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Nikon D600 marked as discontinued

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The Nikon D600 body is currently marked as discontinued at B&H. There will not be much inventory left for the prices to go even further down. For the next 30 minutes Amazon has a lightning deal where you can get a new D600 with a 24-85mm lens for $1,699.99.

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  • Andrea

    Very nice [/sarcasm/]. I just sent my D600 to the Nikon service center to have the shutter replaced because of the debris issue (they vehemently denied it is oil over the phone). If this operation does not go smoothly (if they do not change the shutter, or make me pay for it other than shipping costs) I doubt I will buy another Nikon product. If it does go smoothly, then I guess I will be looking with great interest at reviews and tests of the new sigma 24-105.

    • RC

      It probably isn’t oil. In my opinion, a majority of these cases are probably related to the extra debris coming from the shutter mechanism.

  • Funduro

    What an epic quality control and failed part scenario. Moronic denial by a quality known manufacturer. I hope there is a class action lawsuit that the poor owners can get some relief by. I’m a Nikon fanboy BTW. And no I didn’t buy one.

    • iamlucky13

      A lawsuit on what grounds?

      Yeah, their communication on the matter was atrocious, and their response slow, but they are fulfilling their warranty terms.

      • robert

        ~A lawsuit on what grounds?~

        dumb question. is really worth explaining?

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          I am not a lawyer, but I don’t think a lawsuits will work.

          • D600_former owner

            Selling all Nikon equipment does and that’s what I did.

            • aaaa

              and you win the 2013 epic moron XD

            • D600_former owner

              Why did I win the 2013 “epic morin XD”?
              Anyhow I loved the D600 but it was simply not for me; the oil issue and Nikon customer service didn’t help, otherwise it’s a fantastic camera.

          • Global

            In the US, you need to show that a “Design defect caused harm.” But damages are often loosely defined. Theoretically, photographers can be harmed if their images are not as good as their competitors — and if that is due to mechanical defects (as opposed to skill), then they may have damages. The problem, of course, is that the oil spots are hardly noticeable under normal photographic conditions (only seriously noticeable under exaggerated situations). There may well be some professionals impacted by the design flaw — having to spent hours editing spots out of photos (time loss is equivalent to monetary loss), or a client rejecting a photo (losing one’s job, effectively). But its not likely that many people have EVIDENCE for this. More likely they just have images of white walls with increased contrast sliding.

            It would be fair better to send LETTERS threatening a lawsuit to Nikon US HQ and asking them to replace your D600 with a D610, now that the D600 is discontinued. You should start a website where D600 owners can register, all together, and voice a single complaint with a unified request that their D600s be replaced with a D610. I don’t know if it would work — but the D600 was embarrassing enough that Nikon actually MADE a D610 — so its not inconceivable that it could continue to be so embarrassing that they would REPLACE D600es with D610es if you were loud enough & unified enough through a single website with registered users signing their name to a complaint & demand for exchange (sort of like what MoveOn.org does for politics).

            • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

              Remember the iPhone 4 antenna issue? It was clearly a design issue that caused the phone to stop working in a middle of a phone call.

            • http://www.davidkasman.com/ David Kasman
            • robert

              Admin said it and I was thinking it before finishing reading your post.

              at the minimum, the splatter is causing people to shell out a lot of money for cleaning the sensor. and boy those sensor swabs (if going the cheapest route of not sending it in) are expensive as fruck.

              and GLOBAL, the spots are easily noticeable and not ~only seriously noticeable under exaggerated situations~ you dont have to do much to see them in your photo.

            • http://www.davidkasman.com/ David Kasman

              You have to be either kidding or really naive. Your Nikon D600 woes are NOTHING compared to the horrible, life altering harm that some people have suffered in other arenas. Even then, law suits, and class action suits, in particular, are extraordinarily complex, expensive and can go on for years. Let it go. Life is too short.

            • mikeswitz

              You don’t understand. Robert doesn’t own a D600. He doesn’t own a D800 either. He just likes to complain. For him life is too short if he can’t complain.

            • Andrew

              Not everyone was affected by the D600 issue. Nikon provided a fix by replacing the bad sensors on those affected, that is why companies have service centers. Frivolous lawsuits have caused our auto and medical insurance rates to go sky high. Many companies are moving their operations overseas not only because of cheap labor, but also because of the lawsuit mentality.

            • robert

              many hardly had money to pay the $2000 price tag. they expect it to work perfectly. it isnt. the vast majority are happy, but count that percentage of those that arent and its a huge figure. $2000 doesnt come from trees. thats a lot of money for many people.

              As soon as the first person starts a website letting others know that a class action is starting, nikon will take a better stance than what theyve been doing now.

              I dont think we will be seeing any heavy QC issues with any new products. unfortunately the bulk of the damage is done. lets see the next quarterly revenue. I cant wait to laugh.

