Well, it finally happened. After owning 3 different DX bodies over the past 8 years, the one that I managed to drop was the expensive D800E after a little over 1 week of ownership.
I had my camera bag on the front seat of my car, and have trained myself to ALWAYS check the zippers before I pick it up...Well, today was the one time that training failed and as I went to pick up the bag, the camera slipped out and fell about 2-3 feet onto the ground (a mix of gravel and dirt is what it landed on).
It looks like it hit back first. Only visible damage were some specs of something that seemed to have worked loose and were visible in the viewfinder. A few gentle puffs from a hurricane blower took care of those.
One thing I noticed, and I am not sure if it was there before, is that there is a "rattle" sound when the flash is closed and the camera is shaken gently. When the flash is open I do not hear this. Might be normal? I hear it on my D7000 also..
Other than it seems to be working ok. I took a couple of test shots and they seem fine.
So, is there anything I should be checking ? Would this warrant a trip to NIkon USA ??
>>So, is there anything I should be checking ? Would this >>warrant a trip to NIkon USA ?? > >Sorry to hear about your camera. I am also a certified member >of I drop my D800/E camera but I am not proud of it. > >Warranty will not cover impact damages unless you have >specific insurance that covers drop and spills. > >My camera did not have any visible damage but it would not >power up. >Nikon USA claimed that the internal magnesium casing was >cracked and was beyond repair and just sent it back to me >unrepaired. > >So, I went to http://www.nikoncamerarepair.com/, and they have >thoroughly inspected my D800E and have agreed to repair it for >$800 USD. > >Regards, > >Glenn
Ouch...what did yours fall on ? Concrete, glass, etc??
Mine seems to work fine, it was a "soft landing" so I think that helped. I tested the AF mechanism at different apertures and shutter speeds and everything looks ok, but I guess Im going to need to look into insurance for this thing..
Suggestions? The camera shop had a 3 year plan for $350, which gives me one free cleaning a year, and a replacement camera...
My d800E sudde4nly stopped working, it was never dropped. When sent to nikon it they said it was not economically feasible to repair it due to impact damage. There was no sign of impact damage externally. When they sent a photo of the insides, the mainboard brace was cracked. As it was never dropped or impacted i am questioning them if this is a defect. still waiting to hear back.
I would guess that if what you hear on the D800E is comparable to your D7000, it is a total non-issue. Forget about it. If it is much louder, you may want to pursue it further. Either way, it had nothing to do with the camera being dropped - they come from the factory with some degree of rattle.