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
Great Full Frame but.....
The D600 is an exceptional camera. This is my first FX body and was ecstatic to finally move into the full frame sensor. The low light capabilities are astonishing. Color rendering and dynamic range are phenomenal. Very light weight which some might view as a negative, but I see that as a positive. I'm not a professional by any means, but a passionate enthusiast. I have 2 lenses currently (50mm 1.8 g and the 28-300 VRII). Great image quality from both. I ordered the camera with the 50mm and later purchased the 28-300. I am amazed at the sharpness and clarity of the images from the 28-300. I haven't found a reason yet to take it off the camera. In fact, I have only changed the lens once since receiving the 28-300. That's why I am perplexed why I have dust/oil spots on my images. I have maybe 1,000 shutter clicks and I need to clean my sensor? I previously owned a D5000 and have taken thousands of pictures. I have never saw this issue and never cleaned the sensor? I paid around $500 for that body. Now I spend $2100 and get this? I'm quite disappointed.
November 16, 2012
not an upgrade from the d300s
I have been shooting with Nikon for a while now. I have been using the D300s for the past couple years and decided to upgrade to a full frame. I bought the d600 a few days ago and was extremely disappointed. The body felt like a child's camera, I ended up returning it and buying a D800. This camera is definitely a step up for those shooting with a d7000 but i would suggest those who have a d300s buy the d800.
October 4, 2012
Great features, I guess, in an ugly package
I received the D600 last Tuesday afternoon. The only thing I have done with this camera is to take it out of the box and hold it in my hands. I really hate the way it feels and looks: the hand grab is not large enough, the camara could have been a little wider in order to keep a pleasent look and balance since it is so thick. I am sure it will look worse if you attach the vertical handle and battery pack. This camara really looks and feels like the D7000 and the rest of the less expensive cameras. So I have not even tried or connected this camera, and if I have not returned it yet it is because everyone so far says that this is going to be a great camera and I am waiting to see if I get used to the way it looks. If I keep it, I will replace it as soon as something with similar characteristics and better looks comes out. I am hoping for a digital camera with the looks of the old SLRs, but with a full size processor. Olympus and Fujifilm have already starting this trend, but unfortunately they do not have a full size processor. I do not know why Nikon did not use the body of the Nikon F6, which they are still making or something similar. I think their designers need to be more aware of new trends, The DSLRs have, up to now, beeing just ugly and oversized. I can recommed this product to those who you can overlook its looks and cheap feel.
September 28, 2012
Amazing Camera, ......but
I have owned D70, D200, D300, D7000, Nikon 1 V1, and D600.
The D600 is almost identical in size and feel as the D7000 although the grip isn't as comfortable.
Images are really amazing....but
I also have problem with oil spatter on sensor from shutter.
Seems there are a lot of reports of this online. This should have been caught in QC
Problem is currently in the hands of Dealer and Nikon Service
October 22, 2012
Great Camera - Great Problems
I have been a loyal Nikon User for over 23 years. My first 1000 pictures with the D 600 were amazing. Then the spots appeared. I figured that having the sensor cleaned would solve the problem. I paid a professional camera repair and authorized Nikon Dealer, to clean the sensor. In a matter of weeks while on a Hawaiian cruse not only spots appeared but other kinds of lint like particles were showing up on my pictures. After one day of shooting about 300 pictures the spots got worse. By the 4th day on the islands the shutter began to stick open. The process was shot once - shutter sticks. press the shutter button and the shutter closes. On the third and every third try thereafter it took a picture.I sent the camera in for warranty repair and I am anxious to get it back. In theory when Nikon completes the repair it should be as good as the N 610. That is if Nikon replaces the faulty shutter and sensor with the same shutter and sensor as in the 610
February 17, 2014
Decent when working
I, like most of you out there, don't have a ton of money to spend on gear. I researched the technical aspects like crazy between cameras before upgrading from a cropped frame to a full frame sensor. After making my purchase and taking quite a few photos I noticed spots on my image.. it then became very apparent that it was in fact oil on my sensor. I started to do a more in depth search on the issue and realized I wasn't the only one. My camera is currently on it's way to one of two Nikon repair centers in hopes they fix the issue so I do not have to deal with the oil spots again.
