I am having a hard time finding OEM Nikon triangular strap rings, the ones with the black plastic guard on them (to prevent the rings from scratching the camera). Precision photo, the one web vendor I know of that stocks various small parts for Nikon has had them listed as back-ordered since November of last year and makes no estimate of when they will have them in stock. No one else seems to have them, including Adorama, B&H, Ritz, Calumet, Abe's, KEH. Nikon has them, but want's $12.95 to ship two rings that weigh in at under 5g and 2cc volume total! I have seen them, USED, on eBay for *upwards* of $15/pair (even $10-12 each!), *plus* shipping.
What gives! Why are these so hard to find? Nikon (apparently, from what I can tell) is still using the same strap rings on all its DSLRs, including new models like the D600 and D7100, so still making them and shipping them attached to new stock. Please help me find these darn silly little buggers! I am going partly mad with frustration, and no, I will simply not, nope, won't, can't, mustn't, shouldn't, wouldn't be prudent to pay so much (at least not used and scuffed up!).
Where Oh Where have my little strap rings gone, oh where oh where can they be?
Can you meet me at Kenmore Camera around 12:30-1 on Sunday? How does $10 for a pair sound, complete with the plastic pieces? Found that I have an extra pair, since I switched the chrome F2AS to a neveready case.
Sorry, didn't mean to ignore you, and thanks for the offer. I have been uber-busy, and only checked back on Nikonians earlier this evening, after a week. I bit the bullet and ordered straight from Nikon on this one. I really should trek up to Kenmore one of these days soon. Mighty sick of Glazer's: their inventory is spotty as hell, and it is basically impossible to check it online, or for small-ticket items on the phone, and to get any actual service without showing a Magnum or AFP member card (at least you can browse there without salesmen hovering). So I'll check out Kenmore Camera soon, sounds like a great place.
No worries. Yeah, it seems to come in waves. A few months ago, their Nikon cases were as full as they were back in the early '90s. Now, not so much. I do find that if you can get past Dante's smartassed shell, he's a pretty decent guy. Just seems to have that NY kind of attitude.
With respect to Kenmore, they're pretty good. Sometimes, though, I have received the Glazer's treatment there as well. Usually when the store is busy, though.
I was just in Glazers last week, and was glad to get the cold shoulder. Usually, I either have a very specific list, and my mind made up, so the holier-than-thou attitude isn't a problem. The other day, I wanted to browse, and its good to be left alone for a half hour without salesmen hovering (as at most places, like Best Buy, where they drive me nuts, and are mostly ignorant about photography beyond their up-sell training).
Funny, I am from NYC, and when I go home I always stop in Adorama, sometimes B&H. They can also be a bit patronizing, but they are also very helpful, and I don't think that I have been in any other store, of any type, where the men on the sales floor knew their products as well, even the status of inventory, as in those two places. I feel a bit guilty buying on the internet, and would like to support local (as with books and Amazon), but between the service differential, and the sales tax ($100 saved on a D7000), it is getting hard to do that.
They are listed for the D3x and P7100, but they are all the same parts. And it turns out, not much more than the battered, used ones I usually see on eBay. One still wonders why even Adorama and B&H doesn't list them, with as much used gear as they sell.