            • Andrew

              Robert, Nikon owns about 36% of the global SLR market. If you think switching to Canon is any better, you are wrong. They recently had a light leak issue with their top-end camera and they fixed it with a tape. Nikon did not fix the D600 with a tape, they replaced the shutter mechanism. Quality control is not as easy as you think. I have a college degree in electrical engineer and an advanced degree in computer science and I worked in the spacecraft industry for many years as a senior consultant. I witnessed a major failure in the launch of one of our satellites that cost over $100 million dollars for the NASA astronauts to recover. I assure you that no amount of quality control will help Nikon, Canon, Sony, Intel or any other company from experiencing quality control problems. All the testing in the world will not help you if you to forestall manufacturing problems that occurs once large scale production starts. The large hadron

            • robert

              WTH when someone isnt happy with a camera gear they say move to X. thats not a solution. fuck canon and their garbage stuff.

              Im talking about the d600. who gives a rats ass about canon haha.

              btw the link you sent does not acknowledge the problem is QC issues or that the product is at fault. they tried to downplay it like its a natural thing that happens in camera. dust yes, oil, no. and thats what I dont like about this. and also the announcement talks about dust. didnt acknowledge oil. thats deceitful and dishonest. people are pissed much more so on the fact that nikon doesnt say “we fucked up…”

              and WTH cant those people get a camera out with out the rubber peeling off? this goes back to the N90s. years and years and years and still they cant produce a grip that will stay on the camera?

              Im dying for a person to start a class action law suit. look at the angry comments. that says enough. and then theyre gonna wonder who the fuck cares to pay for 50mm 1.4 at $1800. fuck that not me. and not many. i wouldnt pay that amount when they cant produce a lens with issues with the zoom for $1900. no way.

            • Andrew

              I thought we were having a reasonable discussion but I guess not. Sorry for taking up your time!

            • robert

              no, youre not taking my time at all. just dont say anything about other MFR. im heavily invested in nikon. its not a solution to switch. My apologies for snapping. I just hate canon. I hate everything about them. worst is the crap ergonomics.

            • Andrea

              No, it’s ONLY for the cheap labor. And big companies are the largest lawyer feeders and breeders. Just look at Apple and Samsung suing each other while they do business together taking advantage of that oh-so-wonderful cheap labor in continental Asia. My D600 was made in Thailand, by the way. On the other hand, my Sigma DP1 and DP2 Merrills were made in Japan (by employees that make a lot more than 70 cents an hour) and it does not have any debris on sensor issue. Fixed lens helps, I know. Boy has the world of photography changed.

            • Andrea

              No, it’s ONLY for the cheap labor. And big companies are the largest lawyer feeders and breeders. Just look at Apple and Samsung suing each other while they do business together taking advantage of that oh-so-wonderful cheap labor in continental Asia. My D600 was made in Thailand, by the way. On the other hand, my Sigma DP1 and DP2 Merrills were made in Japan (by employees that make a lot more than 70 cents an hour) and it does not have any debris on sensor issue. Fixed lens helps, I know. Boy has the world of photography changed.

            • patto01

              MoveOn.org? That explains a lot. Can I have your address so I can send you a letter asking you to replace the few minutes it took to read your post. I know, some day I’ll be lying on my deathbed wishing I had a few more minutes but NO; I wasted it reading your crap.

            • Scott M.

              In his letter he will ask for your donation to
              moveon.org

            • Aldo

              lol

        • Aldo

          Also here in cali (not sure if its nationwide) we have the “no lemon law”. All you need is to have sent a new item for three consecutive repairs and you qualify. With laws already in practice to protect the consumer it’s harder to build up an effective litigation against a company like nikon.

          • robert

            internet is international. us is a small portion of the world. many people around the world suffer with the spots. its not a big percentage but add those amount up around the world and its pretty substantial.
            what pisses me off more than anything and other feel the same way is that nikon doesnt acknowledge and say “were sorry for the troubles and we will do all we can to make sure our loyal customers are happy. we can be better” but no they didnt and that leaves many feeling betrayed and disappointed. I mean look at all the negative responses.

            and launching the D610 shows dishonesty and disrespect for the loyal customers. like they did with the SB900/910. its not right. I would respect them if they came out and admitted to the problems. QC issues were very rare with nikon. a very small percentage. not today. its about charging a lot and fixing the problems later.

            • Andrew

              You must have missed the Nikon advisory:
              https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18180

            • Calking

              I’d say you’ve internalized this into such a deeply personal thing that I don’t think you’ll ever get over it. EVER. And in that sense, you are NOT speaking on behalf of these “others”. You are using this as your personal bully pulpit. You act as if you are entitled to a perfect product by a perfect company when in fact no such thing exists anywhere. At the same time you’re saying that its not a big enough deal for you to switch to another brand — which means its not the life-ending deathblow you want everyone to believe you’ve suffered as an innocent consumer. How about taking some responsibility yourself by admitting that you bought the 1st Gen version of the product and it had issues because you couldn’t wait to own it? Remember the Ford Friggin PINTO? Those damned cars BLEW UP in a rear-end collision some of them!

              I say grow up and get over your self-pitying. Go take some goddamn photos. It aint as if the camera is spitting viper venom at you. That, or go buy something else. Nikon AINT gonna apologize to you or anyone else, and there isn’t going to be any goddamned class action shit either. MOVE ON.

