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I believe a lot of you are blowing in the wrong place. If you have your camera in sensor cleaning mode with the lens off and the sensor is facing you (ie you can read the "Nikon" on the front of the camera and that "Nikon" is right side up) if you are having a lot of dust spots showing up in the "upper left" of the image that will correspond to the "lower LEFT" of the sensor as you are looking at it. Blow there and your spots will go away.A lot of people get this wrong.
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I know the feeling. I have a blower that I have used to try and dislodge dust from the sensor of my D700. I think I get more dust on the sensor each time I clean it, rather than getting any off. Either that or my D700 has oil spot problems like the D600.
If you have this problem, what are all of you doing?
I have the D600 on my list to get soon, but some of these problems are troubling to me.
Are they significant enough to warrant a pass on the D600?
If I remember correctly there was an earlier story that said 3000 is the magic number of shutter actuations before the residue stops.
I also read that early d800's suffered from an unusual amount of residue on the sensor, but later batches didn't.
I love my d600 for video and photos. Upgraded from a 5d ii with no regrets.
Nikon has not acknowledged the problem, nor has their service department acknowledged a fix. Some say that later runs do not have this issue (serial number 305xx or greater), but if you look at dpreview some with those later serial numbers still report the problem. Many say that the issues lessen with the number of shots, but it is not conclusive.
That is about all that is known about this topic, I've been following it very closely, as I have this issue with my D600.
Unfortunately, the discussions over at dpreview have been quite disrespectful. It seems that some who don't have this issue or even this camera enjoy attacking those that do. I have seen comments ranging from ones saying that if you "can't use a real camera, buy a point and shoot" to another that said that the spots are the least concern compared to the quality of my photos. Many just say to suck it up and clean the sensor and also to fix any spots in post. I maintain, as do many who have this camera/issue, that this problem is not acceptable, nor is fixing it regular maintenance. I take very good care of my equipment and am fine doing regular maintenance, but this issue is not like changing oil in a car, it is like a new car that flings oil all over the windshield.
I am still hoping for a fix. My D600 produces beautiful images, but it stinks to be worried that when I get home I will find black spots in my skies. I don't like doing post-production work on my images, I don't have Photoshop, and I don't want to spend my time stamping out black spots in my skies from a new camera. I spent a TON of hard-earned money on this system, way more than I have ever spent on electronics. First the body at retail, then a handful of FX lenses, so I have spent many thousands! I love the camera and just want to enjoy it without abnormal spots.
I hope that we, the Nikon customers, pressure Nikon for a real fix. That means contacting support if you see the issues and sending it in if you can. They need to know the extent of this or they will not bother to fix it. I also hope that, through helpful communities like this, we can share information and help each other. Thanks all, let's keep together on this!
Here are a few of the dpreview topics:
Spots on the D600 sensor = http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50387991
Some say that later serial numbers still might have the issue = http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50503737
Several have been to Nikon Service and back without fixing = http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50529039
1. I do not believe them to be oil spots. I can blow them off using a rocket blower... It just takes patience and persistence. I can see the dust getting blown away as I blow. I believe that it is electrostatically welded dust.
2. I have about 5000 actuations or so and it has definitely slowed down.
3. The image quality out of is camera is truly astounding.... and well worth a bit of dust.
Let me say one final thing to those who have this issue. I believe a lot of you are blowing in the wrong place. If you have your camera in sensor cleaning mode with the lens off and the sensor is facing you (ie you can read the "Nikon" on the front of the camera and that "Nikon" is right side up) if you are having a lot of dust spots showing up in the "upper left" of the image that will correspond to the "lower LEFT" of the sensor as you are looking at it. Blow there and your spots will go away.
A lot of people get this wrong. The lens flips images both horizontally and vertically, true. BUT when you turn the camera around to look at the sensor you are flipping the image horizontally again... ie undoing the horizontal flip by the lens.
Think of it this way: When taking a photo in the normal position, what shows up on the left side of your image is captured by the sensor closest to the camera grip (on the right side as you normally hold the camera up to take a picture). Now flip the camera around to clean the sensor.... which side is the grip on? The LEFT.
If you were to do a vertical flip to clean the sensor (ie the "Nikon" on the front of the camera would be upside down). Then you would need to be cleaning the "TOP right" of the sensor as you see it.
I have been in these discussions all over the web and have seen so much damn misinformation over this simple issue that I had to post this somewhere. Please pass this knowledge on, and correct others who get it wrong. I believe it is feeding the problem with the D600 as people blow in the wrong area to get rid of their dust!
Thanks for clearing this up, literally!
@NWPhoto21 - B2, eh? That sounds like a lot, I wonder what they replaced as well. Perhaps it is the mirror box, some think that is where the lubricant is coming from. Please keep me and the rest of us posted as to if the spots reappear for you, NWPhoto21, I hope for the best for you!
I had mine come back with B1 for the first repair, details follow. However, I have more spots now, right out of the box from repair, so I am sending it back again. Oh, and I tried blowing off the spots, I tried several sessions with a large rocket blower. A couple spots moved, I picked up a couple, but many did not budge. For some it may be dust, but I don't think it is in my case. Back to Nikon it goes, maybe this time I'll have a B2 service.
Here is what the first service said:
Thanks Kyle and thank you for documenting the problem so well on your blog. You helped us all by doing that! I hope your D600 is fully fixed now, please keep us posted on your testing and analysis.
When you said the note mentioned "repair", did you get a code, like B1 or B2? Any other details from the note? My D600 is on its way back to Nikon for a second time, so I too hope for better results.
Best of luck!
P.S. I continue to be annoyed by disrespectful posters on other forums saying that these spots are not an issue. It is frustrating enough to be dealing with our camera problems and the lack of help from Nikon, let alone being attacked by other enthusiasts. I mentioned a few of them above. Another one that gets me is saying that you only see spots when shooting a white wall at f/32. That simply isn't true. The first time I sent my D600 in was because I had spots that were easily seen in the sky at f/8! One wants to shoot landscapes at close to the diffraction limit and, from what I have read, the diffraction limit of the D600 is f/8 or likely even smaller. We Nikon owners need to stick together.
@whmitty, how did you hear that Nikon service cleaned your mirror box? Was that on the repair receipt?
@ben_v3, could the dust be on your focusing screen? There is a lot of info about cleaning that, if you google it. There was even a thread about it in the old NR forums. Best of luck!