Now that Nikon has introduced the D610 and the price of the D600 is dropping considerably, I have a question about the later manufactured D600. Has Nikon solved the problem with oil, etc. on the sensor? I own a D3200 and D7000, and love them both, but would really enjoy going to FX. Secondly, if Nikon hasn't solved the problem, would you recommend just waiting for the D800(e) to come down in price? I am retired, and funds are somewhat limited. (My film cameras keep me broke, haha). In any event, I will eventually go to FX, even if it means waiting to purchase the "right" camera (a D600 now or D610/D800 later down the road).
Tue 22-Oct-13 10:01 PM | edited Wed 23-Oct-13 05:15 AM by TomCurious
I don't know the answer to either question, but my advise would be not to base the decision D600 vs D800 mainly upon the dust issue or the D800 price fluctuation. These cameras handle very differently. I tried out the D600 in the store, and it does not "fit" my hands nearly as well as the D800. But your case may be different. It may seem trivial but these things are important if you want to keep and enjoy your camera for a long time. And then there are other differences like maximum shutter speed, frame rate, megapixels or how much of the frame if covered by AF points - things that may or may not be important for your use.
If you love your D7000, you'll REALLY love the D600. After shooting with the D7K for 2+ years, I added the D600 in May. Almost zero learning curve and noticeable improvement in IQ. Bought mine refurbed for $1600 and they're probably cheaper now that the 610 is on the scene. No problems with oil spots.
Jim Singler D600/D7K with a bunch of lenses and other assorted stuff
I bought mine in January of this year and haven't looked back. I replaced my D80 and I've been impressed even to this day. I haven't noticed any oil and dust issues with my D600 and from what I've been able to gather, the problem isn't confined to one specific grouping of the D600 but, has been hit and miss. Charlie
Thu 24-Oct-13 10:10 AM | edited Thu 24-Oct-13 11:39 PM by dagoldst
I basically found the D600 to be the best camera I have ever owned, period. I got to compare it closely to my brother's D800 for a solid week and over 2k worth of shots. The D600 is my preference, (I came to it after many years of shooting my D200).
I doubt you would have an issue with sensor dirt, but no one can guarantee that. It is easy to clean a sensor with a few proper tools. Mine is at ~11k images and is spotless, (I have cleaned it twice).
Frankly, right now, they are bargains because of the D610. I have considered buying a second body, but I want some new lenses first.
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Thanks for the input, my friends. I checked the prices and they are indeed, down. It will be a while longer before I can get the camera, but I've pretty much decided that the D600 is the one for me. The IQ is fantastic from what I've observed. It looks like it would be a significant step up from my D7000 (which produced a stunning image of Elephant Butte lake.) I had the photograph enlarged to 16x24 and gave it to a friend of mine for his 50th anniversary. (There was even detail in the mountains that were about 50 miles away).
FWIW I purchased a refurbished D600 in September 2013. It had a very late serial number (307XXXX) and came with 1020 shutter actuations. I've had absolutely no problems with dirt/dust/oil. Zip, zero natta. I'm very happy with the camera. If it fits your budget, buy it.
Just pulled the trigger on a refurbished D600 body from Adorama. Was planning to buy the camera for some time but held back due to these issues of dust/oil etc. Finally decided that the $500 odd savings as compared to a 610 could be pooled in for some new FX glass! Had hired the body way back in February 2013 and liked the camera very much! Hoping for the best! Cheers Sujoy
Congratulations on your new camera. I think you'll love it. I pulled the credit card out and got mine in June of this year. Almost 5k pics so far, including about 2k of the wall. I used the intervalometer to bump the count up so that I could see about the dust / oil issues.
Blew out dust and took some more, Doesn't seem to be exceptional.
Has anyone done a survey tracking serial numbers with dust issues? I would love to compare mine (3104xxx) with the problem ranges.
I want to thank each of you for your input re this question. I am happy to tell you that today I ordered a refurbished D600 with a 24-85mm lens (also refurbished). I am really looking forward to using the camera, and hopefully, the oil/dust problem won't appear.