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The Nikon D600 sensor doesn’t get any more oil spots after 3000 shots

Few updates on the Nikon D600 oil spots issue. The good news is that no new oil spots get accumulated over time as reported today by LensRentals:

"Things are definitely better. Where 20 of 20 cameras required cleaning 6 weeks ago, only 11 of 20 did this time (our average for all SLRs would be about 5 of 20).

Like we did in the first article, I took all 20 images, stacked them in Photoshop using “darken if” to give you a summary of all the dust on all 20 cameras.  Again, 20 cameras, not one single sensor."

Kyle Clements reported that the magic number seems to be around 3000 shots after which the sensor doesn't get any dirtier:

"3000 was the magic number posted throughout many of the comments. After 3000 shots, the problem more-or-less goes away."

Nikon USA did issue this statement to Imaging Resource regarding the D600 oil spots:

"Measures to reduce effects of dust or foreign matter are optimized for each model. Therefore, the dust reduction system's internal mechanism varies with each model," the Nikon statement reads. "If the effects of dust or foreign matter on photographs become bothersome, customers are encouraged to consult their local Nikon service center."

One of the possible theories posted by PetaPixel is that the sensor spots are caused by scratches in the mirror box.

According to this dpreview post, Nikon already has a solution for this issue:

  • Nikon Tokyo have a solution in the works which will involve fitting new parts into the camera to solve the issue
  • The fix will be coming 'soon' but I was told I should still send my camera in to be cleaned in the meantime for a quick turnaround of just several days
  • They are not oil spots we are seeing but lubricant/debris coming off the mirror box
  • The interim cleaning will involve not just the sensor but also the source of the lubricant
  • Nikon are paying for the postage by sending me out a barcode to put on the box so I can send it in for the cleaning
  • A high proportion of d600's are experiencing this problem

If you own a D600 and have taken over 3000 shots, please share your experiences in the comments section below.

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  • DS

    Nice to hear that the problem does go away all on it’s own.

    • gly

      Does the problem really go away or manifests into other problems? We’re assuming the spots, whatever that are, only accumulate on the sensor.

    • iamlucky13

      The cause goes away, but the symptom does not until you fix it, by getting it wet cleaned.

    • cuius

      There’s a big difference between “go away all on it’s own” and the reported “the problem more-or-less goes away.”

    • Mansgame

      it doesn’t go away on its own. It means that within the first 3000 shots, you have to do wet cleanings after every 200 shots.

  • RMFearless

    here is my D600 oil spot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/merola_r/8229644256/
    from italy

    • desmo

      Everyone should read his accompanying text, major amount of post processing specifically aimed at illuminating dust on shots at f22 ,
      otherwise you won’t see the spots
      this has caused the D600 to undergo scrutiny that other DSLRs haven’t been subjected to:
      who knows how many others would also show spots from excess oil being cleared during early shutter ops
      Most people don’t use a DSLR this way and if not for the viral posts most would be unconcerned as they would not see spots in there images.
      My concern is all the users that may be cleaning sensors on their own doing it incorrectly resulting in damaged sensors and voided warranty’s
      If you don’t shoot above f12 you wont see if you do use small aperatures you have too look for it and only see it on sky or light plain background and it takes a lot extreme post processing to be obvious.
      so unless you specialize in documenting dust wait around 3k clicks let Nikon clean it properly and maintain your warranty

      • Raz

        When I had oil on my D7000s sensor it caused noticeable blobs in bright skies right down to f5.6. You don’t have to shoot at f22 for this to be a visible problem. If you look at various forums around the web you’ll find getting your Nikon DSLR serviced for this issue is no walk in the park.

        • desmo

          I’m not saying Nikon is the easiest solution
          i’m saying it ‘s the safest
          if your in warranty

          it also protects you
          if as the above post mentioned,

          other problems exist
          such as maybe on some units
          the shutter is serviced or replaced

      • Matt

        Thank you for an intelligent response….. Nikon already sent me a pre-paid label to send my camera back. I just set my camera to High speed continuous to get up around that 3000 picture count and now its on its way back

        • desmo

          are you in US?
          some people are posting that Nikon US makes them pay for shipping.

