Great Camera Except for Known Issue
This is my first dslr and I've owned it for just under a year. While I have really enjoyed learning about the camera and improving my picture-taking skills, I am quite frustrated with the random oil and dust issue that appear on images in a very unpredictable way. I would not recommend buying this camera. Instead, go with the newer D610 that appears to be similar to the D600 but without the "smudge" problem.
October 22, 2013
Excellent image quality! 24MP is perfect!
I could list the specs which you can read three tabs over, or I can tell you that the image quality out of this camera is astounding! The dynamic range almost matches the D800 and 24MP is nothing to sneeze at in terms of resolution. The truth is that only about five to seven percent of my work ever gets printed in the traditional sense and never above a 24x36 inch print. Mostly I print 8x10s.
Because of this, I don't miss those extra 12 mega-pixels. This camera produces images that just a few years ago would have been impossible without HDR processing. And when paired with a fast piece of glass like the 85mm 1.4 AF-S G, it's image quality in low light settings is unbelievable.
I have had an issue with sensor dust accumulating at a rate that I would not expect and that's the only reason for the 4 star review as opposed to the 5 star review. Personally, I shoot at 1.4-2.0 so much that I really didn't notice it for quite some time, but it is there.
I don't generally buy a camera based solely on it's feature set. I'm a pretty smart guy and I can learn how to work with what I've got. I buy a camera based 95% on the image quality it produces, and the image quality out of the D600 is stunning. The other 5% is related to ergonomics and features. Really all I care about is knowing how the AF system works and does it have enough buttons and dials so that I don't have to descend into the menu system to Adjust WB, ISO, and Metering. Anything past that is icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned.
And the D600 has plenty of icing!
July 12, 2013
Love the camera, although a bit dissapointed
Sure, it is a great camera for the money. Low noise at high ISO settings, light weight compared to D3x.
My disappointment is regarding the oil / dust issue.
You'd think that Nikon would have done their homework and put the D600 out on the market after extensive testing. Will be sending mine in for a cleaning, but wish I did not have to.
Hope I get it back soon so I can keep on shooting.
June 24, 2013
Perfect upgrade from DX-land
After years with a D40, then the heavier-duty D300, I always felt like the DX cropping was getting in my way, especially for my indoor/wider angle shots. On day 1, my 50mm f/1.4 went from my "nice to use but I need to stick to my 12-24mm" to my daily shooter. So that's what 50mm is supposed to look like!
March 24, 2013
Excellent Camera...once the sensor was cleaned!
Bought my D600 in October after previously owning a D70s and a D300, both which were excellent cameras and performed faultlessly.
The image quality and features on the D600 are excellent, but I did experience the dreaded "oil spots" after about 500 shots had been taken. Spent hours having to "spot clean" images in Photoshop as a result, but in the end bought a sensor cleaning brush, wiped the sensor clean and have since had no further issues. *
It's disappointing that some customers had to go through this experience due to a lack of quality control before Nikon released it to the market, but I believe they are now offering free cleaning of sensors at selected agents and service centers around the globe. (They definitely are in Australia)
The camera deserves a "5 Star" rating due to it's features, ease of use, excellent build and image quality, but rated it a 4 Star due to the spotty sensor issue which the consumer shouldn't have to deal with.
Other than that, it really is a fantastic camera and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
* Please note: - I don't recommend you try and clean the sensor yourself unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing, use the correct cleaning equipment , follow the instructions to the letter and are prepared to face the consequences if you stuff it up!. Take it to a Nikon Service Center instead.
March 16, 2013
Great camera needs a little tweek
I've been using Nikon for 32 years
I do photo and video work
was waiting for a milestone camera to spend big $ but I think the D600 could do for now
I was shooting an interview recently, the camera shut down and I lost 17 min of footage
This makes me very wary as I can't afford to not have the camera should I have to send it for repair
update the firmware?
March 15, 2013
Less Than Stellar
After having the D600 for a month I have taken over 3000 photographs with it. Most were great with very little effort. The capabilities of this camera are mind boggling and has been a great addition to my collection of cameras. The only thing that keeps me from giving this a 5 star rating is the fact that after only 1000 photographs there were dust/oil spots on the sensor that showed up in the same places on each photo. The way I worked around this issue was cropping and composition. After the aggravation became too much, I requested a shipping label so that I could have a technician clean the sensor. After a mix up with the shipping label(on my part) the camera was sent back and I am awaiting it's return. Considering the vast improvement over my old Nikon, which isn't really that old, I do not want to use any other camera. It does great under low light situations and manages to capture very good images without a tripod. The fireworks photographs I captured on New Year's exceeded my expectations. If you are considering getting a "lesser" camera and lack quite enough funds to get this one, hold off on your purchase and save a little longer. It will be well worth it! Now the real test will be to see if the oil/dust spot issue returns or if Nikon has worked out an adequate "fix."
