Nikon Informative - Pathetic service - D200
VANCOUVER -- I own a Nikon D200 camera, which is a nice unit. I do a lot of intertidal photography, and I unfortunately slipped and dunked the bottom part of the camera in a tidepool. I dried it out and it worked for a while, but after a few weeks it refused to write to the compact flash card. Nikon warranties don't cover water damage, I understand that. However, after sending the camera in to Nikon to try to get it repaired, the Nikon service department sent a note back saying that it was not economical to repair the camera. They offered to exchange the body for a new one, at the "low" cost of $1500.
This didn't seem like a good deal to me. I instead took the camera apart (I didn't have much to lose at this point). I found a corroded circuit board, that I was able to replace for only $110 dollars for the part. A few wires to solder, and bingo, the camera is back in action. I must stress that I am not experienced with electronics. The problem was so blatant that even I could see what was wrong and easily replace the faulty part.
Nikon said that it was uneconomical to repair the camera. I wonder WHO it was uneconomical for? I think they just wanted to have me buy another camera. I urge anyone in a similar situation to try to repair their own camera, its really not that hard.
I will never buy another Nikon camera again...