The cover for the MB-D12 battery pack connector on the bottom of my D800 has gone missing. I didn't remove it intentionally (I don't use a grip). I could have knocked it off by accident. I can't find out where to get a replacement or what part number I should be looking for. Is this a "call Nikon" issue? Should I stick some black electrical tape on and stop worrying?
>And how on Earth could you have "knocked it off?". >It is not easy to remove!
It was my first hiking trip with a DSLR belt mount. The ball-in-slot mechanism doesn't lock reliably and/or is vulnerable to bumping the camera at the wrong angle. Crash. I assume the cover fell off when the camera hit the ground. I didn't notice it missing until a week later. I don't normally pay attention to the bottom of the camera. The cover could have come off at some other time, but as you note it's not a part prone to falling off spontaneously.
My camera seems in working order; it's just missing a piece.