It's fairly disappointing to pay 2100 dollars for a camera that spits oil on your sensor..
February 2, 2014
Nice Functionality but Sensitive to Dust
I've owned the D600 since September 2012. In general the functionality, ergonomics and image quality are great. I shoot mainly in manual mode and find the controls to be very intuitive. But I have the sensor cleaned professionally every six months and the camera still has terrible dust problems. I have to mask out 30 - 100 dust spots on almost every image during post processing. It is simply awful when layering bracketed images. I am primarily and outdoor photographer and I am extremely careful when changing lenses. I keep the camera in a case when not in use. I am meticulous about lens care as well. It is very frustrating that Nikon has denied the problem but came out with the D610 and left the 600 users with no solution to the dust issue.
January 16, 2014
I won't buy this camera again, I might not buy a Nikon again
Don’t get me wrong here the D600 has excellent image quality. I love many of the photos I’ve taken with this camera and so do many of my friends. Just don’t shoot at a blue sky.
I waited a long time to buy an affordable FX camera. I have been shooting film longer then I should have because I didn't want to buy into the DX format. I didn't know that affordable meant I had to put up with lower than expected dust quality control.
Out of the box I had spots on my sensor within the first 25 shots. I noticed it when I took a picture of a blue sky. I opened a case and Nikon's answer was to have it clean professionally. I read the stories about others who also have this problem. After the clearing the spots came back so now I don't shoot into the sky with this unit.
I wish Nikon would acknowledge this issue and do something for their D600 customers other than avoid this issue. I'd be willing to except a voucher or trade in allowance on a fixed version like the D610. I've always enjoyed Nikon's cameras but, after shelling out over $2000.00 for the D600 kit with these issues and no resolution I might just looking into cutting my losses and try a different company.
December 13, 2013
Super Images With Design Flaw
I purchased this camera body like many others as my first FX sensor. I needed a body while I sent my D7000 in for oil spots (another story). The high ISO capabilities are super and blow away my D7100 that I use for wildlife. I have 25,000 actuations on this body and still have to wet clean the sensor every few hundred shots which has cost several hundred dollars in cleaning supplies. Nikon refuses to admit to their design flaw yet has released the D610 with identical specs but with a new shutter mechanism to correct this issue. Nikon Service will not acknowledge this flaw and offers no support for those of us stuck with this issue. Also the MB-D14 does not fit as securely as the MB-D15 on my D7100. So for anybody considering using this at apertures smaller than f/8 (Landscapes and Macro) I suggest you avoid this camera.
October 17, 2013
Sensor dust and dirt?
So I debated long and hard over this or Canon. Took the Nikon plunge. Here I am about 300 shots later with.... (dust?) (dirt?), (oil?) spots on the sensor. This from Nikon? It is back to the camera shop too see what my options are.
June 19, 2013
4-star camera but for the spots and Nikon's attitude to this issue
I bought my Nikon D600 in November 2012 and haven't done a lot of exposures yet. Probably less than 1,000. Last weekend, I took a shot with a lot of sky and noticed three or four spots. I was aware when I bought the camera that some proportion of the cameras were afflicted with spots on the sensor, but hoped that I'd delayed buying the camera long enough. Nikon has not been forthright on what that proportion has been over the months since the camera's release, and I kidded myself I'd waited long enough for the problem to be fixed. No such luck it seems. The attached test shot shows about 15 spots mostly on the left side of the image, some fairly sharp and some blotchy and larger. I change my lenses in the house and also in about five years of owning a D70, only had the camera cleaned twice when just a few spots appeared. Looks like I'm going to have to buy a cleaning kit and learn from a friend who was a professional photographer to clean this camera myself.
Other than this issue, the camera is a big step up for me with so many creative features I will be learning to use it to its maximum capability for years. Resolution is terrific compared with that from the D70.
