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D1x broken
Old 04-27-2004, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a D1x, which is now out of warranty.

The little 4 way toggle button on the back fell off. (I've probably pushed it 100,000 times)

Everything still works if I put it back in place, but whatever was holding it on broke.

On the bottom side of the button (which is about the size of a nickel) is a little plastic protrusion that sticks out about an 8th of an inch. That protrusion fits down into a hole. I'm guessing that on the other side of that hole, the protrusion flared out or had another little piece of plastic, which allows the button to rock left and right, up and down but kept it from falling off.

I was tempted just to put a dab of epoxy on it and stick it back on but can see the look of disgust on the part of a repariman when that ultimately fails.

Other than sending it back directly to Nikon USA, does anyone have any experience with an authorized repair shop you would recomend (especially since I will have to pay for it myself)

I once sent an F-5 to a local shop in Louisina because they promised it would be back in a week, and six weeks later, I finally got it back. I had sent it to them because Nikon said it would take about 4-6 weeks for them to do it.

This seems like a quick fix (if the parts are available)

Anyone have any suggestions?

It has occured to me that I might could get a quicker turn around with a private repair facility than with Nikon Direct.

Anyone have any experience with Nikon USA as far as turnaround.

This is my 5th Nikon body (and I have about 20 lenses) and knock on wood, the only other time I have ever had to any of my equipment repaired was the F5 locked up and the shutter wouldn't fire for some reason. Since it was repaired under warranty, I never really got an explanation for what was wrong or what they fixed, but it has worked fine since.


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Old 04-27-2004, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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they are honest, do good work, and their very prompt.

They just repaired my D1X, and cleaned the CCD.

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Old 04-27-2004, 07:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Depending on how far into the hole the stem goes, you might be able to shim it by wrapping just a bit of tape around it and then working it gently into the hole. If it goes in very far friction might hold it for a long time.

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All too familiar..
Old 05-03-2004, 12:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I recall when the F5 first came out....(selling for $2800.00) I was shooting CART..and this guy who was shooting for Firestone had on him 3 F5 bodies... and two in the repair shop....the third one on him was a spare because there was some goofy thing with the shutter jamming up......which they ultimately fixed from happening but the first run of F5 bodies had this problem..

The back "joystick" button is a common rapair from what I would imagine...because I know one photographer at the Waukesha Freeman who is using a hand me down D1 which has had that thing broken for about a year now......and another who is a freelancer who has the same problem on his D1 based body,,,,I think it's a D1x too... I imagine it must be like the control dial thingy on the Canon A2 body....where that thing would eventually break on just about every body....sometimes, multiple times in it's ownership which was a $90.00 repair for me.. I'd say, if you don't have a back up.....just limp it along because a lot of these repair shops around town aren't certified with repairing digital cameras..or even some of the most recent film bodies.....so they would just send it out to the manufacturer anyway..

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I'm not sure about Nikon.... but I do know that Canon has what they call... CPS......Canon Professional Service.....they give your repairs priority over the consumers..... but you have to have credentials from a recent publication...like a cover page....and some letterhead faxed to them from your publication...I forget all the details.... but the thing is...is that you have to ship it air....and they repair it and send it back air...so your shipping costs are high but you get it back working a LOT quicker... If they can't fix it...I think they might give you a loner or something to that effect... I used them once several years ago for a warranty repair...and I had my lens back in three days!

I'm guessing Nikon has the same thing..

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