Q: Since purchasing my Nikon D600 a few months ago I’ve started to notice dust spots appearing in some of my images, I’m disappointed by this — it never seemed to be an issue on my older Nikon D70CV is this a known issue or one that’s linked only to my DSLR?
A: This isn’t the first time we’ve received an email on the topic Keith, if you were to type «Nikon D600 dust issues» into Google you’ll find you’re one of many users who share the same concerns. Rumour suggests the 0600 might have a small дао around the shutter curtain, which results in the shutter movement puffing dust onto the surface of the sensor. What’s interesting is that a lot of users are finding that the dust is located around the upper left corner of the sensor and some people have also reported oil spots being an problem too.
Should this measure not remove alt the dust particles. Nikon has asked users to consult their nearest Nikon service centre where the camera will be fully examined and serviced.
Although this issue is less than ideal on a new camera, there have been separate reports from 0600 users saying that after approximately 3000 shots the oil spots become much less frequent. For more information on how to clean your Nikon D600 sensor.
Q: l use a Nikon D5000 and in the summer I like recording wildlife, particularly invertebrates, for Local wildlife and conservation groups. For this I use my Nikon 60mm Macro which can produce good quality shots, although image stabilisation would help as it’s virtually impossible to use a tripod when chasing butterflies and the like. I am after better quality, i.e. very sharp shots to better depict insect eyes, feeders etc. I have considered the new D5200 (benefitting from the swivelling LCD), but would I get better quality with the D7100?
A: As far as image Quality goes, you’ll experience slightly sharper images from the D7I00 — it does away with the AA filter — but if your main criteria is butterfly and insect shots, wed suggest that you stick with the D5000 and invest in a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens, trading in your 60mm Macro. This will give you a greater working distance so you’ll disturb them less, while both Nikon (€629) and Sigma (£449 with £100 cashback) examples feature image stabilisation technology to reduce camera snake.