My Nikon Nightmare – The D600 (Part 3)
When will this nightmare end!?!? Be sure to read my previous 2 posts to get fully up to speed.
Bedfords Camera in Little Rock responded quickly to my last post and promised to take care of everything for me. John actually emailed me on Thanksgiving Day which was way above and beyond the call of duty! Yay! They agreed to swap me a different D600 so I drove to Little Rock again. We took out 3 different D600s and took some test shots outside against the blue sky. Guess what… ALL THREE HAD SENSOR DUST ALREADY! So, the assistant manager, Denver (obviously dismayed with Nikon at this point), decided they would send their D600s back to Nikon and request a new batch. On Monday, I got the call from Denver that the new batch of D600s were in so I drove back to Little Rock… again.
Anyone want to guess how this trip went? Jay, who has helped me a number of times at Bedfords took the first D600 fresh from the box. A test shot showed… you guessed it… sensor spots. The second D600 from the box had even more! Only one more box to try. Jay persevered and opens the third D600, loaded a battery, memory card, and put on a lens… NO SPOTS! Yay? I’m skeptical. So, we rattle off about 35 shots at Bedfords Camera and try again. Still don’t see any spots. Maybe we’ve got it! Of course, I’m not exactly optimistic.
The very next day (Tuesday December 4th) I go with my daughter’s first grade class on a field trip to Little Rock. I put on my 50mm prime lens and take about 150 shots I’d guess on the trip. Today, (Wednesday December 5th) I nervously switch to my 16-35 lens and take a blue sky shot. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! They’re back!!!!!!!! Ok, I really wasn’t all that surprised either. After only 150 or so shots, look at this! I skipped a few of the faint spots but still marked 125 definite spots on the sensor!!!!!!! And remember, THIS IS AFTER ONE DAY OF SHOOTING ABOUT 150 PICTURES.
Here is a crop of the upper left side without the circles.
Ok everyone, I’m at my wits end here. I’m feeling a bit hopeless and I’m not sure there is a fix. I went from a D90 to this D600 and paid over $5200 between the camera and the two lenses. I’ve also since then sold my D90. Help anyone!?!?
At this point, I’m waiting for Bedfords to call me with ideas of what we can do. But again, what can they do? Nikon, are you out there???
UPDATE 12/5/2012: Terrence, a Nikon rep, contacted me shortly after my email went to Bedfords Camera. Yay again for Bedfords! Terrence gave me a couple of options.
- I could upgrade to the D800 at the net cost to Bedfords. This isn’t great for me because I really don’t want those mega-huge files of a D800 and I’d still have to pay an extra $600. I’d have to buy larger memory cards and another hard drive probably.
- They could keep replacing D600s until I have one that works. This wasn’t good because I’m very tired of taking off work, driving to Little Rock, and wasting money on gas. I also don’t want to be without a camera for 5 weeks again. Terrence offered to get a replacement camera to me first, then I ship mine off to Nikon. Ok, that works. It still isn’t ideal, but hey, I’ll take what I can get!