I was shooting on a fully extended seven foot tripod the other day with my D800 with an SB800 Speedlight attached, and the tripod got knocked over. The tripod fell so that my D800 hit directly on a rock with tremendous force. The battery popped out and the SB800 flew apart.
I put the SB800 back together and it still flashes, but the foot is permanently bent so the speedlight leans at about 10 degrees off vertical. It also is not metering the flash shots right either, so I decided that it was not economically repairable, and committed it to my photographic boneyard.
The D800 still functions in all modes, but the images are not as sharp as they used to be, so it is on the way to Melville. I am hoping it can be adjusted. I worry that the entire body is bent making it unrepairable.
>HI Russ, > >Over New Years I "stuffed" the D800 into a TT bag >alongside the D3S, it was hard to zip up. It >"looked" OK but. > >A few weeks later, the backside cover that encloses the >buttons and screen had a crack. Simply the laws of physics. > >That was after the tripod, leaning with the 24-70 and D800 in >the room against a table, slid and hit the carpeted floor at >the Inn. > >I suggested to Nikon LA that warranty would apply thinking the >in and out between Death Valley and the higher elevations was >temperature related. > >Nikon informed me that the lens mount was bent, making my heat >and cold posit moot. > >Since the body is metal it may simply be the lens mount that >was whacked, much more common according to the techs and not >terribly expensive to fix. > >My tab was $350 for both issues, fair by any reckoning. > >Good luck, > >Rob
Sorry to hear that. It hurts me just thinking about it. I would send the SB-800 in to Nikon Service. With luck, the cost to repair it will be less than replacing it. I hope that your D800 and SB-800 can be repaired for as little as possible.
>Hi Russ, > >Sorry to hear that. >It hurts me just thinking about it. >I would send the SB-800 in to Nikon Service. With luck, the >cost to repair it will be less than replacing it. >I hope that your D800 and SB-800 can be repaired for as little >as possible.
>Good luck with the D800! >If there was not visiable external damage, > you probably knocked the mirror out of adjustment. >I once knocked a sensor shim loose.
I was totally shocked that the camera even worked at all. It hit that rock really hard with a loud 'crack' sound, and the battery door would no longer close properly. I hope it is not serious, because now that I have retired, I can't afford new cameras like when I was shooting a wedding every weekend!
I'm waiting to hear the verdict from Melville.
I still have my D3, but it can't capture the fine detail, especially useful in landscapes, like the D800.
Welcome to the club, where most members prefer to remain anonymous.
During a moment of inattention on my part in the middle of a nude session with Kim Weston, my D3 with Nikon 24-70 mm F/2.8 aboard hit the concrete studio floor from about three feet. Body and lens made the trip to Melville and back for less than $500.
Another learning experience.
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona Nikonian Team Member
Photography is a journey with no conceivable destination.
>Russ: > >Ouch ... Twice! > >Welcome to the club, where most members prefer to remain >anonymous. > >During a moment of inattention on my part in the middle of a >nude session with Kim Weston, my D3 with Nikon 24-70 mm F/2.8 >aboard hit the concrete studio floor from about three feet. >Body and lens made the trip to Melville and back for less than >$500. > >Another learning experience. > >Regrds, > >HBB in Phoenix, Arizona >Nikonian Team
My lens did not appear to be damaged based on tests with my D3, so all I sent them was my D800. I'm hoping for economically repairable! If came out to $500 I would gladly pay it.
>Russ: > >Ouch ... Twice! > >Welcome to the club, where most members prefer to remain >anonymous. > >During a moment of inattention on my part in the middle of a >nude session with Kim Weston, my D3 with Nikon 24-70 mm F/2.8 >aboard hit the concrete studio floor from about three feet. >Body and lens made the trip to Melville and back for less than >$500. > >Another learning experience. > >Regrds, > >HBB in Phoenix, Arizona >Nikonian Team Member
Yep. The other time was at a wedding when an LK (Loose Kid) tripped over the tripod. After that, I always worried about LK's.
So sorry to hear of your trouble. Hopefully the D800 will be repairable, and you wanted a new flash anyway, right? Keep us informed of the results of the repair.
============================================== Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com "Better too many words than not enough understanding." ==============================================
As you know, I sent my D800 in for repair last week. Well, today I got it back! I immediately checked it out to make sure everything was functioning. It was! I also checked the focus (unscientifically) with my 24-70mm f/2.8, and it appears to be dead on for all focus areas.
From what I can tell right now, it looks like Nikon, Melville did a fantastic job with very fast turn-around!
As I suspected, the camera was seriously damaged. The impact knocked all sorts of things loose and even bent the body, but the lens mount was okay, which could have totaled it. They had to replace the reflex mirror assembly, hot shoe, back and bottom covers. They also cleaned the sensor and did a complete calibration.
You can be sure that I will now be much more careful from now on! Lesson learned!
>Sounds like you got a really good deal. >Melville has always treated me well. > >ElSegundo is another story. >They charged me $800 for a camera that was sent in for a free >cleaning. >They called dirt "impact damage".
Thu 06-Jun-13 12:12 AM | edited Thu 06-Jun-13 12:16 AM by Arkayem
>Hi Russ >$350! In Australia we call that "mates rates". > >To get a sensor clean and replace a hotshoe (with me supplying >the parts) cost AUD250. I couldn't even image what all the >work that Melville did to your D800 would have cost here. > >Sounds like a good outcome to what must have been a heart >wrenching moment for you. At least in your picture it looks >like your still smiling