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zulus
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p.1 #1 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


I must send my old 80-200 AF-S for small repair.
Any tips for good and not so expensive services ?
Thank you



Dec 02, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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p.1 #2 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


I've used Authorized Photo Service APS with good results on several lenses. I don't know if APS is 'not so expensive' but they are fairly priced for their services.


Dec 02, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


Crystal Camera Repair, Asheville, NC
Good and very reasonable. I just paid $85 for CLA on a lens



Dec 02, 2012 at 01:07 PM
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p.1 #4 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


I also have used APS on a few occasions recently, and just sent off another lens to them on Friday. If you call them, they'll give you a ballpark figure to work with, and the work is warranted for six months.


Dec 02, 2012 at 01:41 PM
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p.1 #5 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


Thank you guys - looks as APS is the leader at the moment
I sent request to Southern Photo in Miami too.
Lets see tomorrow ...



Dec 02, 2012 at 08:19 PM
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p.1 #6 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


Another vote for APS. First class service center.


Dec 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM
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p.1 #7 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


I hope APS is good, I am sending them a 70-200 with autofocus issues. Nikon quoted me $450.


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p.1 #8 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


APS in my experience is GTG


Dec 04, 2012 at 01:07 AM
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p.1 #9 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


Southern Photo in Miami repaired my 70-300. They replaced the AF motor, calibrated, cleaned, etc, for $218.00, all in one week.

Regards

Eltano



Dec 04, 2012 at 03:00 AM
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p.1 #10 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


APS's quote is a few dollars MORE than Nikon's. ugh


Dec 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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p.1 #11 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


yeah, but factor in the turn around time. APS is what Nikon USA service ought to be (in fact, they used to be the mid-west rep for Nikon USA if I recall correctly). I sent my D700 into these guys for a refresh, got it back in no time at all for a helluva good price, with communication between me and a real person. Just my .02...


Dec 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM
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p.1 #12 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


Anthony,
you are correct. I should have lens back within the week and can talk to a real person. Just thought I'd save some cash as well. Plus it cost me $40 to ship when I can drive to Nikon.



Dec 12, 2012 at 09:07 AM
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p.1 #13 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


One of the things I like about APS is the fact that you can talk to the service folks instead of trading emails with them. I always prefer direct contact over emails, takes so much less time. I am sure you will be quite pleased with APS.


Dec 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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p.1 #14 · Need service for lens - not Nikon service


Indeed that's true, RKnecht. When I got a return receipt from them documenting what they did and what they found, I noticed a line in which the tech had entered that it appeared that the cover over the filter over the sensor was marked and that it would probably affect picture quality. WHAT After two years of taking some stellar, unblemished pictures with my D700, and, it being a cloudless blue day, I went out, set an Ap at f22 on my 28/2.8, 50/1.2, and 105/2.5 AI-S's and snapped away at a variety of SS's. Not a mark to be seen ANYWHERE, AT ANY LEVEL OF MAGNIFICATION. So, WTF?

I called, got a live person to answer the phone, put me on a brief hold, transferred me to the tech who did the work, who told me "oh, don't worry about it; many sensor filter covers have some sort of marking on them, and, when we check that box, that's what the computer prints out." My response was to ask well, should I replace it? and he asked if I had any problems with picture quality and, if not, "don't worry about it." I was enough relieved that I signed off on the call before asking him, "well then why the hell don't you program a better description into your software!!" Since I don't ever plan to sell the body, it's a non-issue for me.






Dec 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM





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