            • robert

              HAHA this one here needs a tampon too..Ill get you guys the bulk box.

              aint. hahaha

        • patto01

          I think it’s a great question. Was anyone hurt? Did Nikon intentionally create this problem? Can anyone claim loss of income due to using a camera that’s specifically not targeted to professionals? You’re not very smart, are you? Maybe you should hook up with Kathleen Turner.

          • robert

            haha your pathetic insults does nothing. I piss on you in an arch. no one launches a product thinking it will do harm but many lost a lot of money constantly cleaning and shipping. did apple thing the iphone would have issues and did they want to cause intentional problems? it was an unforseeable problem. im sure they tested the phones for hundreds of situations but nonetheless im certain there was those who had emergencies and needed the phone and failed on them. same with the camera. a$2000 failed many. im certain the majority are happy with the camera as with the iphone, but the others who suffered because of the problems are pissed. even starting the class act by making a website and gathering information is enough to make nikon shake in their pants and will bring a proper solution.

            • patto01

              Actually, the insult was for my own amusement and achieved its goal. I have been pissed on in an arch already and I have to say, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. I don’t think it would end well for either of us.
              As for the lawsuit issue, there have been many instances where, what should have been a frivolous lawsuit, has been found in favor of the plaintiff. That’s one of the byproducts of the legal system: sometimes justice isn’t served. I assure you, though, that Nikon, as well as most, if not all, Japanese companies, do not/will not shake in their pants.

            • robert

              lets wait for the next quarterly revenue and watch them shake. im not so certain the D610 is doing so well.

            • patto01

              Again…they won’t shake. This isn’t meant as an insult but you don’t seem to know anything about Japanese people. If their quarterly report is less than expected, they’ll do something but it won’t be shaking.

            • robert

              Im crossing my fingers whatever is they do ;) its the managerial members who decide to go their way. theyve fucked over nikon the last few years.

              Im not a heavy spiritual person but I do believe in karma and the floods to the factories didnt happen by mistake.

              something needs to be done there. peoples view of nikon and not in a good way.

            • patto01

              I don’t believe in karma. If there were anything to it, I’d have been captured by terrorists, and tortured, years ago ;-)

    • patto01

      You didn’t buy one. That’s great. I don’t know you but I hope there’s a class action lawsuit to force you to shut the hell up so us poor readers can get some relief!

      • Funduro

        Precious spittoon, I do not obey you.

    • Ken Elliott

      Judge” “Help me understand – It gets dirty and you have to clean it? Is that what this suit is about?”

      Nikon lawyer: “Yes Judge. And all interchangeable lens camera sensors get dirty. And once you clean it, it works fine. There is no damage.”

      Judge: “Is that true?”

      Class action lawyer: “Well, yes. But this one gets dirty quicker!”

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

        Yes, I see no ground for a class action lawsuit. This was just a bad PR for Nikon.

        • patto01

          Good PR (DF)/bad PR (D600), it all comes out in the wash! Look how many people hate Microsoft/Apple/Adobe (recently)/etc. and yet they still survive somehow. Or not. It doesn’t matter. Someone will fill their niche and life will go on. It just doesn’t matter if we win or loose because the guys at Camp Mohawk will still get all the girls because they’ve got all the money…

  • Rory

    How about that re-sale value

    • Andrea

      Any owner who does not send their D600 in to have the shutter replace and does not obtain a written report that the substitution was indeed effected, will have a very hard time selling the camera. I know I would not buy a used D600 without such documentation, which is why I sent mine in for fixing.

      • RC

        I bought my camera for use, not resale. The reason I say this is because I don’t trust their techs. Mine works perfectly fine, so there is absolutely no reason for me to send it in for a potential screwup. This camera is so perfect that I see no reason to sell it anytime soon. I still have my D300 that I bought when it first came out.

        • Andrea

          Good for you! Mine has debris from the top left corner to the sensor diagonal. The amount more than doubled in the 2000 shots I took to test it. It is visible in sky shots at f/8.

          If yours is problem free (and you have checked and you are past 2000 shots), then I envy you a little :-)

          • RC

            I did have to return my 1st D600 because of an oil issue but I bought a 2nd one, and now I’m at over 12,000 actuations. There is some dust on the sensor (upon close inspection I see about 4 spots at F8) but nothing out of the ordinary, especially for being at that many actuations, so I feel safe to say that I do not have the particle shedding problem that some people have. I have Sensor Swab supplies, so I’ll clean it sometime but right now, it’s not affecting my pictures in any noticeable way. Did you find out about the problem after the return period? I think that if you try enough of them, you’ll eventually find a good one. I may have been lucky to find it on my second try.

      • Scott M.

        I wouldn’t trust a brand new one for more than $500. Resale is going to be adding insult to injury. They should EXCHANGE all original owners a new D610 and take their medicine. If you like yours you can keep it. This would give them their honor back.

    • iamlucky13

      Are many people really that anxious to resell a D600 right now?

      I would assume that if you had an oil issue, and sent it in for service, and Nikon successfully fixed the problem, you would now prefer to get a few years use out of your expensive piece of equipment before getting rid of it.

      • Andrea

        Oh, I will keep it for years to come. It is a terrific camera with a great sensor.

