D600- ?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by tacomadm18, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. So I've been on the fence about the D600 -
    * I'm using the D7000 and like the camera, but was thinking of moving to the D600 -
    * One of my big concerns is the Sensor, Dust, Oil, etc , etc - I know people who have had it returned more than once, and or have had it cleaned by local camera shops - and it continues do have issues -
    * My concern is, is there a bigger problem that Nikon is not addressing - I do not want to deal with a camera that is in and out of repair -
    * I'm also not looking at a D800 or the older D700 -
    * For me it's, stay with the D7000 or move to the D600 -
    thoughts - thanks
  2. The dust/oil issue has been beaten to death on previous forums. You will likely have to make your own decision on that. Just enter "dust on d600" on the Photo.net search engine, read, and draw your own conclusions. There seems to be no definitive answer that satisfies everyone.
  3. As was stated by the previous poster, this issue has been discussed alot in previous threads, but I own a D600 and it's a great camera. I have no complaints. It would depend on what kind of shooting you are doing. The D7100 with its DX crop sensor and slightly faster burst rate has some advantages if you are shooting sports and wildlife, fast action, etc. If you are shooting more landscapes, weddings, portraits, studio, etc, full frame might be better for you.I shoot mostly the latter. The image quality on the D600 is great, and the ISO performs incredibly in low-light shooting situations.
  4. I tried a D600, D7000, and a D7100. The D7100 is clealy the best camera of the three. The autofocus performance is clearly superior for one thing. That makes the camera much easier to shoot. All you're gaining with a D600 is one more stop of ISO, and the price is considerably more (plus the cost of lenses.) All in all, the d7100 seems to be the better camera even without the price factored in. I was out tonight with my new D7100 and it was even focussing outdoors in the dark! It's a game changer.
    Kent in SD
  5. Miguel--
    I shoot weddings and honestly feel that because of the superior autofocus, the D7100 is a notch better for weddings than the d600. The D7100 actually can focus outdoors, in the dark! I've had the D7000 hunt for focus in a church during weddings before, and that was with f2.8 lenses. d600/D7000 use same AF system, where the D7100 is using the one from the d800 and I think D4. For wildlife, the D7100 is a no-brainer. For "street photography," I'd go with the new D5200 because of it's swivel screen, which allows the camera to be used at waist level. the only reason I can think of to buy a d600 is if your primary camera is a D800 etc. and you need a back up body to take your lenses.
    Kent in SD
  6. Glen,
    Although the D600 has an improved AF system and 39 focus points should be enough for most situations, their distribution in the sensor cover a very small area at the center. On your D7000 focus points are much better distributed. Considering this, I do not see going from D7000 to D600 an upgrade.
    If you have chance to try a D600, make sure you are comfortable with this limitation. As stated above the D800, D700 and new D7100 have better AF system.
  7. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    I'm using the D7000 and like the camera, but was thinking of moving to the D600​
    Glen, if you are happy with the D7000, could you explain why you want to move to another camera? Is there any particular issues you would like to improve?
    As I have pointed out multiple times on this forum, IMO the D600 dust/oil issue is greatly exaggerated on web forums. Plenty of people have no problem with their D600 at all. I don't need a D600 since I already have a D700 and a D800E, but I wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy a D600 if I needed one. There are lemons from any camera model. If you get a D600, I would immediately check for any oil issues and if that one does, I would quickly get it exchanged.
    However, if you would like advices on cameras, we need to know a little more about your photography and preferences.
  8. Glen, why not skip a generation and see what's Nikon has to offer next time? I think it's a bit premature and you will probably not see a significant upgrade and might disappoint. D7000 is still a great body and I would rather invest on lenses.
  9. I was thinking of getting the D600 to take on a trip to Greece in Sept. Almost pulled the trigger, but with grease/dust issues still unresolved by Nikon, I 'might' rent' one, but I will not buy one and spend how many dollars having it cleaned and recleaned, or even returned for a replacement in the end.
    24MP looks so tempting, but what a Q.control & customer realtions mess from Nikon.
  10. And people are still having to clean and reclean them or send them back for replacements and, yes, Nikon finally acknowledged it but they have never explained it or said they'd done anything to correct it later production.
    Pretty shoddy.
    Call me when you get it right.
  11. If you want a D600, go ahead and get one. Mine functions perfectly; it hasn't exploded in my hands and covered me with boiling oil and flying dust yet. There's this long, ridiculous thread right now on another site discussing what one guy says he "heard from a
    nikon rep"; apparently the D600's entire shutter assembly is failing and needs to be re-designed, Nikon has admitted this terrible camera has been a complete failure and the "replacement D600S" is about to be released any day now. The whole thing is absolutely insane. It's amazing anyone buys a new camera after reading all the stupid stuff written on the Interwebs. I wasted a couple of years worrying about the dreaded BGLOD on my old D70.
    Had I
    believed even a tenth of all the nonsense written about every new digital camera I've bought over the years, I'd still be using my
  12. I got my d600 back from Nikon Sweden yesterday. That was my second cleaning after about 1600 actuations in all. This
    time it took them longer to fix the camera, because they had to wait for delivery of a spare part. That spare part is
    a new "shutter release plate", it turned out after some research of mine. This new shutter had nothing to do with with
    the dust on my sensor, I was told. When checking my camera the had discovered incorrect readings from the shutter, and
    therefore replaced it. In the eyes of Nikon Sweden there exists no oil problem. They never had a d600 returned with oil on
    the sensor, believe it or not. Dust yes, but oil or lubricant no. They say the D600 is a consumer type camera, and
    enthusiasts tend to examine these things more carefully than pros, thus the big fuzz around this camera.
    Well, to me this sounds like total BS, and does not strengthen the credibility of the Nikon brand by any means. What do
    you guys think?
  13. They did service the camera for you...
  14. They did. We'll see if it helped.
  15. Sorry, "shutter plate unit", that's what Nikon replaced in my camera. That's the shutter, right?

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