I have heard of other rubber coatings falling off on other cameras in the past, and Nikon always fixed them free especially during the warranty period. I'd call Nikon and find the nearest service center and see what they'll do for you. I know if I shelled out that much I would be upset as well.
The rubber cover on the CF card door fell off my D1 too. I think it's a design flaw. I was going to try to stick it back on myself, but just haven't gotten around to it. Hasn't affected the pictures any But, it's bummer. K
I haven't had the rubber from the Compact Flash compartment door fall off my camera yet (looks round hastily for a 2x4) but I believe it is quite common. Apparently Nikon use a form of double-sided adhesive film to hold the rubber in place: you might be able to convince them to send you a replacement rather than having to send your camera in.
The rubber cover on the front of my camera is still securely attached to the body by its strap but it doesn't want to stay in place... is this what's happening to yours?
One other thing you might want to watch out for is the cover over the firewire port: the strap that prevents this getting lost can wear through (since it goes into the base of the camera) so if the cover ever falls off it could get lost.
Oh yeah, been there, done that with the D1. Lost the rubber on the memory door; used a good adhesive to glue it back on. Now wondering if the same will happen with my D1x. That one came out of the box with an AF problem!
All in all, still a very happy Nikon man for 26 years.
This peeling rubber problem has been reported with the F5 and F100, too, especially with early production units. It happened to one rubber piece on my F100. It's hard to tell how widespread the problem is or was, however, since there are thousands of owners out there and only a few posts from people who have had it happen to them. It's very disheartening to purchase an expensive item and have something go wrong with it, whether it be a car, computer or camera. In reality, every manufacturer has to deal with manufacturing flaws. That's why there are warranties. I'd just glue the rubber back on and forget it. Contact cement works well. That's what I did and my F100 has worked perfectly ever since.
Its common the CF door rubber comes off. The adhesive to repair it vaires from person to person. My find is 3M super Weather striping adhesive, found at auto supply stores. Its black thick contact cement type adhesive, used to hold rubber trim on metal or painted surfaces on autos. It's very strong, any cleanup needs to be done before it dries. Not only the CF door rubber on the D1, The rubber zoom adjustment on an AFS lens broke lose as well in humid conditions. Repaired that using the 3M super weather strip adhesive. Both the D1 and Lens have yet to need further attention for near a year's time. The D1 front rubber AV cover, thats different, don't know what to try there. The 3M stuff would seal it permanently not good idea when try to access those ports later. Was thinking of using a Tubeless tires reapiring sealer liquid on it. It would hold but still can break the seal to access. Not a good option for frequent acessing those areas tho. Another idea using sticky no-dry contact cement, like type used on masking or clear tape. regards Kntfst
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I think a big part of the repair is how you prepare the surfaces. I've noticed that the rubber is awfully slick. I rough it up with emory paper, and then clean with alcohol. I then use good old superglue to stick the rubber back on. No recurring problems. I believe that Nikon will just use more of their double-face adhesive film again, and you'll be back to the same problem.