        But, when and if down the line I decide to sell it on eBay, any savvy buyer in the market for a used full frame will find out about the dust issue and want some kind of reassurance that the camera on sale does not have the problem. Cameras out of warranty will no loner get their shutter replaced free of charge by Nikon, since they never admitted to a production defect. So, I’d rather have that piece of paper than not have it.

        The fact that a replacement model is out less than one year from launch will impact resale price, but that doesn’t bother me since I bought it to use it not to resell it.

        • RC

          Which is exactly why you shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken.

          • Andrea

            But mine is broken.

        • patto01

          I understand your point, here, but I wouldn’t buy a used camera anyway. Even if it were a problem-free model and worked great every day you used it, it could break the first time I used it and I’d have to pay to have it repaired. It’s just not worth it to me.

    • patto01

      Since you buy cameras as an investment, I’m guessing you can claim the loss on your taxes :-)

  • nawab

    good riddance!

  • iamlucky13

    So it sounds like B&H is out, and Amazon may be taking advantage of a removal of minimum advertized price rules to help Nikon burn through the rest of the inventory.

    Apparently the one model in the last 4 years they’re able to successfully close out stock of is the one with hit or miss quality issues, and one of the newest.

    Of course, $1700 for a lens and camera that both debuted only a year ago for $2850 combined list is a screaming deal. You accept a moderate risk you may need to send it in for a couple weeks warranty service to fix the oil issues, and in exchange you save over $1100 versus what you would have spent a year ago.

    Meanwhile, there’s still enough D90’s around that it is still listed as a regular stock item, despite the replacement for its replacement being on the market. Same for the D3100 and D5100.

    • Global

      100 cleanings with $10 swabs (it takes multiple swabbings to get the sensor clean) = $1,000. So, if you need to clean your sensor often, its actually quite expensive (you need to use specific kinds of cleaners, its not just disposable q-tips).

      The D600 might require up to a 100 cleanings or so until the oil issue goes away (at least every week, sometimes more if using it more often than just weekends).

      Anyway, one could easily spend $300-500 on cleaning, if they were so picky about it. The second factor is your time & annoyance at having to do this. So $1000 discount to professionals is only barely worth the headache.

      For those with cash flow issues or learners just starting out with FX, this is a screaming deal.

      • rensuchan

        Or us portrait shooters that usually shoot wide open and don’t notice the oil spots anyway. Though I’m sad I could have gotten it much cheaper than the full price I paid last year.

        Oh well. I’ll use my D7000 if I need to do any closed aperture work.

      • http://www.davidkasman.com/ David Kasman

        Those wet cleaning swabs are rather expensive at present. Some company will surely make more reasonably priced swabs in the near future.

      • patto01

        $10 for a swab? VisibleDusts swabs are $42/12 pack at B&H. That’s $3.50 per swab. Where are you paying $10/swab?

  • JC

    Failure to publicly acknowledge the issue and properly proceed to fix it. Mind you, I don’t own a D600 but I feel as if D600 owners are getting screwed. Damage control and workaround on an item that costs as much as a used car made blatantly obvious by releasing a replacement model. This isn’t some fancy replaceable cellphone. Nikon really needs to fire the guy behind all these marketing strats.

    • relivelastnight

      WHAT NIKONS DO YOU HAVE? IF YOU DONT HAVE THE D600?

      • JC

        D800.

      • Aldo

        d100

    • Andrew

      “Failure to publicly acknowledge…” – misinformation abounds!

      You must have missed the service advisory Nikon released on Feburary 2013 since you do not own the camera: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18180.

      If you had the defective shutter mechanism on your D600, Nikon will replace it free of charge. But since you do not own the D600… and by the way, my fancy replaceable cellphone cost me $400, and I do not consider it replaceable; I have had it for 3 years and it comes with 64 GB of memory.

    • patto01

      You don’t have it but you’re going to complain anyway. I wonder how many complaints there would be if only D600 owners were allowed to comment. I DO own a D600 and love it. I didn’t get screwed. On the other hand, I feel sorry for you that you don’t have something of your own to complain about.

      • DTC99

        I don’t have a D600 (D300 myself), but I was caught with the SB900 issue and I DO run into issues where I have to think before I use it whether its worth the risk of it overheating or not – and sometimes have to go with a different flash. I don’t like that feeling and never got a good explanation from Nikon WHY they couldn’t help the issue with a pseudo SB910 fix using a SB900 firmware update (one of the features of the flash is it allows you to update the firmware). There may be an valid reason as to why it wasn’t possible, but they never gave an answer other than – buy an SB910.

        I love Nikon and can’t wait to see what the DF turns out to be, but their strategy around issues like this does suck….

        • patto01

          Well, in that case, I do genuinely feel sorry for you. To me, the SB900 issue was far worse than the D600 but then, I didn’t own one so I can’t really say for sure.

          • Aldo

            Agreed, you had no flash for a min or two after it overheated, just to come back and give you 1 more shot before it went useless again.

        • Aldo

          The only reason to buy an sb900 really is for more power… it sucks that it gives up only a few shots after firing it at full power.

