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| p.1 #4 · Third party Camera & lens parts MFG. companie? |
I expect we'll see simple things like doors, plates, etc. But the electronics in most new lenses and cameras, when replaced, require the factory software that they don't sell except to Authorized Service Centers, and often not even to them (or price it so as to be unaffordable).
Glass elements, replacement circuit boards, IS systems, motors, probably never.
All that being said there's a growing market in used Nikon parts. Go to eBay and price what "nonworking for parts" Nikon lenses bring. It's an interesting thing -- people are hesitant to buy good, working Nikon equipment used because they're scared of repair costs, so the price on that has dropped. But the demand for parts is so high that 'junker' lenses with good parts bring amazing amounts sometimes.
I know of at least one source that's buying certain Nikon pieces new and disassembling them - the parts are worth more than the new price. You can buy a D800 for $2499, the sensor assembly alone is worth about $1200 (replacement at Nikon is $1800).