I am looking for a FF and am considering the d600. With all of the so called problems that I hear and read, it is safe to buy this camera? Another thought might be the d610 as plan B. I know that Nikon will fix any so called spotting free of charge but I want to avoid the hastle.
I really love my D600. For me, it's everything I need without too much excess (D800.) I actually think 16Mp is sufficient, as in the 62"x40" photo behind my head in the photo to your left. That was taken with a 4/3 Lumix 16 Mp camera with Leica lens. Nikon Df maybe? One observation I'd like to make is that a D610 may COST more than a D600, but it probably isn't WORTH more as a tool to use to produce photographs. I would look for a reconditioned D600 or D610. I'll bet they're very similar cost.
I absolutely agree with Patrick. If you want to save money D600 can be had much cheaper than D610. The "problems" will be an issue only if you shoot at f11 and smaller. At wider apertures you are not going to see the dust and oil. I have D600 and I am very happy with it. If price is not an issue, go for D610 - it has several minor perks added.
I never went the DX route even though I have a D200; I have seen Nikon orphan lenses before. I have lenses from the 500 F4 P to a 20mm 2.8 AF and I have been waiting for an FX body I can justify to get my wide angles back.
I just got a refurbed kit with the 24-80 VR w/ 2200 clicks on the body from Henry's for less than a refurbed body only from Nikon shop. I figure the shutter may already be replaced and if not I can live w/o it while it gets taken care of.
Not sure I see why people would sell their D600 AFTER it is corrected. I suspect the recall will increase the value of this body.
Personally, my biggest concern is that I might detect problems with my lenses in FX that are concealed in DX because of the coverage. Having a mid range VR will be nice though.
>I am looking for a FF and am considering the d600. With all >of the so called problems that I hear and read, it is safe to >buy this camera? >Another thought might be the d610 as plan B. I know that Nikon >will fix any so called spotting free of charge but I want to >avoid the hastle.
I have a D600 and haven't had any of the problems.
When I found about Nikon's recall to replace the shutter I contacted them and their response was send it back with Nikon paying the shipping charges both ways.
So, I sent my D600 off to Nikon and am now anxiously awaiting its return.
To sum up, Nikon has addressed the problems so it is safe to buy a D600 and if you do you won't regret it.
Hi, I'm a happy and very satisfied owner of a D600. Last summer, with a dirt cheap Sigma 75-210 f/3.5-4.5 manual focus lens, I took a series of portraits of several teenage friends and family whose mom's and dad's were simply dumbstruck at the quality of the images. They were silky smooth and about as perfect an exposure and clarity as one could expect. There is something special about the image quality of the D600.
Several months later I read that folks were complaining of a recurring dust/oil problem in the upper left quadrant of the sensor. I checked and sure enough there were a few minor "dust" specks but nothing major. And just earlier last week, Nikon reached out to me via email since I had registered my camera to send in my camera free of charge for a new shutter. Not bad for a problem I didn't even know I had.
Bottom line, the D600 is now and for the foreseeable future, the best bargain full frame digital camera for a long time to come.
I just got my Refurbed D600 from Henrys (50xxx s/n.)
I gotta say this has some very impressive features and I do like the controls; it does everything my D200 does but in some ways much easier. Took me a while to figure out why I could not select focus zone, but I got through it with the manual. Did order Darrells' book though, but actually given it is so close to the D200 it may be dead money.
I do like that 24-80 lens, just gotta get a step up ring.
One spot in the upper right corner at F22 out of the box, doing the Hogan test using the intervalometer to see if debris collects after 1k clicks.
It may be that the recent refurbs already have the new shutter. I just did 2000 clicks and found no oil/debris. This may explain the 2200 clicks on the shutter when I got it; it was tested before leaving Nikon.CA.
considering Nikon is addressing all issues with the D600, depending on the price difference, i would consider the D600.
I have owned mine since 2012, and its still going strong and works great. I have yet to send it in, and i clean my own image sensor. Now since they will clean/fix my beloved D600 out of warranty, i am good to go for many more worry free! excellent deal if you ask me.