          • Michael Sloan

            I’ve got an SB-800 and a couple of SB-910’s. Only once have I ever experienced the overheating issue, and that was partially my fault using external battery packs for faster 1 second charging. I was shooting motor cross at sunset with bikes flying through the air in the foreground and the setting sun in the back. I had three speed lights on a lightstand and all three were pushing full power pops to give me the fill I needed to compete with the sun. With several bikes on the track I was cycling the SB-900s every 5-15 seconds. After about 20 minutes I finally hit the overheat point. I will say this however, the external battery packs will give you much greater shooting times before heat issues arise. This is due to the fact that the internal batteries don’t get used in the SB-900 during the charging cycles, so they aren’t adding to the heat that builds up. I don’t shoot weddings, but concert events at times. When I’m running around with the SB-900 in one hand (corded with SC-29) and DSLR in other, I’m pushing high power pops through a diffusion dome and a Lumiquest III soft box, for hours at a time. I’ve yet to hit the heat issue in that scenario, although I can feel pretty good heat kickin’ off the SB-900. Not to mention the double diffusion also keeps the heat in the head area.

            • Aldo

              You are right… I guess it all depends how you use it. In weddings also… to compete with the sun (as you say) and wishing for a blue sky… I must use the flashes at full power. I use the 910 with a quantum power pack. It gets hot but not to the point that’s gonna give in. I don’t have 900s but it seems they work well for you. Good point also about less heat with the power pack. This can well turn a 900 into a 910.

  • Kyle

    Man, for that price on a new D600 w/ lens, I’d take my chances. I wish I had seen this earlier.
    I’ve noticed in the past Amazon has run the same lightening deal multiple times… so maybe they’ll do it again tomorrow or over the weekend!

    • Andrea

      Buy it, shoot 2-3 thousand pictures, check for debris, then send it in right away for a shutter replacement.

  • Ben

    I certainly feel betrayed and taken advantage of. It really stinks that they handled it the way they did.

    • RC

      Taken advantage of? How so?

      • gly

        If not ‘taken advantage’ but certainly ripped off… Everyone who bought a D600 is stuck with it, unless they sell it off for even less money. The D600 lost approximately 1/3 of its resale in the duration of a year and probably even more to come. Nikon could have done more but decided to screw all the customers who bought the D600. So I can understand when someone says they feel ‘betrayed and taken advantage of’. Clearly you didn’t buy a D600 and likely clueless to how some D600 users may feel.

        • patto01

          Maybe you should invest in stocks or bonds!? I bought a D600, didn’t get ripped off or taken advantage of and feel Great! Do YOU own a D600??

          • gly

            patto01, I’m elated that you’re happy with your D600. I DO own a D600 and its been back to Nikon twice. Anything that has to go for repair twice in 1 year is junk, but like I said, I’m glad your happy and wish I could share in your bliss.

            • patto01

              Sorry about your luck. Really! That sucks and I have a lot of sympathy for anyone with that kind of experience. I just don’t like people who complain on behalf of some theoretical “others.” I don’t understand the whole “resale” argument, though. If you don’t need your camera, or whatever, anymore, sell it to someone you know who trusts you. I sold my last camera to a relative with the understanding that if they weren’t completely happy, they could get their money back at anytime. If she didn’t want to buy it, I would have probably given it to one of my kids.

        • Cyrille Berger

          I bought a D600 to use it for more than the next 5 years (that is the time I kept my D80), I can’t care less for its money value, or for when it go discontinued.

          • gly

            Hey, good for you. I’m glad that you’re happy with your purchase.

        • Jonty

          You sir, not intending to be rude, have some seriously misguided
          opinions on consumerism. It’s a digital camera, it’s going to depreciate
          in value. With each day technology advances and new products become
          available that camera depreciates in value. Nikon can’t prevent that.
          They can only seek to keep up with competitors by releasing better,
          newer, and more advanced tech.

          The only way a digital camera is
          an investment is through its use, not its resale value. If you wish to
          invest in items that instead appreciate with age then you are better
          pumping your cash into wine and whiskey. The sooner people, like
          yourself, realize this the sooner you will all be happy with the
          equipment you own and the pictures you take because the only people who
          care about the resale value of an entry level FX camera are posers.

          • mustangdaren

            Not all of us have a ton of money to just through away. I bought a D600, got it refurb. Very short warranty and yes it has sensor dust and oil issues. Warranty is gone so now I have to deal with this. Yes I can clean a sensor and have had too. Learned to make new sensor swabs because it takes a lot of them to remove oil from a sensor which can be expensive if bought individually. Usually takes about 6 to get all the oil off the sensor. I am picky with my equipment as I am picky with my photography. I want perfection. If you can throw $1500 to $2000 on a camera and be happy just to live with the issues then fine but that is a big investment for my budget and I expect what I buy to perform and without issues. It is clearly a design flaw and a flaw that is significant enough to require a camera internal redesign for the updated shutter. If not these shutters would have been put in the D600 ending the issue period. The honorable thing for Nikon to do would be admit the issue and work with affected D600 owners to get it resolved. I would be willing to pay labor and parts if they could just garantee me the issue was resolved but they can’t even do that. That is what is making this issue much larger and agrevating that it has to be and is what is diminishing peoples trust in Nikon. I just get tired of having to clean my sensor ever few hunder shutter actuations or spending time in CS6 removing the spots. I guess it doesn’t matter since I am a poser with an entry level camera. Maybe when I move up to the D4 I can be a real photographer. Ps. I am not proof reading this cause I don’t have time so take a hike grammer police.

