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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2013
Let's face it, if you're an amateur - no matter how experienced... upwards of £1500 on a new body is a considered purchase, especially when you've also got to change half of your glass to suit an FX sensor, so whatever you spend your hard-earned money on - you want it to work!

I'd read the horror stories of dust and grease on the sensor, and thought to myself "people are being over-fussy", it's the negative review spin-doctors at work.

Sadly, I was wrong...

I've been into photography for over 20-years, I can clean a camera, and I also live in the real world so know that from time to time they need doing... but... not upwards of 50+ oil splats after 200-shutter releases! This isn't an el-cheapo entry level camera... its a semi-pro body with the price tag to match!

Talk about gutted... its a wonderful camera to handle, and does take an amazing photo (aside from the speckles), but I don't think any of us can live with this shocking drop in Nikon quality control...

When I called Nikon EU support I couldn't work out if they weren't bothered, or just resigned to the fact that it was yet another D600 victim on the telephone with the same old problem.

Anyway... camera has been returned... and yet more money now forked out on a D800, which I wished I had done in the first place now.

First the first time ever... and going against 20-years of being a die-hard Nikon fan... I would say avoid this camera at all costs... either get a D800 or stick with a DX sensor...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2013
The D600 is a defective product DO NOT BUY!!
isssue with the oil spots on sensors are well known. Ruined pretty much all my shots recently and I had to resort to using a compact. Nikon has lost a customer here and I will be switching to another brand
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
This is a very good full frame multi function DSLR camera. for the first few months as I got used to it a learned to explore all of its functions I was over the moon, 5 stars would have been given. HOWEVER, having used the camera for light use since Christmas I am now experiencing the dust spot issue that many D600 users are experiencing. Now Nikon will , and have taken my camera back in for repair, but they are very slow, I have now been without my camera for 2 weeks and it could be another 2. Nikon have now released the D610 to rectify the design fault with the shutter mechanism that spays oil onto the image sensor. Trouble is Nikon will still not admit that there is a problem and recall the cameras for repair. I am now waiting to see if they replace the shutter mechanism in my camera to resolve the design fault. Now to put this problem into perspective, all DSLR's need cleaning occasionally as dust is likely to get into the body when you change lenses. And this sensor can be cleaned, but I have issues with Nikon over their dishonesty and speed of repair with this issue. This is a fantastic camera if it was not for this fault.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2013
This is a great product...i chose it because i could not afford the Nikon D800. I wish i had gone for the D800 but this camera is excellent an is better than i was hoping for. The only negative comments would be that i wish i had gone for the D800 but that at the time was a big price jump. This camera has performed better than hoped for and is very flexible. a great camera for the price.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2013
I have for many years been a bit of a Nikon geek, upgrading my cameras always going for Nikon. I chose the D600 after reading many reviews and watching short videos.
I have not as yet explored all the wonderful additions Nikon have made to this wide format piece of kit, but with its 24 megapixal FX format camera, the few shots I have taken so far are excellent.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2013
Be aware that there is a newer D610 if concerned about the possibility of oil spots on the sensor caused by the shutter mechanism (an issue highlighted by many owners).

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28 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2012
There is much to like in this camera and other reviews cover its positive characteristics well. However, to me a huge negative is the very small focusing area, which makes a nonsense of the sophisticated focusing modes which we have grown used to in D-SLRs over the last few years. Nikon have simply kept the D7000 focusing system in place, either through hurrying to get the D600 to market or to keep distance between it and the D800. I knew before buying that this was a downside to the design, in practice it is much more of a disadvantage than I had anticipated to the extent that I regret buying this model. It's true that for most photographs you use the centre focus spot, but the other modes are extremely useful when action is moving in the viewfinder, especially dynamic mode where the camera remembers the subject on which you want key focus to lie. For example, someone starts to run from one side of the view, the camera will hold focus on him or her irrespective of whether other figures are in the way. In other cameras the focus area enables you to do this, in the D600 you lose the action too quickly when it is outside the focus area.

I am marking just one star because many people look at the extreme reviews and I do think this is a very important point that potential buyers should be aware of. If you only shoot static subjects, or habitually only use the centre focusing points, you will love this camera and it deserves four stars. If, like me, you have learned to value the speed and flexibility of the various focus modes, forget it and find the extra for a D800 or stick with DX for the time being because the replacement for the D7000 should be superb.

I am adding to the point made above some months later as I am finding in common with others that there is a very rapid build-up of dust. This is my sixth Nikon D-SLR - D60, D70, D300 x 2, D7000. Those bodies got hard use, including dusty Ethiopia and Sudan, and the need to clean them was not unreasonable. The D600 has been cosseted, hardly used over the winter and with very few lens changes, but already there are more gremlins than I saw in my other bodies. Nikon are notorious for not admitting to production or design problems, I hope they listen to the growing body of web reports regarding this. Was this model rushed to market too quickly?
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2012
My other camera is a D300 which I have to say feels much better made that the D600, I guess that's semi-pro quality versus amateur and also because of the extra D600 facilities the designer must have had a nightmare designating the settings. I takes a while to read the book, some clever and some quirky stuff that I am unlikely to use. The pictures that I took with it were lovely, noticeably better than the D300 results and its great having all those extra pixels to play with. Disappointment came when working through the book as a familiarisation exercise within a few days of receiving the camera; suddenly the viewfinder image suddenly became hugely distorted. I switched the camera off and checked the auto focus setting and then removed the lens. Fortunately I didn't release the shutter whilst this was going on because the Fresnel screen that sits underneath the prism had become detached due to its retaining clip being dislodged and it fell to the floor and suffered some scratches. After fastidious cleaning I replaced the screen with its scratches and secured the clip. The camera appeared to work fine but was returned as faulty. The packaging it arrived in appeared to be inadequate and the damage may have been due to bad handling in transit. Looking forward to a new one!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2014
Its a good camera , its big , bulky anh rather heavy - it will deliver what you need for the cost of worked out muscles.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2013
I was a little weary, when opening the box to find a European 3-pin adapter plug and no warranty card inside. Obviously the price of this unit undercuts a UK model, but if your looking for a warranty with Nikon or to get the £150 cashback offer stay well clear. That and the fact this was sold by three different companies through the invoices.

Amazon have been very pro-active in actioning a return and refund.
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