I'm the very happy owner of a refurbished D3s, with one small, slightly irritating issue. The spring-loaded lamp position on the power switch has failed. It still operates the lamp just fine but it's lost the "spring-loaded" part of its operation. It's a minor issue so it has me wondering if its really worth the hassle and downtime of sending in for repair? Any harm in just operating it as is?
I have never sent anything to Nikon for repair thus uninformed about the process or the downtime needed for such a repair.
Would this issue cause you enough pain to send it in?
Bob, I've had it a few weeks. It worked fine when I received it. Haven't used it much yet but picked it up the other day and noticed the switch had lost the spring-load. If you move it to the lamp position, it activates the lamp and when you move it back to the ON position the lamp shuts off. Doesn't seem to move to the LAMP position accidentally, thus battery drain doesn't seem to be an issue.
You do raise an excellent question about the refurb. I have no idea what is checked, changed, fixed, etc during the process and if the power switch spring is something thats changed during refurb. I would suspect not, unless it was broken prior to refurb.
Robert, Where did you purchase the D3S? Was this a Nikon factory refurb? Nikon factory reconditioned camera bodies come with a 90 day warranty and some resellers extend that to a full year. Unless you purchased this refurb from a private seller, I would take the camera back and have the store address the issue.
Hope this helps...JL
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It was purchased from Robert's Camera. The box is clearly labeled "Nikon Factory Refurbished". I'd have to ship it back to them in Indiana (Im in Colorado) and just wasn't sure if this was a big enough deal to go through the hassle of shipping and waiting for repair. The more I think about it, the more I'm considering sending it back for repair. Sounds like most of you would do the same.
I have purchased several Nikon Factory Refurbished cameras. All from Cameta Camera, not that matters. The idea behind the factory refurbished is the camera is brought back to "like new " condition. They come with a 90 day Nikon warranty, as previously stated. If you are within the 90 days send it to Nikon.