            • Jonty

              You have completely failed to understand and have gone on to misconstrue my arguments. Anyway, if money is of such importance to you personally and the issue is so bad then why did you maintain ownership? Why did you stay onboard the sinking ship as it were? If the issue was as bad as you say then you should have made a nuisance of yourself by taking up your consumer rights and demand cleanings, repairs, and/or a refund. Most of the people complaining about the D600 instead seem to be happier being an arm chair warrior on the internet, whinging about their depreciating cameras, and expecting Nikon to come grovelling to them. These people are posers. They drool over camera specifications and cropped comparison shots. They’re the type of people who’d rather Nikon held off on new releases because then their pride and joy would no longer to the talk of the town in their material world one-upmanship and if they ditch and switch too much they know they’ll be called out on it.

              If this was really about money you should have sought a refund. Instead, for whatever reason, you’ve held on to that camera, in full knowledge of it’s problems and depreciating value. More people should have been a nuisance to Nikon ask for repairs than being whinging crusaders on this website.

        • RC

          Oh, I most certainly did buy a D600. I pre-ordered it the second it showed up on Amazon, and I am loving it! I don’t know about you but Nikon’s price reductions haven’t affected the quality of my images. If they have affected yours, I guess I can understand why you’re saying what you’re saying.

    • Chris W.

      Contact Morgan & Morgan. They can help.

  • Matt_XVI

    Shortest full-frame life-cycle ever?

    • RMJ

      Nah… D620 is coming by xmas.

    • D620

      No, not exactly correct.
      It’s continuing in the form of D610.
      And it’s parts will be use in the new DF too.
      It’s still out there.

  • D600_former owner

    Good riddance Nikon!

    • Andrea

      Did you actually sell yours? eBay?

      • SCOOBYRLN

        IF HE ACTUALLY HAD ONE.

        • greger pung

          Too much caffeine today?

  • poppo

    I wil buy it for 800 $

  • veggie

    I got my d600 earlier in April this year knowing full well about the dust issue and i love the camera. Only got the shutter replaced free last month and so far, it’s looking good. Now, its become somewhat like a “limited edition”. chuffed :)

    • decisivemoment

      Like the spirit. But I’d hope Nikon would just come out and arrange for this repair for everyone instead of tiptoeing around in public denial.

  • Henry

    I love my D600, and have been very happy with shots that I’ve captured with it. It has been serviced by Nikon Canada twice now though, the last time of which they replaced the shutter mechanism (this was recently so I can’t say if any issues have returned yet). All that being said, it hurts to hear this news. This is my third Nikon DSLR and I’ve never seen any (DSLRs that I’ve owned or ones I wished I owned) be declared discontinued this quickly. I’m still with Nikon, but I feel disappointed at this news. I’ve heard it said to never buy the first year of a new model vehicle. Let them work out the kinks in the first model and then buy in as they release later refreshed versions. Maybe the same goes for DSLRs…

    • patto01

      You love it but it hurts? Either you’re a masochist or an idiot! Well?

      • AceHi75

        You’re either a troll or an A-hole. Well?

        • patto01

          I’m an asshole but the point remains. If you love something, what else matters?

          • AceHi75

            touche… but you’ve never loved something that caused you pain? I think that was his point.

            • patto01

              My dog bites me occasionally (probably because I’m an asshole). Does that count?
              Seriously though, how could an object cause you the kind of pain he’s referring to?

      • Andrea

        It only hurts when there is or was love. If you are indifferent, the pain is always less.

        • patto01

          While that’s true with relationships, we’re talking about a camera here. And even in a relationship, the pain would be caused by loss or some betrayal, etc.. He still has his camera and, according to him, it works well.

          • Jeff Hunter

            You can to be in love with a camera, especially if she’s a D800 ;-)

            • patto01

              :-)

    • Chris W.

      Contact the attorneys at Morgan & Morgan.

  • Dustmaker

    Not good. I was ready to pull the trigger once it crosses $1500 mark. A7 is my only chance now.

  • MostInterestingManInTheWorld

    Hey Nikon:

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  • WhiteHotPhotos

    I had a D600 with dozens of sensor spots and over 10,000 acuations. The spots started within the first 100 shots. The first time I sent it in to Nikon for cleaning was over Thanksgiving (approx. 1 month after I bought it last Oct. – right after it came out). I must have been one of the first ones to report the problem and have it cleaned. At that point they had not acknowledged ANYTHING and they made me pay for the shipping to send it up there. The spots came back immediately. I next called them to document the continued problem and sent it in in February I think it was. By this point they knew there was a problem with most D600s and they paid for the shipping. They continued to pay the shipping on subsequent cleanings and finally, in August, they replaced the shutter. The spots still came back, even with a different shutter. I complained again, sent the required samples and they once again had me send it in (this was the 5th time I think).

    Since the 1 yr. warranty was approaching I asked them to fix it for good or replace it. They gave me 2 options – they said they could keep “working on it” without being specific as to what they would do OR they would give me a full refund but they would not replace it. I took the refund and am now waiting on more tests & reviews on the D610.

