's awful settings banks that take too long to select and don't recall all we need, like AF settings, anyway. The D7200, D610 and D750 are much better here.

Usage

The D5 is a scorchingly fast camera when set, but it takes too long to reset it from one kind of photo to another. No built-in flash, so no built-in ability to trigger optical slaves. No 1:1 square crop mode. No ability to trigger radio slaves unless you use the outboard WR-R10 as a master wireless controller and WR-A10 adapter to connect the WR-R10 to the D5.

See Flash Usage. No power switch lock; easy to knock on or off by accident and miss shots. No auto brightness control for the LCD. The D4s had this. You can set the LCD brightness separately for Live View versus Playback and Menus, but now there are more menu clicks needed to select between these to change brightnesses as you move outdoors or indoors.

24 MP DX, 5 FPS, ISO 25,600, 1080p, Swiveling Touch Screen, Wi-Fi, NFC

No full-frame AF; it may have a lot of points, but they're mostly near the center of the image. No other full-frame DSLR has full-frame AF, either. No Wi-Fi unless you buy something. No GPS unless you use an old GP-1 or buy a new GP-1A. Some buttons light, but not all. Still no sane replacement of Nikon's idiotic Custom Settings Banks, which has been a core incompetancy of Nikon since they introduced these in 2003. There are no U1, U2, U3 (or C1, C2, C3 or M1, M2, M3 etc.) modes so we can save and recall camera settings.

Lens Compatibility

As-is, there is no way to save camera settings immediately; the Custom Banks are re-written every time you set the camera with no way to lock them! SpecificationsUSA VersionPerformance. With a built-in AF motor and an aperture feeler for manual-focus lenses, the Nikon D5 works with all Nikon lenses made since 1977, and if AI-updated, all the way back to 1959! Like most Nikon DSLRs, the D5 automatically corrects for any lateral color fringes in any lens, and for just about all Nikon lenses introduced in the past 20 years (any AF-D, AF-I, AF-S or G lens), also can automatically correct for lens distortion and corner light falloff.

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While it won't correct distortion with Nikon AI and AI-s manual focus lenses, it does provide full color Matrix metering, EXIF data and auto and manual exposure. Got a set of Nikon lenses from 39 years ago? You're already good to go with the D5; they'll look great. The D5 works perfectly with every AF lens made since 1987, which means AF, AF-I, AF- and AF-S; G, E and D. It also works great with AI and AI-S manual-focus lenses, and if you update the really old ones to AI, all Nikon's SLR lenses from as far back as 1959 work just fine with color matrix metering and manual and aperture-priority auto exposure and full EXIF data.

Accessories

It doesn't work with Pronea (IX-NIKKOR), lenses for the ancient F3AF or with non-AI lenses, none of which fit properly. The electronic rangefinder works with lenses as slow as f/5.6. There are also 9 selectable focus points that will work with lenses as slow as f/8. More at Nikon Lens Compatibility and Nikon FX Lens Recommendations. Nikon D5 with 50mm f/1.4 AI.bigger. SpecificationsUSA VersionPerformance.

CH (Continuous High): 12 FPS with full AF and AE. (14 FPS with mirror locked-up in a laboratory with no metering or focussing. CL (Continuous Low): selectable 1 to 10 FPS. QC (Quiet Continuous): 3 FPS. Same as the D500:.

Performance

Work down to LV -4, which is full moonlight on sand. 55 selectable points. Of these selectable 55; 35 are cross-type sensors and only 9 work at f/8. 153 AF points hidden under the hood, but you can't select all these manually; you only can select 55 of them. Only 99 of these hidden sensors are cross-type. Only 15 hidden sensors work with f/8 lenses.

Face-Priority AF; should automatically find faces and focus on them. Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module. 35.9 × 23.9 mm CMOS. Ultrasonic cleaner. 5,568 × 3,712 (L), 4,176 × 2,784 (M), 2,784 × 1,856 (S). 5:4 (24 × 30mm). 4,640 × 3,712 (L), 3,472 × 2,784 (M), 2,320 × 1,856 (S). Advance Mode Dial. TopSample Images. SpecificationsAccessoriesUSA Version. Nikon D5600 (16.3 oz./463g with battery and card, about $497 new or about $400 used if you know How to Win at eBay) and Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX.

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I got mine at Adorama, who also offers it along with many package deals. I'd also get it at Amazon, at B&H, at Crutchfield or used at eBay if you know How to Win at eBay. Nikon does not seal its boxes, so never buy at retail or any source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged or used camera, a customer return or if the warranty has already been registered online to someone else!

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