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leighton w wrote:
Tell them to forget it and have them send it back. Then send it to APS. http://nikoncamerarepair.com/
NPS Service Centers and authorized repair centers such as the one you link to above all seem to have the same Nikon mantra, 'Impact Damage'. Case in point, as an NPS member I used to send gear to Melville for cleaning, lubricating and genreal tweaking. Always used to be below a couple hundred dollars. About 3-4 years ago I sent a 24-70 2.8 to have it cleaned, no apparent problems, got an estimate back that it had 'Impact Damge' and would be $550.00+ for repairs and shipping. Replace zoom roller/guide ring, replace focus mechanism, replace filter ring etc. I called them and said whats the deal it was working fine when I sent it in. They said sorry, impact damge, we can return it to you broken if you don't want us to fix it. Ok, fix it. 12-18 months later I send in the original 70-200 VR 2.8 for cleaning and tweaking, get the same report back as the 24-70, it had never been dropped or banged around. I shoot weddings so my gear gets lots of use but I'm not rough with it at all. $650.00+ repairs for the 70-200. I said that was the last time for Melville I need to find another place. Did lots of searching and asking around and came up with your link above. They are lots closer to me, at least in the same state so shiping is about half as much as to Melville. Initially everything seemed to be better. First sent in a D3 body for sensor cleaing and to replace a rubber grip. Sensor celaning was $65.00, total bill with shipping was aorund $95-100.00. Last winter during the off season I sent in my D4 for sensor cleaing and general maintence. Bill was even less than the D3. I'm thinking fine, I've found my place for repairs, cleaning and maintence. Wrong. Last winter I also sent in my 70-200 VRII for general cleaning and to have one of the the Rubber grips repalced. Estimate comes back like the 70-200 that I sent to Melville, Imapct Damage, $650.00+. Same deal, all was working fine no focus issues just needed to be cleaned and have one of the rubber bands repalced. Argh! Last week I had to send in a different 24-70 than the one mentioned above becasue it was having focus issues, again Imapct Damage, another $565.00. Also sent it to APS above. One lens out of four lenses was actually having focus problems or any isses other than just needing cleaning.
Ever since Nikon stopped supplying parts to third party independant repair shops they have a monopoly. Repair prices have gone through the roof. I also now question their honesty in reporting what is actually wrong.
My reason for making this post is that Authorized Nikon repair shops, such as the one above, are no different than Nikon NPS centers.