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Professional photographer Jamie Maldonado reflects on photography assignments, and shares tips and hints on how to improve your photography. 

New camera!

Lauren, a good friend and good photographer, as seen through my new Nikon D600. Sunset + a little flash can be a great combination. 

Lauren, a good friend and good photographer, as seen through my new Nikon D600. Sunset + a little flash can be a great combination. 

It has neither the recognition of the Canon 5D Mk. III, nor the mega megapixels of the Nikon D800, but I recently purchased the Nikon D600 and I could barely be more pleased with my choice. 

It is a splendid balance of functions in a refreshingly light package. Sure, it doesn't have the nearly untouchable movie mode of the 5D Mk. III, nor does it have quite the light sensitivity (or so I've read), but it also costs at least $1,000 less. And I strongly prefer Nikon's sensors to Canon's in terms of color, dynamic range and even sharpness. 

And though I can't go toe-to-toe with Phase One and Hasselblad in resolution with the D600 like I could with the D800, the D600 allows me to remain relatively swift in the file size department, while cranking out resolution that dreams were made of just a few years ago. I get  tingles of joy when looking at my D600 files that are usually reserved for medium format cameras.

I ordered a refurbished camera in hopes of saving a few bucks, and paid for it by getting a camera that was still defective. However, Nikon's 90-Day Warranty covered everything, and I was back in business in barely two weeks. Actually, it might have just been a bit more than a week ... And they went ahead and cleaned and recalibrated everything while they had it. So, while there might be somewhat of a risk attached to buying factory refurbished gear, I'd still deal with Nikon again. (I have an even better history with Apple refurbished products!) Please note, I've seen more new items be defective than I have refurbished items. Interesting, huh?

Anyway, this entry was supposed to be two paragraphs long, and here I am. I have so much to work on that I better just add a photo and tell it to publish. I'm working on photos for two publications, a wedding, bridals and some personal work. And I have more around the corner!