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Nikon might face class action lawsuit over D600 sensor oil

The D600 and D610.
The D600 and D610.

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 spots appearing on the sensor started hitting the Internet.

Now, Nikon is facing a class action lawsuit over the faulty shutter problem.

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.

Cue the lawyers.

The California-based firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein has posted an announcement on its website announcing that it is preparing a class action lawsuit against Nikon for what the firm deems an “allegedly defective product.”. Additionally, there's an online form on the website for unhappy D600 users to fill out in order to consult an attorney.

Needless to say, stay tuned for further updates on this one.

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