The glass covering the rear LCD on my F5 has had a hairline crack for over a year, but it doesn't seem to affect the LCD display. I ordered a new Rear LCD from the Nikon Parts Dept. Including Shipping and Handling, it cost me only $19.30. But Nikon estimated the charge for THEM to replace the rear LCD would run around $179-$241...Yikes!
That's about HALF of the camera's current worth!
I was wondering if any of you Nikonians have ever tried replacing it yourself, or is it too complicated for a do-it-yourself to attempt?
I came across this bit of disturbing Nikon news while searching online for Nikon Parts: see...
Thanks in advance for any replies! "LarryHG" (Silver)
#1. "RE: Cracked glass on F5 Rear LCD" | In response to Reply # 0fmrnykr Nikonian since 15th Mar 2010Mon 04-Jun-12 04:29 AM
My question is why would you want to go to the expense of having it replaced? Cosmetic reasons?
I just looked at my F5 and the LCD does not appear that it allow light leakage into the film chamber. The area seems devoted to the motor drive and the custom menus. I could be wrong about this, and one of our more experience F5 users might want to chime in.
If you do want it replaced, can you find a camera repair service in your area that could do the job for so much less for a $19.30 part?
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#2. "RE: Cracked glass on F5 Rear LCD" | In response to Reply # 1lajolla Nikonian since 03rd Nov 2005Mon 02-Jul-12 09:56 PM | edited Tue 03-Jul-12 05:27 PM by lajolla
If moisture gets onto the surface of the LCD underneath the cracked-glass covering, you will have a major circuit board problem, along with the need to replace the LCD. I have my Nikon film and digital cam bodies LCD glass surfaces covered with anti-glare film used on iPhones that I cut to size. If your F5 hasn't had regular maintenance from Nikon in over three years, you should consider sending it in to the El Segundo, CA factory service center for an overhaul. As for the petition you posted regarding independent service folks being denied access to Nikon factory replacement parts - all I know is that I would never send my Nikon bodies or lenses anywhere else, other than to the Southern Cal Nikon factory service center (tel 310-414-8107). They have testing and repair equipment that is simply not available to independent repair folks, not to mention factory-trained technicians (and factory parts). good luck