Fri 28-Jun-13 02:55 AM | edited Fri 28-Jun-13 03:07 AM by franco1
Hi Tom, Welcome to Nikonians - great site to get help and knowledge on anything Nikon!
I know how you feel. I certainly didn't want to part with $240 to get my hot shoe replaced (I provided the hot shoe for the repair). But, I just loved the D700/SB900 combination so I felt I had to fork out the dollars to get things back to how I liked them.
It's a tough decision and disappointing when you think how much one paid for the camera in the first place. The thing is built like a Sherman Tank but the Achilles heel seems to be this hot shoe issue.
I'm considering Alan's suggestion of having a flash bracket and cable, particularly when I'm doing a lot of flash photography during events. Hopefully this extends the life of the hot shoe.
BTW, there was a suggestion that the issue is caused by the gap widening where the shoe of the flash slips into, that is, the sloppier fit is causing the problem. One site I visited suggested giving it a tap with a steel bar and hammer until it tightens. I wasn't keen to try it but maybe next time I might consider this option.