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

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Re: How can I keep my D-600 when...
In reply to vortex09, 6 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 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).

If you know how to find dots, small apertures aren't necessary.

At 400 actuations, I would expect the "bad" ones to have a lot of particles.

I've certainly never met someone with so many direct data points, so I can see why you are convinced. I've seen threads on this come and go for months and inevitably, there are people who don't have the issue. I tend to believe what they say. But even so, the evidence still suggests the problem goes away and to be fair, Nikon is repairing.

My only complaint, personally, is that they are somewhat silent and non admitting. They never come out and say, "We made a batch of cameras with a messed up shutter curtain" etc. etc. They just say, "you might get a lot of dust. Send it in and we'll check it out."

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