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Nikon D600 sensor oil splatter / spots back after shutter replacement?

A Arun , Dec 28, 2013; 09:21 p.m.

Nikon USA returned my D600 to me after I sent it in for warranty repair for addressing the oil splatter marks on the sensor; according to the note the shutter mechanism was replaced (B2- shutter mechanism replaced). I verified the sensor was totally clean when I got it back.

Now, 500 shots or so on, without a single lens change & shooting exclusively with the 50/1.4 indoors (and the lens has a dust gasket), the oil splatter is all back! There are dozens of oil spots (not dust bunnies) on the top left (I reckon the majority, about 60% of them) and top right (the rest 40% or so). DOZENS.

That's a third failed "moment of truth" in my book in regard to this camera. First, the camera has a problem they do not acknowledge; second, they promised to send me a shipping label but did not until I escalated the issue, and third the 'repaired' camera comes back with a creaky seam and a sensor that still develops the (unacknowledged) oil splatters. To say I am disappointed is understating it.

Question: has anyone faced this issue? According to my web research, the spots are all supposed to go away when Nikon USA replaces the shutter mechanism on the D600. So what could be happening?


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Lorne Sunley , Dec 28, 2013; 09:31 p.m.

Nikon screwed up?? Send it back for a proper repair.

Dieter Schaefer , Dec 28, 2013; 09:55 p.m.

According to my web research, the spots are all supposed to go away when Nikon USA replaces the shutter mechanism on the D600.

There are a few reports in the D600 groups on flickr that state that this isn't necessarily the case; i.e. the users got their camera back after the shutter was replaced and the oil splatter issue returned - sometimes even after the second replacement.

John McCosh , Dec 28, 2013; 10:18 p.m.

Why not just clean your sensor with a wet clean and the problem will go away once the shutter settles in. Seams replacing the shutter is just going back to square one.

Landrum Kelly , Dec 29, 2013; 12:53 a.m.

The dust problem will resolve itself, but not the oil problem.

Send it back. You aren't likely to be unlucky a third time.

Or just get a D610. . . .


Lisa B , Dec 29, 2013; 01:42 a.m.

Personally, I wouldn't touch the sensor lest Nikon try and blame you for the "new" problem--send it back to them as-is. Also, I think I'd be asking for a D610 at this point as well.

John McCosh , Dec 29, 2013; 03:38 a.m.

The oil problem does sort itself out after some use and all that is required is a few wet cleans. Dust problems will always be a problem as it is in any DSLR camera and is no worse on a D600 as it is in any other model.

Shun Cheung , Dec 29, 2013; 08:46 a.m.

While I don't have a D600 (or D610), both of my D700 and D800E have developed some stubbon dust particals on their sensors. I have used a blower repeatedly and that doesn't work. So I bought a new bottle on Eclipse liquid and sensor swabs to clean them.

Since the OP's D600 has a new shutter, it is practically a "new camera" again, and some initial dust/oil spots on the sensor is unfortunately not uncommon on the D600. By no means I am suggesting that it is a small issue, but if you get all work up on every issue on your D600, large or small, and post to multiple threads (the OP also posted this same incident, in the same day, to the following thread: http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00c6VI), you are merely driving yourself crazy. It is only worse if you immediately go through the trouble to send your D600 back to Nikon.

Since this is a "new" D600 with a new shutter, I too would follow the advices above and wet clean it and use it for a little longer. If the problem comes back again, I would clean it one more time. If the problem persists after 2, 3 more cleaning, I would send it back to Nikon and perhaps demand them to replace your camera, but you need to be patient and demonstrate that the issues on this particular D600 are not repairable.

Since Nikon replaced your shutter, there is automatically a new warranty for another 6 months, regardless of whether the original warranty is expiring soon or not. (If the original warranty has more than 6 months to go, that one dominates.) Therefore, you have some time to get this right. Plenty of people have trouble-free D600 cameras. There is no reason that yours is not.

Elliot Bernstein , Dec 29, 2013; 08:58 a.m.

Send it back and get them to fix it properly.

Dehuan Xin , Dec 29, 2013; 02:49 p.m.

It seems that Nikon has a huge stock of parts for all their DSLRs.
So the new shutter installed to your D600 is exactly the same thing as the original.
Expecting Nikon to install a D610 shutter to your D600? I don't think it's even doable.

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