          • Matt

            Yes, I am in the US….. When I first called Nikon, the service rep who answered the phone had no idea what was going on and just said to sent the camera in. I asked to speak to a supervisor and was transferred after a short hold. The supervisor was very familiar with the problem and said they are trying to work on a permanent solution to fixing the sensor issue. At first she said I would have to take the camera to a shipper of my choice and mail it myself and I politely explained to her that I felt that this is a Nikon issue, not an issue I created, etc….. In response she said she would email me a return label and I received it about 2 hours later. Maybe a little smooth talking helped me get the prepaid label but i’m sure they would do it for anyone who asks politely….or maybe the trick is to just ask for a supervisor right away….. Hope that helps

  • Lumenatic

    What does this mean, after 3.000 shots the spots vanish or after 3.000 shots and cleaning no new spots appear ? Why should existing spots vanish without an external stimulus ?

    • krr

      no new spots occur …

    • Guest

      I would say the spots diminish. Probably over a greater period of time it will go away entirely after the system is completely broken in.

  • Stanley Beck

    Does this mean that if I buy a D600, the problem will go away on its own after 4 years?

    • krr

      by trying out the timelapse function you reach 3000 shots in less than a week …

      • El Aura

        … or rather in less than one hour.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jan.f.rasmussen.7 Jan Fischer Rasmussen

          10 minutes?

      • Anonymous Coward

        You can do it less than 6 minutes at 5.5 frames a second… So the easy fix is fire 3K shots, take it for a cleaning and done :-)

        • T.

          5,5 * 60 * 6 = 1980, so make it 10 minutes and you’re safe above 3000.

          • umeshrw

            Don’t forget about the battery changes. Count that time too.

        • Matt

          Thats exactly what I did….waiting until after x-mas to send it in for its cleaning….

  • Jason Yokoyama

    im at 2k, but i just ordered a cleaning kit. now im tempted to hold out.

  • Prabawa

    A bit of a wording problem: to avoid any misunderstanding, it would be better to word it as “after 3000 shots, the sensor no longer gets additional spots”. Existing spots on the sensor would not disappear by themselves. Cleaning is still required.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Confusing indeed – changed the title to “The Nikon D600 sensor doesn’t get any oil spots after 3000 shots”

      • Prabawa

        Cool :)

    • Steve Wakeman

      Surely that would be understood. Assuming any dust or oil goes away on it’s own after x amount of shots is just stoopid.

      • Prabawa

        I wouldn’t say “stupid”, really. There’s only very little information about the spots (except that it exists), and many theories/speculations. How can you be so sure of something that you know very little about? :)

  • AlphaTed

    So …. there’s a break-in period ?
    Does it gain value after 3000 actuations?

    • http://twitter.com/denkerphoto Michael Denker

      It should, i cant believe its still on the market. I assume Nikon will tske a huge dump on this. Totally unacceptable

  • chlamchowder

    I think the dust issue still continues after 3000 shots. I wet cleaned my D600 sensor at about 13,000 clicks. Right now, I’m at about 24,000 clicks, and there are definitely some dust spots near the upper left corner. It’s nowhere near as severe as it was at 13,000 clicks, but it’s still a higher concentration of dust in one area than I’ve ever seen with my older DSLR.

    I’m convinced that it’ll go away eventually…it just might take a long while.

    • RMJ

      The problem in your case might be that you wet cleaned it by yourself. You cleaned only the sensor, not the source of the problem.

      If I understood right, when you send the camera to Nikon service, they
      will also clean up the excess oil from the source of the problem. Hence
      there will be much less oil flying around in the future.

      You skipped the second, the most important step.

      • Did u know that

        >> You skipped the second, the most important step.

        Or maybe he had more important things to do with the camera than wait for 2-3 weeks for it to be cleaned by Nikon…

        • umeshrw

          Which means that he choose to bear with the spots. The lesser evil.

