After 25+ years of using Canon gear, and coveting Nikon, I made the\npricy plunge and bought a new D70 in March of '04. In March of '05 The\ncamera suddenly stopped working. I thought it was a low battery, so I\nput it in the charger.\n\nWhen I returned the battery the camera didn't work- nothing happens, the\ndisplay was blank. However, the green led light on the back next to the\nmem card blinked, the only sign of life.\n\nI called Nikon warranty service, and they had me reset it, to no avail.\nI removed the mem card and lens, and sent it off to Nikon Service in\nTorrance.\n\nI got a repair estimate of 1!\n\nThey claim the cause is a bent pin in the memory card slot, and\ntherefore it is not covered under warranty. Why? They say (on the phone,\nnot in the 'estimate) it could have only have happened due to user\nerror.\n\nHuh?\n\nI have put the memory card in once, when I bought it, and taken it out\nright before I sent it to service. Did I remove it in between? perhaps\nbut I don't recall, and certainly not in recent memory. I thought my\nproblem was a battery malfuction.\n\nBTW, this isn't my first digital camera (first SLPR though)- and I am\nnot ham-fisted or hasty when working with digital devices. My wife will\ntestify to the fact that I treated this camera very tenderly- I was\nabsolutely in love with it! But now I have some doubts as to it's\ndurability- and that, after it is fixed, this will happen again.\n\nI thought this must be an engineering fault- and having searched the web\nlearned this is actually quite common (Google: D70 bent pin). Some\npeople have had their cameras fixed at no charge (these seem to be on\nthe east coast primarily). Is it something that Nikon should have to own\nup to? I think so. Anybody think I am wrong?\n\nI tried to contact the service manager in Torrance- and her phone is on\nimmediate voice mail pick up (the 'tech' said she was there) and while I\ndid leave a message, this person hasn't called me back 48 hours later.\n\nCalling Nikon Warrranty, they suggest I write a letter to the "Service\nManager' (no name) in New York. OK, it's offical- I am getting the run-\naround and Nikon appears to be in full stonewall mode.\n\nI've been without it for a month, and looks like it will be some time\nbefore I get it back.\n\nAt this point, I have no confidence in this camera, or Nikon, and start\nto feel like no longer even want it- this experience has totally spoiled\nmy enjoyment of the camera. But I will have to have it repaired in order\nto sell it (and I paid far more since it was just introduced). I believe\nNikon should cover this under warranty, and trying to make my case with\nthe Nikon bods, but my appeal is falling on deaf ears.\n\nI wonder if the changes recently introduced on the D70 include something\nto this preceived flaw to the memory card?\n\nThat's my vent, thanks for reading, any constructive criticism will be\nappreciated.