Many thanks for your cooperation and prompt replies.
Chuck, your confirmation test is appreciated. I will pass this to the manager at my local store. I will also wait a couple days or so to see how many more members are able to replicate the problem before we approach the Nikon service station. The more we have, the stronger our case may be.
Thanks again to all of you.
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona Nikonian Team Member
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