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Love the camera, but....,
This review is from: Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
...same dust and oil issues. Purchased serial #3004XXX. Within the first 20 shots noticed spots developing on sensor (upper left in view finder)and had dust inside prism area. I removed many dust particles from the sensor with a "rocket blower" but the oil spots required a wet cleaning. After cleaning, the spots started to reappear within 5 clicks so I returned the camera for a different unit. Serial #3035XXX. The sensor was clean out of the box with only 4 shutter activations on the counter but dust and oil starting to appear at 35 clicks. This body also has dust inside the prism box. A rocket blower removed the dust but the oil spots remained. I also noticed a small area on the mirror mechanism where the paint was starting to flake off, which I suspect is the source of the "dust". These problems show up at f8 and are not user caused and make the camera unusable for landscape and video. I returned it and the pro level lenses I purchased. I'm evauluating other options and would wait on purchasing this camera until Nikon solves these issues.
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2012 6:38:17 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 7:27:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2012 9:14:52 AM PST
RC, I would continue to look if I were you. My second body was no better than the first and has a serial number after your replacement (3035xxx)
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 5:27:19 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 6:24:56 PM PST
M. Mazor says:
I also am on my second body. This one is SN3034xxx oil visible after 500, wet clean now after 2000 very very faint oil spots. I think the oil issue should be done after the next wet clean. I did notice dust however and to my surprise I was able to see it on the surface of the sensor which Leads me to believe it's paint on and inside part, but who knows for sure. Nikon won't own up.... The solutions may be to (unfortunately) clean the sensor every time you charge the battery.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 4:31:58 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 7:24:32 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2012 7:37:21 AM PST
Let the buyer beware with this camera. If oil and self generating internal dust (probably the coating from the shutter) on a $2000 camera doesn't bother you if you are considering this camera then by all means have at it. I expect more from Nikon. If potential buyers photograph landscapes or use it for video at all, I suggest looking elsewhere or wait until Nikon publicly acknowledges the problem and announces a fix. Once you know what to look for, the spots will and do show up below f8, they are of course less noticeable. The Internet is full of real world examples of photos with spots, both dust and oil, one doesn't need to look very far. Perhaps there are properly functioning bodies out there, you may get lucky and get one. I tried two and decided Nikon's problems were not for me, YMMV.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 1:42:00 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 1, 2012 12:46:13 PM PST
LOL, RC must have decided his second body was full of dust and oil too and had to delete all his comments.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 1:23:24 PM PST
No, on the contrary. I am enjoying my D600 very much. It does not have any oil or dust problems. I deleted my comments because I felt that people were not being mature about the situation. The only thing I wish to convey is that there are good D600s out there. Just make sure you buy from a reputable store like Amazon so that you can return it if it is defective. Amazon will send UPS to your house to pick it up for free.
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