On my second D600: Broken diopter adjustment

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digital ed
digital ed Veteran Member • Posts: 3,443
Re: Same issue here

Patrick Cox wrote:

I just received a new D600 from Adorama and my diopter adjustment does nothing.  I called Nikon and they said I could either send in for service or return. I will be returning/exchanging with Adorama tomorrow when they open.

Did you pull it out to adjust?

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Re: On my second D600: Broken diopter adjustment

mudakas wrote:

If you get 2 bodies with diopter problems or 7 in a row with left far AF problem - it is time to switch to Canon

Who got seven cameras in a row with AF problems? Are they hallucinating?

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trend1 Contributing Member • Posts: 975
Re: Same issue here

digital ed wrote:

Patrick Cox wrote:

I just received a new D600 from Adorama and my diopter adjustment does nothing.  I called Nikon and they said I could either send in for service or return. I will be returning/exchanging with Adorama tomorrow when they open.

Did you pull it out to adjust?

The D600 doesn't need to be pulled like the D800. I guess the D600 is like my D300.

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Re: Same issue here

trend1 wrote:

digital ed wrote:

Patrick Cox wrote:

I just received a new D600 from Adorama and my diopter adjustment does nothing.  I called Nikon and they said I could either send in for service or return. I will be returning/exchanging with Adorama tomorrow when they open.

Did you pull it out to adjust?

The D600 doesn't need to be pulled like the D800. I guess the D600 is like my D300.

OK, I wasn't sure what "pull it out" meant.  I rotated the wheel completely both directions and it had no impact on what was seen in the viewfinder.  I previously had a D7100 for a few days and it worked fine and I didn't need to pull out the wheel.  That would be great though if it was something like that so please advise if someone is aware.  Thanks.

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Motoyogi New Member • Posts: 1
Re: On my second D600: Broken diopter adjustment

hopster wrote:

The same thing has happened with TWO D600 bodies ... I was able to fix it my doing the following:

-rotate diopter dial to full +

-shake camera vigorously

-tap with your knuckle on or near the hot shoe, then reset diopter to your liking.

I kid you not, this worked on both bodies. Maybe it just stays "stuck" on full - diopter when assembled and needs to be shaken loose. Hope this works for you

I'm on my second D600. On the first, the diopter worked fine, but it had the oil/dust problem. On this, second, D600 the diopter did nothing out of the box. After doing what Hopster, above, said, my diopter worked. Unfortunately, this, second, camera also has the oil/dust problem. And this one is worse than the first. On the first one, the spots only showed up at f14 and smaller. On the second one, the spots show up through the full aperture range. Now to decide whether to send the camera back again, and wait another 10-14 days, or just clean the sensor. Any suggestions?

kevm14 OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,253
Re: On my second D600: Broken diopter adjustment

I just posted in the Lens forum so I thought I'd check this thread.  Wow!  A bunch of folks having bad diopter adjustment wheels out of the box.  At least it's clear I wasn't making it up.  I cannot verify if shaking or whatever would have fixed the first two bodies but it DID take the third body to fix the issue.  I've had no other issues btw (other than oil, which has yet to be cleaned).

John Stark Regular Member • Posts: 148
Re: Broken diopter adjustment? - try a fully charged camera battery

I have had my D3200 for about a month now and had set the diopter adjustment at the outset so that the image in the optical viewfinder was in focus when the camera was focussed on the subject.  Today, I found that it was out of focus and I had to turn the diopter adjustment anticlockwise all the way to the limit.  At that point it was in focus again.  I wear glasses when I use the camera.

I thought this was rather strange so searched the internet for information on setting the diopter adjustment on Nikon cameras and found this thread.

The only thing I could think of was to put in a fresh battery.  The one in the camera was showing only one bar but was still capable of taking photos (even with flash).  However, once I put the fresh battery in, the viewfinder (with the diopter wound all the way to one end) was out of focus again and had to be turned clockwise just over half-way to get the focus back.  That's how it should be (and how it was when the camera was new).

So, if you are having problems with the diopter adjustment, my suggestion would be to charge the camera battery or put a freshly charge battery in (you have a spare one don't you!!).

Perhaps the issues with the new D600 diopter adjustment might have been caused by the purchaser being too keen to try the camera out and not charging the camera battery before use?

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Ezee1 New Member • Posts: 3
Re: On my second D600: Broken diopter adjustment

I just got my new D610 took it out of the box installed a fully charged battery and set up the date and time and proceeded to test camera. The viewfinder was blurry for my eyes so went to adjust the Diopter  but nothing happens wheel turns and clicks but no adjustment. This must be another D600 D610 problem. I have lost faith in anything that's made in china. I may have to move to the d800 I think that's made in Japan

User4659731896 New Member • Posts: 1
Re: On my second D600: Broken diopter adjustment

DennisS wrote:

Ok, same problem here. I've been deciding which camera I want and in the past 30 days have bought the D3200, D5100, D7000 and now the D600 (x2). On all of them except the D600 the diopter worked fine and I got a nice clear image thru the viewfinder.

Picked up a D600 today, and moving the little wheel did nothing and nothing I could do could get me anywhere close to being able to read the viewfinder information or see a non-blurry scene (and I mean really blurry) even though the camera said things were in focus. Tried different lenses, kit lens, old AIS, and regular AF-D lenses. All of these lenses work fine on the other cameras. I still have the D7000 here and everything is sharp thru the viewfinder. I picked up my old F5 and of course diopter works fine there and everything looks great. The images taken with the D600 look GREAT though..so they are in focus, it's just that in the viewfinder they look totally out of focus.

Ran back to the store, swapped for another D600 and same problem. Moving the diopter dial back and forth appears to do nothing. I'm thinking these cameras are REALLY far out of whack.

To be clear, this is two D600's in a row, so I don't think the original poster was crazy..:) I'm thinking a bunch of D600's were just assembled VERY poorly? I do have one other thought though...

I wonder if there is some sort of first time initialization of the diopter or something. The reason I wonder is that on both of these cameras, after having a charged battery the first lens I put on before powering up was my old AID 50 1.4 manual focus lens. IS it possible that somehow by using a non-autofocus lens that the camera initialized incorrectly in some way?

I guess I'll exchange one more time and update this thread if I get a winner camera..!

Just a note for anyone else buying one of these used on eBay like I did.  My diopter was completely blurry and the knob did nothing so I was immediately afraid I had been scammed by the seller.  But before I panicked completely I took to the internet looking for a solution and found this thread, among others.  No ready solutions presented themselves so I decided to try a little "percussive maintenance."  I gave the viewfinder a solid bump with the heel of my hand and voila' - problem solved!

Not sure if the package got whacked or dropped in shipping to cause the original issue but it seems to be working perfectly now; diopter adjustment is functioning normally and the rest of the camera is flawless.  Really happy to find such a simple resolution.  I hope this will help someone else!  Cheers!!

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