I managed to damage the hot shoe mounting bracket on my D300s. I had one of those $20 bubble levels that mount in the hot shoe break off with the plastic part on one side getting stuck in the bracket. I tried everything but couldn't get the piece to budge. Probably not a wise move, but I finally ended up taking a very small drill bit to grind it out, but damaged the bracket part of the hotshoe in the process. I'm guessing it is still functional (I don't have a flash unit to test it), but the bracket is damaged and actually appears bent downwards making it a tighter fit than it should - I'm thinking this is why the level broke off in the first place. I was considering sending it in for an estimate, but wondered if anyone has had one replaced before and how much somewhere would likely charge. In the meantime I'm through with the bubble levels - I don't want to go through this again. If it's too much to fix I'll just live with it.
Cheap gets expensive. However, those hotshoes are really tough. I once made the mistake of placing my camera under the front seat in an airplane and I stepped on it, bending the hotshoe on one side. With a screwdriver I opened it up and it serve me well for many years.
Sun 13-Jul-14 03:55 AM | edited Sun 13-Jul-14 03:55 AM by MEMcD
I would call APS 8125 N River Drive, Suite 100, Morton Grove, IL 60053 (Directions) Phone: 800-406-2046, 847-966-4091 Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm or your local Nikon Authorized Repair Station and ask for an estimate over the phone.
I think I'm going to let it go. After closer inspection I don't see much damage to the hot shoe bracket, not as much as I thought there was, and I took JRP's idea and opened the bracket up a bit using a screwdriver. But I may still check with APS out of curiosity what they would charge, and will let everyone know. I'm also needing to have the focus switch on my 80-200 f2.8 repaired, so will be asking them for an estimate on that too.