Let me share with you a bad news that broke my heart. I found the LCD panel (The colour one) of my D50 broken today during a day outing trip. I believe, it was due to some impact inside my camera bag on the rough hilly road that I was traversing on two wheeler. Since it is one my best possessions, I want to bring it back to shape. Please help..
The panel shows visible cracked Glass mark. Black patches, the typical sign of damaged LCD panel are there. On pressing the Play back or Menu button, the screen comes in life but without any picture. It becomes full white with couple of patches. The camera functions seem to be all right. I took pictures and after uploading in my Computer, those were found to be perfect.
I have run the damaged camera with my laptop through Nikon Capture Control. All functions found to be working as usual.
Now, please make me aware about certain things. How tough process it is for a technician to change the LCD panel? How tough it is to get a spare Panel? What could be the approximate price of it in USA or UK? What are the possible places in USA or UK those who can supply the spare? (Though I stay in India, but can arrange it from USA or UK through friends). Is there any possible future complicacies those may arise after the change? In case I get a spare? What are the things I should look forward in it to check the genuinity of proper compatibility? Is it possible to get a detail service manual of D50 online anywhere?
Lastly- Does any one have similar kind of experience?
I'm sure that you must have dropped the camera in water at the same time as the screen broke. That way it will be a write off when you make the insurance claim and you will get a new body. It will be far cheaper than a repair.
Thanks friends, Actually insurance option is not there on some legal issues. I must think of getting it fixed at my own cost. Are the panels used in Canon or Nikon made by some third party manufacturers? If so, whethere they do sell single piece of it or not.
where in india are you from.....even i am from india.....
look knowing the knowledge of camera repair guys here i wud suggest leave the idea....i might sound harsh....but its true.....when i first noticed dust on my week old d50 i tried to find out if someone could help me get it off.....no one had a clue about cleaning the sensor....i live in chandigarh and tried to find a place upto delhi to get it fixed....none....then i had to call for sensor wand, pec pads and methanol from US.....it worked like magic....so all in all it wont help u here......i wud suggest get it done from US.....send it with someone going there.....as for the price.....ask them by mail....
JustMyHobby I prefer them straight out of the camera.
>Are the >panels used in Canon or Nikon made by some third party >manufacturers? If so, whethere they do sell single piece of >it or not.
The LCD panels are made by Sony but I would be very surprised if you can buy a generic one. The only realistic option I can think of is to keep an eye on ebay or similar and see if you can find a D50 body that does not work for some other reason then make one good camera out of two. To buy a panel by itself will probably cost almost as much as buying a complete new body.
You may just look for a used D50 as a similarly priced alternative to the repair. You'll have to get a quote on repair to learn if it's feasable, but D50 is one of those things that's expensive enough to repair and cheap enough to buy that I'm afraid it's very close to the realm of disposable.
>Nikon USA will not fix any camera if they consider it a grey >market camera.
That is complete B/S and I'm sure that under consumer laws in the USA Nikon would not have a leg to stand on if it were in fact true. Yes I can understand the grey market and fix under warranty issue - that is Nikons world wide policy but if a person turns up at the door or sends a camera in and says "please quote to fix this it's broken and I'm prepared to pay" the fact that a camera may or may not be grey market and may or may not belong to a resident of the the USA is COMPLETELY irrelevant and Nikon USA have no basis for turning down work that is actually going to generate income for them. I have never in my life heard of a service department that is not completely focussed on generating income Are you quoting fact from personal experience or are you just repeating an Internet rumour?