February 1, 2013
Awesome Camera! Has Dust Issues and other minor annoyances though -1 star
This is a fantastic camera! The dynamic range is unbelievable. Recovering highlights and shadows is much more attainable using software. Awesome enthusiast and semi-pro camera. I would even recommend this as a backup for pros. The pros have been discussed about this camera so I'll discuss the cons.
Has severe dust issues.
My D90 NEVER had this problem is bad and this is definitely a eye sore for me as I stop down at and past f/16 for long exposures. Spots WILL show up. Nikon MUST address this issue in my honest opinion. Be ready to clean your sensor, or send it to Nikon, wasting valuable time in the process. This is not much of an issue if you shoot at f/8 or less (e.g. f/1.4-f/8). Biggest annoyance with this camera, especially at its price point.
Cannot adjust aperture when using Live View and video recording. Really Nikon? C'mon this shouldn't be pro level camera only feature.
January 4, 2013
I'm really conflicted over how I feel about this camera
As much as I wanted to be able to give this camera 5 stars I was just as tempted to give it 3 stars. I am a former Canon user and decided to switch to Nikon with this purchase. I purchased it in late October and ended up with one of the copies that has lots of oil spots on the sensor. I sent it in for cleaning during Thanksgiving week in November. It came back and I quickly tested it with some blank white paper and the more I shot the more the spots came back. I immediately called Nikon back to go on record as still having the problem but opted to hold off returning it again until a permanent fix for the problem was in place. (BTW the last time I counted there were a couple dozen spots - so not just a FEW, but a LOT.)
IN THE MEANTIME another problem developed. Twice, while using the camera in "live view" mode the camera froze up and completely locked up & shut down on me during my photo shoots. It gave a code on the display of "Err". When I called Nikon to report this problem & to ask how to clear it I was told it was a problem with the shutter locking up and that I'd probably need to send it in for repair. I was eventually able to get the error to clear and still wanted to hold off until after the holidays & until there was fix for the sensor spots. Then a couple days before Christmas it happened again. This time when I called I was told they also have a fix for the sensor spots so I decided to keep it through New Years and then I just sent it back in today for what I hope will be a fix for the sensor spots.
Hopefully they will fix whatever is causing the sensor spots AND figure out what is causing the shutter to lock up too. If not I will continue to call and complain - but for what I paid for this camera it had better not continue. I cannot live with the fact that I paid 2 Grand for a camera that has been sent in for repairs 2 times within 2 months. That is not acceptable.
I WANT to love this camera....and for the most part, other than the technical problems I DO like it. But just be warned that as a new model they may have some bugs to work out yet. So far Nikon has been great to talk to on the phone but I wonder now if that will continue beyond the first year. I may be persuaded to look into buying an extended warranty.......
So to answer if I would recommend buying....I can only choose Yes or No....so I suppose I would say Yes, BUT NOT YET....wait for them to work the bugs out. Keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the last time I have to send mine in.....
January 2, 2013
Excellent camer with my major flaw.
First of, I'd like to give a little background as to what kind of a photographer I am. I'm an amateur/hobbyist photographer and I mainly take photos of family, automotive photography, traveling shots, architecture photography as well as various precious moments in my life. I've been predominantly a point and shoot camera user for most of my life up until 3 years ago when I decided to expand to the world of DSLR with the entry level Nikon D5000. Since then I've been progressively expanding my world of photography. I've been dreaming of a full frame SLR camera for over a year but since most full frame cameras are well over my budget, such a purchase had to wait. Until the Nikon D600 came out. It was the right price point for something I had the budget to get into. Being that this is my first venture with full frame cameras, please excuse my review if it's not as technical or complete as other professional photographers and my only real basis of comparison with the D600 is with my old D5000. Perhaps think of this review for those who are also new to full frame cameras or those who are thinking about going from DX to FX.
First impressions upon opening the box.