      • JackOMalley

        My d800 has the spot problem, and is currently at Nikon service … second time

    • rkas

      24000 shots in two months? Wtf?

      • delayedflight

        Happens when you either shoot sports or do timelapses.

        • a

          if doing time lapse … need to invest in a mirror-less solution.

      • ecopix

        4000 a week is not unusual for a busy pro shooting events. We don’t sit around polishing our cameras, you know.

  • http://twitter.com/GaryTuwe Gary Smith

    I made the switch from Canon to the D600 and am very disturbed by this. I also am stationed overseas and cannot easily send the camera away for cleaning. Anyone out there have suggestions for me on how to clean this myself? Thanks.

    • iprj

      “jelly pen”

    • nealix

      Don’t be disturbed. ALL DSLR cameras will get dust on the sensor at some point if you change lens or have a zoom, etc. A lot of people learn to clean their own sensor so that you don’t need to ship it in. (After all, you would not have a tow truck pick up your car to take it for a radiator flush or oil change, right?).

      I have a D600. I love it. It is an amazing camera. And yes, I get some dust once in a while (either the shutter mechanism, or the fact that I change lens more often than a politician changes positions.)

      The sensor is NOT as fragile as most people believe, unless you are amazingly sloppy, clean it using a hunting knife with your eyes closed, etc. I have cleaned mine with wet sensor swabs and also, just to see how easy it is to break, by scrubbing it with a “Sensor Pen”. In both cases, it cleaned fine. I was even able to put reasonably scary pressure on it with the sensor pen and not crack it. So, in comparison, you would have a hard time EVER hurting it with one or two drops of cleaning fluid and sensor swab, which is what I recommend.

      There are many videos showing how to use sensor cleaning swabs on YouTube, and this one is also good;

      http://photographylife.com/how-to-wet-clean-your-dslr-sensor-in-less-than-5-minutes

      I personally happen to like and use the Copper Hill products for cleaning;

      http://www.copperhillimages.com/?pr=tutorials

      It is NOT scary. Try it. No big deal. Stop shipping your cameras and start cleaning it yourself in 5 minutes or less. I always keep the cleaning stuff in my camera bag.

      Neal

      • ecopix

        Just wanted to say how true and sensible this advice is. I shoot professionally in remote outdoor locations and learned this years ago (with Kodak SLR/n, which had similar prob.).
        I clean all my sensors regularly with sensor swabs, kept in the vehicle or kit bag. Never had a problem,
        Cheers.

  • sd

    I think this just means the camera runs out of oil after 3000 shots.

    • Dave

      3000 shots or 3000 miles, whichever comes first, get yer oil changed.

    • Anonymous Maximus

      Then running dry, the shutter will heat up & completely disintegrate after another 3000 ;)

  • sd

    kind of like saying my car only leaks oil for 3000 miles. then it dies because the oils gone

    • MrOzMan

      I think you might find the camera doesn’t have or need a sump

    • iamlucky13

      The analogy needs fixing. The camera does not die after 3000 shots.

      Phrase it like this:

      Kind of like saying my car only leaks oil for the 3000 miles. Then the oil is no longer overfilled.

  • Photoretouchpro

    Good news on possible manufacturing fix, but how would a customer know if the camera purchased is part of the new batch?

    • EGGZZ

      IT WILL NOT GET OIL/DUST-STAINS WHEN YOU PHOTOGRAPH WITH IT…..

  • RR

    Little late to the discussion, but did anyone report oil on their D800 sensor? I got a huge one after about 4 weeks. Went to dry clean the sensor and didn’t realize it was oil and of course it smeared.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543973482 Jimmy Mills

    Had the spots pretty bad, but had Nikon Japan Service clean the sensor around the 3300 mark. Shutter count is now 4855 and i have a single dust post that is barely noticeable.

  • Stanley Beck

    Of course, this begs the question, “Why does a DSLR need oil in the first place?”

    • iamlucky13

      The answer is exactly the same as to the question, “Why do engines need oil in the first place?”

      Because it has moving parts that otherwise would wear out faster or seize up.