Coming from a D200 I find this very easy to use and a LOT more flexible. I like getting all the AF selection on one button and the AF sensor selection is incredibly flexible. Setting the AE/AF button to AE lock only, and using the front function for AF lock only means I have total control.
Setting the ISO control to Easy makes that control immediately available and losing the remaining frame count is no big deal because it is reported when the camera is off.
Two SD cards makes it easy to separate the RAW and JPEG although I am not sure whether to be happy or concerned about all those shots on cards; once lost a Passport Drive in an airline backseat with some very nice shots from California Coastal highway after I transferred them from the card. (Knew it immediately on getting home, airplane was not scheduled till next day and AA REFUSED to help. Broke my heart for some time.) This camera was a present to myself for deciding to use my old glass again.
Couple this camera with digicamcontrol and it is REALLY a powerhouse. IT may not hold up to the elements like a pro body, but it should hold up at least as well as an FM. The lack of OBVIOUS dedicated buttons for important functions like ISO and such are easily overcome.
I used to hump an F4 tripod and glass while backpacking. I may try that again on old knees since I can take 2 VR lenses and a TC 1.7E and have few regrets about leaving something home (maybe macro stuff; but so it goes).
Question: Do people really use the in camera processing features?
> >Question: Do people really use the in camera processing >features?
Yes. I normally shoot in RAW only, but sometimes want a quick small JPEG to post online, email, or just copy to someones PC without going through my normal workflow. The in camera processing is handy for that.
Of course, shooting RAW + JPEG avoids the need for in camera processing. If I'm taking snapshots at a family event, I try to remember to switch to RAW + JPEG. But if I forget (like at my nephew's birthday party earlier today), I can just process the "good ones" in camera and give copies to whoever wants them.
They will ask for serial number and if it registers to your address then yes. Previous owner needs to not have it registered for repair...they did ask for my purchase receipt so not sure that it is even possible to get it replaced under warranty just like any other model from Nikon.
I have yet to get mine sent in..and I clean it myself. If you are worried about dust, then buy new and have nikon clean it every so often.
I bought my D600 two months ago from a private party. I was able to go though the Nikon system, print a label and sent the camera to Nikon service for free. Sent it out today. So, if the camera was not registered before you can do it.
STOP PRESS!! China have just demanded that Nikon stop selling the D600 in China because of the way they lied about the problems.
There are going to be a lot of D600's floating around the world & with Nikon's track record of service I would not touch one even in a gift!
I have been a Nikon user since the FTN thats a long time loyalty even with my bad service experiences. That is about to change. My D7100 might be the last - it will certainly be my last DSLR now that mirrorless is the future. Only North America still loves DSLR's but times are a changing.
We have forgotten its not about the gear but the image.
I noticed today that there are fewer used D600s for sale from the usual places than there were a month or so ago. Also most had used D600s sitting on their sights for months, but with Nikon replacing the shutters free, most have been purchased.
Michael: Looks like we are neighbors. I live in Custer, northeast of Stevens Point.
Your question is a good one, which I also asked myself several months ago. I already had a DX camera, the D7100, and really like it, particularly for photographing wildlife especially birds in flight. However, I considered a FX camera as a compliment for landscapes and indoor sports, like basketball etc. My budget is limited so I was looking at the D600, and a refurbished one at that. I was aware of the issue of spots etc. and also that many users either had no problems or that problems they had were resolved. Others were pretty unhappy.
I decided to take the risk and purchased a refurbished D600 and also a kit lens for a price less than the D600 body alone, and considerably less than a new D610. If there turned out to be an issue I was prepared to contact Nikon to have it resolved.
I used the D600 up until the warranty was about to run out and then did the standard test for detecting spots. I did find them and they were concentrated in the upper left hand corner. I contacted Nikon, explained the problem, got the necessary information for service, and sent it away. Less than two weeks later my D600 was returned with a new shutter, sensor cleaner, and a number of other service items done.
I did the test for detecting spots upon receiving the camera from Nikon and it was "spotless". It has been 3 months now and the camera is great. There have been no more dust spots appear than on my D7100. When I notice them I use a blower to remove them.
So for me this has worked. I do really like the D600 and it was a good purchase for me. And this is all that I can tell you. My experience with Nikon service and support has been very positive.