A day by day update on getting my D700 repaired

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Well, if you have been paying attention you would know that I dropped my Nikon D700… I was out on a sunrise shoot and was walking around the shoreline of Sydney’s northern beaches when I found a slippery Spot! I lost my footing, and my camera! I heard it hit the deck and looked around to find it laying on it’s side unconscious… nothing I did revived it so I had no choice but to admit it to Nikon Hospital for used and abused cameras… I thought I would write this blog post as it happens to keep a record of what I had to go through to get my beloved D700 and 16-35mm back in action (or not)…

29th April – Dropped my camera, cried for a little while, then got my D300 out and realized how much I love full frame… Oh and my UWA lens. You see, my 16-35mm was on the D700 when it did a double backflip and landed on it’s head… so maybe it is screwed too!

30th April – I rang Nikon Lidcombe in the morning and spoke to the service department, they were very helpful. I headed to Lidcombe and dropped of my D700 and my 16-35mm lens. I had to wait about 20 mins to check it in as there was some old bloke talking poop to the service tech and holding me and another lad up… this other lad was picking up his D90 after it had an argument with the kitchen floor… a broken LCD screen was it, so he was up for a cool $193 from what I could gather! Next it was my turn, at this stage I was hoping for some comforting words like… “this will be easy to fix” but no… no words of wisdom from the service tech… he just booked me in and said that they have no idea of what is wrong until they open it up… so surgery is the only option for the D700. He did seem to think the lens wasn’t working as it should. He did tell me that fixing a dropped DSLR was the most popular out of warranty job… so I am not the only dumb ass that has smashed his camera on a rock!

1st, 2nd & 3rd of May – nothing happened…

4th May - May the 4th be with you? I am not a star wars fan, so It is going over my head… anyway, I rang Nikon today to see what was going on with my D700 and 16-35mm lens… I was told the evaluation had been done and they would send me an estimate for repair by Tuesday… waiting, waiting, waiting… not something I am good at!

5th, 6th & 7th of May – Still Nothing! Tomorrow is the official 7th working day, and they said I would get my estimate in 5 to 7 working days… so Hopefully I will hear something.

8th May – yay! I finally hear about my repairs, and although it is going to cost me $675.96 to get it fixed, I am relieved that it isn’t a lot more! Here is the email I got from Nikon… now all I have to do is wait for them to carry out the repairs, they have quoted me a 3 to 4 week turn around.

ESTIMATED COST OF REPAIRS

NIKON D700 DIGITAL

MAIN PCB $135.64

TOP COVER UNIT $148.79

LCD WINDOW $6.34

DOUBLE STICK TAPE $2.96

GRIP RUBBER UNIT  $35.09

BOTTOM COVER UNIT $2.96

I/F RUBBER UNIT $24.78

Dismantle,replace parts as listed.
Readjust to factory specs.
Check & test.

CONSUMABLES ADHESIVES & LUBRI $8.25

FREIGHT (deduct if collecting) $9.90

SERVICE LABOUR $ 248.00

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AF-S 16-35mm f4G ED

Check & re-adjust VR adjustment.
Check & test.
Readjust to factory specs.

CONSUMABLES ADHESIVES & LUBRI $8.25

SERVICE LABOUR $ 45.00

ESTIMATED COST OF REPAIRS $675.96

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