Hello: I'm sorry to have to post this, but I need to know about how much it will cost to replace the sensor in my D3S. Has anyone here had that done. Mine is 2 years old, and the filter has gotten scratched pretty badly from repeated cleanings. It is pretty bad, and takes quite a while to fix every image in PS when I shoot at f/11 or greater.
I can't answer your question directly but I have some thoughts.
If it is just the filter that is scratched, you may not need a new sensor. It is my understanding that when cameras are converted to IR the filter is replaced. Take a look at this tutorial form Life Pixel
Well, guys, here is what I read on the net.....and we all know what that's worth....
I do NOT believe that the sensor is damaged. Either the filter is scratched, or I got sensor solution under it. At least that is good. I take pictures with the camera every day, and they are fine except for a LOT of blotches. So, I think the sensor is fine.
LifePixel will indeed replace the sensor filter for a couple hundred dollars....however....the filter that Nikon installed originally is a 4 layer filter, and the one LifePixel installs is a simple one layer clear dust protector. At least, that is what I was told in reading some of their reviews.
Also, removing the old filter and installing a new one requires removing the sensor and board which they say is a very tricky job, and should only be done by Nikon.
Rich, I think I would just send it to Nikon and let them quote the repair. It might be a little pricey, but you could be sure that when the camera gets back it will perform to factory spec. Of course, if they quote a crazy amount for the repair you can refuse it and pursue other options, but I'd try Nikon first. (And use only a tiny drop of fluid on your cleaning swabs from now on!)
I had an issue with moisture under the lcd. They said it would cost over 500.00 to fix. The tech then said if I put it in for a level B, I think, cleaning, they would probably fix the LCD. Two weeks later my D3 was cleaned and they installed a new LCD because they could not clean it. Covered under the 249.00 cleaning. I also had a bad spec on the sensor filter, they could not clean the filter so they replaced it. Total cost out of warrenty $249.00 plus tax. I would give Nikon a call. They can be very helpful.
I would definetly concur. Find out what Nikon has to say before considering any other options.
In my previous post it was not my intention to necessarily advocate the Life Pixel path but rather to note that the filter is replaceable and full sensor replacement may not be required. If that can be done by Nikon (as alluded to by kstrongs) all the better.
Select "Find Authorized Repair Stations" then enter D3s in the entry space. At that point it will tell you that only Nikon can repair your camera and then take you through the steps. From your location, the Nikon repair facility will be Melville, NY.
Nikon Inc. Factory Service 1300 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, NY 11747