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September 12, 2012

New Nikon D600 full frame 24mp DSLR is officially announced ($2100 body)

Don't go to sleep yet! There is a new round of Nikon gear, headlined by the brand new Nikon D600, a 24-megapixel full frame DSLR! The D600 offers a more affordable price-point at $2100, and already Amazon is taking pre-orders for $2100 with a September 18 (!) release estimate. The price of $2100 is perhaps not as affordable as some 35mm full frame fans may have hoped for, but it is the lowest Nikon 35mmFF price at announcement time. The Nikon D700 went as low as $2200 at authorized dealers before magically disappearing into the ether.

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Just as expected, the D600 will also be offered as a kit with the recently-released 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR lens for $2700, BUT it is $100 cheaper if you buy the D600 body only kit and the stand-alone 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR lens together in the same shopping cart, thanks to the Instant Rebates: $2100 + $600 - $100 = $2600, which is a better price than $2700!. See screenshot crop of this at the bottom of this post.

On top of all that, the two Nikon D600 kits are out of the gate eligible for the optional Nikon Lens Instant Rebates with $200 off _each_ of these lenses: 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8, 70-300 VR. The discounts are stackable (one DSLR, multiple different lenses)

Nikon D600 previews
+ five page preview at
+ preview at Imaging Resource
+ hands-on at Pop Photo
+ text-based at NeoCamera
+ text-based at PDN Pulse where Nikon officials would not say whether this was a Sony sensor
+ WDC including a 4-min video
+ hands-on at Tech Radar
+ body hands-on at Pocket Lint
+ preview at Journal Metro along with 3-min video hands-on (YouTube-embedded below as well)
+ preview at Nikonistii (YouTube-embedded below as well)

Nikon D600 samples
+ Neocamera has full resolution samples and crops
+ ten full-size JPEGs by Nikon itself
+ two sample movies by Nikon itself

Nikon D600 Opinions
+ 1/200th Sync is a deal killer says The Strobist

Nikon D600 Documentation
+ 10-page PDF brochure of the e-glossy type from Nikon itself

Press Release Parade
+ dpreview
+ Imaging Resource
+ PhotoXels
+ Photography Blog
+ dpnow

Promotional Nikon videos
+ YouTube-embedded below...

Screenshot Crop of Discount
+ top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page with D600 body only and 24-85 lens in shopping cart
+ yellow highlighting added for emphasis

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