Nikon Fixes D600 Sensor and Calls it D610

I have nothing against Nikon. I love the D800e. In my film days, I preferred the brand over Canon and I still think the whole brouhaha over Canon versus Nikon amounts to nothing.

Still, I can only think of today’s announcement of the new Nikon D610 as merely a service update by a company unwilling to admit that the D600 was seriously flawed. I’ve never owned or used a D600, but from reading about the problems with oil on the sensor, I’m pretty sure that if it had been a car, it would have been recalled.

Instead, Nikon announced a replacement only one year after the arrival of the D600, puts in a new shutter mechanism and demands $2000 from those frustrated by the D600 oil problem. In the process, prices for a used D600 are probably going to drop steeply.

Now, the D600 was apparently a great camera, apart from that oily issue. So, logic tells us the D610 is a really great camera.

But is it good client service?

The announcement is here.

You can pre-order it here (affiliate links):
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (B&H)
Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Amazon)

You can sell your D600 here. Better be quick.

Keep the Canon 5D Mark III After the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Arrives?

I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 that I pre-ordered the day they announced it. From the specifications and the reviews, this is the camera I want. It seems to address 99% of the problems I have with my OM-D E-M5.

While I wait, I’m wondering how much sense it makes to keep my Canon 5D Mark III and all my heavy Canon lenses after the E-M1 arrives. Let me explain with some history.

A few months ago, in a moment of temporary insanity, I bought a refurbished Nikon D800e, despite owning no Nikon lenses. I figured I try it out and sell it for good money if I don’t like it. I was immediately blown away by the resolution and the dynamic range. I loved that Nikon every time I opened a file on my computer to 100%. Wow!

Problem was I had been a Canon digital shooter for more than six years and was still using my ‘classic’ 5D. I liked that camera, but could get frustrated with its slow focus and the fact that it’s low-light capabilities where not up to speed anymore against the new crop of cameras.

So, before I made the switch to Nikon, I figured I needed to try the Canon 5D Mark III. I rented one. The moment I took the 5DIII in my hands and shot with it, I was in love. This was the camera I wanted for the last few years. This camera addressed all the issues I had with its older sibling. So, in another moment of insanity, I bought one.

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