D600 Repair Experience: Mike's Camera
I bought a refurbished unit and the shutter count was 7. I thought that was unusual for a refurbished unit. And based on another post about a shutter replacement and the color of the mirror assembly was copper, mine is the same color. So I guess my refurb unit had a shutter replacement. I just did a high key shoot at f11 and f16 of over 1000 shots and did not notice any dusts spots. which my other Nikon D2x had a lot.
Thanks Tsan, I'm beginning to feel encouraged by this and Lucky's experience. I love everything else about my D600, and I bought it with full intentions of it being the last DSLR I would buy for a very long time.
When I decided to jump from DX to FX, I was a little leery about making this purchase online, given the problems I had read here about the D800. So I went to Mike's in Denver, they gave me the applicable discounts and 2 months later I'm still quite happy. And when I have a 'user error' problem. Jonathan is quite delighted to point out that I should RTFM...Brent
I bought from the local Ritz camera here a camera or two because I went in to see and feel out the cameras. Got one I didn't like and went back and the location was closed. The other location wasn't that helpful. There's Southeastern Camera here which is very good. Anything I go in the store to see or get help with I'll buy there, even with 9% sales tax but for the most part I'm buying online now.
I'm very pleased (and relieved) to report that my D600, repaired by the Nikon Los Angeles Repair Facility, continues to be completely oil free and 99% dust free.
This statement comes after I tested the D600 today at 300 shots after repair, 50 of which were made one month ago with CL shutter action and those 50 were pointed straight upwards to the sky.
The primary fix made by Nikon was to replace the shutter assembly.
Moderators: with your indulgence, this report will be posted on two other threads where I made my initial assessment of Nikon's repair job about a month ago.
I'd rather be lucky than good
Please reconsider before using their repair service. The on camera flash was sticking on my Nikon D800 (Purchased From Mikes Camera) so I brought it into Mike's for repair. They quoted me $ 1200 for repair and stated the camera had "liquid" damage. I declined to pay the repair fee as the only issue wit the camera was that the flash did not automatically pop up. Every other function on the camera functioned fine...until I picked it up from them. Mike's Camera returned my camera damaged. Strangely enough the pop up flash was no longer sticking but the camera would not turn off unless the battery was removed and the live view no longer worked. The on/ off dial appeared to have sustained damage while in their care.
Water and cameras typically do not play nicely together. That being said, the D800 is a weather sealed prosumer level camera body and mine had not sustained any substantial exposure to water.
I returned to Mikes Camera the same day I picked it up and asked them to repair my camera to at least the state in which I dropped it off. They acknowledged that the camera was damaged while in their possession but claimed that the "liquid" damage would have eventually ruined the camera anyway. Mikes camera would not repair the camera and only offered a warranty if I bought a new camera from them to replace the ones they damaged. This struck me as an exceptionally predatory sales trick especially considering I paid more to buy this camera from them rather than Amazon in the first place.