The upgrades seem pretty minor to me too, but I'd be inclined to go for the 610 (if the money is not too much of a problem) because I suspect that it may be worth significantly more on the used market if you ever sell it.
Having said that, though -- 500 bucks and a 25% discount are pretty significant...
I do wonder, though if the shutter problems with the D600 were ever fully solved.
>I do wonder, though if the shutter problems with the D600 were >ever fully solved. >
Well that's the $64,000 dollar question. Nikon has never come clean with the root cause of the D600 spotting problem. I understood that the later repairs involved a shutter mechanism replacement. I guess in the long run, we may never know what happened. I'm not planning to resell anytime soon, but I'm leaning towards a D610 just to avoid some potential aggravation.
>I noticed my local Fry's is selling the D-600 body for $1500. >The "upgrades" seem pretty inconsequential if a >later built D-600 doesn't have the spotting problem. (A big if >I guess...LOL). > >Any opinions?
Assuming it has the factory warranty, and unless you need the .5 fps improvement, I'd buy the D600. Nikon is pretty freely swapping the shutters now, even if they don't acknowledge there was an issue.
Just a perspective,
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof " - Carl Sagan
I just called Fry's and was told the D-600 " had NO warranty because it was discontinued"! I was suspicious because when I clicked "warranty information" on their website it simply states " write to Fry's corporate for warranty information". I won't set foot inside one of their stores.
I'm not buying there, but have never heard of "no warranty" simply because it's discontinued. After all - D-600 units from B&H or Adorama certainly have a factory warranty. And I don't believe Fry's sells grey camera gear. Something tells me that the store employee is a little misinformed.
EDIT: When clicking on their site for warranty, even a new product like the D7100 also says to "write to corporate office....". BTW- this price appears to end on November 7th.
You're right. Discontinued model or not, any U.S. market Nikon body that is sold as a new item by an authorized U.S. Nikon dealer comes with a full Nikon warranty. Same goes for Canada, the UK, etc.
If you're seeing the same warranty presence issues for the (current) D7100 as well, that's suspicious. I'm not sure what else it implies besides grey market products, but I guess there could be some other explanation. It's a weird situation.
Assuming that the D600 does come with a Nikon warranty if I were you I would buy the D600.
I wouldn't be too concerned about the oil spot problems for two reasons.
First, apparently fewer than 10% of the D600s have been afflicted with the oil spot problems.
Second, if you are concerned about oil spots and dust on your sensor, for under $100 you can purchase a sensor cleaning kit so that if you are among the unlucky 10% you can clean your own sensor in less than 10 minutes.
I must admit that I "put my money where my mouth is" and am the happy owner of a recently purchased D600 and a copper hill sensor cleaning kit.
I would not purchase the camera from that store in particular! Nikon has authorized dealers...if you purchase said camera NEW from said dealers, they will stand by their 1 year warranty. What that seller stated makes absolutely no sense at all. red flags