      • Spy Black

        Typically, but not entirely true. If parts are made to exact tolerances they can actually function without oil. Oil-less bearings are one example. I believe the the old 80-200 MF Nikkor zooms used no lubricant in the combination zoom/focus ring.

        I’m not sure if shutters are made like that, however. This phenomenon may not be oil either. While there’s no doubt the D600 does this more than other cameras, I also think this has probably occurred on every shutter since focal-plane shutters were first made, it’s just that back in the film days there was a fresh film surface to record your next image on.

        Like Isaid, no doubt the D600 is doing this more than other cameras, but I bet if you take ANY new DSLR and do this kind of testing, without changing the lens, you will get similar, although probably lesser, results.

  • Quash

    So who with dust/oil spots as the mirror box scratches like petapixel? http://www.petapixel.com/2012/11/22/theory-nikon-d600-sensor-spots-caused-by-scratched-shutter-curtain/

  • tb

    Where can I send mine for an oil refill?

    • dsmo

      Thailand

    • TrickyPick

      Saudi arabia…good oil…low cost. have fun!

    • you

      We have lots of oil up here in Canada … send it to us!

  • Frisco

    I’ve had the same oil problem and dust problem with my D800. Why isn’t Nikon offering to do the same cleaning as on the D600?

    • kyle clements

      Check your warranty information Two complimentary sensor cleanings should be included. If the problem is oil or lubricant, not dust, it is a camera defect and does not count against these two free cleanings.

  • Colin

    I had the same issue, gave it a wet cleaning with eclipse/sensor swabs, and things seem fine. Nikon did respond to my initial query and say send it in, but i couldn’t afford to be without it–i like it that much better than my d300 in terms of image quality. At around 2200 shots on it at this point.

  • Kenny Ng

    I’ve snapped more than 3K shots, never encountered any dust at all.

    • Spy Black

      Have you been shooting at small apertures?

  • ogotaj

    I hope Nikon will not be advising this as an official “solution” to the problem.

  • Nikonhead

    This is the most ridicuous thing I have ever heard from a camera company. I love Nikon but don’t see how Nikon can sell a $2,000 with such a problem. More ridiculous are all the people that are buying the D600 knowing this is an issue.

    • Mansgame

      It’s not like there are a bunch of camera companies out that have a history of good lenses that are compatible with my existing equipment and offer full frames at that price point. The choice is either sell everything and buy a 6D, Sell everything and buy a A99, or deal with the D600. The D800’s 36MP’s was a deal breaker and it cost $1000 more.

    • MacCruiskeen

      My first digital camera was a Canon A70. After shooting with it for a while, the sensor failed, completely. It turned out I was not alone, but it took almost a year for Canon to admit that it had shipped cameras with defective sensors and replaced them. Meanwhile, my 1970s-vintage Nikons continue to function fine.

      • Kafkiano

        Now the story changed.

      • A. Lurker

        Yea but their memory cards are only 32Kb!

    • Me

      It’s not ridiculous at all. It is the result of new tech and a complex manufacturing process. Sometimes ‘stuff’ slips through. That’s part fo being a support of 1st gen hardware. The 2nd gen (which in many cases is not announced) addresses little things like this. I’d like to thank all supports of 1st gen hardware so when people like me wait a while and purchase the later – 2nd gen revision it is all good. :)

      • Kafkiano

        Also I said thanks to all the idiots that lost their money for us.

    • Kafkiano

      I agree. Especialy considering the previous D800 autofocus fiasco. The only Nikon camera I would like to buy is a D700, but now they are very difficult to find, and they cost more than in the past.

  • WANG Bo

    it’s possibly true.

    I bought the D600 in Sep and shot over 3000 during the first week of Oct.

    I have check the test image when I bought the camera, it’s OK!

    After over 3000 shoots, the dust image is very like other people’s which indicates that it probably caused by camera itself..

    So I brought it to the Nikon after-sale service center and clean the sensor.

    It seems that it’s not easy to clean it, because:

    1) I have raise up the mirror, i can’t see the dust.