Build quality, fit and finish from an exterior point of view is top notch. The camera feels good in my hands and with the textured plastic/rubberized body, it looks and feels much better than my old D5000 and yet my D5000 still looks new to this day. Seems like this D600 would last the test of time on my hands. Though keep in mind, I'm not a professional photographer and I do not take photos everyday.
First impression on the first few shots.
I took my first few shots indoors at a restaurant and immediately found the shots looking real fantastic and sharp. The ability for the camera to take low light shots while indoors was amazing and I found that there wasn't much noise on the shots either, even at high ISO levels. The autofocus was able to catch on fairly quickly and pick out the subjects I was shooting at almost intuitively. Playing around with the manual settings was easy and though the D5000 had a much newbie friendly interface, the D600 is obviously much more complete and customizable. After going through the manual a couple of times, just to get oriented with the interface, the rest was a breeze. Nikon users would surely find the menu system, settings, etc very similar with previous cameras. I also found the function buttons on the front of the camera very useful and were placed just right for my fingers to reach when I'm holding the camera to take a shot.
The D600 came with as a kit with the standard 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Lens. I know this may not be the best lens that Nikon has to offer, but it sure surpasses my needs and requirements for photography at this point in time. Indoor shots are great and outdoor shots are amazing. Though I am looking into expanding my range to better Nikkor lenses down the road and I've read that doing so would really unleash the D600's capabilities even more. I was also very happy to find that my old DX lenses would still work on the D600. I've collected a few Nikkor DX lenses over the years and having the ability to still use them was a nice bonus. The D600 would automatically adjust for the DX lens so swapping from FX to DX and back to FX is as simple as plug and play.
More time with the D600.
At this moment in time, I've had the D600 for more than a couple of weeks already and so far things are good. Though I have noticed some dust spots on some of my shots (more on that later). But despite the dust spots, the camera is still performing great. Battery life seems to be great though I've noticed it does take a bit longer than expected for the battery to charge up. A faster charging system would have been nice. When compared to my old D5000, the battery on the D5000 would charge much faster but I've also noticed that the battery life on the D5000 is shorter. I suppose longer charging time translates to more juice for the D600, which makes sense so I'm not up in arms with this issue. I would just leave the battery charging overnight (hope that doesn't destroy the battery), and just slap it back on the camera in the morning. Though I can see how this would be an issue if you're a heavy user of the camera and are on location at a shoot or so. Purchasing a second battery would obviously be the best solution at that point.
The monitor is sharp and crisp with image playback spot on. The images look pretty much just like how they would on the big screen computer. Of course not all details can be seen but it's good enough to make sure you got the right settings and such for the shot. I used to have a big issue with this on the D5000 where my shots looked great on the monitor, only to be disappointed when I uploaded the shots on my computer.
Being an amateur/hobbyist photographer, there are times where I just don't want to think and just snap away or sometimes the moment I wish to capture happens quickly, then putting the D600 in auto-mode is something I find works great. There are many modes to choose from, from indoor, landscape, portrait, night shot, etc, etc. Granted leaving much of the settings to the camera to decide won't necessarily yield the best shot but I find that it still far surpasses any point and shoot camera I have ever owned and far surpasses the D5000. Even when my friends/family see the shots I've taken on auto mode, they are still blown away with the quality images. They actually think I'm a professional photographer! Hahaha... Rrright... So overall, this camera is starting to look great and makes me look real great in the process as well!
Now on to the dust issue.
This is the dreaded moment and the Achilles heel for the D600 it seems. Before purchasing the camera, I read tons and TONS of reviews and complaints about dust and in some cases oil being flung into the sensor of the camera causing issues of spots showing up on your shots at certain settings. I believe it was F11 onwards to F16. When I purchased my D5000, there were a bunch of complaints and issues on the camera as well. Some problems even required Nikon to do a Service Advisory. I eventually found out about this, did a check and it turned out that my D5000 was one of those under the advisory. I never did anything about it and to this day, the D5000 still works great. That being said, I knew of this dust/oil issue problem going into purchasing the camera but I figured maybe people were just over-reacting or maybe those guys just got a bad batch. I've read that as the camera get used and periodically cleaning the sensor would eventually solve the issue but cleaning the sensor myself is not something I'm willing to do. The other option is to send it out to Nikon for a cleaning, but that takes weeks! Not something I'm also willing to live with on a routinely basis during my first few months of ownership. But despite this, the positive reviews on the camera taking exceptional shots were just too good to pass up (proven to myself already as I've stated above). So, I figured I would take my chances and I still decided to give the camera a try. Btw, thank goodness for return policies. I figured, worst case, I could still return the camera maybe grab that new laptop I've always wanted for the same amount of cash instead.
