Posted by: photographytuition | April 5, 2014

Nikon D600 dust problems – the latest.

Nikon have had complaints about marks on the D600 sensor from the day it was released. In spite of all the evidence to the contrary they denied there were any problems.

Earlier this year they announced that they would service D600’s for free, even if it was out of warranty. The service consisted of cleaning the sensor and fitting a new shutter plate.

Then last week Nikon announced that if the problem persisted they would replace it with a new D600 or an equivalent camera i.e. a D610.

My take on this is that Nikon have knowingly been selling a camera with a design fault- otherwise why would they go to the extreme of offering a replacement camera?

Worryingly there have still been reports of D600’s having dust problems even after the service and fitting of a new shutter plate. I’ve only taken a few shots with my D600 since the service but a few dust spots have appeared. These could just be the usual ingress of dust but I’ll keep a close check to see if things get worse.



Nikon D600 with 18-35mm f3.5-4 G. 18mm, ISO 1100 1/125 at f4. Straight from camera.

Aside from all the dust problems I really like the D600. It’s practically identical to my D7000 so it’s very easy to switch from one to the other. (The D600 has a full frame, large, sensor, the D7000 a more usual APS, smaller, sensor).

The D600 is excellent at low light settings which is what I use it for most.

These photos are of 12th century Urishay Church, Peterchurch, Golden Valley, Herefordshire. The church has a wonderfully simple interior.


35mm, ISO 2200 1/30sec at f4.8.

Urishay was saved from ruin by and is open to the public.



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