As one who was fortunate enough to receive an only moderately affected D600 that, with use, has become normal on its own (currently 14.5k clicks), I am in doubt as to the utility of having the repair done to my camera. Sure it's free, but I do recall my mommy telling me to let sleeping dogs lie. Those of us on the fence would appreciate having the benefit of the experience of those who have had the work done.
For the purposes of this poll, I am defining "clean" as no oil spots and no clustering, only. Please wait to vote until ~500-1,000 clicks post-service.
If you vote #1, was your D600 clean all the way through or did it only (like mine) become clean with use? Mine was clean after ~5k clicks.
Presumably if you vote #2, #4 or #5, you will have either round-tripped the camera back to Nikon or perhaps somehow retired the camera. Which?
I have already posted an f/22 blue sky test immediately after I received a d600 back from the nikon LA service center and after I burned through a couple of thousand frames. Really no difference from before the service or after the shutter replacement. I still need to dry and wet-clean the sensor on a weekly basis. I have never seen a clean sensor on any nikon dslr that I have owned or rented - but I guess that is really dependent on how close you look
I'm still very much on the fence. I get the occasional dust spot on mine, and I have never really had any problems. I'm at about about 25,000 clicks. I've had the camera for over 1.5 years, with 2 wet cleans -- both after some lens changes in an extremely dusty environment.
I'm wondering if I want to fix something that isn't broke.
I've been there and I understand entirely. A dusty sensor in and of itself doesn't worry me; it's the clustering that won't go away. Once the camera passed 5k clicks I would occasionally notice spots in some images but they would disappear from images shot on subsequent days. I can still claim that, except for the frames shot to deal specifically with cleaning, I have not lost any images to the problem nor have I lost any significant time to de-spotting keepers.
I can also say that the dirtiest sensor I have ever dealt with was the D70. Compared to that body, my D600 was a piker.
I don't have a good track record of selling bodies while they still retain sufficient value to make it worth the while so I suppose the gamble could be seen to make no tactical or strategic sense. Still… This is a decision point from which different paths may be followed from the same abundance of caution, just applied differently.
And just for the record, either the mad crush is over or the techs have summited the learning curve. Sent last Thursday, returned repaired today, Wednesday. 6 days! And just as I was becoming interested in doing battle with the system to ascertain its work status, too ... boo-hoo.
I can't answer this directly. I can report that my camera returned as if it had a 2-button reset but that my U1/2 settings and my non-CPU lens list survived. AF fine tune is not mentioned in the settings affected by a reset.
Just sent in my D600 to LA to deal with oil splatter over the sensor. It's ridiculous how dirty the sensor is. I bought the camera from a fellow Nikonian right after he got his camera back with a replaced shutter assembly and cleaning. I'm beyond pissed. I am not OCD and I was defending Nikon about this problem, but now I understand. I tried cleaning the sensor and these oil globs just smear across the sensor face. Now I'll be without my camera body over the holiday weekend, and then a couple of weeks after that. Nikon will most probably lose my business over this. I don't want a new camera, just one that I don't have to return every three months.
Another update. The new shutter has passed the 500-click test with flying colors, though I'll still wait for 1000 to vote. My joy is tempered by at least one function that turned up missing on return (two-button format - not corrected by a two-button reset or an overnight stint without a battery). By the time I felt it possible to let go of the camera again I had not yet had a chance to try other functions I rarely use in order to see if there are others missing. I sent the paragraph below the signature to Nikon through the customer service portal and received a shipping label in return. So, off it went.
I do have one thing to add: one genuinely nice touch was that, by the time I shipped the camera for the original repair, the standard eyecup had become frayed. The camera returned with a new eyecup silently in place. Thanks, Nikon, I noticed!
The camera in question, a D600, was recently serviced at the Melville repair facility under the goodwill shutter replacement program. When the camera returned I noticed immediately that the 2-button format no longer works. Card formatting is available through the menu but the 2-button method does not work. The top LCD does not clear entirely (the metering icon remains) and the flashing FOR message does not appear. At different times I have tried a two-button reset with no positive result. I have also emptied the battery compartment for 24 hours, again with no positive result. This seems associated with the service the camera received since it was functioning properly when the camera was sent and was not when the camera returned. Otherwise the service seems to have gone off well, unless there are other missing functions that I rarely use and have not yet encountered. I must add that the 2-button format is my preferred means of re-formatting cards and I use on all my other cameras. It would be a matter of deep dissatisfaction if it could not be restored on the D600.
Yet another update. The camera returned from its follow-up servicing (for two-button format) promptly in a week or so, transportation & everything on Nikon's nickel. Seems to work.
Of course, nothing in life is that simple. I must now wait to use the D600 (hand held) until my newly acquired (right) arm fracture heals. I don't do that much tripod work and even so, any camera body is very inconvenient to adjust one-handed and especially left-handed. Nor is setup on a tripod convenient one-handed. Currently learning to use a PS camera left-handed. None of the camera makers make it easy...
What am I expecting? Nothing in particular from a design paradigm that posits two-handedness and a dominant right hand. I'm ambidextrous with most tools. DSLRs are right-handed tools, full stop. But, guess what - I can make a little soap bar like the Canon S90 do things with my left hand that are just not doable with the more buff designs. And the iPhone camera simply doesn't care which hand is using it. Do I think the camera makers owe me a left-handed camera on the rest of the days of the year to either side of April First? No, of course not, don't be silly. But a competent one-handed camera that was handedness-neutral would come in right handy to me right now, and, I suspect, to many others full time, as well. <end rant>