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It is so stupid of them. It is these kind of reports which made me buy a D800 and get Tamron and Sigma lenses with it. 2 Sigma, 1 Tami, 1 Nikon lens. Hope you find a satisfying solution for you
That's been my solution, too: if Nikon clearly has the best gear (D800, etc.) I'll buy it, but if all things are close otherwise, I buy third party.
One thing that's interesting (to me at least), given the number of repairs I deal with, I know someone at almost every repair center. Two of them have told me in the last month that they've consciously made decisions to improve service because they see it as an opportunity to differentiate themselves from Nikon. Tamron, for example, promises 3 day turnaround on every repair. They started about the time Nikon repairs were taking a month.