    2) it wasn’t ok after first clean. I tested it immediately after clean, the image was still not fully clean. I guess the engineer only clean the dust on sensor which man can see.

    After that, i took another 3000 shots in the last week of Oct.

    Now, i find some new dust on the image, but they are not on the old position, and not so many as the first time…So I think they are “normal” dust caused by changing lens.

    I plan the next trip in the last week of Dec, and i will clean my camera before that.

    If it’s true, I think the dust will less and less…

  • Aldo

    I hear the problem goes away once you sell your d600 and buy a d800 :P

    • JackOmalley

      Not true … my D800 is currently with Nikon service, and this is the second time for sensor spotting.

  • Steve Wakeman

    It’s a bit of a worry with how many little things are wrong with newly released Nikon bodies these days. Say what you will about Canon, at least the bugs in new bodies are minimal, that is at least compared to new Nikon bodies…

  • Torr

    Hello guys,
    For the better or for the worse, I have plenty to share on this issue, hoping it would be useful to know. I got probably one of the very first D600s sold. Its serial number starts with 300. Anyway, I almost immediately noticed the oil+dust spots in the upper left corner. A lot of oil for sure. I had not changed any lenses and i had used the camera moderately in clean conditions. I embarked on back and forth emails to Nikon. Nobody admitted anything about it. Eventually i sent the camera in Nikon shop through the shop i bought it from. In 3 weeks I got it back with perfectly clean sensor. At that point i think i was definitely over 3000 shots anyway. I started shooting again without changing any lenses. Soon i got dirty sensor again BUT this time it was not oil/lubricant. It was simply dry particles of some sort which i cleaned with rocket blower and some canned (compressed) air. The sensor got dirty again probably because of the 28-300 zoom pumping air in and out but the best news is that it was not oil/lubricant like in the beginning. Therefore, it appears that the information is correct – approx. after 3000 shots the oil/lubricant contamination disappears and we are left with the usual dust and dry particles. In my opinion the D600 is way worth the trouble. I only wish Nikon would simply admit it when they had trouble. And one last thing. When my D600 was in shop for the cleaning, on the service order it said that the repair was in category B2, which involves the replacement of parts. So maybe they did change the mirror box or whatever else needed replacing. My point is that it did not just say “cleaning” something minor, rather some serious repair. Good luck!
    Torr

    • brew_me

      Watch that canned compressed “air”. It leaves resedue.

  • pyanez

    This pretty much matches my experience. My Camera was horrible out of the box. I finally (pissed off and very grudgingly) cleaned the sensor around 1000 clicks, the problems (again mainly upper left) reappeared but more slowly and I have only tracked it now for a while — and obviously have been following all of these reports pretty closely. Camera is not at about 4K clicks and the dust/oil seems to have stopped accruing at at abnormally high rate. Over the weekend I’ll probably give her a wet cleaning and see how it goes from there. I’ll report what I find, but have high hopes that the report above is accurate. I would however add that I have a suspicion that the sensor cleaning system is not very effective on the camera (or at least as effective as on my old D90/D300s/D7000). I’ve yet to seen any obvious dust removed at all during power cycling the camera.

    BTW – THANKS FOR HOSTING THESE DISCUSSIONS!!

  • Tony

    If I bought a brand new car that developed an oil leak in the first couple of days and found out from the salesman or company that the solution was to drive 3000 miles and the excess oil will be gone, I would laugh in his face and demand my money back. No excuse why Nikon is keeping so silent about this and is still getting D600s out there while knowing of the problem. Disgusting.

    • a4

      +1

    • delayedflight

      Just get Nikon to clean it up under warranty shish.

      • Mansgame

        Do you want to pay for my shipping?

        • Matt

          They pay for shipping if you ask….at least they did for me

      • umeshrw

        They do. It is written so in the OP. With postage paid barcode.

        • Mansgame

          That wasn’t what they told me when I called about it.

  • Charlie

    Darn, Nikon sounds like like some politician trying to explain away some terrorist attack. Fess up NIKON, you screwed up and need need to recall ALL D600’s and hand out new improved camera’s.

