I send my Nikon D3s in after I shot 45 weddings with it... it needed a good cleaning and I was having some weird lock up issues with it, although i am now about 99% sure its the lens and not the camera.
So what did Nikon fix on my d3s that cost me $587 ?
This is what I received back from them:
0010 B2 (E)Service repair Rank B2(F) Write up Repair (E)/(F) (E)/(F) (E)/(F) (E)*/(F)* (E)RPL Shutter Mechanism (E) RPL AF Unit (E)Replace Rubber Grip (E)General Check & Cleaning
I believe RPL is their shorthand for replaced. So they replaced the shutter mechanism and AF Unit, as well as the grips. I haven't had to send in a camera yet for repairs but that is my guess.I think what they classify as a level B2 cleaning and lube job is around $450.00ish itself normally. I am sure someone with past repair experience will chime in here to tell us more. Is it working ok since you got it back?
I had some locking up issues with my D3s and my 70-200 VR lens on it .... the camera would stop responding, it wont focus and the only way to get it to work is to take the lens off and take the battery out.
This would happen at least 2 or 3 times during a wedding. I shot with it again yesterday and same issue happened again.
but .... I used my 80mm 1.4 on the D3s on a shoot right after and did not get an issue at all and I did test the 70-200 on my D800 and although not the same kind of locking up i did get issues with the lens and D800, so I am 99% certain now its my 70-200 VR lens
I did have something like that on my D3x but with primes (85/1.8 and 35/2), messing with focus then not focusing at all. Took it to Nikon, had it back after 48h (In Paris the service is fast), With the same "RPL AF unit" (not the shutter in my case) ! Great, back home I test with the 35/2, same as before, wobbly focus then no focus ! Took it back on the same day and had it back again after 24h in the shop. I had the 35/2 with me , mounted it in front of the Nikon guy behind the desk, and it started again like before. That time the guy behind the counter took the 35/2 and tested it on his testing D3 camera, same problem. I left everything and came back 24h later, the lens was "frying" the AF unit (his words in french) !
In about four days I had the camera serviced for an AF unit change three time (his camera had a change too) and the whole electronics of the 35mm (A so puny little lens for such big problems).
Since I never had that problem again. The guy in the shop, as the Nikon repair one didn't really know at that time what had happened (the 35mm was "clean" and didn't get water on or in, nor banged about).
I would get that 70-200 to Nikon. The shutter replacement might be something else as normal wear or something not in specs !
I did test the 35mm on my D700 at first and even on the D200 before getting the camera to the Nikon shop, but it seems they didn't have the same problem (they still work to date) and I believe the circuitry isn't the same ! So you'd better get someone testing the electronics of your lens ! I don't want to give a false scare, but since, each time I see an AF unit replacement with a lens problem, I tend to believe the lens could be the culprit...
I really dont know what to do then .... I went out and bought a new 70-200 VR2 since my old one is the VR but I want to keep the older one for my second shooter.. I dont know if its worth it sending it to nikon cause I am sure they will charge me a min of $500 to fix the lens. Maybe I should just sell it and tell the buyer to have it checked out?
It's a mix of an optical sensor and electronics that lays on the path of the light entering the camera ! On the Nikon site you will find several examples depending of the era and model ! I personally don't know if in such changes, they change only the electronic part or the whole set with the little optic box too ?
I don't know either, I can be completely wrong in my comparing what happened to me to your own problem !!! The more electronic parts, the more reasons for different causes of problems. Lens or body, it's a bit like the egg and hen story ! Sounless Nikon asked you to send the lens, I guess you did as expected...