I also own an older Panasonic G2 micro-four thirds format camera. Much smaller and lighter but still capable of very good images for the amateur photography enthusiast, and both Panasonic and Olympus continue to improve their cameras with this shared format. While the images may not be quite as good, my Panasonic G2 is relatively light and unobtrusive and also offers lots of creative control. I still tend to pick it up when I leave the house rather than the newer, chunkier D600.
If Nikon were serious about my business, they'd be sending me and all other Nikon D600 owners a few certificates for free one-day cleaning with overnight FedEx each way, and being open about the issue. Their one public statement on the issue was far too little, too late.
This camera is likely to be my last DSLR and my last Nikon.
April 30, 2013
Great Features, Low Build Quality
For the first three months that I owned this camera I was very pleased. It is feature-rich and produces very high quality images. The low weight is fantastic and it really just feels good in my hands, though they are somewhat large. I shoot mostly outdoors and tote my camera along on hikes and plane rides, so it gets shaken and bumped around inevitably. Long story short, after a very minor impact which was not even enough to make a scratch on the outside of my 70-200 lens or the camera body, the frame on the inside of the body broke and cannot be repaired. This sort of treatment wasn't anything that ever effected any of the other 3 Nikon DSLR's that I've owned. To top things off, Nikon's service and support has been no help whatsoever. I truly would have expected better customer service after spending so much money on one of their highest-end products.
I would have given the D600 (and Nikon's customer service) one star, but I'll give it two since I enjoyed it so much before it broke. Overall, very disappointed. Anyone wishing to travel outside of your home with this camera, be wary. I've certainly had a very unpleasant experience with this camera and I've heard of plenty of similar stories from others as well.
April 22, 2013
Give us D700 body with D600's sensor!
I am gonna wait until Nikon fixed this oil spot problem or Give us D700 body with D600's sensor!
Do not buy D600!!!
March 25, 2013
So good but so flawed
The Good: Super light weight for a FX. I could not tell the difference in weight between my D7000 and the D600.
The Bad: Dust and spots on the left side after 25 shots. I blew them out put my 50mm prime on the camera and began shooting again. I could see the dust accumulating on the left side while shooting another 75 pictures. This dust is coming from within the camera. I did not change lenses. The dust lessened over the next 500 shots. Then I get the dreaded oil residue in the top left corner after about 850 shots. I am returning and keeping my D7000 until Nikon can correct the problem.
March 5, 2013
Not what I expected...
Having owned a D2x, D300s and D700, the D600 falls way behind in build quality. It feels cheap in your hands and looks like nothing more than an overpirced D7000. I expected a PRO quality camera for my $2K and the more I use it the less I like it. It has adopted the 39 point D7000 autofocus system which doesn't cover the FX frame sufficiently. Color balance is on the cold side favoring blues & greens which does nothing for skin tones. You must customize the color balance for accurate color reproduction. On auto white balance your color tonesvary from pic to pic so make sure you set correctly and not leave it to the camera. I had high expectations for the D600, now I'm just dissapointed....
February 13, 2013
Nikon color shift?
I was set on purchasing this camera moving up from the D90 but i decided to rent it first to be sure I would be happy with it. Two things I noticed, the focus are all group in the center, not entirely a deal breaker but the main issue is the newer Nikon's have a problem with color produced, slightly green. I shoot raw & have never had an issue with the D90. I am very concerned with the quality control from Nikon. So I am looking for a used D700, beautiful color, or switching to Canon. So Nikon, please consider taking a step back, not sure what the change is but it's not a good one.
February 7, 2013
Good pics of dust/oil
Got camera on first day of release, been waiting for month for it. First one, tons of black dots on pics. Second one, same thing in same area(ul corner). Third one was good until after about 500 shots, then same thing. Tried it one more time and after 1000 shot repeat of same issue. Finally returned and will wait and see. I wouldn't have been concerned if spot were random but they were All in around the same area for all 4 d600. Considering selling all gear and switch sides. Camera is gret over all except a few things: Nikon went cheap on AF coverage and low light focusing, some inconsistent wb in low light situations. Not sure why Nikon has not stepped up and say something about dust/oil issue even if it is only a small percentage has the problem. Give us the confidence in your product!!! I would NOT recommend d600 at the present time until this issue is evaluated and addressed.
