I am new here. I have a D70 that appears to have the BGLOD. Nikon service presently has it and advises that it will be $229 to repair.
I bought the camera 16 months ago from a local photographer with a Nikkor AF 35mm F2 lens for $550 It has 8000 actuations now. I have used it for about 200 images. Presently I have my lenses at Nikon for repair cleaning
35MM F2 AF repair cost $81
70-210 AF F4-5.6 repair cost $107
35-70 AF F3.3-4.5 repair cost $115
the 35-70 and the 35mm were working fine but I sent them in in case there was a problem that caused the BGLOD
The 70-210 was a state surplus lens bought on Ebay that apears to have been dropped.
My question is are these lenses worth the repair cost or should I just find some others on Ebay
I am an engineer and I use the camera for inspection reports and I hope to do some contract technical writing.
I need to tell Nikon to fix or return..
#1. "RE: lens value vs repair cost" | In response to Reply # 0Bigeasy Registered since 30th Dec 2007Tue 19-Aug-08 03:17 AM
My opinion, I would have Nikon send back the 35mm and the 35-70mm. Whats to fix? The odds that both lens are somehow suddenly broken is slim. The 70-210, which you know is broken, can be found on e-bay for about the same price as the repair, so thats a toss up. At least when you get it back from Nikon repaired, it will have a short warranty. Same argument for the D70. The cost of the repair is the ball park value of a clean used example.
Thats the one problem buying used, you pay for everything twice if it has to be repaired after you purchase it. Really, you might be better off selling the whole lot, and buying a modern D40x kit with an 18-55 lens. Its a good basic modern camera, and the prices are coming down with the intro of the D60.
#2. "RE: lens value vs repair cost" | In response to Reply # 0hwdx347 Basic MemberTue 19-Aug-08 10:53 AM
I agree with BigEasy. The lenses would not have cause BGLOD as it's a known body issue. I'm surprised Nikon didn't repair it at no charge even though the warranty expired.
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#3. "RE: lens value vs repair cost" | In response to Reply # 2BartY Registered since 03rd Aug 2002Tue 19-Aug-08 11:30 AM
Nikon is supposed to fix the BGLOD issues for free...they even have a service advisory on the Nikon USA website.
As for the lenses, I'd have them all sent back. No need to have them serviced unless there is something actually wrong with them that is hindering its operation or IQ.
#4. "RE: lens value vs repair cost" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 19-Aug-08 12:27 PM
Thanks for your advice. The lenses that worked worked fine as far as I know. I was concerned if the AF lens drew more power to focus than the AF-S and possibly caused the BGLOD. I only saw the blinking light one time. The problems started with trying to take outdoor photos with light backgrounds. I do geotechnical investigation work, and a lot of times I have to take pictures of cracked concrete in bright sunlight. If there is a filter I need to purchase, I have a glare filter, I would love some advice.
The 70-210 F4-5.6 lens came from a state surplus auction and was a gamble. They did send me a nice Nikon CL74 lens case!! The lens was stuck and I am sure it was dropped somewhere. I suppose that the $107 would not be a bad price for a good Nikon lens with somewhat of a warranty.
Thanks for the replies
#5. "RE: lens value vs repair cost" | In response to Reply # 4nht1637a Registered since 21st Mar 2008Tue 19-Aug-08 01:18 PM
I think for your work, you may need 18-200 VR + 72mm Hoya HMC circular polarized filter. With the 18-200, you don;t need to change your lenses at work, from wide to zoom. You don't need to bring a lot of stuff either...and sell all your old lenses.
If you still want an used lens, you can find one around $500-550 selling here in WTS forum.
#6. "RE: lens value vs repair cost" | In response to Reply # 4cliddell Nikonian since 10th Oct 2006Tue 19-Aug-08 03:23 PM
Well, there should be no problem taking cracked concrete in bright sunlight. Even if you have to use flash to back light shadows the D70 has 1/500 flash synch which is a very useful stop higher than most newer cameras.
Also, your very compact 35-70 f/3.3-4.5 if its like mine focusses up close and is a nice sharp lens, ideal for the above work.
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#7. "RE: lens value vs repair cost" | In response to Reply # 6Tue 19-Aug-08 05:44 PM
I have had problems lately getting the D70 to use a slow enough film speed or a high enough shutter speed past 1/120, It seems to always use a 400 film no matter what setting I use. Hopefully Nkon Service will repair that.
I really liked the 35-70 lens as it was very compact and sharp. I finally decided to bite the bullet and have them all cleaned and repaired. Hoping that the estimates were high... At least if I decide to sell them I won't have to worry about unloading something on a buyer as I think I was subjected to. I can always provide the documentation that comes back with the repaired lens to the buyer.