  • Ben

    Got a D600 about a week ago today, and since have done around 2k shots. There’s one drop (it’s considerably larger than example shots of other 600’s), just to the left of the center of the frame, but that’s it, no other marks have appeared.
    If/when more appear, I’ll just send the camera in and have the oil issue corrected, its not that big of a deal. (and those who say they can’t part with a camera for like 2 weeks or however long for a fix, I find that hard to believe unless they were a pro photographer and make a living off the camera, in which case they would certainly have more than one camera body…) A mechanical issue would be more deserving of the type of frenzy this has had surrounding it… At least Nikon has acknowledged it (which apparently hasn’t been the case for past “dust” issues) and the fix is free.

  • Dancin Machine

    I had a similar issue with my D7000 here in India….Nikon needs to step it up…..This issue brings very little value to the customers who pay great sums of money to buy this equipment. By the time a Nikon D600 user is done with 3000 shots, you’ll have a pricedrop on it and perhaps an upgrade….then, all the user is left with is REGRET……….

  • Jon

    Not an excuse but who really use its camera at f/22? Most of the time f/11 is the limit and no dust are visible. It seems people get stressed very quickly these days… need megapixels to be sure to have the best shot…need sensor clean as a surgery tool… during all that time wondering no body’s outside to shot ;)

    just a thought

  • Максим Ильченко

    there is NO OIL it is dust!
    i own d600 and cleaned its sensor with mini vacum cleaner

  • Tondu

    After one professional cleaning the problem seems to be solved…no new spots so far. My Camera was under 3000 shots before cleaning and is now between 4- and 5000 so it might be true, that this ist only a “bad start” problem for a marvelous Camera ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/SoulPhotography Johan Ngalianto

    My last picture taken yesterday is counted as my 14,873 shots ( opanda ) and I didnt notice the oil until I use the camera to do some architecture shots last month, which required me to stop down to f/8 or more . . . I mainly use my camera on my wedding job, and I rarely go beyond f/2.8

    I’ll test it again in several days to make sure.

    Cheers :)

  • spotmanace

    It means after 3000 shots you have to give more oil to your very fine Nikon D600. I thing a can of oil will be a good christmas gift.

    jingle spots…jingle spots…jingles on my sensor. 3000 christmas wishes!

    Ho…hoooooo

  • pickaname

    All the magazines were so happy about a sheep full size camera: the Nikon D600. Now we can say: if you buy cheap you buy twice.That´s the difference between theory and practice.

  • wanna new dslr

    I have been wanting to buy this camera, but I am not spending multiple thousands of dollars on this camera when it is pretty evident there is a major flaw. I am extremely disappointed in Nikon.

    Here is what they need to do – if they want me to buy a D600. First, acknowledge the problem. Second, recall all of the cameras in the dealer network. This means there will be a lot of refurbished cameras for awhile, but they made the mistake, and even a worse mistake by not fixing the problem. And third, to not release any new cameras until the problem has been fixed!

    If they do not recall the cameras, even if I wait for 6 months to buy one, what guarantee is there that I’ll get one that has been “fixed”. I certainly don’t want to buy a camera then have to send it in for modification. When I buy a camera, I want to use it to take photos.

    As a Nikon owner, I can accept the fact that there is a problem if they at least acknowledge it, and am willing to give them a “mulligan”, and wait awhile longer for the camera to be available. I realize these things are complex, and a problem now and again is not unexpected. What I cannot accept is not acknowledging the problem and sending out units to consumers that don’t work.

    If the sensor specs are visible in the photograph – the camera does not work!

    Even as an amateur, I have many thousands of dollars in Nikon gear, if you consider the cost of the lenses. So as bad as I want a D600, I am not wanting to get ripped off either, which is what I see the current situation.

    • Abwehrpaket

      I agree. It is unbelievable that Nikon is so arrogant.

      • PeterO

        Sorry Abwehrpaket and wanna new dslr, unfortunately this is how Nikon works. They blew the budget on the research end of the company but skipped the marketing/customer relations seminars.

        I AM – Not so good at dealing with my customers.

