How can I keep my D-600 when...

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Alan Brown
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In reply to vortex09, 10 months ago

vortex09 wrote:

My experience with the D600 dust/oil problem:

- I've received two refub bodies with severe cases. Both arrived with *filthy* sensors right out of the box, too.

- Before I purchased refurb, I was looking for used copies. I asked four potential sellers to provide me with f/22 white wall or blue sky tests. All four came showed "the problem," with numerous and disproportionate spots in the upper-left quadrant.

- A friend purchased a new D600 about three months ago, June 2013. After only 400 actuations, there are numerous spots, with a clear bias toward the upper-left quadrant.

So in my sample of 7 bodies, all unequivocally exhibited the dust/oil problem.

I've come to suspect strongly that most or all D600 copies are affected. And with all due respect, when I see posts that claim "mine doesn't have it!,"my default assumption is

wrong

that the user simply doesn't shoot at small apertures and hasn't bothered testing for the issue. Perhaps there are *some* relatively clean D600 sensors, but I'm betting the majority of claims that a body is totally unaffected are explained by a lack of thorough testing. (And before anyone says something like "if they have to do a thorough test to find it, then obviously it's not a big deal:" that all depends on your use case. If you do nothing but portraits, fine; if you're all landscapes like me, it's inevitably going to have a real effect on your images).

and assumption becomes fact if you hear it often enough.

I have no more evidence that there is no problem than you have that all D600s are faulty. They have more of a problem i would grant you.. That is fact. Spreading FUD doesn't help anyone looking hear for un-biased advice.

There were a few threads going around, that asked what price they would buy a D600 at if they risked buying one and had to clean it more regularly. It's ironic

One minute it's the worst thing Nikon ever produced and the next is it's ok to risk/buy 'at the right price'.

The weakness of the D600, for me, is the video operation. It's poorly implemented.

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