So just recently, I decided to test out whether or not my D600 had the dust/oil issue. I took a clean shot of the sky at F11 up to F16 and to my horror, upon viewing them on the computer, I noticed three specs on my shot on the upper left hand corner of the image. Fearing the worst, I opened up the camera and took a good look at the sensor itself. True enough, there were three very visible spots on the sensor and a cluster of small spots on the mirror. Couldn't tell if they were dust or oil but I used my Giottos air blower to see if I could blow it out. They flew off after just the first few puffs of air. Looks like dust to me. Did some more test shots and the shots looked clear. Sounds like I'm in the clear for now and there doesn't seem to be any oil on my sensor. Thank goodness. But it still honestly rubs me the wrong way to think that a $2,000++ camera would have issues with dust straight from new. I've never changed lenes or opened up the camera till the cleaning. My D5000 has never needed a cleaning until two years down the road, even after multiple lens swaps at a desert, crowded street markets and other non ideal locations to change a lens. So this is quite a hitch with the D600 and for that reason, I can only give it 4 stars. It's a shame though, because if it wasn't for this problem, this camera would be an easy 6 stars! Yes, I know there's only a max 5 stars but it just goes to show just how impressed I am with the camera's performance.
I'm currently at 500 to 600 shots after the cleaning and still no spots on the sensor. I'll be keeping an eye on this and I'll be sure to update this review if this problem comes back.
To sum up, this is a great camera. It surpasses my needs and expectations in every shape and form. The quality, clarity, sharpness, colors of each shot I've taken so far are exceptional. I would highly recommend it to anyone who's looking to get into full frame cameras at a decent price point or anyone who just wants to have darn good pictures taken. In my case, the photos and moments I've been able to capture with this camera are priceless. For that reason alone, this Nikon D600 is worth every penny to me.
Hope this review helps!
December 13, 2012
Great Camera marred by Dust issues
I had this camera for about 2 months. I have not shot too many pictures may be under a 1000. Features of this camera are excellent, image quality is outstanding. I would have given 5 stars were it not for the fact that camera sensor is prone to dust generated internally. I know this because I use a super telephoto lens which is always on my camera and never taken out . This has been a widely discussed public problem and lot of people have also reported this extensively. My only hope is that Nikon acknowledges this and comes up with a solution. I am going to keep using the camera for a while since the dust issue is only relevant in special situations like high F stop and uniform backgrounds. In most cases dust is not visible and does not affect the quality of the picture. Problem may be less of an issue after the initial "break-in" period hopefully.
November 30, 2012
It is a D600, not D anything else. It does what it was intended to do. Superb FX images at almost 1/3rd off.
I love this camera. I bought the 5d III and loved the focus, portrait warmth and that je ne sais quoi. Just did not seem like it was worth the change to Canon and I returned it to Adorama. Then I ordered the D800 and played with that for 28 days. I was always tuning this or that, and always had to work hard to get the dynamic range I wanted. Yes I was working in bad light. But in good light, I can take phenomenal photos with my 1912 D200. If you ask me, the D200 was easier to use , huge LCD screen on top and my fingers always found the controls quickly. Finally, disappointed and a little depressed; I sent that back to Adorama and it got to them a couple of days late. They cheerfully refunded the money, and now I was back to the D200. A couple of days later, the D600 was available and I called Adorama again. I told them I wanted to try this one, and asked what would happen if I sent this one back too. They said that they would take it back too, because they are building long term relationships, not one time sales. O.k. so now I have the D600. It does not have everything I hoped for but having used the other offerings, it is the easiest one to come to terms with. For 99% of the photos I take, this camera will please me the most. Like all things in life, you will always have to settle a little bit. In my opinion, this is the best camera when you shoot a wide gamut of subjects. I was tired of selecting two separate sub menu areas and fine tuning every shot. Here I have two main settings, U1 and U2 plus a bunch of other quick options. Additionally, it seems to love the 85 mm G lens. I am also using Samyang 35mm f/1.4 and the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and have two great focusing options, which I love. For static subjects, the life view lets you take razor sharp images at 1.4, where two millimeters bring you out of focus. Thank you Nikon. For your next achievement, maybe spread out you focus zones. I don't care if you bring it down to 15 points, make them across the screen. Forget DX, just go for it.