      • Neil

        It isn’t about arrogance. It’s about shame. It’s part of the Asian culture. Admitting a problem like this brings shame and they are doing their best to avoid it. To those of us who were raised with western culture it seems very counter productive.

  • twoomy

    I like my D600, but seriously… we’ve had D800’s that can’t focus properly and D600’s that spray lubricant all over the sensor. While both issues can be dealt with, this is LAME.

    Cameras with mirrors are the stone age. More and more I appreciate the benefits and simplicity of my mirrorless camera. Wish somebody would make an FX-sized version of the M43 system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543986552 Avi Raz

    How do I check for these spots I dont see anything on my images but it is primarily used at night so debris isn’t very visibile. I’ve had it since 10/5/12 and am almost at 7k actuations so I am very curious

  • Fred_Rio

    I have one and it just passed the 3.000 shots mark. Before that I cleaned the sensor for the first time (only air) and the “dust spots” or whatever they were disappeared.

    I’ e taken about 350 shots after that and there’s absolutely no more spots. I’ll shot more this weekend, but I was on the lookout for the spots and they simply are not there again.

    Also, although it is not to say “it was no problem” but the spots only bothered when using f4 or bigger (lower f number) apertures.

  • Captain Wanky

    Oh well, that makes it fine. Just take 3000 shots and you’re good… Get it sorted Nikon!

  • Dave

    I wonder home much $$ Nikon paid to sponsor this article?

  • John T. Harding

    I experienced spots on the sensor early on but the Rocket Blaster took care of it in short order so I gather it was not oil. This happened maybe twice. I am now up to around 1900 activations of the shutter and have not seen any more dust or what have you on the sensor. This was the first Nikon I ever bought on its release date and after reading about this issue so many have had with this camera, it will be the last. Next time, I’ll wait a year.

  • J

    C’mon, Nikonrumours… It’s not even oil!!
    Why use this title…?

  • Nick

    I got my D600 in October and took about 750 shots with it over a weekend. I noticed a lot of spots in the top left and one HUGE spot lower left. I was changing lenses quite a bit, but after looking at the photos, it seems the appearance of the spots does not coincide with the lens changes. I could clear some of the spots with a blower but not all. The bigger ones remained. After that I stopped using it for a while. I have now returned it to Nikon France. I expect them to fix it under warranty, but I have no confirmation yet. I hope I won’t have to do that again after I pass the 3000 mark. I guess that depends on whether they just clean it, or do some other intervention. But anyway, this news is a relief.

  • Mart

    What is the worst about all this is that Nikon did have problems with the D7000 and the D800 before and now with the D600 and instead of acknowledging the problem, saying mea culpa mea maxima culpa, they do as if the users were acting hysterically and tell them to send a 2000 Dollar cam in to have it serviced. If you have produced crap, and that can happen to anybody, you just admit it, exchange the faulty cameras and that is it.

  • Rafi

    Nikon should send all new D600s with shutter count starts at 3001.

  • RB

    How big is this problem really? Every post I read has SMALL samples. 20 out of 20 cameras have problems. How many out of 100 or 1,000 have problems? How many D600s have been made and how many have problems and/or been returned for repair? Does anyone know? Nikon like any company won’t react if the problem seems SMALL. I think there is an unknown manufacturing defect Nikon is now tracking and out of pressure from consumers is looking for a solution. Does anyone remember the problems with the D800? It isn’t perfect either. I feel this problem is being blown out of proportion based on a FEW posts and only a few D600s. I would like to see ALL the facts before I make a judgement. I can’t believe how many people are mad who don’t have all the facts and who don’t even own the D600 or D800. I own a D600 and will return it to the factory for cleaning/repair when it is time. I am not mad at Nikon. Things like this happen from time to time. Nikon is doing everything they can to resolve this issue. Be patient while they work out the details. The world is not coming to an end because of a little debris on a sensor.

  • Anonymous Maximus

    Regardless of greater or lesser spotted D600 varieties, they are all inferior to D800 in every aspect, even to D700 if ergonomics & color reproduction is considered.

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