I was out shooting this morning and took one shot and moved on. About 4 minutes later I tried to take another shot and the meter was way off. I was using live view the previous shot in manual mode. Now my camera still functions, but only in manual mode. Aperture priority, program auto mode, U1, U2 etc all give an Err message. Also I can no longer use the flash as it also produces an error. The meter is way off as well unless I switch to live view and back again. Every time I shut the camera off and turn it back on it has metering problems. Need some quick help as I am on holiday in Spain and I have a camera that is barely functional.
At this point I will try anything. I don't think I'm going to find a repair center in Torrox, and I leave in a day off to Granada, Cordoba and finally Madrid. I might find a sip in Madrid but that is my last stop. Besides I don't want to hand my camera over for a day or more.
The live view is definitely in still mode as I can capture photos from there. I am just going to try resetting everything and then figuring out how far off the meter is and setting EV comp and hoping for the best.
Yes. I took it out for the entire day yesterday. Still having the same problem. It is under exposing by about 3 full stops. I'm just going to have to live with it and have no flash until I get back home.
I'm back from vacation and I have sent off my D600 to Nikon for service/repair. I am anxious to see what exactly is wrong with it. Love the images the camera produces, but with the dust and oil problems and now this I'm starting to lose faith in the quality and durability of the D600. I have a D80 from mid 2007 that has been all over the world in all kinds of conditions and bumped, banged and otherwise abused and it is still going strong.
Hi Jim, The oil and dust issue was a bummer early on. It just should not have happened (I purchased mine right after the initial release.) But it caused me to learn how to attend to my sensor on my own and added another level of skill. The recent problem with your camera is another matter altogether but it ought not to reflect on the overall quality of the D600 - which is a fine camera. Thom Hogan, in his D600 Guide, suggests that the err message may be due to a mirror or shutter problem, or a glitch in the firmware - but who knows. I just hope that once Nikon is done with your camera it will be even more robust than your D80 has been. Please keep us informed as to the final outcome.
Yeah, that sounds about right. The mirror and shutter didn't seem to have the usual snap after I got the err message. I noticed it mostly when using live view mode where it seemed to take an unusually long time to complete a shot and the shutter sounded weak. I'm hoping they look at it early next week.
Please let us know what Nikon says. I am late to this thread, but the only time I got the err on a D600, it was right after I took a shot. I removed the memory card, waited a few seconds and put it back in, all was well.
Good luck with your D-600! I love the images mine makes, but I did buy a few wet swabs today to take care of some oil spots.
Too bad about the trouble you've seen with the D600. I would take heart from the general silence of the blogosphere on this issue. I had a somewhat similar experience a few years ago when I bought a D90 specifically to have a light camera for a European trip (similarly remote from Nikon repair centers) that would involve a lot of walking as well as some air hops on planes with 15kg luggage limits. I gave myself three months to familiarize with the camera but, with the camera only several weeks new, the rear display simply stopped working. Still great pics but no preview and no access to menus. Luckily I had about a month before leaving and sent it off to Nikon Melville directly. I received the camera back with a little over a week to spare and, in an act of faith and hubris, took it on the trip. It functioned flawlessly and the magic is still working, three years and >15k actuations later. There's hope.
I haven't lost faith completely yet. I am still optimistic about the repairs. I am thinking they will find and fix/replace the problem and also clean some of the dust and debris from the sensor. I expect to get a fully functional camera returned to me in a week or 2. I am just bummed out that I didn't get much use out of it during my 10 days in Spain. I hope to make up for it on my next trip.
So I just got the notification from Nikon email that my camera is in the system. I got the B2 Category which is a moderate repair with major parts replaced. I am hoping to get it back next week and see exactly what they did. I hope they clean the sensor while they have it in there. That will save me from doing it again for awhile.
Yesterday the website said my camera was in shop for repairs. Today it states "parts hold" so I'm guessing they are out of parts and waiting for more. It looks like this process will take longer than 2 weeks.
I finally got my camera back today from Nikon service. It was on "parts hold" forever. In all my camera was out of my hands for 41 days which I think is unacceptable. Even if it took 6 days in transit (it only took 5) that still means they had my D600 for over a month. It was listed as parts hold for almost a month! I will see how it performs tomorrow and over the weekend.
The repairs were listed on my receipt as follows;
RPL shutter mechanism RPR pop-up flash CKD communication CKD shutter release CLN low pass filter Firmware upgrade General clean and check General clean and check General clean and check
I assume the last 3 items were dust removal?
So there you have it. Hope to have as many years of use out of this now as I have had and continue to have out of my D80.