An official Nikon announcement has for the first time addressed the much-reported dust issue that seems to affect some new Nikon D600 digital SLRs.
You are asked to return your camera to a Nikon service centre for inspection and servicing should not be able to clear the problem using the usual advice given in the instruction manual.
Following long-term testing of two D600 bodies, our friends at N-Photo recently published its own verdict on the problem – which seems to disappear almost as mysteriously as it first appears, after around 3000 frames of shooting.
However, Nikon has taken some time to officially acknowledge the problem for this ‘budget’ full-frame DSLR, which first went on sale in October 2012.
In our post on the Nikon D600 dust issue we noted that we found more significant specks on one of our samples, but acknowledged that dust is always more of an issue on full-frame DSLRs than on DX models, due to the much larger sensor.
The full text of the European advisory is as follows:
To users of the Nikon D600 digital SLR camera
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.Some users have indicated the appearance of multiple granular dust spots in images captured with the Nikon D600 digital-SLR camera.
These granular dust spots are reflections of internal dust generated with camera operation, or external dust particles that have found their way into the camera, either, or both of which, have adhered to the camera’s low-pass filter.
While the structure and concept of digital-SLR cameras makes the complete elimination of these dust spots very difficult, it has come to our attention that, in some rare cases, they may be reflected noticeably in images. Therefore, Nikon is informing users of a service to reduce this issue.
As a first step, please follow the guidance from the User’s Manual (pages 301-305) related to the “Clean Image Sensor” function and manual cleaning using a blower. If these measures do not remove all dust particles and you are still experiencing problems, then please consult your nearest Nikon service center. They will keep your camera, examine it thoroughly, and service it as needed.
Please direct inquiries regarding this matter to your nearest Nikon service center.We hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photographic needs.
The official advice makes no mention of the commonly held belief amongst D600 users that the ‘dust’ in question is in fact oil from the shutter, or that the problem disappears after the camera has been run in.