I'm new to Nikon, planning to make the move from Pentax, looking at the D600 or D610. I don't really want to risk the sensor oil issue with the D600, so wouldn't want to buy one of them used. My question is, does anyone still have residual D600 stock that I could buy and would include warranty? Also, I read somewhere that with some of the later batches of D600's the sensor oil issue had been solved. Is that true? If so, is it possible to know if a particular copy of the D600 came from one of those later batches?
If you want to be absolutely sure about the oil issue then simply buy a D610. There's no other way to not have this in the back of your mind. Otherwise, your next best bet is to buy a refurbished item directly from Nikon USA. It'll be a little more than other places but will come with a Nikon USA full warranty.
> It'll be a little more than other places but will come with a Nikon USA full >warranty.
Refurbished gear is covered by a 90 Day Nikon Warranty not the "Full 1-Year Nikon USA Warranty" that is included with New camera bodies imported by Nikon USA.
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I agree just get the 610. I bought my 600 and the 610 was announced a month later. I did internet search which mentioned that later model 600 did not have the problem. Well mine was a later model and still had the problem.
I purchased a used D600 (5,000 shutter activations) in early April. It had a lot of dust (I took a photo of the sky at f22 to reveal how much dust- about 2 dozen dust spots). Nikon replaced the shutter free-of-charge and paid the shipping costs both ways- it was returned in 2 weeks with a brand new shutter. I checked for dust again but could only find one tiny spec that causes no problem on photos (the built-in vibrator on the sensor would not dislodge it). From what I've read it's normal to see about half a dozen small dust spots. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a used D600 with Nikon's current free shutter replacement policy (even if the camera is out-of-warranty) even though Nikon says it may only clean the shutter. I serously doubt that Nikon would waste time to clean oil and dust off the old shutters- this simply wouldn't be cost effective, especially if the camera gets sent back a second time for dust and oil issues.
I use the D600 and use it for Pro use..love mine and still doing great over a year later. If you purchase the D600, Nikon is providing full support if you encounter any issues. I clean my own gear ad haven't had any issues. Good luck on your purchase, D600/610 is a great choice either way,
I bought the D600 a year ago and it had the oil and dust issue. Got the sensors cleaned twice professionally at the Nikon Service. Got the shutter replaced a while ago and absolutely no issues ever since. A negligible amount of dust definitely comes in time to time and that is because of me changing lenses in the field and nothing major. Mine does not spit any oil any more.
The D610 is a new line in the series and will eliminate any doubt you have in your mind. I would say get the D610 by all means if you can and stay current!
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