When outside in the shade or indoors with the screen off you can see that the inside (under surface)of the LCD screen glass has a generalized haziness (milky) appearance and some streaking as if it has been 'wiped' in some areas. It doesn't affect camera function or screen appearance when in use. I emailed Nikon support the following:
"For several months I've noticed that the inside of my LCD screen has a "haziness" on the inside surface which is somewhat distracting in sunlight. I've notice on the web that other Nikon owners have had a similar problem. My camera is no longer under warranty. Do you repair this problem at no charge to us owners since it seems to be a problem when the camera was assembled? If you don't repair for free, how much would it cost to have the LCD haziness corrected? Loyal Nikon owner."
Below is their response:
"Unfortunately, Nikon products only have a limited One Year Warranty. We can not comment on third party web sites as they are not affiliated with Nikon USA. We can not provide you an exact estimate of repair cost, but what we can do is give you a "ballpark" figure where we give you the Highest and Lowest of what the prices could be.
The Lowest Price would be $76.00. The Highest Price it could be is $304.00."
I think I will try and call them to see if they will stand by there product and fix the issue at now cost to the customer. I will post their response.
Jose, I have the same issue with my D700. I also have black spots under the lcd. Since you can't see them while using the camera I don't worry about. However, at some point in time I'd like to have the camera serviced and have the lcd screen replaced.
Yeah, I can't see spending the money at this time as everything is working fine. It just bothers me for such an expensive camera and for so many to have the same complaint and Nikon not fixing 'their' problem!
The last response from Nikon: "Thank you for your response. As I previously stated, we can not comment on what other web sites say because they are not affiliated with Nikon USA. I have added a link below with information on how to get your product repaired. It will show you how to sinned it, where to send it and what to send with it when you send your product into service.
Thu 30-May-13 11:27 AM | edited Thu 30-May-13 11:28 AM by CubanoLibre
>Sadly, I think you are expecting too much > >A manufacturer that offered free lifetime repairs for every >non-critical problem that affects a few examples of a camera >(and this one is actually not very prevalent) would soon be >out of business.
You're probably right. As to "affects a few..." that is the question as there are numerous post on this problem on the web, especially affecting the D300.
I have the same condition with my D700. I hesitate to call it a problem, since it in no way effects the presentation, or functionality of the camera.
I'll bet most of the D700's have similar...but most people just don't look that closely. I discovered my streaks quite by accident. Once I figured out that they didn't make a difference...I forgot about it.
Just FYI so that you don't think you're out there by yourself with a one of a kind issue.
If you decide not to replace the screen, there is still the issue of what is causing the haze, as you might be able to prevent it from getting worse. Do you clean the screen using ammonia or products containing ammonia? Perhaps alcohol? If you don't use any cleaner, I can't think of any cause other than heat or heat and direct sunlight. Let us know; we'd all like to avoid this problem.
The problem is in the inside of the glass screen, i.e., on the under surface which can only be accessed if the camera were to be opened. When I do clean the glass, I use just a lens cloth as I keep the Nikon plastic protector in place.
I also have a D2H, D2x, D300s and a D800. I've only heard of this happening with the D700. Unfortunately it hurts the resell value of the camera. Since the other cameras do not have this problem I do feel that Nikon needs to look into this and offer a free repair service like they did with my D2H's meter board. I sent my D2H in for this service and I'm of the opinion it shoud apply to the D700 too. When I got my D800 a couple of months ago I tried to sell the D700 locally and everyone commented on the milky screen and passed on the camera. I was willing to let it go for $1200 which is cheap because of the screen problem. The camera other than the screen is in near mint conditon. In the end I decided to live with it and use it as a backup to the D800.
Thu 27-Jun-13 03:09 PM | edited Fri 28-Jun-13 03:45 AM by D2xer
My D2x has this LCD problem, which I'm certain has occurred only in the last few years. As it's now an 'old' camera and the issue doesn't (so far) affect functioning, I try to ignore it. It's only happened to the main LCD, not the two smaller displays.
I've seen similar LCD deterioration (film delamination?) in the displays of certain older electrical test instruments, presumably after they'd been left exposed to long-term heat, sunlight and/or humidity. Just saying this not limited to D700, D300 et al, but probably is something LCD displays by their nature are vulnerable to.
Have to add that, although (sadly) I have to accept it on my D2x, I would be very upset if the same thing happened with my nearly mint, recently-aquired D700 8>/