built like a tank - dropped 5 feet & survived
I bought the D600 refurbished over a year ago - perhaps it was returned for the oily sensor issue. Got a great camera for a great price. I own several Nikon cameras (film & digital) including the D700, D2X & F4S. The image quality & resolution are amazing imho. I use it a lot handheld with the 80-400mm VR for shooting birds - a great combination. It is a nice size & weight for hiking compared to my larger heavier D700 & D2X. My D600 has over 11,000 shutter actuations on it and have had no issues at all - except for one close call which was my own fault. I was in a rush to get to the airport one day and put my D600 with attached 28-300 mm VR into my camera back pack & headed down to the parking garage. Put our suitcases into the trunk & as I was swinging my backpack off my shoulder, a loud crack echoed through the garage & saw the camera & lens sliding along the concrete floor. With a few expletives, I picked up the camera, & a small piece of black plastic & put them back into my back pack.Apparently I had in my haste, forgotten to close the zipper in my backpack. . Headed to the airport with thoughts of having to buy a new camera and/or lens ( $3000+/-) when I got back home. After we got to the departure gate lounge I reluctantly took out my D600 & attached lens for a closer examination.The end of the lens hood was a little flattened & chipped & there were a few scuffs on the camera body but no obvious external damage. It's all internal damage I thought. I then took a shot of a helicopter taxiing just outside our window & had a peak at the image on the screen - it looked normal - I was amazed. The old heavy metal Nikon film cameras have often been described as being "built like a tank" but I didn't think I would be describing a plastic covered digital Nikon in the same way. My D600 & 28-300 mm lens are still going strong - thank you Nikon !!
March 14, 2015
A real step up
I had been using an N80 for more than 10 years, and other SLRs for many more.
When I had become fed up with the increasing difficulty to get films and processing, I got the camera that seemed to me like it could replace it, and got a D5100.
I felt like something was lacking with the small viewfinder and the extensive menus. I learned why it is called an entry-level when getting away from automatic meant a lot of menu navigating.
When I learned a FX camera could be within my price expectation, I jumped on the first opportunity.
I had foolishly forgot to check if my 28-200mm zoom would work on the D5100, and to me recovering that lens was a good bonus.
At once that feeling of missing something was alleviated. The big viewfinder looks like the cameras I was used to and the availability of many buttons and the same two command wheels that the N80 has just felt much better.
I was very much bothered by the endless discussion of the oil spots because among all the messages there was very little information to get a real feeling for the size of the problem. I tend to like taking photos in very dark places, so I pretty much never use small apertures. I have noticed spots in test shots of a white wall, but never anything on the real photos. I do not know if those were the spots that were so much talked about.
So, the combination of price, low light performance, viewfinder and user interface have been just what I had been needing. Since I have the camera I have taken some very satisfying photos.
September 16, 2014
Excellent Full-Frame Camera for the Price!
Let me first start out by saying my D600 had the "Sensor Dust/Oil" problem and although only noticeable at a high F-Stop, it was an issue I'm glad Nikon addressed. After sending my camera in to have the component on the shutter replaced, the "dust/oil" issue has not come back.
Besides that minor issue, the camera has been outstanding in every aspect. It truly is hard to find a full-frame camera with the specs of the D600 for the price. Would definitely recommend!
May 15, 2014
Small and Smart
Small, smart, ergonomically and usefull FF.
I so Like This.
Thank You Nikon.
March 27, 2014
I got mine just before this past Christmas, purchasing the last new in-stock unit at my local Best Buy saving about $600 which I took and spent on a new 70-300 VR as well.
The combination of the 24mp senor and the VR is great. I had shot the older 70-300 AF-D on my D70s and D200. That lens was always something of a disappointment however.
For well over a year, I had been wanting to step up to FX. I had used a friend's D700 back when they first came out and secretly coveted it. So I was seriously contemplating a used D700 from ebay or wherever I could find a decent example. Prices however, were stubbornly holding just north of $1500.
Finding the D600 on clearance was a stroke of luck. Gave me twice the resolution and all of the attendant improvements five years brings with it as well as getting me into an FX body. I could now fully utilize all of my lens without the crop factor and the reduced angle-of-view. My 50mm 1.4AF no longer behaved like a 75mm. For the price of a five-year old D700 with possible unknown issues and no warranty, I walked out the door with a brand new D600.
Since then I have taken the time to learn how to fully use this camera. I bought David Busche's book and have managed to shoot some good stuff over the winter up here in Maine.
Early this month, Nikon contacted me about the service advisory on the dust issue. Registering your gear with Nikon is highly recommended. I followed the instructions and dropped my camera at the UPS store on a Friday. Nikon had it by the next Monday and about two weeks later, UPS delivered it back to my doorstep. The work consisted of a replacement shutter and associated parts and cleaning which included the sensor. The work reset the shutter count to zero and it restored the camera default settings. So I have to tweak my settings back to where I like them.
When I sent it in, it had just under 2000 frames. I was starting to see a couple of dust spots in the upper right quadrant of my images. But not like the horror stories other owners have reported. Currently the body has about 150 frames taken on the new shutter and I have not seen any contamination issues yet. I do not know what shutter was used as a replacement. Speculation is that it is from the D610.
All in all, a great camera. A lot of people may take exception with this, but I think the D600 is as close to a viable refresh of the D700 as you will find at a reasonable price point. The lighter consumer build not withstanding, it is well worth considering.
March 24, 2014