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D700 water damage

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Jeff Nikon

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Jeff Nikon Registered since 28th Sep 2010
Tue 28-Sep-10 01:05 AM

I have had my D700 repaired 5 times this year for on-board flash problems. Each time free of charge within the warranty period. 2 days after the warranty ended and 5 weeks after the last repair, the on-board flash started firing, even when the camera was switched off! I could smell burning of an electrical kind and saw a tiny puff of smoke. Nikon now want £250 and say it is rusting throughout due to water damage, although I rarely use it outdoors and only once for a wedding since the last repair. It seems the water gets in through the on-board flash. This would explain why the D3 doesn't have one.. Prior to this I had 6 D300 bodies in a week and each one had hot pixels. I never had any trouble with the D200 so I might get one again or perhaps a D2X. I love Nikon but very disappointed with the D700 water issue and their idea that its all my fault. I have seen some owners online proudly showing off their D700 cameras dripping with water to demonstrate its weather resistance. Take my warning - the D700 is a £1750 accident waiting to happen. Nikon tell me its weather resistant to a limit, but what limit are they talking about, perhaps a drop of champagne from a flying cork or sweat from my nose? Full frame or not, I wont use one again and I strongly advise you all not to put this model on such a high pedestal. Each time mine malfunctioned it was half way through a huge wedding and none of my clients were impressed. If only I could put up with Klingon menus I'd switch to Canon.