I was hoping my camera would be spared the Nikon D600 Oil problem, but like many others, no luck.
I counted about 10 spots here in a more official test. This one was shot at F/16 If you click on the picture, it will show you.
Nikon used to be a good brand. What happened?
I’ll update this entry rather than to start a new one because I am noticing hundreds of visitors who were searching for a solution to the D600’s dust issue. (bravo wordpress for giving me that info).
Well, I’d like to say that Nikon was helpful and they pre-RMAed my camera and sent me a new one to make it better; however, that would be wrong. They did not. As far as they’re concerned, there is no dust issue! Silly me. The only problem is that there is this thing called the internet that links users who like a particular hobby together and they share information.
Here are a couple showing clearly something is wrong.
If Nikon were to admit there is a problem, they would have to pay a lot of money to fix their mistake. So because of that, they are apparently advising their service reps to say “we look at everything on a case by case basis. Not everybody calling about the D600 is having the same issue you’re having”.
Phyllis from Nikon even offered to give me the link to fill out the paper work! How nice of her. Except I’d have to pay the $50 for shipping to send it to them. Again, I spent damn near $4000 on a new lens and camera…why in the hell would have to pay for shipping? The answer is “because there is not a widespread problem”. So what will happen is I’d pay $50 to send it today, another $50 next month, and another in a few months, and hopefully by then, they can blame something else and not do anything else.
I did call BH Photo and they said they’d pay for the shipping. I hate to make BH pay for it when it’s not their fault (although the way they don’t allow negative reviews of products online is fishy), but at least they stand behind their customers and that’s good. maybe if I wait another week, I’d get a fresh batch of cameras in. Who knows.
Update as of 11/18/2012
I finally got my replacement Nikon D600 – Serial number 304xxxx . Went out and shot and as soon as I got home, saw spots in my pictures again. Big ones that showed even at f/4. It was already getting dark out, but I decided to take one shot at f/22 to see what horrors I would find and voila: Keep in mind this was a brand new camera out of the box with 198 clicks.
I know for sure the big fat spot WAS dust and not oil and after some doing, I was able to blow it away. I will try to shoot again today to see if it’s any better. Otherwise, I will have to call Nikon every single day for as long as I own this camera for them to fix it.
Final edit. Miracle of Miracles – I was able to blow away the dust. It’s a very nice camera actually and hopefully the new firmware will get rid of small annoyances.