January 26, 2013
On second body
Overall this camera is magnificent and is really the best camera out of the box I have ever used. The images are crisp, the camera is ergonomically sound and the image quality is outstanding. Unfortunately oil spots appeared in the upper corners after about 300 shutter clicks. This is especially noticeable in the sky of low aperture shots, but basically the spots are in every shot and became more numerous with time. The camera was a present from my wife for Christmas, and I returned it under the store's 90 day return policy. We will see how the new body works out. I am afraid of having to ultimately send it back to Nikon as I hear that it is returned at the customer's expense and it is usually gone for 6 weeks. The Nikon website says that this is "dust" and that the sensor needs to be cleaned periodically. However, 300 shutter releases (all with the same lens that was attached at first use) seems to be a little beyond the Pale. all of the spots are circular and translucent, appear in the corners and multiply over time. They are easily removed in Photoshop with the cloning tool. This seems to be a VERY common problem - I wish Nikon would make an announcement about it along with a permanent fix. if the spots were not there, this would be the best camera on the market.
January 13, 2013
Excellent camera without the dust / oil
I upgraded to this camera from my 10 year old D100. Love it! Great color, resolution, sharpness.
However, the oil/dust spots spoil the fun after a while. I ended up returning the camera and will wait until Nikon fixes the issue. Nikon, this camera is to brilliant to mess it up with such a minor QC issue.
December 5, 2012
Great camera - once the oil spot issue has been resolved
This is a great full-frame camera in terms of image quality, weight/size/handling. However, I also have noticed the oil spot problem, visible as multiple spots on the upper left quadrant of my images (at small apertures). My posting on the Product Forum asking for advice (should I return my D600 or hope for a fix by sending it in?) has been removed. I am hoping Nikon will finally publicly acknowledge this as a problem and reassure us that they are working on fixing it and that the fix (or, if needed, replacement of the camera) will be offered to all owners of D600s with this problem. Without this reassurance, I am planning to return my D600 to the seller next week.
December 1, 2012
Great pictures of dust spots.
Over decent camera. Low light focus could be a lot better for 2k range. -1ev is not the best for low light focusing. Aperture issue is a problem but I read the firmware is coming so hopefully it will be fixed. Auto focus is better than d7k but coverage area is too small and requires more recomposing. DR is great. Extra functions could be better like HDR and bracketing. Button layout is not the best(iso button is still hard to get to but that can be over come). May gripe I have is the amount of dust this camera gets!! I'm on my third body now and have to return it again. May just have to do without a camera until Nikon fixes issue that they do not see or just switch system I have been eyeing on. But if dust issue is corrected then it is a decent camera for the price.
November 18, 2012
Oil spots only after 1000 shots
After 1000 shots, I discovered there are patches of gray spots on the upper left of my picture. Googled the problem and found out that lots of D600 users have similar problem with oil and dust spots. It is really disappointing. Otherwise, I love the camera's ability to handle low light. I got fantastic pictures at ISO 6400.
November 1, 2012
Orange gradient on images
I purchased D600 3 days ago, love it but I saw some unexpected orange gradient on my images, I took 6 consecutive shots with same settings and uploaded it for you to see. It's on manual and the white balance is on K5260, the un even gradient will be visible at iso 200 and above ( you can see a big difference in images 2,3 & 4, it's un acceptable for portraits ). I also went to the shop where I bought this camera and the people there can't answer my problem, we also tried some d600 and its having the same issue. Hope that Nikon can fix this thing and please advise me what to do.
October 2, 2012
Disappointed with how Nikon has handled the dust issues.
It has all been said already, I have the dust issues many others have had. The most disappointing aspect is that the Nikon service center refuses to do anything but clean it. It takes great photos, just be prepared to clean it often.
January 13, 2014