Nikon Repair Parts

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by tony cooper, Feb 18, 2012.

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    tony cooper Guest

    I stopped by my local camera repair shop just for a chat. The owner
    is a personal friend as well as a professional source for repair. I
    asked him if Nikon's new policy would negatively affect him.

    On the contrary, he's delighted. He's felt obligated to take on Nikon
    repairs for good customers in the past, and it's been a pain in the
    ass for him. Parts took months to arrive, he spent (non-billable)
    hours on the phone placing and checking on orders, and faced
    horrendous hold times when doing so.

    Now, he can decline a repair in good conscience if new parts are
    required. He still repairs Nikons, but either repairs the damaged
    parts or uses his vast stock of salvage cameras as a parts source.

    When I was there, he was working on a Canon that had been dropped in
    salt water by a nature photographer. I was kind of surprised by his
    advice on what to do if you drop your camera in salt water:
    immediately put it in a bucket of fresh water, leave it in the bucket
    of water and take it in for repair immediately.

    Fresh water is much less damaging than salt water, and the trick is to
    keep the camera in water and not allow the camera to dry out.
     
    tony cooper, Feb 18, 2012
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    philo Guest



    That's why I like to do my "nature" photography in bars and nightclubs...
    a little spilled booze on the camera does it no real harm :)
     
    philo, Feb 18, 2012
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    Vance Guest

     
    Vance, Feb 19, 2012
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    Vance Guest

    Sorry about the blank post. The fresh water is a great idea. I would
    take the battery out, though. Any initial damage from the current has
    already been done, but fresh water is not a great conductor, but the
    leads from the battery are. If the battery didn't short out, there is
    going to be some current in the circuits somewhere and that current
    MIGHT cause some damage that wouldn't need repair otherwise.

    Just a thought.

    Vance
     
    Vance, Feb 19, 2012
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : > I stopped by my local camera repair shop just for a chat.  The owner
    : > is a personal friend as well as a professional source for repair.  I
    : > asked him if Nikon's new policy would negatively affect him.
    : >
    : > On the contrary, he's delighted.  He's felt obligated to take on Nikon
    : > repairs for good customers in the past, and it's been a pain in the
    : > ass for him.  Parts took months to arrive, he spent (non-billable)
    : > hours on the phone placing and checking on orders, and faced
    : > horrendous hold times when doing so.
    : >
    : > Now, he can decline a repair in good conscience if new parts are
    : > required.  He still repairs Nikons, but either repairs the damaged
    : > parts or uses his vast stock of salvage cameras as a parts source.
    : >
    : > When I was there, he was working on a Canon that had been dropped in
    : > salt water by a nature photographer.  I was kind of surprised by his
    : > advice on what to do if you drop your camera in salt water:
    : > immediately put it in a bucket of fresh water, leave it in the bucket
    : > of water and take it in for repair immediately.
    : >
    : > Fresh water is much less damaging than salt water, and the trick is to
    : > keep the camera in water and not allow the camera to dry out.
    : >
    : > --
    : > Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
    :
    : Sorry about the blank post. The fresh water is a great idea. I would
    : take the battery out, though. Any initial damage from the current has
    : already been done, but fresh water is not a great conductor, but the
    : leads from the battery are. If the battery didn't short out, there is
    : going to be some current in the circuits somewhere and that current
    : MIGHT cause some damage that wouldn't need repair otherwise.
    :
    : Just a thought.
    :
    : Vance
     
    Robert Coe, Feb 19, 2012
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    PeterN Guest


    LOL
     
    PeterN, Feb 19, 2012
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  7. That's been the standard advice ever since I first read about it in the
    1970s.
     
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 20, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Well, I wouldn't have known. I posted here because there might be
    other people who wouldn't have known, either.
     
    tony cooper, Feb 20, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I tend to doubt the efficacy of this on the latest electronic monsters
    we have v. the largely mechanical machines of yore.

    It might reduce the overall repair bill however or at least make it
    cheaper to repair v. replace.
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 20, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I agree - get the whole into fresh water and pull out the battery.

    Li-ion batteries in particular may do spectacular things when shorted
    and even fresh water may be enough.

    And Li and water are not a good combo either (yes the Li is sealed, but
    if it stars cooking over a short then a lot more will be exposed to the
    water, react, gas and burn).
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 20, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    It's not something I've personally experienced, Alan, but the person
    who told me this repairs a lot of cameras and has been in business for
    over 25 years. Since our local nature photographers spend a lot of
    time in the (saltwater) wetlands on the east coast of Florida, and
    some surely drop cameras in the water, I tend to accept his word.
    Wouldn't that be the objective of anyone who drops a camera into
    saltwater? What more could you ask?
     
    tony cooper, Feb 20, 2012
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    me Guest

    I know of a professional photographer in the area who dropped his
    Canon setup including the newest 400 f/2.8 in the water on a trip to
    South American. Even given his membership in whatever pro group Canon
    has CanonUSA which is just around the corner refused to try to repair
    it.
     
    me, Feb 21, 2012
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Yep. If it's already full of water, drying it without getting the salt
    out of it will do more harm than leaving it in the water.
     
    J. Clarke, Feb 25, 2012
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  14. Of course, the rest of the advice - to get it to a repair shop AS SOON
    AS POSSIBLE - is equally important. If it's not a matter of hours, not
    days, you might as well be soaking in strawberry jam.

    After years in the photo industry, I now manage the service department
    of a computer company. (What's the difference, these days?) We see
    several liquid spills or immersions every week. Generally, they're a
    write-off. Fresh water is certainly less corrosive, but a modern camera
    isn't metal gears and wheels like in the 60's - you have incredibly
    fine electronic traces, often bonded to a non-metallic substrate. These
    can start to separate in just hours.

    Even if it can be saved, the labor involved is amazing. We literally
    have to disassemble and clean, then test, every single part. Fail to do
    so, and ongoing corrosion can cause component after component to fail,
    weeks after the initial repair.
     
    Scott Schuckert, Mar 4, 2012
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