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Nikon D600 - oil on sensor
Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 11:35 AM on 09.30.13
->> Hi all. I was thinking about getting the Nikon D600. I was worried about this oily sensor issue. What is your experience with this?
Should I not buy this camera? Thanks.
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Doug Durham, Photographer
Georgetown | IN | | Posted: 11:56 AM on 09.30.13
->> Preston- There are literally thousands upon thousands of forum threads regarding this issue, but from what I see most complainers are from people who expect to never have to clean their cameras. I own a d600 and absolutely love it! Yes, I've cleaned the sensor, but I can also tell you that I have cleaned the sensor on my d3s more than the d600. My d3s is a dust magnet.

Over on flickr there are several group discussions regarding this very topic. Yes, Nikon has a QC issue with sending out dirty sensors on new cameras. But, it takes less than 2 min to clean you're good to go or you could send it back to Nikon and miss 3 weeks of shooting with you new camera. I have around 7 clicks on mine and I've cleaned it twice. My d3s has been cleaned at least 4 times in the same amount of clicks. Perhaps I change lenses at in opportune times or I just live in a pig pen, either way, sensors will need cleaned.

Back on question.. the new d610 comes out next month with 1 FPS increase and supposedly a new shutter with less oil. Do you want to save 5 or 6 hundred bucks? Buy the d600 or wait a few weeks and pick up a d610, but I bet you're still cleaning the sensor.
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 1:01 PM on 09.30.13
->> 7 clicks? or 7,000?
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 1:22 PM on 09.30.13
->> Thanks Doug. I like to post questions here because I do not know if those other forums are filled with pros or all amateurs. I prefer to pick the brains of experienced shooters on this site.
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 2:21 PM on 09.30.13
->> I bought a refurbished D600 with a low(er) cost 24-85/3.5-4.5 lens not expecting much. I figured I'd use it as a backup body considering I also have a D4, D3 and D700. But so far I've used it often. I frequently go on assignment with my D600 and D700. The smaller, lighter bodies allow me to move around easier, are less taxing on my shoulders and don't attract *quite* as much attention.

The only significant issues I have are the max shutter speed, the small focus point selection area, the questionable weatherproofing, and the lack of an AF-on button. The first three you simply have to work around. I solved the latter by assigning AF-on to a front button located below the lens mount.

It's not perfect. But unfortunately neither is the D800. If Nikon would just produce an updated D700 with two card ports and video, that would be ideal, but I digress.

I probably wouldn't want to use the D600 in more demanding situations (low light sports or breaking news, inclement weather, etc.) but it's fine for everyday use.

And I haven't experienced the oil on sensor problem yet. But even if I need to send it in for a cleaning now and then, it's a pretty decent little camera.
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 2:29 PM on 09.30.13
->> ...and FYI the reason I bought this over a used D700 was because of its video capabilities.
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Doug Durham, Photographer
Georgetown | IN | | Posted: 2:42 PM on 09.30.13
->> Sorry- 7,000 clicks (Thanks DeLane
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Perrone Ford, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | US | Posted: 3:56 PM on 09.30.13
->> I've used my D600 to shoot everything from college football, to birthday parties, and it's been a wonderful and reliable camera. Paul mentions not using it for low-light sports, but I've found it excellent in that regard *IF* it's bright enough to get focus. At ISO 3200/F2.8 situations like basketball and volleyball, I love the thing. Where ISO 6400 is called for, the focus can be more spotty.

I've not yet needed to clean the sensor, and I've got well over 10k clicks on it now.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 4:02 PM on 09.30.13
->> Mine has the oil spots but they're completely unnoticeable in my sports imagery and only occasionally visible in landscape images in the blue sky or solid walls in architecture. Definitely more than usual sensor dirt but not a back breaker if you ask me.
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Rod Mar, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 6:30 PM on 09.30.13
->> Love my little D600. Small, compact, relatively unobtrusive with a quiet shutter. Files are wonderful. I know there are well-documented reports of oil, but I have never hard a problem.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:17 AM on 10.01.13
->> I've had a D600 since they came out... I have not had a problems with it. I use it primarily for portrait work and a lot of video shooting.

Love this camera!
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 10:42 AM on 10.01.13
->> Delane :)
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