I'm considering sending my D2x in to have the 10 or so hot pink pixels mapped out. Does anyone know what the standard fee for this service is? Or, if its out of warranty (which mine is) will they want to replace the cmos? Anyone have experience with this issue. I've read plenty about Nikon not doing anything about hot pixels when the cameras are under warranty because they want you to consider them normal, but what about people willing to pay. I have about 10 or so that really bother me. I can see them at shutter speeds of about 1/16 second with ISO at 100. It is pretty bad. The whole reason I bought the D2x was so I could create quality enlargements with little interpolation. I read about them but never saw a single one on my D1x or D200. Now I bought the big dollar flagship model and am quite disappointed. Anyone have some thoughts, insights, or experience on this matter? i.e. Will they even do it or tell me its normal? Cost? etc. By the way, turning the noise reduction on or off appears to have no effect on the pixels, and they can easily be seen on an 8x10 or larger print. Thanks in advance. -Matt
This doesn't really answer your concerns, but to provide a counterexample to any warranty denials -- Nikon mapped out my D2X's single hot pixel under warranty.
When I did have the hot pixel, long-exposure NR always cleaned up the hot pixel (as it should, if you consider how it works), provided the exposure was long enough for long-exposure NR to run -- where the shutter stays closed doubly long. Note this is different from regular NR processing. If your hot pixels are surviving long-exposure NR, there may be another problem. That's not to say that long-exposure NR should solve everything, as for me there was a big gap between when the pixel was visible and when long-exposure NR kicked in.
Have you tried using the dust-off reference photo option in Capture? My cousin had some hot pixels in his D200 and this approach worked for him (although he still sent it in when he had quiet time and Nikon mapped out the hot pixels under warranty)..
Mine were done under warranty. Not sure what the charge would have been otherwise. One nice thing though is that Nikon USA offers a 6-month "warranty" on all service. So if you were to get another hot pixel within 6 months, it would be repaired for free.
I'll see Jess Sturgeon's request and go one better... If you would be willing to provided a NEF file to my specifications then send me e-mail to get my requirements and I'll provide an analysis of the sensor. I seldom see D2X files so this is of interest (a curiosity) to me.