So, for superb images and ease of use, buy the D600.
November 3, 2012
Good Camera for the Price
Coming from an Alpha 850 which I thought was a truly great camera but I wanted/needed video, I find the D600 a very fine camera for the price.
The size and button layout work for my average to large hands and the rubber grips feel soft but strong.
The viewfinder is large and bright and I can easily see inside while wearing my glasses.
The video while not perfect due to some aliasing and not being able to change the aperture in Live View are sharp, detailed and have nice color for a HDSLR.
The still images are what I thought they would be coming from a full frame 24mp chip... Outstanding!
Some people will need more but 14bit, 24mp/full frame works well for anything I do [36x24 large prints].
So what's not to like?
I wish Nikon still had the TIFF option for this camera like they had for my D300 and of course I would love all metal construction.
And while I have not noticed any dust or oil issues yet, I do believe it is a real issue I'll have to face at some point.
Nevertheless, I find this camera a step up from my A850 in the still image department and many steps ahead of any other DSLR I've owned to date.
October 26, 2012
totally awesome ..except
everything I expected and more... own 4 other Nikons, my first full frame and I'm totally blown away!. So far zero touch up work after the shot...amazing....So all is well ... EXCEPT WHY IS THERE OILY SPOTS OR DUST SPOTS ON MY SENSOR!!!... After only used twice ( 2 hours) & no lens changes ??? Love to hear from you Nikon so I can change this post...
October 24, 2012
The D600 is great, BUT we can´t open the raw archives with any program!!! Can you believe it???
Just with the View NX2 that doesn´nt permit any kind of adjustes!!
How long we´ll have to wait until Adobe ???
October 20, 2012
Great Camera for Night Photography
It would be beneficial to have a small built in LED light fto assist in camera settings to take Night Pictures.
The Manual is very confusing with having to go back and forth. Color print would be nice instead of B&W.
Digitutor does not cover all features.
Nikon should work on this for charging $2000+
October 18, 2012
Perfect Camera for folks stepping up from a DX to FX
Got this baby last week, upgrading from a D80..which served me well.
The D600 is an Amazing camera, very compact for an FX, fits well in your hands, excellent ISO performance, decent specs.
But.. sad to report, new camera came in with a dirty sensor. Over 15 black spots when shooting on F22.
I don't want to be cleaning a brand new camera. I have seen similar issues reported on Nikon rumors, some called it dust, some oil.
Nikon you need to get this issue fixed before it gets wide spread and many are returned back.
Nikon disappointed me this time!! I am returning this camera and wait for a new batch where the issue is fixed.
October 8, 2012
A superb camera except for viewfinder flaw.
I recently purchased this amazing camera and so far I love almost everything about it. Yes, I wish it took CF cards and had 1/8000th shutter speed. But that isn't really missed. What is really frustrating, (and clearly a design flaw) is in the viewfinder. When you are not looking perfectly straight through the viewfinder and the camera is angled up, the shooting information gets eclipsed from the top down. The effectively cuts the numbers for aperture, ISO, and shutter speed in half. It also eclipses the top half of the horizon/level tool. I looked at a second body and it does the same thing. No other Nikon body I have seen or shot with has this annoying issue. I am shooting with it this next week in Zion and Bryce; we will see if that issue is a deal breaker for extensive real world shooting.
October 6, 2012
Great Little FX
I give it 4 out of 5 stars because I'm still learning and adjusting to it. Also I expected it to feel more like the D200/D300s but the body size and width is more comparable with the D90/D7000. I'm 6'3" with long fingers so my knuckles slightly rub the lens.
As expected, this camera will get the job done! At first, I was unable to specify what focus point I wanted to use. Once I discovered that the AF/M switch was also a button, I could adjust how to automatically focus (AFA/AFC/AFS) and the number of AF points to use (Auto/S/d11/d21/d39/3d).
The custom menu option is great. Dual SD card slots are sweet but unable to select or switch to slot 2. Slot 2 functions mainly as a secondary option unless slot 2 is the only card in the unit. The 2 user custom settings (U1/U2) is a plus. Ample buttons with various function (fn) options for a truly unique set up. Shoots very fast, seems faster than the rated 5.5fps
Movie quality is truly HD with various frame rates. Nikon still hasn't figured out how to auto focus quietly in movie mode. It does focus quickly.
