Excellent report. A+.
China is not a lawless country but Chinese officials very often exercise law selectively. It happens to all investors, foreign and domestic. No exception.
When an investor has strong local support (by bride, favoritism, or local needs), China central government usually won't challenge the locals directly - honors among thieves. Instead, it will take an end-run: State-owned TV will fire the first shot which would be broadcasted nationwide on every station. Web will do the rest. When the whole country is pointing fingers to Nikon, its protector knows it's time to shut up. Now the central government can step in and fix the problem. Face saved, case solved, citizen happy, ... Nikon should feel lucky for the treatment it received. It could be a lot worse - A Japanese company dumping trash in China, without any protection?
None of these would happen if not for D600's shutter. Nikon had it coming.
Nikon played dumb in U.S. Nikon Dumbly played in China.
Nikon had it coming, can't blame nobody but itself. I think Nikon is lucky that Chinese government didn't force a full scale return and refund.
snow14: After trying the the tamron lens and canon I was. Amazed how much canon's lens better ,focus much faster and sharpness at f 2.8 the tamy has no chance so if you have the money buy canon for sure but if you are on budget save more and buy canon's 24-70 also it is simply the best lens in this focal range and anything else is compromise .
Is 3-4 stops VR(VC,IS,OS) part of the compromise?
Benarm: What about contrast and colors? These things are quite subjective, but I tend to notice that many off-brand lens like Tamron and Sigma cannot match their Canon or Nikon equivalents.
This one is VERY different. Try it to see for yourself.