This is one of the best SLRs ever made. Strong, reliable, accurate and with incredible image quality.
July 3, 2014
Was quite surprised with it's performance. Works very well in low light, creating crisp sharp images. The body is light weight and well balanced. With controls that you can still use in AUTO mode, or program your own settings.
I have used the D800, and in comparing them. I have discovered unless you are a professional photographer and need the very best. The D610 will suit all of your needs, and more.
I truly enjoy working with it.
November 22, 2013
Great camera for Semi-pro photographer
I recently photographed a friend's wedding with this camera and got great results. The ability to make the shutter very quiet and in low light meant being able to get shots without the individuals knowing or without interrupting the ceremony. Also used my D90 during the reception, but the audible click frequently made people look.
My usual photos are landscapes, lighthouses, covered bridges so the full frame over the D90's DX sensor is also wonderful.
July 17, 2014
A Possible Reason for a Few Reviewers Poor Image Quality with D610
First, let me say that I mean no disrespect to the few people who left negative reviews about the D610. My purpose in posting is to suggest a reason as to why you may be getting poor image quality. Is it possible that when you get poor image quality out of the D610 that you're shooting shooting wide open on your primes? I recently bought the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 because I shoot a lot of video interviews and I was tired of my entire scenes being in total, precise focus. Naturally, when I got the 85/1.8 I lighted my interviews in such a way as to be able to crank that beautiful lens all the way open and throw my background out of focus. And, it worked. However, in my excitement, I forgot one of the first things I was taught in my photography classes in college. Yes, opening up to 1.8 will give you a beautiful, fuzzy background but it also leaves you with an incredibly shallow depth of field. I've come to learn that when you shoot a video interview wide open, you better make sure your subject stays perfectly still in his chair--an absolute impossability unless you use restraints. The first 3 interviews I shot with my D610 and the 85mm 1.8 go in and out of focus throughout the session. At 1.8, all a subject has to do is lean forward slightly and some part of his face is going to go soft. I've since learned to stop down a little and back off slightly from my interview subjects (I like to get really close when I do an interview). I'm still getting a lovely, out of focus background and my subjects are sharp as a tack. I'm sure you guys know all of this and I'm certainly not trying to insult you're photographic expertise but I thought I throw out my 2 cents. I've always thought that auto focus on a Nikon (I still have an old D80 that I love) was the hardest thing to master. It latterly took me years of practice to begin to master the AF on the D80 and I had to start all over again with the D610. But, through trial and error and a lot of unusable interview footage, I'm finally getting back in the groove.
On an unrelated note, I also have a D600. No signs of the dreaded spots yet but I thought i read on this forum that Nikon is replacing the shutter or whatever it is causing the spots for free now. Is this true?
July 17, 2014
This is a really good camera for the price
I've been used to shooting on a D800 for a couple of years now for work, and I wanted to upgrade my personal camera body. When looking at the D610, it offered almost all the features of the D800 for a more attractive price, so I decided to buy it.
I have not been disappointed. While the 36MP of the D800 is phenomenal, the 24MP of the D610 is still more than adequate - in fact, it's outstanding. The images I'm getting are sharp, the dynamic range is excellent, and it has pretty much all the features I want. My only (minor) complaints are that I wish the AF points were spread over a wider area of the viewfinder, and that the auto-bracketing settings had options to include more than 3 frames. But there has to be some sacrifice for a lower price. I'm also finding that adjusting the focusing modes takes a little getting used to, but I'm sure with practice that will become more intuitive.
This camera feels good in my hands, and having been a Nikon shooter for a long time, I find the controls and buttons comfortable to work with. The low light performance is excellent even up to ISO 5000. It starts to get a bit noisy at 6400 and above, but that's to be expected.
This is the perfect camera for those who don't want to spend over $2,000 on a camera body and still get a great performer.
June 5, 2014