Shots out of the archive from some years ago taken with a then very problematic Nikon D610.
Friday afternoon 23rd August I walked into Harvey Norman Penrith for what was ostensibly the last time with my faulty Nikon D610 by my side. I’d been holding off trading across to the negotiated D800 body because I didn’t feel that paying the extra $300 in the difference was a demonstration of good faith by a retailer who had stalled on doing anything for the last 17 months. It’s a long saga and not necessarily worth launching into an abridged recount here.
I had hoped to be simply able to swap out the D610 body and 24-85mm lens from the old D600 for the D800 body but management wouldn’t budge despite on their price which is nearly $1000 dearer than anyone else in the country. Had it not been for a well informed friend pointing out that I could end up banging my head against the franchise battlement for as long as they chose to hold out, I might have pushed on.
So I’ve paid my money, cut my losses and taken the high road.
It appears that a number of Class Action lawsuit’s have been filed as a result of consumer experiences with Nikon’s D600. If you are interested to follow this you can read about it here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. It’s all a bit messy really and no doubt the problem may well be compounded by the same issue showing up on the D610.
As for me, I appear to be set for protracted run around with Harvey Norman Penrith in terms of getting a satisfactory resolution i.e., refund or appropriate replacement and by that I mean a camera / camera body that does not have this ongoing issue.
About a week ago ( 21st July) my D610 made it back from Nikon Sydney with a new shutter mechanism to replace the original that came with the replacement camera from Nikon Sydney via Harvey Norman (more or less). I’d love to say I have the confidence that this issue will not resurface again but unfortunately this is not the case. It’s such a weird situation to be in. I’d love to be able to load files from the SD cards and not even have the thought cross my mind that the images will somehow show contamination on the sensor. After 17 months of nothing but one problem after another (to date five shutter mechanisms and two cameras) it’s going to take some serious consistency from the D610 to rewire that mindset.