Some Nikon D600 DSLRs Not Closing to the Apertures They’re Supposed To

A little earlier today, we reported on how Sohail Mamdani of BorrowLenses had discovered that one particular Nikon D600 he was testing was consistently overexposing photographs by two stops. After searching long and hard for the cause, he stumbled upon the culprit: the D600 wasn’t closing the aperture blades to the correct opening size.

The photograph above shows two D600 DSLRs. The one on the right is defective, while the one on the left isn’t. Both cameras have their aperture setting set to f/8.

A closer look at the size of the two openings

When the depth-of-field preview buttons on the front of the cameras are pressed, the defective copy has an aperture that’s much larger than it should be. It lets in roughly two stops of extra light compared to the correct f/8.

The issue isn’t a lens issue, as they’ve tested both 3rd party (Sigma) lenses and official Nikon lenses.

So far, Mamdani has tested four D600 copies owned by BorrowLenses, and two of them had this defect. He tells us that he’s not sure whether it’s an issue on Nikon’s end, or whether the faulty D600 bodies were somehow damaged by renters over the past couple of months.

If you shoot with a Nikon D600 and have been noticing consistent overexposure (something that’s hard to detect if you only use one camera body), you might also be experiencing this strange aperture issue.

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Update: Here’s an update from Mamdani:

Turns out it’s most likely not a defect (or at least, we don’t think it is). The prong that pushes the aperture closed was bent on the defective bodies. See the following photos. The top is one of the busted D600, the bottom is a D7000. This is almost certainly the result of damage; the cameras were maybe dropped with a lens attached?


Image credits: Photographs by Sohail Mamdani/BorrowLenses and used with permission

  • Newton

    Keelan, how did you unbend the prong? I hv this same problem, but in my case a crap lens locked on the body and while trying to unscrew it, I think I made a big mess :(

  • Keelan Hunte

    use pliers and bent it accordingly..yea you need to unscrew the lens.. best i can tell you

  • jb

    I think the D600 does over expose and I returned one D600 because of it. Now I have another D600 and I still think the camera has over exposure issues. I don’t know why, and they like to hint that it’s operator error.. but I never had these sort of problems with my D80. I’m beginning to think the D80 is the better camera. A lot of money spent for a “better camera”. I’ll keep trying to figure it out though.

  • jmco

    Well, relax. It was a bent prong caused by a renter probably dropping the camera. It is not a defect.

  • zen2000

    I have same problem. What did you end up doing.

  • Tony

    Mine d600 does same thing but on my 85mm lens only. I can clearly see the problem when I hit the DOF button and I also get Err message when this happens. Can’t reproduce it with other lenses however.