When Nikon announced its D600 back in 2012, it was hailed for breaking new ground in pricing for a FF dSLR. Retailing at just $2100 at release, the D600 was, at the time, far and away the cheapest FF dSLR at that time. Oh, yes, and it didn't skimp on photographic capabilities, either. Unfortunately, the joy was short lived as reports of oil and dust spots appearing on the sensor started hitting the Internet.
Now, Nikon has just announced that it will replace defective models.
In a new press release, Nikon states that it will continue to offer free inspection and repair services to D600 owners. However, .should problems persist, Nikon says that it will then replace the camera with another D600 or equivalent model (D610).
This makes official long-standing rumors that Nikon was already taking such actions, replacing faulty D600s with D610s.
Initially, Nikon took a wait and see approach to the problem. Testing the D600, Nikon determined that the oil was coming from the shutter mechanism but, upon further testing, noted that the problem went away after a few thousand shots. In early 2013, Nikon issued a product advisory and advised customers to send their cameras to local Nikon service centers for cleaning. Many people sent in their cameras but not all of the problems were cured.
Result: rather than fix the problem itself, Nikon stopped making the D600 (faulty shutter and all) and decided to launch a new camera, the virtually identical D610, which used a new shutter that doesn't have any of the oil problems. In time, reports started coming in of D600s being sent in for repair work not being fixed, but replaced with D610s, instead. This got a lot of people upset but, at least now, this practice is official.
Needless to say, stay tuned for further updates on this one.
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