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bobby18301

east stroudsburg, US
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bobby18301 Registered since 31st Mar 2008
Fri 05-Apr-13 10:57 PM

I'm sure this has been addressed before but for Nikon to put out an outstanding camera like the D800 and then put that stupid, flimsy battery door on it does not reflect well on the Nikon company. I've had the thing just literally fall off the camera in my camera kit already.

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ScottChapin

Powder Springs/ATL, US
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#1. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 0

ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter Member
Fri 05-Apr-13 09:29 PM

Yep. I have 5 spares to hold me over until I get the grip. Mine popped off when the battery was out and the door as closed. I bumped it and it moved the door which was under no tension from the battery. I suppose it is harder with the battery inserted, but still.

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gpoole

Farmington Hills, US
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#2. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 0

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Fri 05-Apr-13 10:50 PM

This has been reported before. I've had my D800e since last May and never had any problem with the door. I thought the people reporting it must be abusing it somehow. That was until yesterday when the door fell off while I was changing batteries. Now I'm following a recommendation from earlier posts; I have put a piece of black electrical tape across the hinge. At least I won't lose the door if it comes loose again.

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venusian

US
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#3. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 2

venusian Registered since 17th Dec 2008
Sun 07-Apr-13 09:48 AM | edited Sun 07-Apr-13 09:50 AM by venusian

Amazing that one has to put black electrical tape on a $3300 camera. I have the D800E as well and even though I never had a problem with a battery door falling off, I guess I should take preventative action.

Hate to say it, but I've really soured on Nikon, the way it treats its customers, and the shoddy service/support it now provides. I started with Nikon during the early 90s and never had a problem until I went through three D700s and a lot of angst before getting one that worked properly. Since then things seem to have progressively gone down hill.

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Chuckv

Lafayette, US
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#4. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 3

Chuckv Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 13th Mar 2009
Sun 07-Apr-13 10:16 AM


>had a problem until I went through three D700s and a lot of
>angst before getting one that worked properly. Since then
>things seem to have progressively gone down hill.

What problem causes you to return three D700???

I guess I am one of the lucky ones, I've never had to return or send in for service any Nikon camera that I own or have owned, but I certainly understand if the battery door was falling off that would be different.....

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ericbowles

Atlanta, US
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#5. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 0

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Sun 07-Apr-13 11:24 AM | edited Sun 07-Apr-13 11:25 AM by ericbowles

I had the battery door fall off back in October. The replacement at the time cost $25 and took 4 weeks through Nikon Authorized. Now the door is under $4 through the Nikon Store but shipping is over $10. I like Scott's idea of getting a few spares.

http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonprt/en_US/pd/ThemeID.30573000/productID.259487800

It was a big mistake to redesign the door the way they did. Of all the Nikon DSLR batter doors, this one is the worst.

If you are ordering parts from Nikon, this is a good item to order and carry an extra. Like lens and body caps, this is a standard spare item.

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ScottChapin

Powder Springs/ATL, US
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#6. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 5

ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter Member
Sun 07-Apr-13 05:04 PM

> Now the door is under $4 through the Nikon
>Store but shipping is over $10.

That's why I bought 5. It felt stupid paying $3.95 for the door and $10.00 for shipping

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Powder Springs, GA, USA

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ajdooley

Waterloo, US
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#7. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 0

ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Mon 08-Apr-13 07:54 AM

I hate to say it, but after 40 years of nothing but Nikons -- they are not what they used to be in terms of durability. I know people have had three years of good use of a D700 or such. I have replaced two hot shoes on my D700 bodies and had various pieces of rubber work their ways loose. I am about to send a D700 back for another flash issue -- loose D800 in the flash shoe and inability to get the camera to function in the ITT/BL mode. From my first Nikon S Rangefinder (which I still have, and which still works perfectly) to my D200, including a pair of D1Xs I hauled through Iraq, I have had no problems. What I find perhaps most disturbing is the fact there is no communication when you ask for an explanation. And I am an NPS member.

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venusian

US
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#8. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 4

venusian Registered since 17th Dec 2008
Mon 08-Apr-13 07:04 PM | edited Tue 09-Apr-13 04:30 PM by venusian

>What problem causes you to return three D700???>

Re the 3 returns of the D700, the first one was purchased from B&H and a large, hair-like artifact showed up in the photos. My efforts to remove the "hair" proved futile.

Sent it back to B&H within 30 days and they could not clean the "hair' off so they sent me another D700.

After the B&H 30-day grace period, the second camera started to produce pictures that were not metered correctly (it was way off). After a lot of back and forth with Nikon, they said, send it in. I did.

They sent it back and the problem was worse. I sent it back in again for repair and they sent it back to me "repaired." I believe it was a Level 2 repair.

When the camera arrived, I could not turn it on...battery was fine...did a whole bunch of things with tech support on the phone and nothing worked. Seems like the whole camera was fried.

I told them I'm sending back the camera. that I didn't want it back and that Nikon should send me a brand new replacement that works...that's what I paid for. They (support) said they could not do that.

I sent the camera back to "support," told them to keep it, and started going up the corporate ladder until I hit a VP of Customer Relations. She was very understanding and eventually sent me a brand new body that worked flawlessly for several years.

This whole episode took about 6 months. The winner here was B&H...they are always doing the right thing to support their customers. Compared to today, Nikon doesn't come close to their support.

Nick (Roxbury, Connecticut Nikonian)

NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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#9. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 7

NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Mon 08-Apr-13 09:20 PM

My D700 is 4+ years old, the D300s is 2.5 years old and my D800 is 30 days old and I've yet to have a problem. Guess I'm lucky. I will apply a piece of gaffers tape over the door on the D800 just in case. Thanks for the tip!

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Testing123

Southern California, US
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#10. "RE: Battery door" | In response to Reply # 5

Testing123 Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Jan 2009
Sat 13-Apr-13 05:31 AM

>If you are ordering parts from Nikon, this is a good item to
>order and carry an extra.

Except that according to the website (http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonprt/en_US/pd/ThemeID.30573000/productID.259487800) you can only order a maximum of 10.

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