I dropped my D2x today with my SB-800 mounted to the hotshoe.
The impact tore the hotshoe attachment plate off the top of the camera as the flash broke free from the camera, with the attachment plate remaining locked to the flash.
Both the camera and the flash work fine, and if I hold the flash in place, making electrical contact just by pressure, everything functions perfectly.
I guess I could send the camera in for servicing, but I wonder if this is something I could fix myself. The first photo (excuse the digicam shot) is of the top of the camera, while the second is of the UNDERSIDE of the attachment plate.
What type of studs/screws were in the four holes on the underside of the hotshoe/top of the camera? Was it actually just glued down to begin with? It looks like there's some adhesive residue on both parts.
If it was glued once, I'd glue it again.
That would be bad if Nikon glued the hotshoe on a $5000 camera.
If it were mine, I'd send it to Nikon for repair. Looking at the pictures, it appears there are 4 small screws that screw in from the top down into the camera body - looks as if they have sheared off. Nikon will likely use a tap and die set and extract what remains of the screws. I wouldn't attempt this myself.
"Photographing the present to show the future the past"
More than likely they'll look at focus adjustment, lens mount alignment, fix your hot-shoe and clean your CCD. They might even do your firmware if you haven't already. Oh, if you have any loose rubber bits on the camera, point them out too...they'll get fixed.
Get it done right, or sell me the camera and I'll get it fixed.