I loved my D600 that I bought last November (2012). On our vacation last week, our rental car got broken into and my entire bag of camera, 3 lenses, SB800 and other goodies was stolen along with another bag of Canon equipment. So, if you are going to South San Francisco, don't leave your gear in your car -- especially at Denny's on 10 Airport Blvd.
The above brings me to my current predicament: should I buy another D600? I started doing more research and i was hit with countless threads on Dust and Oil issues. Being curious, I looked at some of the old shots and there they were - many of them hiding in plain sight.
So, the question is: should I or should I not go back to D600?
I ask this because a lot of forums seem to indicate that this issue has gotten better. Sites like NikonRumors.com, Nikonians.com and DPReview seem to indicate this is normal in most cases. Google Trends shows declining trend for "D600 oil" search as well.
One would hope the reports of cleaner cameras from later batches are correct. But, I don't think anyone can say that definitively.
If you really want one, I suppose you could buy one, check it immediately for dirt on the sensor, run a few hundred shots through it, and then check again under identical test conditions. If the test shows an unusual amount of additional dust, you can return the camera to the retailer, using the test pics as justification. Be sure to choose a retailer who has a favorable and hassle free return policy.
Wed 21-Aug-13 05:27 AM | edited Wed 21-Aug-13 05:30 AM by mpage
My apartment insurance only cover around $1,000 worth of camera equipment. I understand home owners' insurance does not cover extensive amounts of camera equipment either. My Allstate agent suggested an Inland Marine policy that cover $25,000 worth of equipment for around $200 a year. The equipment is covered for loss and damage, both in the apartment, or in the filed. I'm sure other companies have similar policies.
The dust issue is a fact of live with high-quality DSLR cameras. There is a Forum post that covers the issue. It is not difficult to keep a sensor clean:
First, welcome to the Nikonians and sorry to hear about the loss of your D600.
"So, the question is: should I or should I not go back to D600?"
If your alternative is another DSLR, that camera will collect dust over time as well. It's about how quickly dust will accumulate and if there is still a lubricant issue. From what I've read, Nikon appeard to have a problem with the shutter mechanism. It shed shutter material on the sensor plus lubricant was being deposited on the sensor. While indications are that these issues have been addresses, the debate and doubt continue for various reasons.
How many of these recent posts are legitimate? Another good question.
In the end you'll simply have to weigh your personal experience with the D600 and it's quality against these posts and decide for yourself.
"Red is gray and yellow white, but we decide which is right ....and which is an illusion"
Thank you for the warm welcome and thank you so much for these replies. This makes me less frustrated with all the stuff I have been reading on D600 issues. I did think about "upgrading" to D800, but that is just too much of a camera for hobbyist like me. Also, I read an article that talked about how D4, D800 and D600 has same internals -- i.e. the issues of shutter particles and such may also affect D800.
I am more comfortable now than before in staying with Nikon and not jumping ship to Canon!
Do a search of the posts about D80 when it was new. Wow! Amusingly, one claim was that your shooting technique had to be nearly perfect, because the camera had 10 megapixels! Also, you would have to buy a new computer to store all that data. While it is true the D80's matrix meter favored darker areas (like shade) it became nearly mantra that the meter was erratic and couldn't be trusted, and that one should instead use spot or center weighted (in fact, that, as with every camera I have ever used - depends on the light).
I expect there are complaints about every camera body, with some notable incorrect assertions.
Use your own judgement. You have shot with a D600 - if you liked it, then get another; if not, try other bodies until you find one you like and can afford.
Do you have a list of the serial numbers of your camera and lenses? It might help you recover your equipment.
D50, D300s, Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM, Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G, Tokina AT-X PRO DX 11-16mm F/2.8, AT-X PRO D 100mm F/2.8 Macro
yes and no. I have checked the exif info in some of my images and was able to pickup the serial number of my camera. I have also posted that information on http://www.stolencamerafinder.com/. I don't have high hopes of finding it...
I am carefully watching the opinion battle for D600 and D610. If for nothing else, on sidelines until D600 drops in price a little bit more.
I loved my D600 -- even with dust and oil issues. I would have cleaned it without concerns.