    I know a lot of people said to just learn to clean the sensor myself but I wanted THEM to be responsible for it while it was still under warranty. And I wanted my complaints documented. (I also called several times to update the incident # with my continued problems even if I didn’t send it in at the time.) I wanted this paper trail. They eventually couldn’t deny that there was a problem with my camera and in my mind they finally made it right by offering the refund. This was about a week or two before the rumor surfaced on the D610.

    Am I irritated over the whole thing? Sure. Of course I am. Who wouldn’t be? Now I will probably get flamed by saying this but I kind of think that any D600 owners out there with problems who DIDN’T pursue their issues with Nikon are sort of at fault too. I mean, they COVERED the cleanings and the shipping. I HATED being without it while it was gone but I had faith that they would eventually pull through with a solution if I sent it in often enough. If I just sat on the problem and didn’t make myself a nuisance to them all those times then what right would I have to sit here and complain that they screwed me over? They didn’t. It was a major inconvenience. But any D600 owners who haven’t reported the problems to Nikon and who haven’t sent their cameras in over & over shouldn’t be ragging all over Nikon because their solution was to discontinue the D600. If you have a problem take it up with Nikon and be persistent about it. And do it before your warranty is up.

    • Marc W.

      Thank you.

    • dclivejazz

      It took Nikon a MONTH to replace my shutter when I first sent it in. Now the problem isn’t as bad, but it has returned. Clearly, oily spots in the upper LH corner. I really don’t relish being without my main camera for that long again. Eventually I’ll learn to clean it myself but from what I gather, it’s not so simple for oily spots.

      The whole experience gives me a less-than-impressed view of NIkon. I won’t give up completely on them right away, but I’m far from being a fan boy. Last time somebody asked about getting a camera like mine, I recommended the 5DmkIII or 6D.

      • Aldo

        Your recommendations left out the best 35mm digital sensor out there… interesting.

        • patto01

          Sucks being a D800 owner. You guys aren’t getting any attention at all these days… ;-)

          • Aldo

            We did for a while. Left focus issue. Though I never saw the issue in mine… and I got like the second body they made :P

            • Jeff Hunter

              My D800 was also from a very early production run, so far no problems.

            • mikeswitz

              Mine too and I tried several different tests.

      • WhiteHotPhotos

        That was pretty much my experience with it too. The more times I sent it in the longer it took – but I still called them weekly to push. I also thought maybe the spots were fixed with the new shutter but by the time I hit 275 images on it I had somewhere close to 2 doz. more spots – a little less noticable but if you worked on a white background they were definitely there. Don’t give up on making them make it right!! Be a pain in their rear!! I am currently camera-less while waiting on more reports on the D610. It’s driving me MAD!! But I won’t buy it until I see more reviews & tests…

    • Owen

      First world problems… you seem like a reasonable person, but come on man. What a cry baby. I’ve owned the D600 and had the same issues you have. I purchased a pack of wet sensor wipes from eBay for less than $5… took me approximately 30 seconds to complete the cleaning…

      • Chris W.

        I am guessing you work for Nikon and are merely trying to troll.

      • Jake P

        it’s always a risk cleaning the sensor – one errant speck and SCCCCRRATTCH!

    • Spy Black

      I dunno, I just send mine to Spy Black’s sensor cleaning service shop. Fine reputable work that keeps my sensor clean all the time…

  • T53

    I bought the D600 new from Amazon….never cleaned the sensor until after a photo shoot on the Outer Banks in September and boy was it nasty…..I must have used a half dozen copper hill pads to clean the thing…..so far so good. As for resale….not a chance. No one in their right mind would pay anything approaching a fair price for a D600….Nikon kicked buyers in the teeth by never admitting a problem. I read with interest about the new Nikon DF in the works but I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole until the refurbished models come out in about nine months.

  • MostInterestingManInTheWorld

    Something tells me that D610 emblems will be a best seller shortly.

  • Marc

    I think that I would rather pay $400 – $500 more for (hopefully) a problem free D610. Purchasing a known defective camera at almost any price does not really make much sense to me. That is just me though.

  • D600 Owner

    Fuck you, Nikon. FUCK YOU!

  • GEORGE

    Nikon Needs a good CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT from all the D600 owners to get there shit straight.

    • Aldo

      d600 owners are too busy taking pictures with it..

      • patto01

        Thank you. These people get on my last nerve!

        • robert

          get a tampon and calm down. dont cry like a baby.

          • patto01

            I don’t! I cry like a little girl. Either way, they’re too young to have any use for a tampon. Just out of curiosity, why do you complain so much? Seriously. Have you had a bad experience with a D600 or some other Nikon product? I can’t remember a single one of your posts that wasn’t complaining about something. I mean, if you have a reason to be bitter, that’s okay. I hope you’re not just doing it out of boredom.

            • robert

              HAHA good one.

              Im bitter because I think nikon is just making huge mistakes. like when canon made their first FF camera and I held out to move to digital for many years. F5’s/SB28’s is what I was using. hated the way digital looked. didnt want to convert.

              did not want to get a dx and tons of people with their dumb replies. nikon will never put out a ff camera, 6mp is enough. so people are backing nikons actions and on the whole they are ok but these issues with them the last few years is frustrating me. high prices is one thing but getting a product with issues is another.