Photo quality is great. FX sensor allows for great low light. Truly gets 900+ photos on EN-EL15 battery. Large display is excellent. Great when used with Live View and Video mode. Good for difficult shots.
Could go on but no need. Camera is what you would expect. Experienced Nikon users can appreciate it. Was worth the wait. See sample photos for image quality.
September 23, 2012
Muy buena cámara, cómoda y buena montura
Bastante cómoda, para mi pequeña mano me queda muy bien.
La utilizo para deportes (fútbol) y no he tenido problemas, a 5.5 queda muy bien, posiblemente en algunos casos necesitarias más.
Realmente conforme con el alto valor que pagué por ella (hace 10 meses).
Con el 50mm 1.4 perfecta.
August 28, 2013
This is a good base level DSLR. Unfortunately I have the ongoing dust issue which us disappointing for a Nikon product with so many features.. It would be good to see Nikon rectify this issue.
I love the camera otherwise.
October 4, 2013
Amazing camera with dirt on sensor
I jumped from D40 to D600 after few months it was announced. Fast focus, incredible image quality and great handling …. just perfect for my needs. Definitely exceeds my expectations.
Unfortunately after few hundred shots I found there were a lot of spots on the upper left corner and few spread across the sensor. This was visible at f8 … I followed the Nikon instructions and managed to blow most of the dirt. However I still had several dirt circles left on the sensor visible at f14 and up. I got the sensor cleaned after few months. Well this helped for few hundred shots until some spots came back. Since I am using a blower and have clean images up to f16. I have to use the blower however after each few hundred shots (no lens change at all). I have around 30k on my shutter count and still facing dirt issues.
Apparently Nikon dropped the ball with this camera …. quite disappointing and annoying for $2K DSLR. It could have been the best affordable FX on the market…
October 1, 2013
D600 needs help!
I have had my D600 since Jan. 2013. It is now Aug. 2013. I have finally decided to send in the camera for a fix to Nikon for the excessive dust on the sensor, I do not change lenses but the dust keep appearing. I ma not sure it's dust, but some sort of poor engineering particles that consistently appear. I wish now that I bought the D800. I hear that doesn't have dust issues. I would not recommend this camera.
August 13, 2013
Dirty, Oily Sensor
Nikon really dropped the ball on this one. The sensor on mine became covered with oil spots soon after I started using it. B&H where I bought it from said that I could return it but they could not guarentee the replacement would be any better. Everything else about the camera worked fine and despite the spots I decided to keep the one I had in fear I would get one even worse. B&H's customer service agent said that Nikon wouldn't even own up to the problem, not what I would have expected. I have taken to cleaning the sensor on a regular basis. There seems to be less oil showing up on the sensor the more I use the camera.
Aside from the problem with the sensor, I enjoy using the camera and believe it takes great pictures especially coupled with a quality lens.
Until they fix the oil problem I would not recommend anyone to purchase it.
March 17, 2013
Dust/Oil Spots again.
I have already sent the camera in once since Jan. to have the sensor cleaned and it resolved the issue. So I thought. After only 1500 photographs after the cleaning, the dust/oil spots are there again. I am dissatisfied even though the camera takes great photos.
February 26, 2013
Hard to rate. Great photos, but dust problem
This is a hard to write review since I have such mixed feelings. Hence the rating of 3. It is acually a 5 and a 1 for different reasons.
I got my D600 before I read about a dust problem. I did not notice it at first and was hoping I was one of those who did not seem to have the problem. But then I took a few shots that required me to stop down to f/22 or so, and there they were. Dozens of them. This was actually the second camera, as the first failed after two weeks and was replaced by B&H very quickly. ( PS Highly recommend them)
I updated from a D7000 and have been impressed with the quality of the photos taken in pretty challenging situations in Yosemite with snow, sun, shadows, and then with overcast skies. Very nice. However, the dust problem remains and I have mixed feelings. I do not want to give up the quality of images, but I also do not want to spend big bucks every few months to clean the sensor. I have tried doing it myself with a blower and a brush, but many do not want to budge, or some have even smudged the sensor. A lenspen has partially cleaned up some of them, but I think this time I am going to try to find someone to give it a pro cleaning. I don't want to risk anything else.
