The D600 can also use the D800 / D800E Live View Tip for Better Definition.
Live View with the D600 does not suffer the ugly jagged “gapping” caused by the oddball every-3rd-row of the Nikon D800. On the other hand, using one less level of magnification on the D800 more or less neutralizes this difference, and looks superior on the D800 to the D600’s full magnification. In the field, I had no difficulty achieving every bit as good a focus with the D800 as with the D600, so I deem this a non-issue.
Even in manual mode, the D600 Live View suffers two serious bugs and usability issues:
- The D600 will stop down the lens to some arbitrary aperture under some conditions. When and why remain unclear, but seem to be associated with very bright scenes. It means that the hapless photographer thinking focusing is at ƒ/2 might actually be at ƒ/6.3 (or whatever). There is NO WARNING or indication. The trick is to place one’s hand in front of the lens, hit the Live View button and then the aperture as set will be used (or so it seems in the circumstances I tried).
- The D600 will not allow the aperture to be changed in Live View mode; twiddling the aperture number has no effect whatsoever on the lens diaphragm. Workaround: exit Live View mode, then enter it again at the desired aperture.
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