            • patto01

              Well, yeah, but why do you care if Nikon makes mistakes. We all do. Every day, I can’t wait to make a mistake just to get it out of the way. I hate the suspense of wondering what mistake(s) I’ll make. Anyway, the Japanese have a saying, “ningen banji, saiou ga uma.” It’s too long to relate here but it’s worth looking up. The relevance is that you never know how things will turn out.

            • mikeswitz

              Robert is a troll. A troll that can’t write. A troll that can’t reason. And a troll who has never owned or used any of the cameras he incessantly complains about. I have a feeling he also posts as R!

            • patto01

              Perhaps. But keeping him busy here may be the only thing preventing him from sitting on top of a Federal building, taking shots at people as they innocently take pictures with their Nikons! ;-)

            • Aldo

              I used the EOS 1ds mark 2… came out 2004… and the 5d a year after… they weren’t bad cameras. What is it you didn’t like about canon FF?

      • js200022

        You mean, cleaning the sensor, right?

        • patto01

          Hmm… He said, “taking pictures,” but somehow, you’re sure he meant cleaning the sensor. You must be psychic!

          • zeum

            1 year later and still haven’t cleaned the sensor and still dont have enough specks to create a problem. for longevity sake i may send it in to get the shutter replace before the warranty expires though :)

    • Ronan

      Tell you what, you start that right up, i’ll be outside taking photos.

      Let us know how it goes mate!

      P.S: Since Nikon has acknolwedge the issue + is doing something about it = No grounds for a CAL.

      P.P.S: It’s called a Class Action Lawsuit, not ‘law suit’.

      • Chris W.

        It doesn’t matter if they are doing something now. Too little, too late. The QC should have been addressed before letting a faulty design go to market. I have had to send mine in four times in less than a year. Do I wait until the warranty expires to have to pay for continual repairs?

        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
        Albert Einstein

    • Chris W.

      Contact Morgan & Morgan. The attornies there are investigating the oil spot issue.

  • Aldo

    Admin please rename this post to “Patto takes on d600 haters”

    • patto01

      Oh yeah! Line ‘em up and I’ll knock ‘em down! Actually, it has nothing to do with the D600. I just can’t stand whiners! I know.. I’m whining about whiners, but nobody’s perfect. Not even me. ;-)

      • Marc W.

        Have you seen anyone “threaten” to leave Nikon because of this yet? :)

        • patto01

          My first wife left me. No threat; she just left. I didn’t take it personally though because she left our kids and the dog too… :-)

          • LarryC

            Was it because of dust spots?

            • patto01

              I don’t know. If so, that would be ironic since she was a lousy housekeeper :-)

          • Marc W.

            You’re better off.

            • patto01

              You got that right. My current wife is a wonderful housekeeper, cook, and um… other stuff. And that’s just the extras! She’s thoughtful, kind, intelligent, and a great writer. That’s why I had her proof-read this! ;-)

  • stormwatch

    Of ourse it’s discontinued…refurbished D600 is the best possible deal ever for an FF body….And besides all, they expect shortages of FF sensors (striped down to 16mpix), old AF system, old expeed, and those refurbished shutter mechanism…..

  • AlphaTed

    May you Rest In Dust

  • decisivemoment

    The way Nikon has handled this is very poor. They ought to come right out and say how they’re repairing D600 bodies, preferably with a shutter that doesn’t shed material all over the inside of the camera and preferably under at least a soft recall. If they’d do that, everyone would be praising them for incorporating new features as they become available in the D610; as it is, Nikon’s the boogeyman for tiptoeing around the issue in a way that harms any D600 owner either struggling to get Nikon to properly repair their camera or wanting to sell their camera.

  • Flip Buttling

    I just came back from Cameta Camera on Long Island today. Went with the intent to test, and hopefully buy, a refurbished D600. The sales rep confirmed they just got 4 in from Nikon- just up the road in Melville, and it was his understanding that they all had new shutter boxes installed. He guessed they have seen about 10% to 15% returned to their store. He was confident these refurbished cameras would be fine, and was kind enough to allow me to take some test shots with serial # 3023522, using my 50mm f/1.4- took 45 frames of the sky at f/16. Came back into the store, downloaded the photos to my laptop, and sure enough, there were oil/grease spots in the top left corner, as well as a couple of big floaties in various places. I asked to try one of the other refurbished D600, advising that if I could fine one without the issue, I’d buy it. Apparently, one body was all you get to test out, so I left empty handed. I was optimistic that I could find one without the issue, but after having the first one I had in my hand have the issue, won’t consider buying one from a vendor unless it comes with a free shipping label to return it, or I get to test it and try it.

  • Flip Buttling

    While in Melville today, I was tempted to go to their USA Headquarters, and ask them just what the heck was up with their handling of the D600, but figured I’d get tossed out of there like Michael Moore filming a documentary on GM!

  • zoetmb

    B&H has the body-only marked as discontinued, but they still have the 24-85 and 24-85, 70-300 packages available at $2097 and $2497, respectively.

  • Chris W.

    D600 Oil Spot issues? Contact Morgan & Morgan.

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