I realise that this issue is being discussed heatedly in other forums across the web. I don't want to repeat that or bash the D600; I adore this camera. It is versatile and fits me perfectly. So there are two reasons for this thread: 1) to ask whether other CiC members are still experiencing sensor spot/dust problems or whether it has been rectified for them; 2) to ask if there are any shortcuts in post-processing to dealing with cloning out multiple repetitive spots across numerous photos.
I knew about the sensor dust issue before buying the D600, though at that point the general consensus seemed to be that the spots will stop generating after a couple of thousand shots. That hasn't been my experience. I've had the sensor officially cleaned twice. I have over 7000 shots and it is still generating new spots on the sensor. The last official clean was at 4500 shots. It is not yet 8 months old.
I'm not finding the sensor spots especially an issue when shooting dogs/sport or even portraits at f/4 to f/5.6. The sensor spots are still there but not so evident unless looking at 100% on a plain background. But the minute I want to shoot a landscape with a closed down aperture it haunts me. It is especially painful across panoramas.
So while I was aware of the problem, I didn't appreciate the extent of how it would affect my shooting. It has become a disincentive to shoot some landscapes. I find I've been choosing waterfalls and rainforests over skies... which isn't a bad trade-off, but aggravating nonetheless when I live just 5 minutes from beautiful beaches.
So advice on either your own D600 experience or post production cloning shortcuts are keenly sought...