Adventure photographer Corey Rich counts on his
Nikon D600 to document a challenging expedition.
It takes more than exceptional photography and climbing skills to capture the inspiring feats of elite alpinists and the natural beauty of their environment—shooters must also have a camera that works just as hard as the rugged athletes it’s chronicling. The Nikon D600 was an essential tool for Corey Rich
during a July 2012 assignment to cover David Lama and Peter
Ortner’s climbing expedition along the Eternal Flame route of
Trango Tower—also known as Nameless Tower—in Pakistan’s
Karakoram mountain range. “The D600 is the game-changing
camera for anyone who goes to remote, wild places where they’re
self-supported and looking to create both motion and still
content,” says the South Lake Tahoe, California–
based extreme adventure specialist.
Rich was hired by Swiss mountain sports
equipment manufacturer Mammut to create
compelling visuals of the expedition as part of
the company’s anniversary project involving
Mammut is using Rich’s photos in marketing
and advertising efforts. Still, Rich spent much
more of his time shooting full HD video to tell
the story of the expedition in a 15-minute, globally
distributed television show and the short documentary film
A New Perspective for the European Outdoor Film Tour, with
Mammut underwriting the show and film tour content.
The HD-SLR’s ability to shoot both exceptional stills and
cinema-quality 1080p video was hugely important. Minimizing
weight is essential when ascending a rock approximately
20,500 feet above sea level, so carrying one camera is better
than carrying two.
Having that camera be as light as possible with a small form
factor is another major plus: The D600’s body weighs only 1 pound,
10. 8 ounces. “It’s the lightest, Nikon FX full-frame, high-resolution
still and video camera on the market today,” says Rich. “This camera
is designed for a guy like me, where light and fast are benefits.”
The D600 is also water and dust resistant to the same degree
as the D800—valuable attributes when dust is blowing through
camp and water is dripping down the rock wall.
There were times during those nights when Rich needed to
reach for his camera, so he appreciated its ability to shoot well in
low light. “Unlike a studio shoot or a portrait shoot, I don’t get to
decide when great moments unfold [on an expedition],” Rich says.
“Sometimes it’s midday or the middle of the night, and I need to
To be ready, Rich kept his D600 powered up for
the most part during the crucial three days after
leaving the base camp, turning it off only when
he caught a few winks. Although the Camera
& Imaging Products Association rates the
D600’s battery to 900 shots, Rich found that,
on average, he only changed batteries twice a
day. “That’s remarkable,” he says, adding that,
The 24.3-megapixel D600 wasn’t the only Nikon tool
that thrilled Rich in Pakistan, however. In addition to the ultra-
wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens, he also
brought along the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, a
telephoto zoom lens with a compact size and light weight. Those
two lenses and the camera created “the perfect combination of
equipment for me to pull this job off,” he says.
All told, the affordably priced D600 is within reach for any
shooter looking to take the next step in photography—even if
that next step is in a different setting than a steep granite spike
in a far-away mountain range.
To see the Nikon D600’s video capabilities
for yourself, check out Rich’s video of David
Lama and Peter Ortner climbing Trango Tower,
which can be viewed in PDNedu’s digital
edition. For details, visit http://bit.ly/XxpmV6