I hope Nikon soon man's up and finds a solution to this problem and makes it available in a timely mannor to all registered owners under warranty. I first used Nikon in the 70s (FTn) and have always thought of them as a quality company. I hope they still are.
So, I will recommend this product because other than this problem, which is NOT trivial, it is a wonderful picture taking tool, and I hold out hope that Nikon will do the right thing for the large percentage of users who have this problem.
February 8, 2013
Not overly impressed
After shooting with this camera with my Zeiss lenses I'm not impressed by the image quality. The dynamic range on this camera is it's only saving grace in my opinion. The images are usually pretty flat and not very sharp even with adjusted camera settings. I shoot on a tripod 99.9% of the time and I use the self timer. I haven't bought a remote yet just a too lazy. Also the body of the camera just doesn't do it for me. Well there's a reason this is more of an entry level full frame camera. This is probably going to get returned.
January 25, 2013
Way to hurt early adopters Nikon
Overall this camera is great as long as you don't get one with oil / dust issue. But now a new issue has risen. All of the customers that bought early and dealt with issues (oil/dust) were just given another blow. Originally body only $2,200, now $2,100 to $2,000. Now for the kit d600 with 24-85 lens. Started out around $2,700. Now it's $2,000. That's right $2,000 for the d600 and a lens. A great deal IMO for those who haven't gone out and bought one yet. But for those who have its bitter pill to swallow. After nikon's new pricing policy, the V1 pricing issue and now this price drop on the d600.Ohh and I can't forget to mention how poorly Nikon USA.service reputation has taken a dive.but thats a whole other issue I think From now on I'll be waiting to buy anything new from Nikon. So for those who haven't got taken for a ride. Go out and buy the d600 kit and enjoy it. And for those who were taken for a ride. We can hope nikon gives us a credit for a couple hundred dollars or a couple free sensor cleanings, who i'm i kidding? Just keep on shooting. And enjoy the camera
December 19, 2012
D600 great stills - terrible if you want to record video interviews
This is my fourth Nikon DSLR - and my second used for making videos as well as shooting stills. I love the still photo aspects of the D600 - although I also have the dust and oil spots on the sensor. So far I have cleaned the sensor twice since purchasing the camera 6 weeks ago. The D7000 is the camera I have been using for the past year to make some videos - but the lack of a headphone jack for monitoring audio when recording was a big drawback. When the D600 was announced with FX sensor and video capability, and a headphone jack I was ready to buy. My biggest disappointment is the hiss that accompanies any audio you record with an external microphone. You can hear the hiss as soon as you plug in a cable to the microphone jack. Plugging in a cable cuts off the internal microphone, which is expected, but it activates a high end hiss that is added to any recording you make. This is terrible. Sounds like a very noisy preamplifier. I wrote to Nikon directly about this and they claimed the following.
"Thank you for contacting Nikon. I see that you have a question regarding microphone use on your D600. The only microphone that we can provide support of is the ME-1 Stereo Microphone, which is the only Nikon microphone that is compatible with the D600. Since you have not indicated that you are using a Nikon microphone we cannot provide you support with your issue."
I'm hoping that Nikon support is not saying that the ONLY microphone that can be used with the D600 to record clean audio is the ME-1. If that is the case, they should include that fact in their marketing materials. The D7000 records audio, using the same cable and external microphones I have used with the D600, and records it without the hiss. The problem is in the audio circuitry of the camera and not the microphone.
The noise is activated when you plug in a cable to the microphone in jack - it makes no difference what brand of microphone you attach to the cable. I'm hoping that Nikon can fix this problem. Without a fix, I would say this is a totally inferior product if you intend to use it to record any audio with an external microphone.
November 28, 2012
Disappointed with the oil spots that apears on CMOS
I had a D200 and a D300S before and I only once had to clean the CMOS on my D300s because of a grease residue. With the D600 it seem i have to do it at each 50 to 100 shots. And in time that it is not a problem for me to remove the spots on Photoshop or clean the CMOS with specialized kit, I hate when they show on a movie. I was in Sedona and instead of making a beautiful movie of the red rocks, i have a beautiful movie with 2 big spots visible and annoying. Otherwise a great camera. Some are saying that this is a new trend triggered by the sensitive mechanisms involved and manufacture original grease applied. And indeed my wife experienced similar with her SONY Nex-5N. Is it something wrong with the new manufacture process or technology used?
November 22, 2012